One aspect of being in the business of giving fantasy football advice for a living is that it becomes increasingly difficult to maneuver your way around a draft board when everyone has full access to all of your sleeper targets.
That was put to the test at the FSTA Summer Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. I participated in an auxiliary draft in which the winner gets to unseat the last-place team from the primary 14-team league.
With the fourth overall pick, I was surprised to land LeSean McCoy. Calvin Johnson went second, which is probably what enabled me to nab Shady.
Quarterback scoring was the only major nuance, with touchdowns being worth three points, and one point is awarded at 30 passing yards. Running backs earn a half-point for each reception, while all other catches are worth a full point.
- QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (6)
QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11)
- RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (1)
RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (2)
RB Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers (7)
RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys (10)
RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (12)
- WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (3)
WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4)
WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (5)
WR Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (9)
WR Chad Ochocinco, Miami Dolphins (13)
WR Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams (16)
- TE Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (8)
- PK Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers (15)
- DT Philadelphia Eagles (14)
I am pleased with the team ... yes, even the Ochocinco selection. He signed with Miami just minutes before I made the choice (modern technology isn't a bad thing to have with you when drafting). Chad is still better than what you saw from him last year, yet he won't be as good as years past. Ocho will be somewhere in the middle. For a 13th-round choice, it was hard to go wrong and the risk was minimized to almost nothing.
I wanted Greg Jennings, but he went just one pick before I chose Marshall, and the same thing happened with Jeremy Maclin prior to my Bowe selection. Overall, the team should be quite competitive if my sleeper evaluations of Davis, Little, Redman and Murray hold up. I am really high on Freeman, but Rivers should do just fine for me. At least a few of those guys should pan out for me in a big way.
Sound off below and tell me how much this squad stinks or if you think it has legitimate championship aspirations.
KFFL's 2012 Offseason Draft Guide is in full swing and is filling up with content. We have unveiled our sleepers for quarterbacks, running backs, wideouts and tight ends, as well as our player projections, which will be continually expanded as well as updated throughout the summer. Much more excellent analysis is on the way as you begin to gear up for fantasy football drafts!
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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