I’m going to try something a little different in this space. Normally I’ve posted analysis pieces, YouTube videos and snippets from Vine. I’m going to switch things up. Don’t worry, I’ll still keep the pieces/videos/Vines coming, but I’m going to write about my fantasy football team. I’m going to draft a team in an ESPN draft room in a 10-team league and provide weekly looks at the team. These updates will include roster decisions, starting lineup choices, etc. It’s my hope that some of these decisions help you in some way with your fantasy team, or just provide an entertaining read.
I’d also like to evolve you, the reader/football fan. Until further notice, my team will be called the TBD TBD. I want you all to pick the name, so leave suggestions in the comments—you know, providing the names aren’t spam/vulgar/offensive.
Additionally, I want your input on roster decisions throughout the season, so I’ll be posting polls and asking you to comment in the comment section with your suggestions and opinions. If you don’t feel like responding to any of these methods, give me a shout on Twitter at any one of these accounts with your lineup/roster advices: @BenRosener, @knowhitter272, @kingdomeSEA.
So, without further ado, here are my draft results.
(Note: I was out of the office during Week one, so everything will start from Week 2. Also this is a real draft on ESPN.com.).
First Impressions/Pre-Draft Strategy
I lucked out and received a high draft pick. I’ll be picking third overall.
(Another note, I’ll have to change my name after the draft. It’s “Team Ben” for now simply because of default. I’ll change it right after the draft.)
|1||Team 1||RB Le’Veon Bell Pit|
|2||Minnesota 8||RB Jamaal Charles KC|
As you can see, I like running backs, my draft strategy is to hoard as many top running backs as possible. I go with Marshawn Lynch with my first pick. The logic is pretty simple, Seattle’s offense is run-dominant and Pete Carroll and company will feed ‘Beast Mode’ the ball until the cows come home. My hope is that I can snag another elite RB in the second round.
|3||Team Ben||RB Marshawn Lynch Sea|
|4||Team 2||RB Adrian Peterson Min|
|5||Team Winning||RB Matt Forte Chi|
|6||Team 3||TE Rob Gronkowski NE|
|7||Team 4||RB Eddie Lacy GB|
|8||Team nicora||WR Antonio Brown Pit|
|9||SWAGGY P||RB Jeremy Hill Cin|
|10||Dallas Cowboys||QB Aaron Rodgers GB|
Mid-Round 1 Update
After taking Lynch, I see a number of players I wanted to fall to me get taken. These include Matt Forte, Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Hill and Aaron Rodgers.
|11||Dallas Cowboys||RB LeSean McCoy Buf|
|12||SWAGGY P||WR Julio Jones Atl|
|13||Team nicora||RB DeMarco Murray Phi|
|14||Team 4||WR Demaryius Thomas Den|
|15||Team 3||RB C.J. Anderson Den|
|16||Team Winning||WR Emmanuel Sanders Den|
|17||Team 2||WR Dez Bryant Dal|
Second Round Pick
I’d like to hoard running backs, but with the top back on the board being Mark Ingram, I need a quarterback. I take Andrew Luck.
|18||Team Ben||QB Andrew Luck Ind|
|19||Minnesota 8||WR DeAndre Hopkins Hou|
|20||Team 1||WR Odell Beckham Jr. NYG|
|21||Team 1||WR Calvin Johnson Det|
|22||Minnesota 8||RB Carlos Hyde SF|
Third Round Pick
I’ve got a number of receivers available to me with the third pick in the third round, including A.J. Green, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffrey, T.Y. Hilton and Mike Evans. I go with Cobb. Top wide out in a top offense, no brainer. Hilton was my second choice, but with Jordy Nelson missing the year due to injury in Green Bay, Rodgers is going to lean on Cobb a lot.
I’m looking at Joseph Randle, Jimmy Graham, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Russell Wilson with my next pick.
|23||Team Ben||WR Randall Cobb GB|
|24||Team 2||WR A.J. Green Cin|
|25||Team Winning||WR Brandin Cooks NO|
|26||Team 3||WR Alshon Jeffery Chi|
|27||Team 4||RB Mark Ingram NO|
|28||Team nicora||RB Alfred Morris Wsh|
|29||SWAGGY P||WR Mike Evans TB|
|30||Dallas Cowboys||WR T.Y. Hilton Ind|
|31||Dallas Cowboys||RB Lamar Miller Mia|
|32||SWAGGY P||QB Drew Brees NO|
|33||Team nicora||WR Keenan Allen SD|
|34||Team 4||QB Peyton Manning Den|
|35||Team 3||WR Jordan Matthews Phi|
|36||Team Winning||QB Tom Brady NE|
|37||Team 2||TE Jimmy Graham Sea|
Fourth Round Pick
Graham goes the pick before. I need another running back so I go with Randle. He’s going to dominate behind Dallas’ offensive line.
|38||Team Ben||RB Joseph Randle Dal|
|39||Minnesota 8||QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit|
|40||Team 1||RB Justin Forsett Bal|
|41||Team 1||QB Russell Wilson Sea|
|42||Minnesota 8||WR Jarvis Landry Mia|
Fifth Round Pick
Arian Foster is going to be a top-five running back once he’s healthy—and that will sooner rather than later. Another no brainer. Having Lynch and Randle affords me the opportunity to stash Randle on my bench until he’s healthy. Johnson, Todd Gurley, Gore, Davante Adams and Ameer Abdullah are next on my list. Abdullah gets taken just as I write this. I’ll try and trade for him after the draft or during the season.
|43||Team Ben||RB Arian Foster Hou|
|44||Team 2||RB Melvin Gordon SD|
|45||Team Winning||RB DeAngelo Williams Pit|
|46||Team 3||RB Jonathan Stewart Car|
|47||Team 4||RB Ameer Abdullah Det|
|48||Team nicora||WR Julian Edelman NE|
|49||SWAGGY P||RB Frank Gore Ind|
|50||Dallas Cowboys||WR Davante Adams GB|
Fifth Round Update
There goes Gore as well. He has the potential to be a touchdown machine in Indy. He isn’t going to run for 1,500 yards, but in an Andrew Luck-led offense, he’s got huge potential. Adams goes right after Gore. I’ll try trading for them along with Abdullah.
|51||Dallas Cowboys||TE Jason Witten Dal|
|52||SWAGGY P||TE Travis Kelce KC|
|53||Team nicora||WR Brandon Marshall NYJ|
|54||Team 4||D/ST Broncos D/ST Den|
|55||Team 3||WR Vincent Jackson TB|
|56||Team Winning||TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB|
|57||Team 2||WR DeSean Jackson Wsh|
Sixth Round Pick
Todd Gurley is the best player available and atop my list. It’s risky taking two injured running backs, but Gurley has massive potential, especially on a St. Louis team who will rely on the run.
|58||Team Ben||RB Todd Gurley StL|
|59||Minnesota 8||TE Martellus Bennett Chi|
|60||Team 1||RB Joique Bell Det|
|61||Team 1||TE Greg Olsen Car|
|62||Minnesota 8||WR Kendall Wright Ten|
Seventh Round Pick
It’s a tough call here between Johnson, Sammy Watkins and Amari Cooper, but with Hilton out, Luck is going to have to rely on Andre Johnson. It doesn’t hurt that the former Texan had ten targets in Week One. Even with Hilton healthy, Johnson has the potential to haul in double-digit touchdowns. He’s essentially a receiving version of Gore in terms of value. Lot’s of TDs, not a ton of yards.
|63||Team Ben||WR Andre Johnson Ind|
|64||Team 2||WR Amari Cooper Oak|
|65||Team Winning||WR Danny Amendola NE|
|66||Team 3||RB Latavius Murray Oak|
|67||Team 4||RB LeGarrette Blount NE|
|68||Team nicora||RB Chris Ivory NYJ|
|69||SWAGGY P||D/ST Seahawks D/ST Sea|
|70||Dallas Cowboys||WR Sammy Watkins Buf|
|71||Dallas Cowboys||D/ST Titans D/ST Ten|
|72||SWAGGY P||RB Bishop Sankey Ten|
|73||Team nicora||RB Giovani Bernard Cin|
|74||Team 4||WR James Jones GB|
|75||Team 3||WR Golden Tate Det|
|76||Team Winning||D/ST Bills D/ST Buf|
|77||Team 2||RB Andre Ellington Ari|
Eighth Round Pick
I need a defense here. J.J. Watt and the Texans D is the pick. I don’t love some of the options at this point to I feel fine reaching for a defense.
|78||Team Ben||D/ST Texans D/ST Hou|
|79||Minnesota 8||D/ST Rams D/ST StL|
|80||Team 1||RB T.J. Yeldon Jac|
|81||Team 1||WR Jeremy Maclin KC|
|82||Minnesota 8||K Matt Prater Det|
Ninth Round Pick
Cardinals receiver John Brown is the pick here. Carson Palmer is going to throw a lot in the desert and Brown will be on the receiving end of a high-volume of those throws. He’s got breakout written all over him.
|83||Team Ben||WR John Brown Ari|
|84||Team 2||WR Mike Wallace Min|
|85||Team Winning||K Matt Bryant Atl|
|86||Team 3||QB Matt Ryan Atl|
|87||Team 4||K Brandon McManus Den|
|88||Team nicora||QB Tony Romo Dal|
|89||SWAGGY P||RB Rashad Jennings NYG|
|90||Dallas Cowboys||RB C.J. Spiller NO|
|91||Dallas Cowboys||RB Isaiah Crowell Cle|
|92||SWAGGY P||WR Allen Robinson Jac|
|93||Team nicora||TE Jordan Cameron Mia|
|94||Team 4||WR Larry Fitzgerald Ari|
|95||Team 3||WR Eric Decker NYJ|
|96||Team Winning||K Stephen Gostkowski NE|
|97||Team 2||WR Nelson Agholor Phi|
Ninth Round Update
People are starting to take kickers. Think I’ll wait on that.
Tenth Round Pick
Martavis Bryant is the pick here. Another stash player (given his suspension), but one with high upside and value relative to the draft spot.
|98||Team Ben||WR Martavis Bryant Pit|
|99||Minnesota 8||QB Carson Palmer Ari|
|100||Team 1||WR Charles Johnson Min|
|101||Team 1||RB Ryan Mathews Phi|
|102||Minnesota 8||RB Danny Woodhead SD|
Eleventh Round Pick
I need a tight end. Zach Ertz has the chance to shine in Philly’s offense.
|103||Team Ben||TE Zach Ertz Phi|
|104||Team 2||WR Torrey Smith SF|
|105||Team Winning||QB Cam Newton Car|
|106||Team 3||WR Michael Floyd Ari|
|107||Team 4||WR Roddy White Atl|
|108||Team nicora||RB Darren McFadden Dal|
|109||SWAGGY P||WR Steve Smith Sr. Bal|
|110||Dallas Cowboys||RB Tre Mason StL|
|111||Dallas Cowboys||RB Doug Martin TB|
|112||SWAGGY P||K Steven Hauschka Sea|
|113||Team nicora||TE Delanie Walker Ten|
|114||Team 4||WR Terrance Williams Dal|
|115||Team 3||RB Shane Vereen NYG|
|116||Team Winning||D/ST Jets D/ST NYJ|
|117||Team 2||RB Tevin Coleman Atl|
Eleventh Round Update
I don’t love a lot of the options left at this point. I’ll be going for upside/lottery tickets with the rest of my picks.
Twelfth Round Pick
Donte Moncrief. Someone besides T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson are going to catch passes in Indianapolis. Moncrief has chance to be successful.
|118||Team Ben||WR Donte Moncrief Ind|
|119||Minnesota 8||D/ST Dolphins D/ST Mia|
|120||Team 1||WR Marques Colston NO|
|121||Team 1||RB Devonta Freeman Atl|
|122||Minnesota 8||D/ST Ravens D/ST Bal|
Thirteenth Round Pick
I really like the Colts offense. They’re going to score points in boatloads. That’s why I’m taking the team’s kicker, Adam Vinatieri.
|123||Team Ben||K Adam Vinatieri Ind|
|124||Team 2||RB Duke Johnson Jr. Cle|
|125||Team Winning||TE Dwayne Allen Ind|
|126||Team 3||RB Andre Williams NYG|
|127||Team 4||TE Tyler Eifert Cin|
|128||Team nicora||QB Marcus Mariota Ten|
|129||SWAGGY P||QB Tyrod Taylor Buf|
|130||Dallas Cowboys||RB Alfred Blue Hou|
|131||Dallas Cowboys||WR Anquan Boldin SF|
|132||SWAGGY P||D/ST Cardinals D/ST Ari|
|133||Team nicora||QB Philip Rivers SD|
|134||Team 4||D/ST Chiefs D/ST KC|
|135||Team 3||RB Charles Sims TB|
|136||Team Winning||K Justin Tucker Bal|
|137||Team 2||QB Ryan Tannehill Mia|
Fourteenth Round Pick
Another lottery ticket. Percy Harvin is the pick.
|138||Team Ben||WR Percy Harvin Buf|
|139||Minnesota 8||WR DeVante Parker Mia|
|140||Team 1||RB Knile Davis KC|
|141||Team 1||D/ST Lions D/ST Det|
|142||Minnesota 8||WR Pierre Garcon Wsh|
Fifteenth Round Pick
I need a backup QB. I’ll take Sam Bradford. Something tells me he’ll do well in the Eagles’ offense. He’s much better than a number of the quarterbacks Philly has trotted out.
|143||Team Ben||QB Sam Bradford Phi|
|144||Team 2||K Cody Parkey Phi|
|145||Team Winning||D/ST Eagles D/ST Phi|
|146||Team 3||K Dan Bailey Dal|
|147||Team 4||QB Matthew Stafford Det|
|148||Team nicora||K Dan Carpenter Buf|
|149||SWAGGY P||TE Antonio Gates SD|
|150||Dallas Cowboys||WR Devin Funchess Car|
|151||Dallas Cowboys||K Mason Crosby GB|
|152||SWAGGY P||K Blair Walsh Min|
|153||Team nicora||D/ST Vikings D/ST Min|
|154||Team 4||TE Ladarius Green SD|
|155||Team 3||D/ST Patriots D/ST NE|
|156||Team Winning||RB Toby Gerhart Jac|
|157||Team 2||D/ST Packers D/ST GB|
Sixteenth Round Pick
Owen Daniels. Known fact: Peyton Manning likes throwing to his tight ends.
|158||Team Ben||TE Owen Daniels Den|
|159||Minnesota 8||TE Kyle Rudolph Min|
|160||Team 1||K Phil Dawson SF|
Just to recap, here is my starting lineup and bench. (Note, because of the draft’s time, I was unable to make changes to my team, hence Gurley being in the lineup even though he is out).
If you have any ideas for the team name, motto, color scheme, etc, please leave them in the comments section below. Same goes for roster and lineup decisions, trades I should propose, etc. I want your input.
Andre Johnson or Donte Moncrief?
Vote below, comment or get a hold of me on Twitter. Whichever avenue you chose, tell me who I should start at WR, Andre Johnson or Donte Moncrief.