2 QB Dynasty Mock Rounds: 1-5

As it stands right now, our dynasty league that will be starting next season will be a two QB league. With each team required to start two QB, position scarcity will become much more of an issue and the focus of the draft will shift to locking up someone in the QB position. This draft will be in mock format so I will be drafting each team as if these teams were actually selecting their roster. Since there are 12 teams, the teams will be given a letter as a name. Team A picks 1 in round 1, B picks 2, etc. The starting roster for the league will be 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, and 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 DST. The remaining 6 rounds of this draft, to get all starters, will be completed in the next week.

 

  1. A- Aaron Rodgers
  2. B- Drew Brees
  3. C- Tom Brady
  4. D- Matthew Stafford
  5. E- Cam Newton
  6. F- Lesean McCoy
  7. G- Arian Foster
  8. H- Ray Rice
  9. I- Calvin Johnson
  10. J- Michael Vick
  11. K- Maurice Jones- Drew
  12. L- Larry Fitzgerald
  13. L- Matt Ryan
  14. K- AJ Green
  15. J- Ryan Mathews
  16. I- Eli Manning
  17. H- Chris Johnson
  18. G- Tony Romo
  19. F- Philip Rivers
  20. E- Rob Gronkowski
  21. D- Marshawn Lynch
  22. C- Jamaal Charles
  23. B- Matt Forte
  24. A- Adrian Peterson
  25. A- Hakeem Nicks
  26. B-Julio Jones
  27. C- Roddy White
  28. D- Greg Jennings
  29. E- Darren McFadden
  30. F- Peyton Manning
  31. G- Matt Schaub
  32. H- Andre Johnson
  33. I- Frank Gore
  34. J- Jimmy Graham
  35. K- Ben Roethlisberger
  36. L- Demarco Murray
  37. L- Steven Jackson
  38. K- Mike Wallace
  39. J- Wes Welker
  40. I- Mark Ingram
  41. H- Josh Freeman
  42. G- Percy Harvin
  43. F- Victor Cruz
  44. E-  Dez Bryant
  45. D- Aaron Hernandez
  46. C- Andy Dalton
  47. B- Ahmad Bradshaw
  48. A- Joe Flacco
  49. A- Reggie Bush
  50. B- Sam Bradford
  51. C- Brandon Marshall
  52. D- Rashard Mendenhall
  53. E- Jay Cutler
  54. F- Vernon Davis
  55. G- Jordy Nelson
  56. H- Ryan Fitzpatrick
  57. I- Christian Ponder
  58. J- Matt Flynn
  59. K- Alex Smith
  60. L- Kenny Britt

So that’s it for the first 5 rounds. Here’s a look at how the teams turned out

  • A- Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Hakeem Nicks, Joe Flacco, Reggie Bush
The team with the lucky first pick will almost certainly take Rodgers, like this. With a solid QB the took the risk of AP in round 2. I like the idea but would cover AP with a better, more certain RB2 than Bush if I did it again.
  • B-  Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Julio Jones, Ahmad Bradshaw, Sam Bradford
Went with Brees at the 2, which is almost obvious. Aside from Brees, this team is very young. Julio had an up and down year but he has all the talent in the world. I’d be quite pleased to actually draft this team.
  • C-  Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles, Roddy White, Andy Dalton, Brandon Marshall
Brady is aging, but, in my opinion, is still the obvious pick at three based on QB scarcity. Jamaal is somewhat risky because of a 2011 injury, but I think he’ll recover fine. Not a bad start to a team.
  • D- Matt Stafford, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Jennings, Aaron Hernandez, Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall is a risky pick because of a late season injury as is Marshawn. Besides Mendy, this team seems pretty solid. The Pats gave Aaron carries in the playoffs. If that happens next year, he’ll be even better than last season.
  • E- Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski, Darren McFadden, Dez Bryant, Jay Cutler
This team may be one of the bigger “boom or bust” teams. McFadden could be a top 5 RB easily if he were able to finish a season. Gronkowski will be a solid career player but is unlikely to ever repeat 2011. Dez has mental issues holding back his obvious talent.
  • F- Lesean McCoy, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Victor Cruz, Vernon Davis
Picking Manning was a risk, but a fairly smart one with a solid QB in Rivers. Obviously with Manning you will want to carry a third QB for a while with his uncertain status. Probably a little early on Vernon but that’s the postseason performance hype. Regardless, I feel Davis is certainly a top 8 dynasty TE.
  • G-  Arian Foster, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Percy Harvin, Jordy Nelson
This team turned out to be my favorite. Nelson and Harvin both fell and teaming them with, arguably, the best QB duo and a great RB helps.
  • H- Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson, Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick
I decided to make one team wait on QB to see the results.With two good RB and a good WR your other positions would  be okay but Freeman/Fitz is gross. This team can’t rely on a rookie QB pick either as they would have pick 5 in the rookie draft and would likely miss RG3 and Luck.
  • I- Calvin Johnson, Eli Manning, Frank Gore, Mark Ingram Christian Ponder
I don’t care for the way this team turned out. I certainly reached on Ingram but he is young and an injury slowed him down last year. Not a Gore fan so I would be certain to pick up Kendall Hunter in the next few rounds. I do like Ponder as a QB2 but he may be a reach in the top 60. With Megatron and a 4th pick in the rookie draft I would grab a rookie WR to pair with the best WR.
  • J- Michael Vick, Ryan Mathews, Jimmy Graham, Wes Welker, Matt Flynn
Welker fell, too far, to this team in early round 4 so that helps this team. I like Mathews as a young feature back and Graham as a lock for the TE spot for the next few years. Flynn is questionable depending on where he goes, but I like him. Drafting Vick is a risk but he has the ability to score major points.
  • K- Maurice Jones-Drew, AJ Green, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Alex Smith
This team ended up with a top 5 RB and the best WR duo in the draft. Alex Smith will be a suitable QB2 but this team has opportunity to get a rookie QB or Trent Richardson in the draft and be sitting pretty.
  • L- Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan, Demarco Murray, Steven Jackson, Kenny Britt

With the first pick in the rookie draft, this team will have first dibs on Luck or RG3 to pair with Matt Ryan. This team will have two solid RB and a pretty good WR duo going into the season. 12 seems like a pretty good pick to have if you miss out on the first 4 or 5 picks.

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2012 Top 60

At this point in the year, what little inkling we have of next season will without a doubt be changed through the NFL off season. As teams hire coaches and, later in the year, change players around, these rankings will certainly be subject to change. This is my, too early, top 60 rankings. In theory this is the order I believe these players should come off the board right now.

  1. Ray Rice
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Lesean McCoy
  5. Drew Brees
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Maurice Jones-Drew
  8. Jamaal Charles- He’s moved up since my positional rankings, I trust him.
  9. Marshawn Lynch
  10. Ryan Mathews
  11. Tom Brady
  12. Chris Johnson
  13. Wes Welker
  14. Larry Fitzgerald
  15. Roddy White
  16. Matt Forte
  17. Darren McFadden
  18. Rob Gronkowski
  19. Michael Vick
  20. Cam Newton
  21. DeMarco Murray
  22. Michael Turner
  23. Jimmy Graham
  24. Matthew Stafford
  25. Adrian Peterson
  26. Hakeem Nicks
  27. Steven Jackson
  28. Greg Jennings
  29. Andre Johnson
  30. Frank Gore
  31. Fred Jackson
  32. Mike Wallace
  33. AJ Green
  34. Victor Cruz
  35. Jordy Nelson
  36. Antonio Gates
  37. Peyton Manning
  38. Reggie Bush
  39. Darren Sproles
  40. Steve Smith
  41. Dwayne Bowe
  42. Jeremy Maclin
  43. Percy Harvin
  44. Matt Ryan
  45. Eli Manning
  46. Tony Romo
  47. Beanie Wells
  48. Dez Bryant
  49. LeGarrette Blount
  50. Michael Bush
  51. Brandon Marshall
  52. Brandon Lloyd
  53. Stevie Johnson
  54. Ahmad Bradshaw
  55. Roy Helu
  56. Cedric Benson
  57. Vincent Jackson
  58. Julio Jones
  59. Marques Colston
  60. Willis McGahee

Dynasy Veterans Draft Early Top 60

Sometime in the summer, we will start our dynasty league. The dynasty, for the inaugural year, will have a veterans draft (20 rounds) followed by a rookie-only draft (2 rounds). Today I am doing a (very) early look at the top 60 (5 rounds) picks,in my opinion, of the veteran draft. First, my logic. In this draft, and with the changing landscape of the NFL, I will probably overvalue a great QB. Guys like Rodgers and Brees will be very valuable in a dynasty when you can circulate more fluid positions like RB and WR through the years. I’ll obviously value younger and less injury prone RB and WR over some solid recent players. These rankings are in an overall format, as opposed to a mock draft format, so I will be listing a top 60 instead of a round by round look at players. I’ll interject periodically to discuss players and groups of players.

  1. Aaron Rodgers- I personally think you’d be crazy to take anyone else here.
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Tom Brady- *I considered going lower with Brady and Brees due to age but to get 5 solid years of them is still better than any other QB in my opinion.
  4. Matthew Stafford- As long as he has Calvin Johnson, yes.
  5. Arian Foster
  6. Lesean McCoy
  7. Ray Rice
  8. Ryan Mathews
  9. Calvin Johnson
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Larry Fitzgerald
  12. Maurice Jones-Drew- So hypothetically this was the end of round one. Like I said in the intro, it is my opinion that there are 5-6 QB who should go in round 1. Ryan Mathews was a big mover, but he is young and is becoming a feature back in SD. If he stays healthy, he has number 1 RB potential. MJD is my biggest question in round 1. He has quite a few carries on those legs, but for the time being he is the 5th best RB.
  13. Chris Johnson
  14. Jamaal Charles
  15. Marshawn Lynch
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Demarco Murray
  18. Darren McFadden
  19. AJ Green
  20. Victor Cruz
  21. Eli Manning
  22. Michael Vick
  23. Hakeem Nicks
  24. Jimmy Graham- Graham over Gronk was my most noticeable question mark this round. I just think in a dynasty, I want the guy with no competition at his spot. The start of this round 2 group was RB heavy with plenty of high risk/reward guys like CJ and Jamaal. I have trouble ranking Cruz/Nicks but at this time I think it has to be Cruz but both will be top 25 players in my opinion.
  25. Matt Forte
  26. Andre Johnson- Forte and AJ are two injury fears so they fell in these ranks.
  27. Rob Gronkowski
  28. Greg Jennings
  29. Wes Welker
  30. Matt Ryan
  31. Tony Romo
  32. Phillip Rivers
  33. Brandon Marshall
  34. Michael Turner
  35. Reggie Bush
  36. Jordy Nelson- these next 12 guys were injured/aged guys and QB. At this point there are  QB off the board and in my opinion these are the least questionable guys. If these guys are gone, I would wait.
  37. Roddy White
  38. Steve Smith
  39. Julio Jones
  40. Adrian Peterson
  41. Dwayne Bowe
  42. Vincent Jackson
  43. Dez Bryant
  44. Antonio Gates
  45. Beanie Wells
  46. Steven Jackson
  47. LeGarrette Blount
  48. Jeremy Maclin- Adrain Peterson will probably be the hardest to rank player next year, but I’ll be conservative here. Too conservative I imagine, but I think that type of injury has more implications than missed time. Roddy ahead of Julio based on targets, but it is close because Julio has the huge play ability. Either way it bodes well for Matt Ryan. Bowe has proven he can be a top 10 guy when Cassel is healthy but his inconsistency dropped him here. Not a fan of any of the Wells/S Jax/Blount trio, but for the most part they get their carries.
  49. Percy Harvin
  50. Stevie Johnson
  51. Roy Helu
  52. Ben Roethlisberger
  53. Aaron Hernandez
  54. Jason Witten
  55. Kenny Britt
  56. Michael Crabtree
  57. Frank Gore
  58. Fred Jackson
  59. Cedric Benson
  60. Denarius Moore- Moore is personal bias at the end of round 5. Big Ben was the 11th QB so if you were a guy who missed him, you can wait late and try to get Andrew Luck. There was plenty of high upside WR in this round with Stevie, Harvin, Britt, and Crabtree. With the pass heavy league, QB and WR will benefit with the most depth.

Needless to say, the entire veteran draft will be interesting as no owner has dynasty experience. You will have to get your first two round picks in mind and wing it. Personally, the first pick is the most desirable pick. You can get Rodgers and a solid RB/WR duo. This league will be depth heavy but have a fairly normal starting lineup, with an extra flex spot, so after locking up a QB it will be about how you handle your draft. These ranks are ridiculously early, so I will be updating them after the draft in April and again before the preseason.

Early 2012 Ranks

For no reason whatsoever, I’m doing early positional rankings for 2012. Check them out.

QB

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Tom Brady
  4. Cam Newton- Holy Rush TD Batman
  5. Michael Vick- no way he has only one rush td again next year, and assuming he plays all 16 (sigh)
  6. Matthew Stafford- should probably be higher but I doubt he repeats 2011
  7. Peyton Manning- injury and team concerns me, but if he plays all year he’ll be better than 7.
  8. Tony Romo
  9. Matt Ryan- maybe surprising here, but he finished the 2011 season as the 6th QB. With Turner’s load decreasing, he’ll continue to move up.
  10. Eli Manning
  11. Tim Tebow- under the assumption he remains the starter in Denver (or anywhere)
  12. Phillip Rivers- Should be higher, but after some of his performances in 2011 I just can’t do it.
  13. Ben Roethlisberger
  14. Andy Dalton- I think he only gets better and stays solid. Like a good Josh Freeman (see 2010).
  15. Josh Freeman- If he can find a happy spot between 2010 and 2011 he’s better than 15th.

Overall my QB rankings are fairly boring as there are no real surprises. The main takeaway is that QB will be an extremely deep position in 2012. When Rivers/Roethlisberger are the worst option in a 12 team league, that’s insane.

RB

  1. Lesean McCoy
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Ray Rice
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew
  5. Marshawn Lynch
  6. Ryan Mathews
  7. Matt Forte
  8. Darren McFadden- if you combine their performances, OAK RB was a top 5 RB.
  9. Rashard Mendenhall- Gross, but it’s about carries.
  10. Demarco Murray- probably a little high, but he will have all the opportunity to star in 2012.
  11. Michael Turner- took a strong decline in 2011, and finished top 8.
  12. Jamaal Charles- hard to rank, but he was injured in week 2 so he’ll have had time to heal, hopefully back to pre-ACL Jamaal.
  13. Chris Johnson- bust of the year, but he finished 17th. Sleeper pick if he’s there this late. (He won’t be)
  14. Steven Jackson- all about the carries, but he’s aging fast.
  15. Reggie Bush- more than proved he can be a feature back with 1300 total yards and 7 td. Concern is more work for Daniel Thomas
  16. Darren Sproles- total yards all day
  17. Fred Jackson- I am skeptical of his 2011 but if he is anywhere close, this is a steal.
  18. Frank Gore
  19. Beanie Wells
  20. LeGarrette Blount- I am betting on a rebound year for TB’s offense.
  21. Cedric Benson- unless CIN drafts someone else
  22. Michael Bush- pure speculation pick, but he is a free agent and he’ll get paid by someone (IND, CLE, DEN, etc.)
  23. Roy Helu- he seems to be the guy in WAS (as little as that means) plus I think Peyton will be his QB.
  24. Ahmad Bradshaw- I have a feeling NYG drafts a RB, but if not Bradshaw should be ranked higher
  25. Shonn Greene- boring carries.

In 2011, RB was ugly after the top 4 guys. There was way too much inconsistency and injury to be happy unless you had a top guy. Perhaps the lockout took some toll on the position, but a farther shift towards passing will change the fantasy RB landscape in the future. A feature RB will be worth even more than they have been considering there may be ten or less of them.

WR

  1. Calvin Johnson
  2. Wes Welker
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Roddy White
  5. Andre Johnson- hard to rank considering he hardly played all year. He’s still AJ though.
  6. Greg Jennings
  7. Mike Wallace
  8. Hakeem Nicks- Had him over Cruz on consistency and catches. Lower risk in my opinion.
  9. Brandon Marshall- Seemed to really connect with Matt Moore later in the season. Like him less if Moore is replaced.
  10. Steve Smith
  11. AJ Green
  12. Victor Cruz
  13. Vincent Jackson
  14. Dwayne Bowe- He is MUCH better with Cassel.
  15. Jeremy Maclin- Injury riddled season for him, could be a steal late.
  16. Percy Harvin- Ranked him too low, but he concerns me. Easy boom or bust guy.
  17. Brandon Lloyd- Sam and Brandon sitting in a tree…
  18. Jordy Nelson- I don’t think he repeats the 12 td. Maybe 6.
  19. Dez Bryant- highest Dallas receiver and he’ll go higher than this from hype.
  20. Stevie Johnson
  21. Julio Jones
  22. Marques Colston
  23. Denarius Moore- big reach here, but I think he is good. More time with Palmer can only help.
  24. Antonio Brown- came to be Ben’s go to guy late.
  25. Mike Williams, TB- rebound season

WR was the hardest position to rank because it easily had the craziest year of any position with guys like Jordy Nelson and Victor Cruz ending up top 5. So my rankings favor consistent players, for the most part. Obviously these could also change the most based on QB moves. (i.e. wherever Peyton goes)

TE

  1.  Rob Gronkowski- Duh
  2. Jimmy Graham- other duh
  3. Antonio Gates- Without the injury he would have been top 3
  4. Jason Witten- his role is diminishing but TE is gross
  5. Jermichael Finley- not a Finley fan but TE depth goes away fast.
  6. Aaron Hernandez
  7. Tony Gonzales
  8. Owen Daniels- much better with Schaub
  9. Fred Davis- if there are no negative repercussions to 2011 behaviors.
  10. Brandon Pettigrew- he gets catches. The yards will come.
  11. Dustin Keller
  12. Vernon Davis
  13. Dallas Clark- Peyton Manning assumption
  14. Jermaine Gresham
  15. Jake Ballard- because he is my boy and if Manningham goes he becomes the third option. 50+ catches and he may be a top 10 option.
  16. Kellen Winslow-catches (he was 7th in catches among TE in 2011)

TE may be the most depth-deprived position in 2012. Not different from most other years, but unless you plan on drafting a top 3-4 guy, you wait late for the Davis-Winslow group or you hope to pick up a 16 td TE in free agency.

 

2011 Review Spectacular

Week 16 of the NFL is over, and with its end comes the end of the 2011 fantasy football season. First off, a congratulations are in order for the two league champions, Team Black Guy and High Noon, and for the Owner Championship winner Bush. In this post, I will review the playoffs and announce the final owner standings, give some season awards to players and fantasy teams, and look forward to next season.

PLAYOFFS

Week 16 was the last week of the fantasy playoffs. As I have already listed each league’s winners, let’s look at all teams that placed.

In Awesome, Black Guy finished up a fine season with a strong playoff run that can be summarized by the word RodGronkMegaCruz. In the finals, he handily defeated an All Day team that was finished when Romo left the game after two pass attempts. I predicted this matchup, and this result, in my playoffs preview for Awesome. In a not-so-surprising way, Dirty Birds ended the playoffs as the third place team (highest scoring team not in the finals). Dirty Birds led the league in scoring and had an early playoff exit thanks to a big week from I Kill. Third for Birds only further cemented Bush’s impressive season.

There is a bit less to say about the finals matchup in The League. High Noon entered the playoffs as a four seed and, thanks to a fluky record-breaking touchdown from some guy named Brees, pulled the 0.5 point win over Brodown Showdown. My first inclination was to be angry at Bush for not setting Brodown’s lineup (which would have got him the win) then I realized he had the privilege of facing himself and realized it was not even necessary -_-. In an surprising turn of events, White Power led The League in non-finals team scoring over the four week playoffs to get third place.

Owner Standings

Here’s a look at the final standings for the Owner Championship Belt:

  1. Bush 8686- Not much to say about this season for Bush. His teams were dominant throughout and he even got a chance to beat himself in one league championship. There were a few weeks mid-season where Jacob and Corey pulled close but he ran away with it in the finals. I think there would be no debate that Bush deserves this title after this season.
  2. Wilrd 7812- Easily the biggest mover throughout the season, Wilrd jumped from six to two and everywhere in between through the season. Thanks to owning two of the best players in fantasy this year in Rod and Gronk, his scoring stayed average but he led a strong win streak after week 7 to finish the regular season in third place. Black Guy helped him out by winning the Awesome championship to move him to second place. Wilrd was certainly the “Tebow” of this season as some questionable (or ridiculously silly) starts led to some wins but there is no discounting the last 6 weeks for Wilrd as his teams were all steady and led to a solid second place finish.
  3. Jacob 7393- Although the Stubborn Mister Roto led owners in scoring heading in the playoffs, playoff impotence led to shooting blanks and a third place finish. All jokes aside, injuries and some playoff no-shows led to nothing doing in the playoffs and a win from Wilrd led to the drop to third place. Third place was certainly nothing to scoff at this season when all you could do was hope to come in second behind Bush.
  4. Corey 7364- There is something to be said about consistency and Corey is the best at it. His teams stayed solid all season long and, moreso than any other owner, Corey sticks to his players. Although he was unable to pull out a great playoff run, All Day was solid and finished in second place in Awesome to keep Corey in a very close 4th place in the owner standings.
  5. Colton 6311.7- With an impressively unlucky points against and terrible record, there was not much going on here. This dashing, intelligent, and good looking owner can’t be great every season and this was certainly a low. With two high-seeded playoff teams, he came out with nothing to show for it and hence you have the large gap from 4th to 5th place. Many things can be said about a mediocre to bad season but most importantly screw Lesean McCoy.
  6. JJ 6103- With a little more desire to win and perhaps a freaking alarm clock, JJ could have fared much better this season. Although he had some injury issues, none of his teams were helpless. Having Cam in both leagues should have led to a better than sixth place finish. Maybe next year JJ will learn to be active and make roster moves/set lineups… Right?….. Right??

2011 Awesome Fantasy Football Awards

2011 had its ups and downs for many players but we are here to celebrate those who excel, those who were the best (and worst) this season.

Best Kicker: Screw the Kicker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYvkgJYWCus

Best D/ST: 49ers. They are the obvious pick, but there is something nice about being able to consistently rely on your DST to score 10-15 points every week. Honorable Mention: Lions.

Best TE: Rob MF’n Gronkowski… Enough said.

Best WR: Victor Cruz. I know you say Megatron and that’s fine, but Cruz was undrafted in basically all leagues, finished third among WR, and from weeks 3-14 was the best fantasy WR. Honorable Mention: Jordy Nelson.

Best RB: Lesean McCoy. I do not like him, but there’s zero debate here. With 20 td and better consistency than any other RB, McCoy finished as the number one RB. Honorable Mention: Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch

Best QB: Aaron Rodgers. With one game less than 21 points, no one else did more for their fantasy owners in 2011 than A-Rod. Honorable Mention: Cam Newton. Undrafted. 14 effing rushing td.

Bust of 2011: Chris Johnson. Although he wasn’t terrible ALL season, he was most of it. To have been the second most expensive auction player, and a top 3 pick, there was no bigger bust this season. Dishonorable mention: Rashard Mendenhall. A preaseason top 8 RB who barely made the top 20. Yuck.

Fantasy Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton, duh.

Mr. Comeback: Darren Sproles. In SD, Sproles was not very fantasy relevant. In NO in 2011, Sproles finished as the 12th best RB.

2011 Fantasy MVP: There are plenty of great choices here. From a surprising rookie QB to undrafted WR to a RB with 20 TD to a WR who was on pace to break Moss’ TD record to a QB who threw for 5,000 yards, but in my opinion there was no one who separated from their position and made teams win than my fantasy MVP. Rob freaking Gronkowski. In a bad season for the TE postion, Gronk finished 92 points ahead of the third best TE. With 1200 yards and 16 total TD, Gronk had by far the best TE season of all time. An undrafted (in our leagues) TE who played like a top 20 overall player. Quite valuable.

 

Best Fantasy Team: Dirty Birds. Thanks to owning Brees and McCoy, Birds led all fantasy teams in points per game this season and even through some injuries held that spot almost all season. Honorable Mention: Black Guy. Factoring the playoffs, Black Guy led all teams in scoring.. and had RodGronk.

Worst Fantasy Team (Award Disclaimer: Only non-JJ teams) : Team Loser. Thanks to a trade gone south (I ❤ Arian), Loser struggled all season to pull anything out even though it had some nice times with Helu, Reggie, and Wes Welker. If JJ sets lineups all year, Loser finishes lowest in scoring and has top pick next year. Honorable Mentions (disqualified): Crackers and White Power

Best Pickups of the Year

Awesome: Ryan Grant. This may be a confusing pick, but Black Guy picked up and started Grant over Ced Benson in round 1 of the playoffs and won thanks to a long Grant TD. As crazy as this pick was, it changed who would win the championship.

The League: Rob Gronkowski. Darn my (former) principle of not owning players in both leagues.

Looking Ahead

Thanks to new interests, The League will (most likely) be dropped next year in favor of a twelve team dynasty league with 12 different owners. We will still keep Awesome and, pending league vote, the owner belt will be given to the Awesome champ each year. Hope everyone enjoyed the season, the blog updates, and the awards. Congrats again to Bush. Peace out homies.

Week 15 Matchups Preview

Every fantasy football season has it’s triumphs and it’s heartbreaks. Week 15 means only 2 weeks left in this fantasy football season. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the heartbreaks and triumphs from the 2011 fantasy football season.

Heartbreaks:

  • Jamaal Charles’ ACL in week 2 putting a disappointing end to an exciting player’s season.
  • Michael Vick being picked 8 overall in Awesome.
  • Chris Johnson going from CJ2k to CJ1k to CJareyouOk?
  • Black Crackers ending the season as the worst scoring team thanks to three straight weeks of lineup ignorance.
  • Last year’s “Owner Champion” taking an impressive first to almost worst fall.
  • JJ being JJ again. We can only hope this doesn’t happen next year.
  • WOW’s terrible end to a season thanks to Ryan Grant.
  • Rob Gronkowski not drafted in either league
  • Last, but in no way least, the probable death of the keeper league. Unless a majority of the owners wish to keep playing the keeper league next year while also playing awesome and the new dynasty league, the keeper will die after two short years.Triumphs:
  • DeMarco Murray, while it lasted.
  • The strange emergence of every team’s WR2 being better than their WR1. (Victor Cruz, Jordy, Garcon, Laurent Robinson, Torrey Smith)
  • Wilrd owning A-Rod and Gronk in both league’s and not managing to lead either league in scoring. (It’s a triumph for 5/6 of us)
  • Rob freaking Gronkowski
  • AJ Green. The UGA receiver proved that the Falcons should be very angry at the Bengals for backing out of a draft day trade at the last second.
  • Michael Vi…. sorry wrong section. -__-
  • Most important here, the underdog story. Two ago, Adam Wayne Bush joined Awesome just for kicks and amusement with pals. Fast-forward to now and the ruthless High Noon himself has taken 2011 by storm raping and pillaging all along the way. Hats off to Adam as he enjoys this season, and the Owners belt that will surely come with it.

Now to what you all came for, the matchups preview. In week 15 The League will begin round 2 of the championship with Mr. Bush holding both teams in the final.

2. Brodown Showdown vs. 4. High Noon

In my preview of round 1, I picked High Noon to lose to Reaper. While they proved me wrong, I still am not high on High Noon. Having experienced firsthand what Brodown can accomplish. High Noon has the top 2 players in this matchup in Brees and McCoy, but Brodown is stronger overall and I see them finishing this matchup as the winner.

212-191 Brodown

My original picks were Reaper in first, Brodown in second, and Order in third. Losing Greg Jennings may have ended Order’s chances for third and it looks like a 3 way race between White Power, Trap Card, and Reaper. Thanks to 2 players, I’ll take Trap Card to pull out third.

Awesome will play round 2 of their playoffs in Week 15. After a couple of upsets in week 1, I find these matchups a bit less compelling. Three of the teams that lost in round 1 were, in my opinion, top 4 teams so it was hard to watch them have to exit early. That being said, playoffs always seem to make themselves interesting.

8. I Kill for Pleasure vs. 4. I Got All Day

All Day had the best scoring round 1 of any team, but I Kill was a close second. I Kill pulled the upset over Dirty Birds in round 1 thanks to big games from MJD and Antonio Brown. All Day managed over 130 whil getting almost no help from CJ and McGahee who only combined for 10 points last week. I do not expect that this week as McGahee gets NE and, more importantly, CJ faces the Colts. I expect I Kill to get a nice game from Felix this week, but MJD may have limited upside against a dangerous Atlanta run defense. I Kill had a nice round 1, but I think All Day gets by this one and advances to the Championship.

116-97 All Day

6. Don’t Stop Believing vs. 2. Black Guy

Thanks to a fortuitous matchup against the lowest scoring team and one of Julio Jones’ random great games, Don’t Stop sneaked through round 1 to the semi finals. I don’t have much to say about this game. Thanks to a depressing season of injuries for Don’t Stop with the Murray injury last week putting the nail in the coffin, I expect an easy week for Black Guy here. Black Guy has A-Rod and Gronk and it does not seem to matter who they start elsewhere with the season those two are having.

114-81 Black Guy

To recap, in my Playoffs preview, I picked Black Guy to defeat All Day in the finals and Wow to come in third place. I think my finals matchup will take place, but with All Day’s recent play and the need to avenge for Wow, there could be an upset. I picked Wow for third place and right now it is between them, Warrior, and the loser of the I KIll/All Day game.

Thanks to a timely trip home and a week of work, there most likely won’t be a Week 15 Review or a finals preview. Good luck to those of you lucky enough to compete in week 15, and check back here after week 16 for the super-sized season in review and the final standings for owners points.

Week 14 Review

Before we begin, let’s look at all the team’s who had their playoff lives die this week and hold a moment of silence in their honor.

The Dirty Birds. I Am Man. They Call Me Warrior. Wow You Suck. Order of the Phoenix. Reaper Crew.

These teams all suffered losses in the first rounds of their playoffs during week 14 and will not win a championship.

In the League, we have our finals matchups set. Much to the chagrin of the other owners, Bush’s two teams will be facing off in the championship. While the Order and Reaper Crew both put up a solid fight and were the 5th and 4th highest scoring teams in round 1 respectively, Brodown and High Noon would not be stopped. The story of round 1 was big name letdowns from stars on teams. Reaper was forced to play without their stud, AP and The Order played without Vick in week 13 and a letdown game from Vick in week 14 sealed the deal. I picked Reaper Crew to beat Brodown in the championship so I won’t be correct here. I’ll cover the finals matchup between Brodown and High Noon in my Thursday Previews.

 

Awesome had round 1 of its playoffs in week 14 and this meant the end of 4 playoff teams.  Don’t Stop Believing and I Kill pulled off upsets in week 14 over I Am Man and Dirty Birds. Man was the biggest letdown team in week 14, scoring the least of any playoff team thanks to a bountiful -7 from the Cowboys DST. I Kill pulled off the 8-1 upset against Dirty Birds thanks to a career game from MJD. The bad beat of the week goes to Wow. I’ve said for a while that Wow was an underrated team and a scary 7 seed, but it is hard to face the Tebow-like Black Guy this season. With another monster game from Gronkowski and a questionable Ryan Grant start, Black Guy edged this game out by two points on Monday. While I am excited personally that Black Guy won because I picked them, it is hard to watch Wow exit round 1 when I think they are the best team in the league right now. The second worst beat of the week goes to Warrior. Warrior lost by nearly 20 but was the third best scoring team in the league. All Day got solid games from all their studs and will be all the more formidable with the return of Adrian Peterson. I’ll cover round 2 and update my predictions in my weekly playoffs.

Thanks to a grossly heartbreaking playoff exit in both leagues (yes I can complain, I lost to the top scoring team in both leagues round 1 but that was expected since I faced the most points all season), I’m ready to look forward to next year. This has little meaning at the current point, but I am going to give my top 12 players for next year in my early round 1 rankings.

  1. Aaron Rodgers- obvious at this point considering his dominance at the QB spot this season.
  2. Lesean McCoy- the 2 can be debated, but in my opinion Shady is the pick here. He leads all RB in scoring this year thanks in large part to his emergence as the Eagle’s only go to option.
  3. Arian Foster- Although he missed 2 and most of 3 games this season, he is still a top 5 RB on the year and I think he would be one had he missed no time. He has proven that 2010 was not a fluke.
  4. Ray Rice- I said I thought Rice would finish the season as the best RB and so far he has only managed to be second best. That being said, I expect similar production from him next year. While his offense has been average, he has managed to put up points. It also helps to be on a team with a great D so he usually has the lead to rack up late carries.
  5. Adrian Peterson- I am personally not a huge Peterson fan, but it is impossible to argue against his consistency as a first round worthy RB. Although missing three games this season, he has still been worth his draft position.
  6. Maurice Jones-Drew- He has proven this year that he has no downside. With an abysmal offense he has still managed to lead the league in rushing yards this season. He’s as safe of a pick as you can make.
  7. Ryan Mathews- my first wildly debatable pick. Call me crazy, but ignoring weeks 7-11 (where I fully believe he was playing hurt), he has been every bit of a top 5 RB this season. Sure you lose the vulture TD from Tolbert, but he makes up for that in yardage and volume. This offense was terrible most of this season and I expect them to rebound next year.
  8. Calvin Johnson- While his performance has decreased from the early season, he has still been dominant most of the year. I believe another year with Stafford, Young, and Pettigrew and with a healthy RB, Calvin could keep a spot as a top WR and a solid round 1 pick.
  9. Matt Forte- An injury ended his season early, but prior to that he was a top 3 guy. I may be too low on him, but having owned him late in the year helps that. He started hot but tailed off way too much for comfort near the end. His value is based on yardage and volume. The Bears hopefully find a remedy to the lack of WR, and he has another solid year in 2012.
  10. Marshawn Lynch- Lynch started 2011 slowly but since week 8 he has been absolutely dominant. He has scored every game since week 8 and averaged over 100 yards rushing a game since then. Lynch is still a young and has been dominant before. He will only get better as a young Seahawks team improves.
  11. Darren McFadden- This ranking assumes to some extent that Michael Bush chooses somewhere else in free agency. Prior to an injury in week 7, McFadden was a top 5 RB. He has not played since that injury and may not play again all season. His performance early in the year showed that he clearly has the talent of a top 5 guy and his injury issues may drop him into the late second round. If, and it is a big if, he ever finishes a season, he may be a top RB.
  12. Wes Welker- With the emergence of Gronk as the best TE in the league, and some guy named Brady, Welker will most likely finish this season as the top WR. This ranking is more reflective of his targets and catches. Welker has always been a reception monster and, with Gronk emerging, those receptions are going for more yards than previously. Welker seems to have a ceiling since he likely won’t score as many TD as he has this year, but he has first round value because of consistency.