Last week, I was in Chicago for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association experts draft and was able to mingle with plenty of awesome people in this great industry. I was primarily there to draft a team, which I co-selected with Ryan Bonini (he needs all of the help he can get).
Too much good going on here
I will spare you all of the gory details. Let's face it: Much like being forced to look at someone's vacation photos or hear stories about their children's cute quirks, no one gives a damn about someone else's fantasy draft.
Here's what I want to share: Among experts, running backs still rule the roost. Wide receivers come in a close second, and quarterbacks are not worth drafting early. Drew Brees went in Round 2, and Peyton Manning came off the board in Round 5 (nice pick by USA TODAY's Steve Gardner, by the way). Brees easily is the top fantasy passer in my eyes, but he isn't three rounds better than Manning is.
I generally avoid signal callers in the first five rounds, and I have preached numerous times that you should do the same, so there is a classic example of why to wait. Otherwise, you are left with someone like Rashard Mendenhall as your RB2 behind Jamaal Charles.
Speaking of Charles, Ryan and I took him at No. 2 overall, ahead of Arian Foster. It drew quite the response from the gallery and fellow drafters, but I firmly stand behind that decision. In PPR scoring, Charles should be a monster in Andy Reid's system. Furthermore, Foster (calf) is already injured and is coming off a league-high 351 carries last year. No thanks.
I'll take my chances that Charles stays healthy and is a top three or even five fantasy producer and Foster falls to injury. He's nicked up every year and has a ton of mileage. If it wasn't for Adrian Peterson's insane recovery from ACL surgery, everyone would be talking about how remarkable Charles was a year after his knee reconstruction. I can live with Foster finishing as a top two or three fantasy RB, because Charles will be right there with him.
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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