Fantasy Football 2011: PPR League Draft Part Deux

Welcome back, friends. If you missed it on Tuesday, check out the first half of the PPR results by clicking here. It’s worth a look and has pick-by-pick analysis. We’re not going to go through it pick by pick this time; instead each round will have bits on boring picks (picks that that aren’t really noteworthy and require no explanation), picks I liked and didn’t like. Afterwards I will discuss what I learned, go over the thoughts on my team and a few others from the league will throw in their two cents.

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Round 9

1.

Lee Evans (Bal - WR)

2.

Rashad Jennings (Jac - RB)

3.

Sidney Rice (Sea - WR)

4.

Mike Sims-Walker (StL - WR)

5.

Eli Manning (NYG - QB)

6.

Willis McGahee (Den - RB)

7.

Philadelphia (Phi - DEF)

8.

Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF)

9.

James Starks (GB - RB)

10.

Davone Bess (Mia - WR)

11.

Nate Burleson (Det - WR)

12.

Sam Bradford (StL - QB)

 

Boring: Eli Manning, Nate Burleson, Lee Evans, Sidney Rice, Devone Bess and Mike Sims-Walker

Liked it: The QB steals continued in this draft as Sam Bradford made it all the way to the end of this round. He should be one of the best backups in fantasy and has plenty of upside. Willis McGahee was another solid pick and he should have plenty of work as John Fox’s second-string back. The Daily Show made a living in that role and it’s not too farfetched to think Willis can come close to those numbers. James Starks was a nice value in this spot and the questions surrounding Grant make him one of the best handcuffs in the league.

Didn’t like it: Sadly, I took Rashad Jennings with this pick before the news broke he could miss up to six weeks. Of course he will miss time with a sprained knee. The worst part was I was very close to picking Willis, but chose Jennings. Oh well. 12-team league owners shouldn’t draft defense (assuming they don’t score a lot of points and they don’t in this format) before the 13th round. All defenses from this point forth will be categorized as boring.

 

 Round 10

1.

Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)

 

2.

Pierre Garcon (Ind - WR)

 

3.

Steve Smith (Car - WR)

 

4.

New York (NYJ - DEF)

 

5.

Mason Crosby (GB - K)

 

6.

Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)

 

7.

Jacoby Ford (Oak - WR)

 

8.

Daniel Thomas (Mia - RB)

 

9.

Baltimore (Bal - DEF)

 

10.

C.J. Spiller (Buf - RB)

 

11.

Robert Meachem (NO - WR)

 

12.

Danny Woodhead (NE - RB)

 

 

Boring: Baltimore, New York, Crabtree, Steve Smith (CAR), and Pierre Garcon

Liked it: I was legitimately angry I didn’t get Jacoby Ford. He’s a risk, but is definitely worth it. Since Ford wasn’t there I went with Robert Meachem. I mentioned the concern over Colston and Meachem has WR2 upside with the Hofstra product out of the picture. C.J. Spiller, Danny Woodhead and Daniel Thomas were nice values in this round.

Didn’t like it: Chumley McAutopick strikes again and selected Mason Crosby. Turrible. I thought Antonio Brown was a bit early and was a bit shortsighted after his big preseason game against Atlanta. I'd rather have Sanders unless return yard are involved (they're not in this league). This was a pretty solid round though.

 Round 11

1.

Earl Bennett (Chi - WR)

2.

Jared Cook (Ten - TE)

3.

Thomas Jones (KC - RB)

4.

Nate Kaeding (SD - K)

5.

Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)

6.

Delone Carter (Ind - RB)

7.

Marion Barber (Chi - RB)

8.

Kevin Kolb (Ari - QB)

9.

Ben Tate (Hou - RB)

10.

Michael Bush (Oak - RB)

11.

Darren Sproles (NO - RB)

12.

Zach Miller (Sea - TE)

 

Boring: Zach Miller, Darren Sproles,  Marion Barber, Kevin Kolb and Thomas Jones

Liked it: There was a lot to like about this round. Earl Bennett kicked it off and there’s a chance he could be the best receiver on Chicago. While it’s true he might have been there in the next round, he arguably has the highest upside of any player left on the board. I had the second pick in the round and I had to pounce on my tight end. Jared Cook has been lining up at the Y (even though Britt was out of the lineup) in the red zone and it looks like he is going to be a big part of the offense. He has breakout candidate written all over him. Pierre Thomas serves as a nice value pick. Ingram is going to get a lot of work, but Pierre should serve as a flex in a bye-week pinch at worst. At the time of the draft, I thought Delone Carter was the best player taken in this round (besides Cook). Carter should have no problem usurping the goal-line work from Addai and he could become a major contributor once Addai goes down. Ben Tate is looking like an outstanding pick and I was pretty furious that he wasn’t going to be there for me in the 12th (I drafted Foster). Michael Bush was also an outstanding pick, but the emergence of Taiwan Jones means Bush won’t be getting work on all three downs. This was really a great round by all except...

 Didn’t like it: Nate Kaeding was not an autopick No bueno.

  Round 12

1.

DeMarco Murray (Dal - RB)

 

2.

Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)

 

3.

New England (NE - DEF)

 

4.

Jerome Harrison (Det - RB)

 

5.

Roy Williams (Chi - WR)

 

6.

Eddie Royal (Den - WR)

 

7.

Roy Helu (Was - RB)

 

8.

Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)

 

9.

Joe Flacco (Bal - QB)

 

10.

 Greg Little (Cle - WR)

 

11.

 LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ - RB)

 

12.

Mark Sanchez (NYJ - QB)

 

 

Boring: Mark Sanchez, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe Flacco, Eddie Royal, Jerome Harrison, New England, Roy Williams, Jordy Nelson and Jay Cutler

  Liked it: The only pick that seems worth mentioning is Roy Helu. The cat is out of the bag on Tim Hightower, but automatically assuming Shanny has his backfield figured out is like assuming that your girlfriend is OK with you going to your buddy’s house for football every Sunday. It’s OK though. That’s what flower shops are there for. I didn’t really like or dislike the Demarco Murray pick, but since it’s not exactly boring I’ll just throw it in this section. Murray is going to be the return guy for Dallas and there’s talk he could get work out of the slot. It’s not a terrible pick in a PPR, but Choice is the handcuff at this moment. Greg Little has been all over the place this preseason. There has been buzz that he is going to be Colt’s main target, then we heard he’s basically falling behind in the offense, and now it’s back on that he is set to become the top option. Definitely worthy of this pick.

 Round 13

1.

Steve Breaston (KC - WR)

2.

Jamie Harper (Ten - RB)

3.

Deion Branch (NE - WR)

4.

Jerome Simpson (Cin - WR)

5.

New Orleans (NO - DEF)

6.

Denarius Moore (Oak - WR)

7.

Javon Ringer (Ten - RB)

8.

Greg Olsen (Car - TE)

9.

Donnie Avery (StL - WR)

10.

Montario Hardesty (Cle - RB)

11.

Johnny Knox (Chi - WR)

12.

Mike Williams (Sea - WR)

 

Boring: New Orleans, Jerome Simpson, Greg Olsen, Johnny Knox and Mike Williams

Liked it: Oakland’s passing game is a mess and there’s really no receiver that looks like the clear-cut number one. The reason why I like Jacoby Ford and and Denarius Moore is because Denver was in a similar situation last year. I’m not saying Moore or Ford will be the next Brandon Lloyd, but there’s at least a small chance that one of the two could become a WR2. Montario Hardesty is really the only back left behind Peyton Hillis. Hardesty did tear his ACL this pick is a gamble. Who cares when it is the 13th round?

 Didn’t like it: It’s tough to like a guy that blew out his knee last year and Donnie Avery is struggling to find his groove. For what it’s worth, I have been a fan of his for every year except this one. Deion Branch is likely going to be the fourth option in New England behind Welker, Ocho and Hernandez. I took Jamie Harper and WeTalkFantasySports took Javon Ringer with these pick in hopes that CJ2K would missed the first game. I have already cut Harper. Steve Breaston seems like a bit of a wasted pick. The news that Tony Moeaki is out for the year could help him a bit.

   Round 14

1.

Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)

2.

Neil Rackers (Hou - K)

3.

Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)

4.

Ronnie Brown (Phi - RB)

5.

Jason Snelling (Atl - RB)

6.

Carnell Williams (StL - RB)

7.

James Jones (GB - WR)

8.

Matt Bryant (Atl - K)

9.

Dustin Keller (NYJ - TE)

10.

Kyle Orton (Den - QB)

11.

Eric Decker (Den - WR)

12.

Aaron Hernandez (NE - TE)

 

Boring: Sebastian Janikowski, Neil Rackers, Stephen Gostkowski, Matt Bryant, James Jones, Carnell Williams, Jason Snelling, Ronnie Brown and Kyle Orton

Liked it: I took a shot at Eric Decker. Double Decker and Royal With Cheese haven't really been cooking as the flanker beside Lloyd, but Decker has a chance to become a poor-man's Amendola since he'll be the Z in three-wide sets. Dustin Keller was another very nice pick and he has some nice potential in the Jets offense. If Plaxico Burress can't stay healthy, Keller will get a nice chunk of red-zone targets. Aaron Hernandez has also reportedly been killing it in camp and being Brady's third option is not such a bad thing. Starting to see why there's no reason to grab a TE early?

 Round 15

1.

New York (NYG - DEF)

2.

Stevan Ridley (NE - RB)

3.

Chicago (Chi – DEF)

4.

Ricky Williams (Bal – RB)

5.

Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)

6.

San Diego (SD – DEF)

7.

Brent Celek (PHI – TE)

8.

Jacoby Jones (Hou – WR)

9.

Alex Green (GB – RB)

10.

Ryan Torain (Was – RB)

11.

Justin Forsett (Sea – RB)

12.

Dallas (Dal – DEF)

 

Boring: Dallas, Jacoby Jones, San Diego, Chicago, New York and Justin Forsett.

Liked it: I was very surprised that Stevan Ridley was still there for me in the 15th. He has gone before the 130th pick in two of my other leagues and it just goes to show the value of receivers in a PPR. Ricky Williams was a nice value in this spot as a strong handcuff. Alex Green is an interesting pick in a PPR for his upside. Of course he'll need a couple things to go his way to become relevant. Mike Vick has praised Brent Celek and there is a whole lot to like about his upside.

Didn't like it: I really don't have a problem with Ryan Torain coming off the board in this spot. However, he looked terrible on Thursday and he not even make the team.

 Round 16

1.

Cam Newton (Car - QB)

2.

Detroit (Det - DEF)

3.

Kevin Walter (Hou - WR)

4.

Alex Henery (Phi - K)

5.

San Francisco (SF - DEF)

6.

David Akers (SF - K)

7.

Dan Carpenter (Mia - K)

8.

Emmanuel Sanders (Pit - WR)

9.

Garrett Hartley (NO - K)

10.

Atlanta (Atl - DEF)

11.

Kendall Hunter (SF - RB)

12.

Billy Cundiff (Bal - K)

 

Boring: Bill Cundiff, Atlanta, Garrett Hartley, Dan Carpenter, David Akers, San Francisco, Kevin Walter, Detroit, and Cam Newton.

I liked it: I was pretty excited about to snatch up Kendall Hunter in the 16th round. Hunter has won the number two job and Gore’s health concerns will be an issue for him for the rest of his career.

Didn’t like it: It’s not so much that I didn’t like it, but I was pretty surprised that I was the only person in this 12-team league that left his kicker or defensive slot open on his roster. In fact, I left both of them open and I don’t plan on adding a kicker and a defense until Wednesday night.

 

 

It’s obviously not the best team I’ve ever drafted, but I stuck to my strategy and gave myself a bit of a weakness at back and have elite options at wide receiver and quarterback. I feel comfortable I'll be able to strengthen my backs as the season progresses and it's not like I'm extremely weak at the position. I got the tight I really wanted in the 11th round (Cook) and have a nice mix of running backs on my bench. In hindsight, I really wish I took McGahee over Rashad Jennings and a part of me wishes I took Reggie Wayne in the third over Brees because of the way quarterbacks like Matt Ryan slipped. There's nothing wrong with Steve Johnson or Percy Harvin as my WR2 and WR3 though.

Here’s what a few other people thought:

WeTalkFantasy

Round 1 - We were hoping for LeSean McCoy, but he was selected right before us. Chris Johnson was discussed, but we were not sure of his contract situation and did not want to take any chances, so we went with Mendenhall instead.

Round 2 - We had been talking about taking Steven Jackson prior to the draft as he always is a top RB in receptions. Not sure if others valued him as high as we did, but we wanted him, he was there, so we took him.

Round 3 - With all the elite WRs off the board, we looked to yet another RB who has done a great job catching balls out of the backfield. On top of that, Felix Jones is now the starting RB in Dallas so that offense plus the receptions put him above Shonn Greene for us.

Round 4 - With no WR on the board we looked only at WR and had to pick between Colston, Dez, DeSean Jackson and Bowe. Since this is PPR we crossed Jackson off the list first. The round before we selected a Cowboy so Bryant is crossed off. That leaves us with Colston and Bowe. Bowe is a crazy talent, but can he really duplicate his production from last season in a run first offense? Colston is the #1 receiver on a high powered offense with the better QB, and one of our favorite players. So we took him.

Round 5 - Looking for a QB/WR we didn't have to much difficulty with this pick. No WR really stood out to us and Matt Schaub was staring us in the face.

Round 6 - Need to fill in the WR/TE, we looked at Ochocinco for a second, one of us wanted him, one of us did not. Luckily there was no fight because he was picked right before us. Holmes is a solid receiver.

Round 7 - With no TE on the team, we were praying Jimmy Graham fell in our laps, but of course, he was picked 1 slot before our pick, so we fell back on Kellen Winslow after discussing Tony Gonzalez for a bit.

Round 8 - With one WR slot left, we were looking for a veteran who we knew we could rely on, and Hines Ward is exactly that guy.

 

Fantasymortar.com

With the 9th pick we entered the draft expecting to select Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall or possibly even a top end receiver.  When the clock turned, it was Chris Johnson who was staring us in the face.  We took the discount and didn’t look back, and it’s now looking likely that C.J and his fantasy owners are going to be rewarded with a hefty contract sometime this weekend.

The first five rounds are the backbone of any draft and we were adamant about addressing our PPR concerns early (Fitzgerald and Best).  We solidified our RB/flex positions with three top notch ball carriers and picked up an elite receiver and quarterback along the way.  Now we can only hope that Peyton is out there with the Colts on Week 1.

 

FratasySports

So I hate having the first pick but I love having that double pick on the swing. I absolutely love Ray Rice and love him even more with McGahee gone. I've had Rice every year since he was a rookie and I only see his numbers going up. I know Foster was an animal last year but I just don't see him doing it again

Well that’s it for the draft season. I hope everyone got the team they wanted and this should be an exciting year. If you didn’t get the team you wanted, I’m going to be the waiver wire guy for Fake Teams.com and I plan on unearthing several gems for owners in the standard leagues and for all you die-hard deep leaguers out there.

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