Saturday, August 24, 2013

And the Winner of the Best Draft 2013 is ...

As most of you know, I'm a super busy guy who doesn't get to write nearly as much about fantasy football as I did when I was a nerdy/crazy college kid. That doesn't mean I don't love to do this because I really do. If I could somehow spend all day doing this, I would.

It may be two weeks late, but I'm bringing you the annual Best Draft Award with analysis of each team. Please discuss the article and let me know if you agree or not.

Just remember that I'm now 2/5 on picking the champion before the season starts. (Kari in 2009 and Rory in 2011). Anthony came out of nowhere last year to win the title.

Here's a full transcript of the 2013 Fantasy Draft.

*There's no meaning to the order that I talk about each team, I've only determined the best draft, no complete rankings.

Bone Merrill's (Seth Merrill)

Best Pick: WR Vincent Brown (11th - #150)

Worst Pick: RB Alfred Morris (1st - #10)

Analysis: I won't rag too much on Seth because he wasn't there to do his draft. Plus, ESPN standard drafts are damn good. I pretty much know this team will contend for a playoff spot because it's balanced. The Morris pick isn't even that bad, I just think he overachieved a bit in his fine rookie campaign. Carson Palmer in the 15th round is one hell of a back-up fantasy QB. Vincent Brown is coming back from an injury, but I expect him to be Philip Rivers' new favorite target.

Not So Serious Projection: Almost makes the playoffs, but has an unlucky year and misses despite outscoring the wildcard teams.

Rymaszewski's Rebels (John Rymaszewski)

Best Pick: QB Jay Cutler (14th - #196)

Worst Pick: Two free agent picks (Brandon Lloyd and Michael Turner)

Analysis: Everyone watch out for young Johnny, this kid took the league by storm last year and has a legit team as I can see. I love the fact that he backs up Tom Brady with Jay Cutler in the 14th round. The only thing I didn't like was the selection of two free agents because yes they'll end up somewhere, we just don't know where.

Not So Serious Projection: He'll ride Adrian Peterson all the way to the playoffs, that man can't be stopped.

Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy)

Best Pick: QB Colin Kaepernick (5th - #62)

Worst Pick: RB Pierre Thomas (7th - #90)

Analysis: I really can't believe CK dropped this far considering what he did against the hometown Packers in last year's playoffs. His fantasy value can't be argued against and this league isn't all Packers fans. Matt received a great value there and has a very well rounded team. I picked him to have the best draft last year and he let me down by not making the playoffs. We'll see what happens this year.

Not So Serious Projection:I hate Kaepernick and everything I just said, so I'll wish upon you that you miss the playoffs.

Team Linton (Rory Linton)

Best Pick: RB Giovani Bernard (7th - #87)

Worst Pick: RB Johnathan Franklin (6th - #82)

Analysis: Rory's x-factor for 2013 will be his super young running back class. I love that he traded for Doug Martin because he doesn't have much stability behind it. I'm sure one of his young backs will be a sleeper because he has some uber-talented guys. He'll need it because I'm not sure you can ride Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill to a championship.

Not So Serious Projection: For Rory, it's championship or bust. I'm giving him a bust, but he will make the playoffs.

Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy)

Best Pick: RB Trent Richardson (1st - #5)

Worst Pick: K Stephen Gostkowski (10th - #136)

Analysis: Could this be the year that Mike makes the playoffs? Right off the bat, it's great that the worst pick I can find he made was a kicker in the 10th round. You just don't have to delve that early for a kicker because they're so unpredictable and there's not much difference between the good and average ones. I love Richardson and think he will be one of the best running backs in the game. Kudos to Mike for picking the best player on his favorite team.

Not So Serious Projection: A miracle on the gridiron is born and Mike makes the playoffs.

Quit Sinnin (Megan Loger)

Best Pick: TE Jimmy Graham (3rd - #42)

Worst Pick: WR Victor Cruz (4th - #43)

Analysis: Megan embarks on her first ever year of fantasy and has a lot of Cleveland Browns to show for it. For those of you who don't know, her brother is a huge Browns fan (eat your heart out Mike). Anyways, Graham was an amazing slide for her in the third round, he simply has elite talent and Brees will find a way to get the former basketball player the rock. I don't like Cruz on the ensuing pick because she needed another running back to complement Forte. Tate, Turbin and Thomas are going to be a triple-T that she complains about all year.

Not So Serious Projection: No beginner's luck for Megan, she'll learn about fantasy the hard way.

Kari-Tron (Kari Klitzman)

Best Pick: QB Matt Ryan (3rd - #37)

Worst Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall (6th - #76)

Analysis: Why does Matt Ryan never get any love? He was a 6th round pick a year ago and had an MVP level season, but still stays below the elite level quarterbacks. I'm sure Kari doesn't mind though. I thought she picked a pretty solid team and has come a long way since not really know anything about football prior to 2009 when she took home the championship.

Not So Serious Projection: Misses the playoffs because she doesn't have me to help her anymore (it's slightly conceded but true).

RG-3P0 (Chad Breiby)

Best Pick: RB Daryl Richardson (7th - #88)

Worst Pick: RB David Wilson (3rd - #32)

Analysis: As usual, Chad has crafted a decent team. I love his pick of Richardson in the 7th round because he projects to get the most carries in an improved St. Louis offense. I don't like Wilson because he's never proved to stay healthy at any point in his pro/college career. RG3 was also a steal because I wouldn't be surprised to see that kid be the second coming of AP when coming off an ACL tear.

Not So Serious Projection: Will barely make the playoffs.

Who Needs Running Backs (Isaac Lee)

Best Pick: WR Calvin Johnson (1st - #11)

Worst Pick: RB Isaiah Pead (7th - #96)

Analysis: It's usually not a good thing if I choose your first round pick as the best because almost all of them should be pretty darn good. With Isaac's team, there isn't a whole lot to like because it's full of players who don't have definite roles on their respective teams. He needs a couple of his guys to come out of nowhere and surprise which is a fairly risky proposition.

Not So Serious Projection: Misses the playoffs and needs a blockbuster trade to be respectable.

Trader's Tradables (Robert Trader)

Best Pick: RB Isaac Redman (13th - #180)

Worst Pick: RB Montee Ball (3rd - #40)

Analysis: Robert started out with two absolute studs in Aaron Rodgers and AJ Green. Yet, I'm still a little worried about his team because he's missing a consistent running back. Ball appeared he could be that guy until he showed the Broncos that his pass-blocking is lackluster. Robert caught a bit of luck with Steelers' rookie Le'Veon Bell going down with a foot injury because it elevates the value of Redman. Nonetheless, this team is balanced.

Not So Serious Projection: The first year that an Aaron Rodgers team doesn't make the playoffs.

Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg)

Best Pick: WR DeSean Jackson (4th - #44)

Worst Pick: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (5th - #72)

Analysis: Jackson is going to be a stud in 2013, I knew this as soon as Chip Kelly announced that Michael Vick would be the starter. Vick knows all about speed because he has it himself and he will make it a point to find the similarly speedy Jackson. Lowenberg has some decent depth and an excellent handcuff at running back, but he's lacking at QB. And we all know that a decent signal caller is necessary for a postseason run.

Not So Serious Projection: Wishing he would have spent one of those mid-round picks on a quarterback, no playoffs.

Team Grande (Anthony Grande)

Best Pick: WR Rueben Randle (11th - #142)

Worst Pick: Broncos Trio (Peyton Manning/Wes Welker/Eric Decker)

Analysis: I'll start off by saying I love the pick of Randle in the 11th round because I love this kid. He's tall, fast and has a lot of power. A lot of people don't know his name now, but watch this kid blossum in 2013. I would have liked the team until I saw the "champ" take three Broncos players in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. In the game of fantasy, you just can't put all your eggs in one basket.

Not So Serious Projection: Stays home with his fantasy trophy and cries about missing playoffs.

Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda)

Best Pick: TE Rob Gronkowski (4th- #49)

Worst Pick: WR Sidney Rice (7th - #92)

Analysis: We may not know when Gronkowski is ever coming back, but when he does, he will be a HUGE target for Tom Brady and the Patriots. To get him in the fourth round is a steal and Jason should be safe with Martellus Bennett for the first few weeks. Jason's depth at wide receiver is lacking and that's why I hate the Sidney Rice pick. Rice proved in 2012 that he's not very good and the Seahawks offense, particularly the passing game, is so overrated.

Not So Serious Projection: Borderline playoff team that sneaks in with a couple of sleepers.

And the Winner Is ...

Football On Your Phone (Nick Grays)

Best Pick: TE Jermichael Finley (8th - #106)

Worst Pick: RB Le'Veon Bell (5th - #63)

Analysis: The fantasy gods made me pay for picking my fourth running back in the first five picks and deservedly so. Bell is out for a significant time and I really should have spent my time picking up a quality wide receiver. Regardless, I love my team and have decided it's time to get cocky and pick myself to win the championship. No more Mr. Nice Guy as I'm going to go through this year on a mission to win my first ever championship. I think Finley will be one of the Packers' leading receivers and will help elevate my team to a championship contender.

Not So Serious Projection: Champion!!!!

Six Playoff Teams
John Rymaszewski
Rory Linton
Mike Szombatfalvy
Chad Breiby
Jason Szmanda
Nick Grays

Championship Game
Nick Grays over Chad Breiby 103.4 - 95.4

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