Fantasy Sports Trade Association experts draft

      June 17, 2013 @ 17:03:33 PDT


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).

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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.

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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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