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On Sunday night, I participated in the “Beat Lisa Ann” Fantasy Football Starter Draft-Only league at Scout Fantasy. It was Lisa Ann, myself and 10 others in a 24-round best-ball format. Here are the result and some of my observations from the draft.
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Nothing stood out in the first round and compared to last season, we are seeing more running backs going in the first two rounds.
This draft had nine running backs go in the first two rounds along with 14 receivers and one tight end.
T.Y. Hilton falling to pick 18 was a nice value. I considered taking him with one of my first two picks at 11 and 14. I went with Jordy Nelson and Melvin Gordon and was quite pleased with that start. A.J. Green went one pick before me at 10 and I was salivating, hoping he fell to me. Team Pollock got Antonio Brown at pick four and Jay Ajayi came to him in the second round. I would most definitely take that start.
The biggest shock of the draft was Lisa Ann taking Tyreek Hill at pick 23! That's the highest I have seen him go, even after the release of Jeremy Maclin. Hill had 10 games of at least 12 points last season, but he will not return kicks this season. This is the first best-ball league for Lisa Ann and I think she overvalued the big play threats, unless she truly believes Hill can flourish in an expanded role. Dez Bryant went one pick later and I would have taken him.
I was hoping Terrelle Pryor would make it back to me in round three, but he went at pick 31 to Truck 1223, who had a great start of Mike Evans, Hilton and Pryor. At the end of round three, I took Sammy Watkins. There's risk with him for sure due to injury history, but not many picks are safe at that point. Scott Atkins and Dr. Roto thought I should have taken Travis Kelce and I considered him since I have been pegging his breakout for years and he delivered last season. I took Kelce in my first draft, but there are a few tight ends I like in the middle rounds and decided to wait.
I came back and took Keenan Allen in round four. Allen is another injury risk, but if he can stay healthy, I'll be happy with him as a WR3. Isaiah Crowell went at pick 42 and I like that pick. He will see his stock rise and he's an ideal target as a RB2. Aaron Rodgers went in round three and Tom Brady in round four. That's simply too early to take a QB, especially in a best-ball league.
Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell were nice RB values in round 5. Martavis Bryant is going to be drafted aggressively and I am on board. He went in the fifth round. Jamison Crowder went at pick 57 right before I was up. I was all set to take Crowder. Look for 90-100 catches for him.
I was surprised to see C.J. Prosise selected with the last pick of the sixth round. I like him a lot, but expected to get him a few rounds later. I believe he will play a big role in the Seahawks' offense. Willie Snead Jr. was a good pick in round seven. The DeVante Parker buzz has already started. Rave reviews are coming out of Dolphins camp and he went in round seven. DeSean Jackson is excellent in this format and is a good pick to end round seven. Jameis Winston throws a good deep ball and Jackson will have some big weeks. Lisa Ann was able to scoop Winston up in the ninth round, which could very well be a steal due to the plethora of weapons surrounding him.
Breshad Perriman went with the last pick of round eight. He's another young receiver people are hoping to breakout. Maclin was signed by the Ravens the day after this draft and I selected him in round 13. That's a bargain.
My target for round nine was Redskins rookie running back Samaje Perine, but he went four picks before my turn. I think Perine is this year's Jordan Howard and winds up the starting running back. No one in this draft believes in Robert Kelley, who I took in round 15.
Josh Doctson, another young receiver getting some buzz, was taken in round nine. Eric Decker, now a free agent, went one pick later. I passed on Kirk Cousins in round 10 hoping he would make it back or someone in a similar tier would since 10 teams already had a QB. I didn't know this room well and I miscalculated as several teams took their QB2. I took two on the way back, pairing Matthew Stafford with Tyrod Taylor and have no problem with it.
If you wait on tight end, getting Jack Doyle in round 10 and Eric Ebron in round 11 are nice values. Jamaal Williams and Jonathan Williams were good picks in round 13. Julius Thomas is also getting some positive buzz in Miami. He's back with Adam Gase, who under his tutelage, Thomas had his best seasons. Then again, those seasons were with Peyton Manning under center.
Even though I was sniped on several picks, I came away pleased with my teams. I love doing best-ball drafts as my prep for real drafts. It's way better than mock drafts with real people, no one leaving the draft and you can win money.
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