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The "Beat Chris Liss" NFFC draft took place at 7 PM ET Monday night. It's a 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 RB/WR/TE, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D, 10 reserves league with PPR scoring (6 pts per passing TD). Here are the results:

Rd Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 My Team
1 Adrian Peterson Doug Martin Jamaal Charles Arian Foster Calvin Johnson C.J. Spiller
2 Reggie Bush Drew Brees De. Thomas Alfred Morris Julio Jones Maurice Jones-Drew
3 Vincent Jackson Stevan Ridley Peyton Manning Percy Harvin Victor Cruz Chris Johnson
4 Marques Colston Darren McFadden Wes Welker Cam Newton David Wilson Jordy Nelson
5 Matt Ryan Mike Wallace Jason Witten Antonio Brown Montee Ball Torrey Smith
6 Steve Smith Cecil Shorts Ryan Mathews James Jones Tony Gonzalez A. Bradshaw
7 B. Green-Ellis Daryl Richardson T.Y. Hilton Greg Jennings Matthew Stafford Andrew Luck
8 DeSean Jackson Tony Romo Kenny Britt Kaepernick Robert Griffin Danario Alexander
9 R. Mendenhall Kyle Rudolph De. Williams Jonathan Stewart Bryce Brown LaMichael James
10 Jared Cook Kendall Wright Pierre Thomas Brandon Myers Zac Stacy Denarius Moore
11 Rueben Randle Seattle DST K. Moreno Brian Hartline Joseph Randle Antonio Gates
12 Mikel Leshoure Brandon Pettigrew Heyward-Bey Owen Daniels J. Franklin Coby Fleener
13 Joe Flacco Jordan Cameron J. Edelman Jacquizz Rodgers Aaron Dobson Sidney Rice
14 Ryan Williams Cordarrelle Patterson Dwayne Allen Shonn Greene Marcel Reece Michael Vick
15 Mohamed Sanu Stephen Hill Matt Prater NE DST Tyler Eifert A.J. Jenkins
16 Daniel Thomas Andre Roberts N. Washington S. Gostkowski Jeremy Kerley Knile Davis
17 Baltimore DST Keenan Allen Arizona DST Golden Tate Latavius Murray Malcom Floyd
18 Lawrence Tynes Roy Helu Brandon Weeden DuJuan Harris Greg Zuerlein S. Hauschka
19 Brent Celek Sebastian Janikowski Jake Locker Denard Robinson Josh Boyce Jacoby Ford
20 NYG DST Beanie Wells Willis McGahee K. Thompkins St. Louis DST Pittsburgh DST

Rd Team 7 Team 8 Team 9 Team 10 Team 11 Team 12
1 Ray Rice T. Richardson Matt Forte LeSean McCoy Dez Bryant B. Marshall
2 Marshawn Lynch Andre Johnson Steven Jackson A.J. Green Jimmy Graham Aaron Rodgers
3 DeMarco Murray Rob Gronkowski Roddy White Larry Fitzgerald Darren Sproles Randall Cobb
4 Dwayne Bowe Danny Amendola Le'Veon Bell Lamar Miller Frank Gore Lance Moore
5 Eric Decker Shane Vereen Hakeem Nicks Reggie Wayne Pierre Garcon Giovani Bernard
6 Jeremy Maclin Chris Ivory Stevie Johnson Vernon Davis Mike Williams Mark Ingram
7 Dennis Pitta Tavon Austin Josh Gordon Tom Brady Eddie Lacy Jermichael Finley
8 Russell Wilson Eli Manning Andre Brown Miles Austin Anquan Boldin Alshon Jeffery
9 Chris Givens E. Sanders Greg Olsen Ben Tate Andy Dalton Vick Ballard
10 Bernard Pierce Fred Jackson Michael Floyd Ronnie Hillman Danny Woodhead Michael Bush
11 DeAndre Hopkins Ryan Broyles B. Roethlisberger Vincent Brown Justin Blackmon Martellus Bennett
12 Carson Palmer Denver DST Jay Cutler Isaiah Pead Josh Freeman Chicago DST
13 SF DST Ryan Tannehill Alex Smith Philip Rivers Matt Schaub Sam Bradford
14 Blair Walsh Greg Little Dustin Keller Joique Bell Brandon LaFell Matt Bryant
15 Jermaine Gresham Heath Miller Rod Streater Houston DST Cincinnati DST Joseph Morgan
16 Santonio Holmes Jonathan Dwyer Bilal Powell Fred Davis Rob Housler David Akers
17 Robert Turbin Jacoby Jones Jon Baldwin Nate Burleson Phil Dawson Brian Quick
18 Toby Gerhart Montario Hardesty Tampa Bay DST Michael Jenkins Austin Pettis Isaac Redman
19 Santana Moss Zach Miller Dan Bailey Justin Tucker Kendall Hunter Christine Michael
20 Lance Dunbar Shaun Suisham Kansas City DST Dwayne Harris Terrance Williams Alex Green

1.6 - I took C.J. Spiller but was very tempted to take Trent Richardson. Norv Turner is the new offensive coordinator in Cleveland - the offensive architect behind the all-time great fantasy running backs Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson - and Richardson is guaranteed to be the workhorse should he stay healthy. But Spiller was so much better than him on a per-play basis last year, and the Bills up-tempo scheme and mobile QB should boost Spiller.

2.7 - MJD - I strongly considered Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas, but neither is a PPR monster given his team's other options, and there's so much more depth at WR than RB this year. Plus, MJD is a workhorse and pass catcher.

3.7 - Chris Johnson - I hated him at 1.6 last year, but with the O-line improvements, he was a no-brainer for me at this spot in a PPR.

4.6 - Jordy Nelson - I like Dwayne Bowe almost equally, but as much as I respect Andy Reid's offense, give me the No. 1 WR on the Packers over the top guy on the Chiefs.

5.7 - Torrey Smith - Talk about the only game in town. Considered Montee Ball for upside, but needed the WR more.

6.6 - Ahmad Bradshaw - Considered Vernon Davis who I really like at TE, but you can never have enough starting backs, and the Colts offense might be top shelf.

7.7 - Andrew Luck - Davis, Josh Gordon and Dennis Pitta went, so I didn't like any of the other options on the board. Was planning to wait even longer at QB, but Luck was easily my favorite left and the only player that jumped out at me.

8.6 - Danario Alexander - He was Philip Rivers' No. 1 guy down the stretch, he's big and fast and healthy for now. Plus I needed a No. 3 WR. Considered the safer Anquan Boldin.

9.7 - LaMichael James - Lightning fast, put on more muscle, and backing up Frank Gore who can't handle a huge workload anymore. Plus Kendall Hunter is coming back from a torn Achilles.

10.6 - Denarius Moore - I needed a No. 4 WR, and what if Matt Flynn turns out to be good, and the Raiders defense is predictably awful?

11.7 - Antonio Gates - I needed a TE, and no one else jumped out.

12.6 - Coby Fleener - He was hurt last year, and in any event, rookie TEs rarely do anything. The addition of his college offensive coordinator (who was also Luck's) should help, too.

13.7 - Sidney Rice - Stayed healthy last year, and what happens if/when Percy Harvin gets hurt?

14.6 - Michael Vick - All the other backup QBs were gone, and the upside here is obvious.

15.7 - A.J. Jenkins - They drafted this guy in the first round. He should get a shot this year.

16.6 - Knile Davis - 230 pounds and runs a 4.37 40. The Chiefs don't have much else behind Jamaal Charles.

17.7 - Malcom Floyd - I think I have San Diego's entire starting passing game, not by design, incidentally.

18.6 - Steven Hauschka - Decent kicker on a strong team.

19.7 - Jacoby Ford - Dynamic player when healthy, which is rarely.

20.6 - Steelers Defense - I expect them to be good. We'll see whether that translates to fantasy.


By: Mark Stopa
On: 7/23/2013 4:39:00 AM
I like your overall thought process. Not sure I see the need for two crummy TEs, I'd have taken a lottery ticket at RB instead. Ball falling past you at 5.7 is crazy in this format. I think that's the problem with taking too many RBs early - you feel like you lack the roster flexibility to take another RB who falls later.
By: jnowak2799
On: 7/23/2013 8:33:00 AM
Chris, I had a great time drafting with you in this draft, I drafted team #2. I always go into every draft trying to be very flexible with my plan, I think its important to be flexible when drafting. To me you need "That STAR player" aka stud, who will produce pretty much every week, especially with your first few picks, if you miss on your first few picks your team is doomed as you saw with picking Chris Johnson at 1.6 last year. My #1 rule is draft studs, and my #2 rule is avoid the pot-holes aka busts, you have to have a feel for who the busts are and just avoid them, you usually have a gut feeling about certain players that are probably going to have a mediocre or down year, Some of my 2013 busts include Arian Foster, Matt Forte, and Demarco Murray.
I always like trying to find that new STAR, who is this years Alfred Morris, Cecil Shorts, or C.J. Spiller of 2012? Did you see anyone that caught your eye while watching football last year who was over-shadowed by a fading star who just would not get out of the way. I see a spotlight that was trying to shine on Daryl Richardson but an aging but still very capable Steven Jackson was blocking out. Daryl Richardson showed flashes of brilliance last year in his limited role behind Jackson. When I watched Daryl Richardson last year he looked like a sleeker, faster, younger, fresher, better version of Steven Jackson....he even has the dreads. To me everyone is lost in the fog on the Rams running back situation...drafting Zak Stacy & Isaih Pead (suspended 1 game). These guys may turn out to be good, but I already know Daryl Richardson is good, if not great. Hey I may be wrong here, we have all been wrong before, but isn't Daryl Richardson worth that shot in the 8th or 9th round, he could be the 2013 version of Alfred Morris, the only thing was that we got a sneak peek at D-Rich last year, thank me later, and remember this when you are drafting Daryl Richardson in the 2nd round next year. I drafted Daryl Richardson in the 7th round in this NFFC draft I could of waited 2 more picks to make him an 8th round pick, but I wanted him, so I took him.
I have to add this too, Justin Blackmon, I don't get it, he is suspended the first 4 weeks of the season, the Jaguars bye week is week do the math, Blackmon will only play 4 games by the time week 10 rolls around, he will play weeks 5,6,7,8 that's it people, even if he puts up great numbers, its a wasted pick.....and besides that he's not even that good.
By: Chris Liss
On: 7/23/2013 9:37:00 AM
I could have taken Ball and then gone WR in rd 6 instead of Bradshaw, probably Maclin. But I really like Smith, and Bradshaw has a lot of upside in that offense too and could catch 40 balls.
By: Chris Liss
On: 7/23/2013 9:39:00 AM
Joe - for me that guy is LaMichael James.
By: Mark Stopa
On: 7/23/2013 9:53:00 AM
I really like Torrey Smith, too, especially at 5.6. But if you're trying to come in first overall and win $100K, Ball has more upside to do that than Smith.
By: jnowak2799
On: 7/24/2013 8:45:00 PM
Chris, I like your thinking on LaMichael James, especially with an aging Frank Gore and a banged up Kendall Hunter.....I'm a little skeptical on drinking the Ronnie Hillman Kool-Aid, reports say he has put on a much needed 15 pounds, this reminds me of 2 years ago when there were early reports that LaGarrette Blount looked like he was in top notch shape and then proceeded to I guess eat dozens and dozens of donuts, because when the season started he looked fat, slow, and out of shape...........This was a lesson learned, don't believe everything you HEAR, only trust respectable sources. Some of the best fantasy advice I can give anyone is trust your gut, don't be a Lemming and follow all the other Lemmings off the edge of the cliff when Arian Foster averages less than 3 yards a carry this season.
By: Jeane Hankerton
On: 7/28/2013 10:33:00 PM
Your team is *** I would be surprised if you pull of a win this season. You should going to one of those seminars where they teach you how to draft.

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