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Check out the breakdown for all of my picks in the FantasyPros911.com staff league.
By Mike Cannici
Good day everyone, this past Saturday, August 21st me and my fellow owners participated in our annual Bragging Rights draft. For the first time, we did a keeper auction league changed from the snakdraft format we had done the two previous years. This year we have just 1 keeper, but going into the 2011 season we will implement 3 keepers, with salaries increasing each year the player is kept. We will be able to sign a player for up to 3 years. This is a 10 team league.
$230 salary cap
Starting Requirements: 1 QB, 2RB,3WR,1TE,1K,2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 3 Flex Defensive Players.
Standard offensive scoring rules plus 1 point per reception
Def. Player scoring- Solo Tackles=1.5pts, Assisted Tackles= 0.5pts, Sacks=4pts, Interceptions=3pts, Fumble recovery=3pts, Pass defensed=1pt, Def. TD=6pts
Now on to the fun stuff, here’s my squad
QB’s-Donavan McNabb ($5), Josh Freeman ($1)
RB’s- Pierre Thomas ($27), Jonathan Stewart ($27), Joseph Addai($20),Marion Barber($10),Ahmad Bradshaw ($10), Montario Hardesty ($6)
WR’s- Roddy White ($40), Dwayne Bowe ($12), Michael Crabtree ($2 he was my keeper), Legedu Naanee ($3), Julian Edelman ($7), Dexter McCluster ($5).
TE’s- Jermichael Finley ($16)
K- Neil Rackers ($2)
IDP’s- Curtis Lofton ($10), James Laurainitis )($7), Rolando McClain ($4)
Keepers going into draft: QB- Peyton Manning ($25), RB- Shonn Greene ($1), Rashard Mendenhall ($2), Chris Johnson ($29), Ray Rice ($11), WR-Andre Johnson ($23), DeSean Jackson ($11),Miles Austin ($1), Michael Crabtree ($2), Steve Smith-NY($1)
As you can see, I didn’t attack Quarterbacks as I probably should have as I just got outbid on a few guys I really wanted. However here’s how their schedule plays out if I play the matchups with Mcnabb and Freeman throughout the season. It looks pretty favorable for the most part and there are still a few quality free agents available to pick up if Freeman isn’t a serviceable backup.
CLE | HOU | STL | PHI | CIN | NO | STL | DET | ATL | CAR | TEN | MIN | ATL | WAS | DET | JAX
I wasn’t too thrilled by my RB’s at first but I think I built quality depth after I was outbid for Jones-Drew who I planned on getting. My high bid was $70 and when he got bid up to $71 , I cut myself off at $70 because I wasn’t going to go any higher for him. I feel like I may have overpaid a little bit for Jonathan Stewart and Pierre Thomas but I had the money at the time and needed to get some backs who had quality and upside. I also added some good depth in getting Addai, who nobody ever likes but always puts up solid numbers. Addai will be plugged in as my every week flex. I also added Marion Barber and Ahmad Bradshaw for $10 each who will end up giving me solid return on my investments. Even though I didn’t end up with any top 10 backs, I filled my squad out with a few of guys who could finish 15-20th in RB fantasy points by season’s end. I give myself a B+ at the RB position.
Roddy White I acquired for $40 which might be a little too high for him but he was the last of the #1 wideouts and I needed have one. I will pair Roddy up with Crabtree which should make for a solid 1-2 combo at the WR position this year. Coming in with Crabtree as my keeper for $2 represents excellent value because it’s a keeper league and Crabtree has tremendous upside. My #3 wideout spot will be filled by Dwayne Bowe who I got for $12 which is a pretty solid price. I see about 1,000 yards from Bowe and 8-10 TD’s which is excellent for a 2nd or 3rd wideout. Legedu Naanee was purely an affordable upside pick. Naanee will be the new number two in San Diego and should be able to put up some good numbers with Rivers throwing the ball. I also bought Julian Edelman who is a Wes Welker setback away from being a top 25 PPR wideout. Some guys at the draft said are you crazy having two Chiefs and taking Dexter Mcluster but I see some improvement in the passing game coming for KC in 2010. He’ll get some carries out of the backfield, catch 45-55 balls and may even have some chances in the return game. We don’t count return yards but do count return TD’s and that definitely would add to his value if he gets some chances there. My overall grade at WR is B+ because of the potential of Crabtree becoming a top 10 WR this year and upside of McCluster and Edelman.
My only TE drafted was Jermichael Finley, who could finish as the #1 overall Tight end. He’s an overgrown wide receiver who Aaron Rodgers loves to look for in the red zone. I owned Finley last season and he was a major catalyst in my championship run. I give myself an A- with this pick.
No need to discuss kickers, just know that I got one.
I ended up getting 3 of the 4 defensive players that I wanted most coming into the auction. The player that I wanted but didn’t get was Patrick Willis who was bid up to $20. I didn’t want to spend that much, that early on a defensive player as he was around the 50th player off the board. Curtis Lofton is an up and coming LB star in this league. He should post over 100 tackles with a few sacks and interceptions. James Lauranaitis will end up ONLY behind Patrick Willis by season’s end in total points by a LB, mark my words. The Rams defense will constantly be on the field, he’s a ball hawk and is the son of a former WWF wrestler so what’s not to love about this guy. My last defensive player bought was Rolando McClain, who for $4 will end up being the defensive steal of the draft. This kid will put up huge numbers in the Raider’s defense and finish in the top 20 overall defensively. Overall grade for my defense is an A+ because I got 3 of the 4 best tackling machines in the NFL.
Our first auction as a league was a tremendous success. We had my Brother as the auctioneer and he did an amazing job. If you want to rent him for your league auction, contact me for bookings. He’ll bring the top hat, creepy moustache and even a cape if need be. The thing the guys liked the most about the auction format was that you need to pay attention throughout and every guy is available to everyone. Also no sitting around waiting 30-40 minutes for your next pick or being upset that the next 10 guys on your list are gone before your next pick is up. I highly recommend auction leagues for owners that are looking for something new and different. Also for owners who want to step up to the next level of fantasy. Please leave comments or questions or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
By: Steve DeAngelo
I Attended my first fantasy auction of the 2010 season last night in South Jersey. This particular league is a keeper league that is in its 6th season. It’s a good bunch of guys and it’s always good times meeting with them. It’s a fairly competitive league as well with solid owners.
The Freehole Fantasy Football League is a ppr league with backs and receivers getting 1 pt for every 2 catches. The rest is standard scoring. The lineup format is standard with a flex position. QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, Flex, TE, K, DEF. We are allowed 4 keepers each season with a $175 cap. The max contract is 3 years and salaries increase every year you protect your player.
3 years ago I gave Vince Young a 3 year contract. I loved VY coming out of college and I still believe in him even though he still has many doubters. Obviously though at $22 it’s not good market value. Also I traded for Marion Barber last year after dumping some other contracts and he was coming in protected at $19 this year. Again probably not great market value but again this is a keeper league and things like this will happen. However both of these players can still provide solid production for me throughout the year.
My new contracts were protecting Rashad Mendenhall at $11 as I signed him to a 1 year deal. I had him at $6 last year and protecting him at 1 year increases his salary by $5 to make $11 for this year. I did the one year contract for two reasons. First only being able to protect 4 guys I want to keep my options open for next year as we are not allowed to cut guys under contract. Also I am not fully sold on Mendenhall yet even though he has solid potential. Either way $11 bucks for Mendenhall is a great price.
The other player I kept was Shonn Greene for $6. He was $2 last year and I signed him to a 2 year deal increasing his salary by $4 to make it $6 for this season. I am a believer in Greene but didn’t want to go 3 years because you never know with injuries in the NFL so I just wanted to decrease my risk some. Again like with Mendenhall I got value as Shonn Greene at $6 is a superb bargain.
So entering last night’s auction I started the night with $117. Kept at RB were all the big backs like MJD, Rice, CJ, SJ, Gore, AP. Also Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Pierre Thomas, DeAngelo Williams, Addai, Turner, Lesean Mcoy, Jamal Charles, Benson, Moreno and Matt Forte were all protected as well. So as you can see what was I really left with? Mostly the rookie backs and some other guys like Jerome Harrison and the old veterans like LT, Thomas Jones etc. I had 3 backs coming in with Greene, Mendenhall and Barber but I wanted more because I want to build depth to play matchups, guard against injury and increase my trading pieces. RB is the best commodity in Fantasy Football.
Protected at Wideout was Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, Roddy White, Brandon Marhsall, Michael Crabtree, Miles Austin, Sidney Rice, Dwayne Bowe, Calvin Johnson, and Hakeem Nicks. Two names left of this list that were available Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne. Also Desean Jackson, Wes Welker, Marques Colston and Ocho were available among some other solid wideouts. There were a lot of quality wideouts left unlike the runningbacks. My goal was to get either Johnson or Wayne or double up on two of these guys.
At Quarterback gone was Rodgers, Romo, Rivers, Brees Matt Schaub and Matt Ryan. Best one available was Peyton Manning then you have the likes of Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Brett Favre etc. I wasn’t concerned with getting a top Qb because I knew I would have strength at RB/WR and also I like Vince Young. Plus I have $22 invested in the guy!
Just a note of advice if you’re in an Auction Keeper league. Be sure to always know what is left and gauge what the depth of talent is at each position. This way you know exactly who you want to target. Failure to do this will result in you not knowing what you really want and bidding on everything that sounds good. Pick what you want and go after it that is my motto. Don’t be afraid to outbid the other guy even if you have to go up a bit. The beauty of an Auction is you can get any guy who want as long as you have the $$. Be confident and go get what you want. Also look for value as well but only after you get what you want. If you end up getting the guy wanted for a good price than that is great and bonus for you. Also of course keep track of your $$ go ahead and ask the commish for a Salary Check.
Ok so this is who I ended up with.
QB- Vince Young $22 (previously protected)
QB- Mark Sanchez $3
QB- Matthew Stafford $3
RB- Rashad Mendenhall $11 (Protected this year)
RB- Shonn Greene $6 (Protected this year)
RB- Marion Barber $19 (Previously protected)
RB- CJ Spiller $17
RB- Jahvid Best $19
WR- Andre Johnson $52
WR- Braylon Edwards $8
WR- Lee Evans $3
WR- Roy Williams $3
WR- Legedu Nanee $4
TE- Todd Heap $1
K- Dan Carpenter $1
Def- Bengals Def $1
So as you can see even though I had 3 runningbacks coming in I went out and got two rookies with huge upside in Best and Spiller. I loved both of these guys and got em. I also got both for solid prices right around the $20 mark. I would have went up to $25 for both and probably a little more on Spiller so I was happy with the price I got. Again this allows me to play matchups, avoid injury and have trading pieces. What do most people want? Runningbacks.
Andre Johnson went for $52 because after Desean Jackson, Reggie Wayne went he was bound to get bid up high. Wayne ended up going for about $38 which is good value considering I got Johnson for $52. However I don’t care I got arguably the best Fantasy wideout in the game. Grouped with my backs this a dangerous combo. I could have got Wayne but he was the first person called and I didn’t really know what to expect. This is often a good Auction Strategy however, usually that first guy that gets called out is a stud and because people don’t know what to spend as of yet he usually goes for a good bargain. So it’s good to sometimes bid on that player. In my case I didn’t because I knew there were many other wideouts left. When Johnson got called I was going hard for him because I had the money to spend. Me and the Commish got into a bidding war but I didn’t give up and landed Johnson.
The rest of my wideouts aren’t spectacular but they do have decent upside. Can Lee Evans finally break out? Who knows but at $3 he’s a decent buy. Also Braylon Edwards at $8 isn’t bad especially with Holmes out the first 4 weeks. Roy Williams I don’t like but there really wasn’t much left at that point so I grabbed him for $3. Naanee maybe he can step up in the absence of Vincent Jackson I am taking a chance there. End of the day I only need to start two wideouts and my #2 wideouts can be serviceable for me. I’m not too worried because I have a Stud at my #1 WR and I can fill my flex spot with a RB.
Like I mentioned I wasn’t to worried about Quarterback because I knew I would fill out my roster at RB and WR but I was happy with getting Sanchez and Stafford to go along with Vince Young. I can play matchups with these guys and they all have tremendous upside in my opinion. Also having Stafford and Sanchez at $3 they are potential keepers for next season.
I was trying to target some good tight ends but my money was tight after spending on the backs and Johnson so I ended up with Todd Heap who I believe is still at least serviceable.
Kicker and Defense I got for a buck. It’s very rare that I spend more than $2 dollars on my kicker or defense. Most cases it’s just not worth it. I would rather save my money and bid on a skill position.
My week 1 Starting Lineup will look like this.
QB- Vince Young (I love the guy)
HB- Shonn Greene
HB- Rashad Mendenhall
WR- Andre Johnson
WR- Braylon Edwards
TE- Todd Heap
Flex- CJ Spiller or Best
K- Dan Carpenter
Def- Bengals Def.
I am happy with the way my team turned out and I think I can definitely compete for a title with this team. In a 12 team keeper league I believe this is a solid team. The moral of the story is this. If you really like someone go get him don’t get outbid. Also build depth at the Running back position. Be confident and go after what you want. Make sure you know exactly who is left so you can gauge the talent depth available at each position. Look for Value. Also as every keeper league is different and different players will be available go check out our Player Outlooks if you haven’t already and you will get a good idea of who we like and don’t like. I hope you found nice value in this post.
Please leave your thoughts and comments and what you like or don’t like about my team and what you may have done different. Thanks for reading.