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I wasn’t loving the #12 pick rolling into yesterday’s draft. It seemed fitting that hurricane Irene was on her way. Might as well rain a bit if you have the worst pick, right?
For the most part I never deviated from my plan. Stock up on everything but RB early and then grab a bunch of lottery pick running backs in the mid rounds. However when Blount fell to me in the 4th round I really couldn’t say no. Below is the breakdown of how my team formed. We also have some interesting bets on the board as well. Have a look and add your two cents!
1. Roddy White (WR) – First receiver off the board after a QB, RB heavy first round. Calvin, Andre and Fitzy were all available but Roddy was an important, reliable, consistent part of my championship team last year. Having him back was a must.
2. Phillip Rivers (QB) – He was a monster for my championship team last year and pairing him back up with Roddy was a priority for me. I don’t like worrying about who to play at QB and Brady, Rogers, Brees and Vick were already gone. With Rivers locked up it’s plug and play every week. No thought required.
3. Miles Austin (WR) – My plan to nab another top 7 receiver in the first three rounds worked like magic. I now have no worries at these spots at all. So long as the injury bug doesn’t bite these first 3 studs should give me consistent production all year long. I look forward to a nice bounce back season.
4. LaGarrette Blount (RB) – My original plan was to take a top tight end here figuring my #1 RB would end up being Marshawn Lynch or something in the next round. When Blount fell to me here I couldn’t say no. It’s a better starting option then I would have had but now I better hope the TE run doesn’t start until next round.
5. Mark Ingram (RB) – My last pick did back fire a little with the tight end run happening just 2 picks after mine. All the top tight ends are gone and I need another starting RB. I figured I’d land Ingram here and it happened. Hopefully he pans out as the clear #1 in what is a cluster fuck of a Saints back field.
6. Owen Daniels (TE) – Owen could be my savior. I had him 2 years ago when he got injured. Before blowing out his knee he was on pace to end the year right next to Antonio Gates. Last year was slow after his return but the last 3 games of the season he started to get back to form. He is now almost 2 years removed from surgery and the chemistry with Schaub is back. Evidenced by his 60 yards and a TD in the third pre-season game played just after the draft. If he regains his old form this pick could be the steal of the draft.
7. Chad Ochocinco (WR) – I felt he was close to equal with most other available skill players. Consider this my first lottery ticket. Give me 60% of what Brady and Moss combined to do a few years ago and I’m a happy camper.
8. Mike Tolbert (RB) – Running back depth and flex spot needs are being filled in these tiers. If Ryan flames out I’ve got a nice starter on my hands. If he doesn’t I’ve at least got a goal line TD pilfering whore.
9. Delone Carter (RB) – I used lottery ticket #2 on the rookie from Indy. Addai can’t stay healthy and Brown just stinks.
10. Pierre Thomas (RB) – I didn’t want to get involved in the mess of the Saints backfield. But if I have Ingram I might as well back him up at this point in case one or the other gets hurt. This is an insurance move for sure.
11. Kevin Kolb (QB) – Backup QB for the bye we… Oh fuck. He has the same bye as my starter and I already drafted him. Now nothing more than trade bait. Better move him quick!
12. Ben Tate (RB) – Lottery ticket #3. How is that hammy feeling Foster? Be a shame if that got any worse. Muahahahahah.
13. Johnny Knox (WR) – Hoping he wins the starting spot back. But I hate Chicago either way.
14. Chicago (DEF) – The best left this late. I’ll play Defense roulette this year anyway.
15. Greg Olsen (TE) – I was surprised to see Olsen left this late in the draft. He is being hyped pretty hard and looked good so far in pre season. I’ll take the insurance this late.
16. Kicker – ah, who cares which one.
The trash talking immediately commenced once the draft concluded. A few bets on whose team had the better year were set early. Here are a couple I find the most interesting.
1. Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles each have a better year than Adrian Peterson. – A bold prediction by yours truly. Let’s see if I’ll be handing Timmy Szulc loot in January.
2. Tim Hightower vs Sean Greene – Fantasy points for the regular season. The brothers Gelinas are facing off on this one. I love Greenes situation. But I hate him as a RB on my team. I’ll side with Hightower on this one.
3. Brady will throw 40 or more TD’s this year. – Not sure I buy that so I took the under against the sage-like Rajmahal. But I drafted Ochocinco just in case he does go off again this year.
Would you have drafted a different team? Who do you think wins the bets? Spout off in the comments below!
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