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RotoWire Fantasy Football Online Championship - The Latest Installment

I took part in the latest installment of our RotoWire Fantasy Football Online Championship, run through NFFC, on Wednesday 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). It was also 3rd-Round Reversal, meaning the owner with the first pick in Round 2 also had the first pick in Round 3.

I had the No. 12 pick in this particular draft. This year, I would have preferred the No. 1 or No. 2 slot, where like just about everyone else, I am big on Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin respectively, but after that I’d say the No. 12 is my favorite slot, given the back-to-back picks it generates. Of course once those picks are made, there’s a ton of waiting time between selection bursts after round three, but that gives me time to (hopefully) build a nice little draft queue and then quickly scoop up the duo that combines the best combo of value and fitting my roster needs at that point.

Picking No. 12 and 13 overall, I went in with the idea of snagging the best running back available and then the top wideout available out of the gate. With six points per passing touchdown awarded, and a top QB gold in these leagues, I decided I’d target Drew Brees in round 3. If he was gone, I would have waited it out a bit at the position, but given that I wasn’t going to get one of the top running backs on my board and knew that Megatron would be gone by No. 12, I wanted to aim for the top guy on my board at least one position.

After I made the Brees pick at 3.1, Aaron Rodgers went 3.11 and Peyton Manning, 4.6. Round six is where the next signal-caller run started, with Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton all flying off the board. Nice value, but I am counting on Brees to be a weekly scoring anchor for my squad and was willing to be aggressive to make that happen.

Here’e what I ended up with (with  full results posted below):

1.12 - RB Marshawn Lynch – Once Dez Bryant went off the board with the seventh pick overall, I knew I’d get a palatable RB1 and, quite possibly, elite wideout A.J. Green.  I would have been happy with any of the four backs taken immediately before Lynch, but he is a solid building block at No. 12, though in this format I wish he caught a few more passes in the Seahawks offense.

2.1 - WR A.J. Green – An easy pick to make, given that I wanted at least one top flight wideout and I knew that waiting it out here was not an option.

3.1 – QB Brew Brees – In this league/competition, I want a quarterback who racks up points like a pinball machine and Brees is the man for that job. Neither Brees or Aaron Rodgers were going to be there at the end of round 4, so I had to go for it. Note that David Wilson went 3.4 in this draft. Then a day later, Andre Brown fractures his leg, which makes that pick look awesome.

4.12 – WR Antonio Brown -- With this pick, I was hoping that a back like Stevan Ridley, Eddie Lacy, Lamar Miller or Giovani Bernard fell to me, but when Benard went at 4.9, I went with the best available wideout and chose Brown over Hakeem Nicks, a player who I have written far too many RotoWire injury notes on over the years.

5.1  - RB DeAngelo Williams – I don’t think this is a terrible pick, but this is where not grabbing a back in round three cost me in the backfield department. With Jonathan Stewart on the PUP list to start the season though, I figure to get at least a few solid games from Williams out of the gate and perhaps more, if Stewart doesn’t return when he is eligible to do so, which is not a lock to occur.

6.12 – RB – Montee Ball - A million picks later, or so it seems, several players I had targeted with this slot are gone. Ahmad Bradshaw, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, DeSean Jackson. All gone. So I take Ball. While they are talking committee in Denver, I still think the rookie will end up being the main guy before too long and Peyton Manning seems to like him. This could end up being the key pick of my draft if Ball turns into a reliable weekly option for me.

7.1 – WR - Lance Moore – Round 6 really depleted my wideout queue, so I took a solid weekly producer in a good offense here. Not a target really, but a serviceable WR3 to roll with while I wait for any later round receiver darts or free agent pickups to pan out.

8.12 – TE – Antonio Gates – With the tight end pool thinned out, I went for Gates, who isn’t the elite option he once was, but he looks trim these days and seems to be moving well, so I gamble here that he can give me one more good season. Obtaining a serviceable backup for him now becomes an area to target in a few rounds.

9.1 – RB – Danny Woodhead – I stayed classy with this pick, but in a PPR league, Woodhead isn’t a bad reserve RB/Flex option, especially if Ryan Mathews gets hurt. I thought about Kenbrell Thompkins here, but gambled he’d be around in round 10. He wasn’t.

10.12 – RB Joique Bell - I was hoping DeAndre Hopkins fell to me here, but he went at 10.8, so I went with Bell, who could be a very useful player for me in the event of a Reggie Bush injury.

11.1 – WR Sidney Rice – It’s a run heavy-team, but when healthy, Rice can produce and I’m cool with him as my WR4 in this slot.

12.12 – RB – Isaac Redman -- I expected to grab Christine Michael here. He went 12:8, so given that Lynch was my top pick, in hindsight, I should have snagged him in round 11. I prefer Michael over Robert Turbin, but I gambled that the uncertainly regarding the Seahawks’ RB2 situation would allow him to fall to me here. Lesson learned/reminder processed. It’s perfectly okay to overdraft a player you want/need in round 11.

13.1 – DST – New England – Yes, I am a Patriots’ fan, but the reason I took them is that I like their playmakers on defense, plus I love how things shape up early on for the unit, schedule-wise, with the Bills, Jets and Bucs on tap out of the gate.

14.12 – TE – Brandon Pettigrew – Antonio Gates insurance. He plays in a pass-happy offense and caught 83 passes in 2011, so he’s a decent value this late.

15.1 – K – Stephen Gostkowski – He’s been a top fantasy kicker when healthy and even with the team’s turnover on offense, he’s a safe pick at the position. There wasn’t any non-kickers I loved at this spot, so I made my move. I’m sure fantasy Fonzies will think that being the first owner to take a kicker is uncool, but it didn’t cost me a shot at anyone I coveted.

16.12 – RB – Robert Turbin – My new favorite Seattle running back not named Marshawn Lynch. Hopefully Pete Carroll agrees. I recommend that the team keeps Christine Michael fresh for next season.

17.1 – DST – Denver – I’ll spot start them when the matchups are good and when Von Miller comes back, I think they’ll be a more than serviceable unit that I can use when the Patriots have bad matchups, or end up having trouble stopping the pass. There weren’t any players I was fired up about at this stage, so it was a reasonable spot to take a potentially strong fantasy D.

18.12 – WR Davone Bess - I had Santonio Holmes on the brain here, but he went at 18.9, so I settled for Bess, who isn’t a bad reserve in PPR formats.

19.1 – QB Alex Smith – Brees is not permitted to suffer an injury, but he does get a bye and I’ll roll with Smith here now that he’s working with the likes of Andy Reid, Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles. Hopefully I only need him for the one game.

20.12 – RB – Alex Green GB – Mr. Irrelevant in this draft could end up as Eddie Lacy’s top backup. If not, he’s my first drop of the season once free agency opens.

Draft Recap

ROUND PICK PLAYER POS  
1 1 Adrian Peterson RB  
1 2 Calvin Johnson WR  
1 3 Jamaal Charles RB  
1 4 Doug Martin RB  
1 5 C.J. Spiller RB  
1 6 LeSean McCoy RB  
1 7 Dez Bryant WR  
1 8 Ray Rice RB  
1 9 Trent Richardson RB  
1 10 Matt Forte RB  
1 11 Arian Foster RB  
1 12 Marshawn Lynch RB  
2 1 A.J. Green WR  
2 2 Brandon Marshall WR  
2 3 Julio Jones WR  
2 4 Demaryius Thomas WR  
2 5 Jimmy Graham TE  
2 6 Chris Johnson RB  
2 7 Reggie Bush RB  
2 8 Alfred Morris RB  
2 9 Larry Fitzgerald WR  
2 10 Maurice Jones-Drew RB  
2 11 Steven Jackson RB  
2 12 Andre Johnson WR  
3 1 Drew Brees QB  
3 2 Darren Sproles RB  
3 3 DeMarco Murray RB  
3 4 David Wilson RB  
3 5 Randall Cobb WR  
3 6 Vincent Jackson WR  
3 7 Victor Cruz WR  
3 8 Danny Amendola WR  
3 9 Frank Gore RB  
3 10 Roddy White WR  
3 11 Aaron Rodgers QB  
3 12 Darren McFadden RB  
4 1 Wes Welker WR  
4 2 Stevan Ridley RB  
4 3 Pierre Garcon WR  
4 4 Eddie Lacy RB  
4 5 Marques Colston WR  
4 6 Peyton Manning QB  
4 7 Dwayne Bowe WR  
4 8 Lamar Miller RB  
4 9 Giovani Bernard RB  
4 10 Shane Vereen RB  
4 11 Reggie Wayne WR  
4 12 Antonio Brown WR  
5 1 DeAngelo Williams RB  
5 2 Hakeem Nicks WR  
5 3 Jordy Nelson WR  
5 4 Rob Gronkowski TE  
5 5 Eric Decker WR  
5 6 Daryl Richardson RB  
5 7 Ryan Mathews RB  
5 8 Torrey Smith WR  
5 9 Jason Witten TE  
5 10 Ahmad Bradshaw RB  
5 11 Vernon Davis TE  
5 12 James Jones WR  
6 1 Matt Ryan QB  
6 2 Tony Gonzalez TE  
6 3 Tavon Austin WR  
6 4 Steve Smith WR  
6 5 Cecil Shorts WR  
6 6 Stevie Johnson WR  
6 7 Tom Brady QB  
6 8 DeSean Jackson WR  
6 9 Andrew Luck QB  
6 10 Cam Newton QB  
6 11 Mike Wallace WR  
6 12 Montee Ball RB  
7 1 Lance Moore WR  
7 2 Matthew Stafford QB  
7 3 Josh Gordon WR  
7 4 T.Y. Hilton WR  
7 5 Colin Kaepernick QB  
7 6 Ben Tate RB  
7 7 Anquan Boldin WR  
7 8 Robert Griffin III QB  
7 9 Tony Romo QB  
7 10 Russell Wilson QB  
7 11 Miles Austin WR  
7 12 Mark Ingram RB  
8 1 Jermichael Finley TE  
8 2 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR  
8 3 Jared Cook TE  
8 4 Emmanuel Sanders WR  
8 5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB  
8 6 Greg Jennings WR  
8 7 Chris Givens WR  
8 8 Rashard Mendenhall RB  
8 9 Andre Brown RB  
8 10 Michael Floyd WR  
8 11 Chris Ivory RB  
8 12 Antonio Gates TE  
9 1 Danny Woodhead RB  
9 2 Jordan Cameron TE  
9 3 Le'Veon Bell RB  
9 4 Kenbrell Thompkins WR  
9 5 Bernard Pierce RB  
9 6 Justin Blackmon WR  
9 7 Kenny Britt WR  
9 8 Greg Olsen TE  
9 9 Golden Tate WR  
9 10 Vincent Brown WR  
9 11 Mike Williams WR  
9 12 Eli Manning QB  
10 1 Ronnie Hillman RB  
10 2 Bryce Brown RB  
10 3 Bilal Powell RB  
10 4 Michael Vick QB  
10 5 Vick Ballard RB  
10 6 Owen Daniels TE  
10 7 Alshon Jeffery WR  
10 8 DeAndre Hopkins WR  
10 9 Ryan Broyles WR  
10 10 Kyle Rudolph TE  
10 11 Knowshon Moreno RB  
10 12 Joique Bell RB  
11 1 Sidney Rice WR  
11 2 Martellus Bennett TE  
11 3 Kendall Wright WR  
11 4 Pierre Thomas RB  
11 5 Rueben Randle WR  
11 6 Roy Helu RB  
11 7 Knile Davis RB  
11 8 Denarius Moore WR  
11 9 Jacquizz Rodgers RB  
11 10 Shonn Greene RB  
11 11 Kendall Hunter RB  
11 12 Brandon Myers TE  
12 1 Brian Hartline WR  
12 2 Joseph Randle RB  
12 3 Seattle DST DST  
12 4 San Francisco DST DST  
12 5 Andy Dalton QB  
12 6 Kenny Stills WR  
12 7 Fred Davis TE  
12 8 Christine Michael RB  
12 9 Zach Sudfeld TE  
12 10 Andre Roberts WR  
12 11 Isaiah Pead RB  
12 12 Isaac Redman RB  
13 1 New England DST DST  
13 2 Cordarrelle Patterson WR  
13 3 Fred Jackson RB  
13 4 Greg Little WR  
13 5 Rod Streater WR  
13 6 Mohamed Sanu WR  
13 7 Jonathan Dwyer RB  
13 8 Jeremy Kerley WR  
13 9 Malcom Floyd WR  
13 10 Brandon LaFell WR  
13 11 Michael Bush RB  
13 12 Houston DST DST  
14 1 Daniel Thomas RB  
14 2 Chicago DST DST  
14 3 Sam Bradford QB  
14 4 Jermaine Gresham TE  
14 5 Tyler Eifert TE  
14 6 Jonathan Stewart RB  
14 7 Julian Edelman WR  
14 8 LaMichael James RB  
14 9 Brandon Jackson RB  
14 10 Aaron Dobson WR  
14 11 Johnathan Franklin RB  
14 12 Brandon Pettigrew TE  
15 1 Stephen Gostkowski K  
15 2 Robert Woods WR  
15 3 Matt Bryant K  
15 4 Cincinnati DST DST  
15 5 Baltimore DST DST  
15 6 Lance Dunbar RB  
15 7 Arizona DST DST  
15 8 Mikel Leshoure RB  
15 9 Phil Dawson K  
15 10 Marcel Reece RB  
15 11 Nate Washington WR  
15 12 Rashad Jennings RB  
16 1 Markus Wheaton WR  
16 2 Quinton Patton WR  
16 3 Jon Baldwin WR  
16 4 Stepfan Taylor RB  
16 5 Riley Cooper WR  
16 6 Percy Harvin WR  
16 7 Brent Celek TE  
16 8 Ben Roethlisberger QB  
16 9 Ryan Williams RB  
16 10 Carson Palmer QB  
16 11 Jay Cutler QB  
16 12 Robert Turbin RB  
17 1 Denver DST DST  
17 2 St. Louis DST DST  
17 3 Stephen Hill WR  
17 4 Josh Freeman QB  
17 5 Coby Fleener TE  
17 6 Ed Dickson TE  
17 7 Julius Thomas TE  
17 8 Toby Gerhart RB  
17 9 Matt Schaub QB  
17 10 Donnie Avery WR  
17 11 Michael Crabtree WR  
17 12 Matt Prater K  
18 1 Keenan Allen WR  
18 2 David Akers K  
18 3 Blair Walsh K  
18 4 Jacoby Jones WR  
18 5 Heath Miller TE  
18 6 Greg Zuerlein K  
18 7 Rob Housler TE  
18 8 Tampa Bay DST DST  
18 9 Santonio Holmes WR  
18 10 Pittsburgh DST DST  
18 11 Sebastian Janikowski K  
18 12 Davone Bess WR  
19 1 Alex Smith QB  
19 2 Marlon Moore WR  
19 3 Mike Goodson RB  
19 4 Chris Ogbonnaya RB  
19 5 Dan Bailey K  
19 6 Indianapolis DST DST  
19 7 Cleveland DST DST  
19 8 Dallas DST DST  
19 9 Peyton Hillis RB  
19 10 Terrance Williams WR  
19 11 Ryan Tannehill QB  
19 12 Zac Stacy RB  
20 1 EJ Manuel QB  
20 2 Denard Robinson RB  
20 3 Minnesota DST DST  
20 4 Dexter McCluster WR  
20 5 Garrett Hartley K  
20 6 Philip Rivers QB  
20 7 Randy Bullock K  
20 8 Kenjon Barner RB  
20 9 Steven Hauschka K  
20 10 Mike Tolbert RB  
20 11 Dwayne Allen TE  
20 12 Alex Green RB  

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