So, the draft is over, and I have a hankerin' for some football. Tonight, I tried to placate the hunger somewhat by doing a mock Fantasy Football draft. For the uninitiated, I'll give a brief overview. Fantasy Football (in our league) is a head-to-head competitive game, where points are given reflecting what happens in the real life games - so for gaining a certain amount of yards, or scoring a touchdown, or other position-specific objectives. In each league there are only one of each player, so only one team can have said player. Player allocation is decided in a mock draft, so teams choose first through eighth (in an eight team league) per round , and the order is usually decided randomly. That then that is "snaked", so the team choosing last in the first round selects first in the second, and so on.
Sounds boring as fuck, I know. However, the competitive aspect in an otherwise spectator sport adds an additional layer of intrigue to a sport I already love, and encourages interest in matches I otherwise would have no intention of watching. It also helps provide a deeper knowledge not only of the players and teams, but the game itself, and is unquestionably one of the reasons I've become so enamoured with the sport as a whole.
So, if anyone has even a fleeting interest in NFL, I thoroughly encourage participation in a fantasy football league, for camaraderie, competition and.........craic.
For those of you still interested in this post, here's the breakdown of my first mock draft of the year (that's you, Coyle).
QB- Tom Brady
Brady put up over 5,000 yards last year, which would have been an all time NFL record had it not been for that pesky Brees. While every bone in my body hates Brady and the Pats, his on-field production can't be argued with (at least in the regular season, HI OHHHHHHHHHHH)
TE- Rob Gronkowski
So, I thought it'd be a good idea to double dip here with the double production of the Patriots' most lethal duo. Gronko is uncoverable, and while he won't put up the same numbers as last season (records for receiving yards and TDs from a tight end), he's the best player in a position devoid of studs.
RB- Steven Jackson
Jackson is ageing and not the player he once was, but will be the bellcow for a Rams team whose offense should be better as a whole.
RB- Frank Gore
See above. Figured, with all the stud RBs gone, I'd go with solid production ahead of potential (see Darren McFadden)
WR- Percy Harvin
Harvin is the best player the Vikings have on offense until AD gets fit. He'll get points in the passing, running, and return games. Electric.
WR- Victor Cruz
Cruz is another player guaranteed not to produce at the same level he did last year, but should surpass 1000 yards and get 8-10 TDs in a potent attacking side with Nicks, Bradshaw, Randle and Martin. Has the potential to be the best slot receiver in the league this year.
RB- Darren Sproles
Sproles at this point is terrific value as a flex player. Had the most points per touch out of any player in fantasy last year. A home run threat on any play
RB- BenJarvus Green-Ellis
The Law Firm should see a ton of action for the Bengals this year, and should surpass Benson's expected production of the last few years of 1100-ish yards and 6-8 TDs. Another not splashy, but hopefully solid pick at RB.
WR- Antonio Brown
If he can produce the form he showed in the second half of last season for the whole of the upcoming one, he'll be a fantasy superstar. Even after a slow first few weeks he still finished up with over 1100 yards. Also, is one of my favourite players, so there's that.
RB- Beanie Wells
Solid. Unspectacular. Theme of this mock.
TE- Aaron Hernandez
Just in case anything happens Gronko, though Hernandez is a sensational fantasy player in his own right
RB- Doug Martin
Labelled the second best RB in the draft, he has the potential to become the starting tailback for Tampa this year, who look to be a run-first team under new HC Schiano.
RB- Isiah Pead
Handcuff for S-Jax.
WR- Denarius Moore
Showed flashes last year. Speculative pick.
K- David Akers
Set all kinda records last year. Homeboy lit it up! Won't have numbers as gaudy this year, but should be consistent.
With their secondary so improved on paper, the Cowboys could be a high scoring defense this year, especially if the offense play as well as they should and teams have to take chances to keep up.
And there it is. Not happy with it, but there's always the next one.