And I stunk. I went 4-10. I traded Ben Roethlesberger for Jamaal Lewis. I traded Tony Gonzalez for Earnest Graham. I drafted every over-the-hill wide receiver in the league. In short, what I did is what a lot of new fantasy players probably do: I reacted to what had happened LAST year. I drafted names I had heard of and didn't really have a good strategy. I hadn't even watched football the year before. There's a lot to be said for just watching the players and taking that into consideration with their numbers. I don't have a television, so I rarely watch football games even now, and I feel this a real detriment to drafting a fantasy football team.
Alright, you're not here to listen to me relive my history, so I'll just say second year I played the same league and it was my only league, and I stunk again. Then two years ago I decided to play six leagues because I was tired of listening to the radio for my players' names to be called and seeing nothing happen. I won two championships and had a second. I thought I was the greatest fantasy football player of all time.
Until last year. My teams opened with a dud. No rhyme or reason. I hadn't drafted all that badly, I was just losing. Players like Felix Jones and Percy Harvin were murdering me. I wasn't the lucky guy like I had been the previous year who went in for Arian Foster before everyone else. Instead, I was the guy who didn't go in for Cam Newton or Jimmie Graham. Even getting Darren Sproles and Willis McGahee off the waiver wire early didn't save my season in most of the leagues. Fortunately, I salvaged one championship and considered myself lucky.
This year I wanted to do one early draft. I just couldn't wait. So I signed up for a ten dollar, twelve team league on CDM sports. I did the draft last night, and...
I blew it. I mean, I blew it in a way that I don't even have to wait for the season to begin to know this team is a dog. But I learned a few things that I won't be repeating in my bigger money drafts. Here's a rundown...
I dreaw number 11, and I've been having a trouble with this spot in mocks because there is no real solid running back to go for at this point, Calvin Johnson and the top three quartebacks are gone, and it's probably too early to reach for one of the two Tight End studs. It's a no man's land. So i decided to try the first round quarterback, second round tight end strategy a lot of people are recommending and that has worked a lot of times in mock drafts because you panic early, but after you see how many running backs and wide receivers you can pile up later you relax.
That didn't happen here. I won't go round by round because I'm already wordy today. I took Matt Stafford in the 1st with the 11th pick and Rob Gronkowski in the second with the 14th pick. My other proposed strategy, which I abandoned, was to take a running back like Marshawn Lynch then Julio Jones. If this were a money draft I probably would have, but more on that later in my conclusions.
|The 1st round quarteback, second round tight end strategy is the rage this year. So I tried it. With disastrous results.|
My trouble began right away when I realized I wasn't going to get anything like a number one running back. I settled for Fred Jackson in round three, then came back with Marquez Colston in the fourth as my first wide receiver. Still not a disaster. In fact, rather similar to most of the mocks I've done this way. But....