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Some Auto-Generated Yahoo Silly Sally – Draft Summary

Sometimes in life we make mistakes. Ruthless Toothless will hopefully use this one as a learning opportunity, so in future drafts they will perform much better. After selecting eighth overall, they are projected to go 5-9-0 (1,449 points) and finish ninth in MBA League. They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Jamaal Charles (second round), Matt Forte (fourth round), and Jonathan Stewart (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are one of the highest-scoring groups of RBs in the league.

My Awesome Draft

Ruthless Toothless
1. (8) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou – WR) Snagging Nuk late in the first was a risk, but one that I was willing to take to see if I could grab JC or Shady in Rd 2.  I felt good passing on Gronk here.
2. (17) Jamaal Charles
(KC – RB)
I’ll take JC here all day!  Seems that I need to grab a handcuff or two now for piece of mind, but I think it will still be worth it.
3. (32) Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR) Missed Shady by 1 pick on the snake back.  DT will get his no matter who tries to step into the Sheriff’s shoes this year.  Just remember not to double down on Sanders too.
4. (41) Matt Forte
(NYJ – RB)
 I remember a time when Matt Forte would be picked in the middle of the first round.  That was only a few years ago!  The man is the 41st player picked this year?  I’m ready to see if he can prove all his doubters wrong this year in the Big Apple.
5. (56) Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB)  Solid
6. (65) Allen Hurns
(Jax – WR)
 Pundits are so low on the Jax pass offence this year.  Apparently I’m bullish as evidenced by the next two picks.  Hurns lit up the scoreboard huge last year.  If he can even get close to that production again, a 6th round pick is sounding bonkers.
7. (80) Blake Bortles
(Jax – QB)
 For a QB who scored (almost) 300 standard points this year (depending if you ask ESPN or Yahoo), how has he fallen so hard off the hype train??!  You would think he deflated footballs in the off-season and was forced to sit on the sidelines for 4 games this year or something.. cough… Brady.  BB should be good to go again this year.
8. (89) Kevin White
(Chi – WR)
 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I think Kevin White has comparables to Amari Cooper, but at the rock bottom price of an 8th rounder.  In a league that requires a 3rd WR on the field every week, I’m taking the flier.
9. (104) Travis Benjamin (SD – WR)  This speedster finally escapes the mess that is the Browns organization.  I won’t go into all the feels about the Browns right now.  Suffice to say that if Travis can make it work in CLE, I give him a good shot to make it work in SD too.
10. (113) Tyler Eifert
(Cin – TE)
 I was so happy with this pick.  I needed a top tier TE, but I remained patient and the 10th round seemed to be the time to make a move.  I thought that Eifert could beat that injury designation and come out to start the season strong.  Instead he landed in my IR slot and left me scrambling for any healthy TE to start the season.  Only time will tell if he can turn the thing around and have a repeat of the stellar 2015.
11. (128) Derek Carr
(Oak – QB)
 Got me a little bit of help from DC last year when I had a real stinker at QB.  The fact that I was able to get both my 2015 QBs back makes me 🙂  Will DC suffer a sophomore slump (a year late)?  He has to be better off than Teddy Bridgewater right?  Too soon?
12. (137) Jay Ajayi
(Mia – RB)
 I’m not rooting for it, but it seems inevitable at this point that Arian Foster succumbs to injury halfway through the season.  Ajayi looked a lot like the starter for the Phins most of the offseason.  I’ll wait around for a few weeks to see what happens.  You can’t go wrong with a potential starting RB in the 12th round for Pete’s sake.
13. (152) Zach Miller
(Chi – TE)
 Looks like he is all Miller no filler after all.  Except he’s questionable to play week 1.  Will I have to scrape the bottom of the barrel for whoever happens to lying around on the waiver wire?  (Yes, and I already have.  Picked up some Green fellow.  Not Ladarius)
14. (161) Buffalo (Buf – DEF)  Buffalo’s in Canada!!
15. (176) Nick Folk (NYJ – K)  Honestly, why do we pick K and D in the draft?  I’ve already dropped both to hoard 2 more players until the last possible moment where I will rotate in anyone who seems worthwhile.

 

 Ruthless Toothless out!

2016 Fantasy Football Mockstravaganza

TL:DR first:

  • Just say no to Le’veon Bell.
    • It doesn’t matter if he drops to you late in the 1st round.  You will need to waste a 5th rd pick on D Willy or sacrifice the first 3 games of the season.
    • Yes he was suspended in 2015, but you didn’t have to spend such a great pick on his backup.
  • Plan for Demarius OR Emmaneul NOT both
    • With the sheriff riding into the sunset, expect greater uncertainty and risk from both of these weapons.
    • I’d tolerate a risk on one of these guys to have a good year, but with the likes of Sanchez struggling to win that starting spot, both is a surefire way to white-knuckle through the 2016 season.
  • TE late
    • Yes I know how great of a season Delanie Walker and Jordan Reed had.  It’s still hurting your team to take them too early.
    • I’ve been tempted to do this myself.  See how my team got burned (or recovered) as a result.
  • Kevin White
    • I’ve taken him in nearly every mock.
    • I think his skills compare to Amari Cooper (I watched the combine 2 years ago)
    • Nobody has ever seen him play in the NFL = ultimate sleeper.  Fingers crossed.

Want more info?  Hit me up for updates.

Last year I told you to use Fantasy Football Calculator to do your mock drafts because the system over at ESPN was so poor.  This year I can’t make the same recommendation.  There has been a glitch in their system where the countdown timer doesn’t function properly.  This has made it neigh but impossible to complete even a few mocks.

So, I continue to wallow in despair with the ESPN mock system.

 

Happy Drafting

P.S. I didn’t do any mocks for Yahoo this year.  Of course I’m in a Yahoo league now????

FF Mock Drafts – ESPN 12 team

The worldwide leader in sports has an awful drafting platform.  It’s impossible to see what you’re doing with the same clarity as FFC (Fantasy Football Calculator) or even Yahoo.  The people in those mock draft rooms will intentionally sabotage your mock draft just to watch the world burn.  Additionally, you can’t see what other teams are doing so finding underrated prospects is just that much harder.

Now, I’ll tell you why I suffered through all of this 12+ times.  Last year I did mocks on FFC and drafted on ESPN… and made a lot of mistakes.  It’s best practice to use the platform which you will actually be using when it’s time for the real deal.  As frustrating as ESPN mocks are, they’ve made me a lot better at recognizing patterns in ESPN world.  Because I only have results from my teams, you’re going to just have to trust me:

  • Logic doesn’t always exist.  Another player’s bone head is your gain.
  • Early round picks weigh heavily on RBs
  • People (stupidly) pick QBs (Rodgers) in the first round.  At the time of mocking:
    • ADP = 9
    • Rank = 19 (when you open the draft app)
  • No one in ESPN believes in Ameer Abdullah and they pick him several rounds later
  • Owen Daniels is hugely undervalued vs FFC

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FF Mock Drafts – Yahoooooo 8 owner

Yahoo does fantasy different.  How do you do it?  I’ll show you:

Setup:

  • Same as standard ESPN leagues = 1 QB, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 D, 1 K
  • Differences = 3 WR instead of 2, no flex spot, 1 fewer bench slot

Note:

This is an 8 owner league.  It is a very different dynamic than the standard 10 team or oversized 12 team.  In 8 owner leagues, you must acquire only the topmost talent in order to gain an advantage over the rest of your team.  Depth does not help as much when every team is stacked to the rafters.

FF Mock Drafts – Every Position 12 Team

There have been many notable injuries since the last version of this post.  I’ve listed some big ones below:

  • Jordy Nelson will not be joining us for the 2015 season
  • Joique Bell has been on the PUP list for the whole preseason.  Abdullah has been looking promising in the preseason
  • Alfred Blue is the #1 replacement back for Arian Foster
  • Kelvin Benjamin is out for 2015

 

 

Questions? Comments?  I don’t know how many more mocks I can do now that I’ve been getting busy.  We’ll see.

 

Happy drafting.

-Z

FF Mock Drafts – Every Position 10 Team

Are you ready for some football?  I’ve been busy mocking.  Here’s every position for a 10 team league.  I’ll post the 12 team league version soon.  Yes, there are some recent developments of note:

  • Arian Foster is hurt (big surprise)
  • Joique Bell has been surpassed in relevance by Ameer Abdullah
  • Kevin White won’t play any preseason games

So keep cranking out those mocks.  I’ve finally got a good handle on how I’m going to draft this year.  Do you?

 

 

Cavs Better Without Kyrie??

Today we welcome the Golden State Warriors to a place called #Believeland.
This is not the land of milk and honey. There was never a gold rush that caused people to flock to this spot from across the country.
This is a steel town.  Our hated rivals got their name and infamous logo from a steel foundry in Cleveland instead.
This is a sports town. Even given the decades I overwhelming evidence, we never say die.   Stick around for the end of a hopeless game once in a while and see how many Clevelanders stick it out I the bitter end.  Can you remember two short years ago when Miami Heat fans got locked out of the arena because they didn’t stick it out for overtime?  That will NEVER happen in Cleveland:

Heat ‘fans’ miss wild Game 6 ending

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2015 NBA Finals Preview #ALLinCLE

As a resident Clevelander and necessarily a huge fan of the Cavaliers I’m a little bit biased in writing this article.  Come on boys, bring that ring back to the ‘Land for the first time since ’64*.  Yes, you see that asterisks correctly.   That year th Browns don’t even win the Superbowl.  These days it would be equivalent to the Cavs winning the Eastern Conference finals and ten everything stops.   Need I remind CLE more about the droight?   We all know plenty well, but just to put it in perspective; Wikipedia speaks the truth!  Read:

Cleveland has waited longer than any other city with at least three major sports franchises to win a title. 

The last time [CLE won] was in 1964 when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship (pre-Super Bowl era). The Cleveland Indians last won the World Series in 1948 (the second-longest drought in MLB, after the Cubs) and the Cleveland Cavaliers have never won an NBA championship. The city even had a short-lived NHL hockey team called the Barons, which never won a championship either.

 In 2004, ESPN named Cleveland the most tortured sports city in America.[1]

Thanks Wikipedia! Anyway to the game:

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Free Agency Flustercluck – Cleveland Edition

Seeing as the 2015 NFL draft gets underway at 8:00 PM eastern time tonight, it seems appropriate to take a look at the 2015 Cleveland Browns free agency season.  After the draft, the preseason is just a few training camps away, so let’s take this time to reflect.

I made a post about Free Agency throughout the league here.  Want more detail on everything brown and orange?  Ok:

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Browns draft trade

Did I just figure out the Browns draft plan with my brain?   Here’s the scenario:

Browns trade away:

  • Both 1st round picks – rest of team is 100% anyway  😆
  • Jhonny Clipboard – because he’s out of rehab
Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel

 

The Titans trade back

  • #2 overall pick for Marcus Mariota -obviously

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But here’s where it gets interesting.  The Titans can take those 2 picks and re-trade back up for a big time WR.

Why on God’s green earth would they want to do this?

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