A number of the NFL.com and NFL Network talent got together recently to draft a fantasy league that you can follow along right here.
And before you even mention it, yes, they violated one of the most basic fantasy commandments by drafting well before the third preseason game. Good luck to all of you as you sweat out this week’s games.
The participants are Rich Eisen, Michelle Beisner, Dave Dameshek, Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Jamie Dukes, Lindsay Soto, Alex Flanagan, Jason La Canfora, Nick Bakay, Rod Woodson and NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano.
And after sifting through the teams, here are my early top three.
3. Sapp. Warren did a really good job with his receivers, Miles Austin, Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker. He also nabbed Bernard Berrian. TE Zach Miller is going to be money. The running backs are good too, with Ray Rice and Ronnie Brown. Jay Cutler in a Mike Martz offense, that is worth the risk.
2. Woodson. He has a pretty good team with Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles at running back. He also nabbed Reggie Wayne, Percy Harvin, Steve Smith (NYG), and Antonio Gates. He is going to eventually be playing Mike Williams in the flex spot. The only drawback is if Giants start running the ball again, which could hurt Eli Manning‘s value. I go back and forth between his and Warren’s teams, but I give the current Hall of Famer the edge here because of the running backs; wow, that’s a nice tandem in a 12-team league, even if CJ2k does come back to the pack.
1. La Canfora. In the effort of full disclosure, Jason’s team looks a lot like my fantasy magazine league team. He starts off with QB Matt Ryan, who is going to be good. Remember, Jason wanted to put him in the Hall of Fame last season. Michael Turner and C.J. Spiller are the running backs. Excellent. His receivers are Calvin Johnson (huge year), Anquan Boldin and Mike Wallace. He also has WR Jacoby Jones, who is going to be an excellent flex option. And at tight end, he has Jermichael Finley and Chris Cooley. That is a lot of depth. He could probably move a TE and a WR to get another great flex starter, but he is pretty good right now.
But the draft is only one part of the fantasy season. These men and women will need to work the wire and remain active during the season.
— Adam Rank