Fantasy Football Draft: Pros vs. Joes recap

      July 26, 2013 @ 15:17:38 PDT


I was invited to the Pros vs. Joes invitational by FantasyMojo.com and the Fantasy Football Players Championship.

12 teams. 26-player rosters in a best-ball/draftmasters format that every week fills 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, 2 RB-WR-TE Flexes, PK, DT. PPR for RB-WR, 1.5 PPR for TE.

Color me intrigued.

From the seventh spot, Tuesday's results:

Pos
Player
Team
Rnd
Bye
QB
Andy Dalton
CIN
9
12
QB
Sam Bradford
STL
11
11
QB
Brandon Weeden
CLE
14
10
RB
Chris Johnson
TEN
2
8
RB
Le'Veon Bell
PIT
3
5
RB
Rashard Mendenhall
ARI
5
9
RB
Andre Brown
NYG
7
9
RB
Shonn Greene
TEN
13
8
RB
Roy Helu
WAS
17
5
RB
Denard Robinson
JAC
19
9
RB
Brandon Bolden
NEP
24
10
WR
Dwayne Bowe
KC
4
10
WR
Stevie Johnson
BUF
6
12
WR
Miles Austin
DAL
8
11
WR
Michael Floyd
ARI
12
9
WR
Mohamed Sanu
CIN
15
12
WR
Tandon Doss
BAL
18
8
WR
Laurent Robinson
FA
25
???
WR
Armon Binns
MIA
26
6
TE
Jimmy Graham
NO
1
7
TE
Brandon Myers
NYG
10
9
TE
Scott Chandler
BUF
16
12
PK
Garrett Hartley
NO
22
7
PK
Ryan Succop
KC
23
10
DT
St. Louis Rams
STL
20
11
DT
New York Giants
NYG
21
9

Graham in this format performs like Calvin Johnson. I was happy to land him in what I considered his value sweet spot. With the change in scoring system, I felt comfortable going away from my edict to wait on the position.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton
This better work....

Johnson and Bell were along the lines of what I'd hoped for from my top two RBs. Eric Balkman and Dave Gerczak were kind enough to have me on their High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour show during the draft so I could convince them that Bell is this year's Doug Martin, with even more power behind him.

Bowe, Mendy, Stevie J ... par for my course. I favor Brown's price to David Wilson's, and I then was able to ignore the position for awhile after grabbing him as my fourth tailback.

In Round 8, I had planned to take a QB, but the likes of Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford -- two of the members of my desired class -- were gone because I opted instead for the touchdown potential of Brown. I figured it could happen but figured it wouldn't kill my squad.

So my backup plan kicked in: the ubercommittee. In these formats, you can get away with throwing darts at this position even more than normal.

There's still plenty of profit to be had from a slinger. Dalton was my safety selection, with Bradford and Weeden as my pay-off gambles. I think there's plenty of hidden money among those three, and I was pleased to lock up several midrange upside commodities.

Myers is more than a solid backup for Graham because he should have similar target conversion success with a more efficient QB than he had last year. Eli Manning likes this position in the red zone, as well.

Some WR sleeper favorites, plus D-Rob (best ball = big plays), bolstered my dice-roll picks. And in these, you always want to have a pair of DTs and, yes, PKs.

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About Tim Heaney

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