Michael Fabiano | Tags: Adrian Peterson, Antonio Bryant, Chester Taylor, Clinton Portis, Dustin Keller, Ladell Betts, LenDale White, Matt Hasselbeck, Muhsin Muhammad, Nick Folk, Roddy White, Roy E. Williams, Steve Breaston, Tony Romo, Zach Miller
With a little over a month until the start of the 2009 NFL season, fantasy football drafts are now in full swing.
My latest draft (Time Warner Cable Experts League) was held earlier this week and included some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. It required owners to compile a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 FLEX (RB/WR), 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DST.
The league utilized a standard scoring system that rewarded four points for passing touchdowns and one point per reception, so quarterbacks weren’t as valuable but wide receivers had added stock.
The results of the draft will be featured on Time Warner Cable’s “Fantasy Huddle” in a one-hour preseason draft special scheduled to air in various national markets Aug. 27-30. I’ll be appearing on he show to discuss the draft and my team.
I ended up with the third overall selection in the 12-team, 16-round serpentine draft.
Here’s a breakdown of the results:
Round 1: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota — Matt Forte and Maurice Jones-Drew went with the first two picks due to the PPR format, so I was able to land A.P. at No. 3 overall. No complaints.
Round 2: Roddy White, WR, Atlanta — I had to wait a total of 18 picks between the first and second round, and White was the best WR still on the board after a major run at the position.
Round 3: Clinton Portis, RB, Washington — I was going to take another wideout, but it was hard to pass on Portis as my No. 2 back. I passed on both Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens.
Round 4: Roy E. Williams, WR, Dallas — I knew I was taking the best WR available with this pick and was happy to see Williams still on the board. He has 1,100-yard potential in Dallas.
Round 5: Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay — I was all set to take Chad Ochocinco, but he went one spot ahead of me. While I don’t like Bryant a ton, I’ll take him as my No. 3 wideout.
Round 6: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas — Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner went earlier in the round, so Romo was the best QB still available. Hopefully no Jessica Simpson will mean more TDs!
Round 7: LenDale White, RB, Tennessee — I needed a No. 3 RB behind Peterson and Portis, and White was the best option at the position. I’ll use him as a reserve or weekly flex starter.
Round 8: Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona — I almost took Owen Daniels as my starting TE but decided to nab Breaston as my No. 4 WR instead. He’ll be a nice reserve and occasional starter.
Round 9: Zach Miller, TE, Oakland — I was hoping Daniels or John Carlson would fall to me at this spot, but neither did. Miller isn’t the “sexiest” TE in the league, but he’s a good option.
Round 10: Chester Taylor, RB, Minnesota — I always try to handcuff my top RBs and was thrilled to see Taylor still on the board. The veteran also has added value in the PPR format.
Round 11: Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle — With four RBs and four WRs on the roster, it was time to take a backup QB for Romo. Hasselbeck was the best option still on the board.
Round 12: Muhsin Muhammad, WR, Carolina — I’m looking for the best players available at this point in my drafts, so I took Muhammad as my No. 5 WR. He’ll be bench material.
Round 13: Dustin Keller, TE, N.Y. Jets — Keller has the same bye week as my other TE, Miller, but I didn’t want to pass on this potential sleeper pick at this stage of he draft.
Round 14: Cowboys defense — I barely missed out on the Ravens and Jets and ended up with the Cowboys unit. As a self-admitted Dallas fan, I’m looking like quite the homer.
Round 15: Ladell Betts, RB, Washington — I’m a little concerned that Portis will break down due to excessive career carries, so taking Betts as a handcuff was a must at this spot.
Round 16: Nick Folk, K, Dallas — Now I really look like a homer. But Folk was the best kicker on the board after Jason Elam and David Akers were taken a few spots ahead of him.
Overall, I think this team will be competitive. Romo isn’t going to post huge numbers like he did in 2007, but he’s still a nice fantasy starter. If Hasselbeck can avoid injuries, he’ll be a useful backup and occasional matchup-based starter.
Peterson and Portis make up a strong pair of starting runners, and LenDale White will be a useful flex starter. With Taylor and Betts also on the roster, the backfield is well ensured against long-term injuries to my superstars.
The one spot I think I could have done better is at receiver, but the flow of the draft and my draft position hurt me. Roddy White is in a contract year and should remain productive, and landing Williams as a No. 2 worked out (especially since I later took Romo).
I would have felt better if I was able to take Ochocinco as a third wideout, but again he went one spot ahead of me in Round 5. That forced me to take Bryant, who will struggle to duplicate last season’s success on a new-look Buccaneers offense.
I like Breaston as my top receiving reserve, though, and Muhammad is a decent No. 5. I took two sleepers at tight end in Miller and Keller. If one of them pans out, I’ll be solid at the position.
Finally, the Cowboys defense and Folk are both top-10 options at their respective positions.
So what do you think of this team? Will it compete for a title or is it destined for mediocrity? Send me an email of comment below and give me your thoughts!
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