Hello league members,
A long-standing tradition here in the BTFL…I, the commish, take it upon myself to give a grade and a reaction to the drafted teams in the league. Last year’s Dolezal reaction photos were simply divine, I must say. *kisses fingers like an Italian chef*
Considering how everybody’s rosters are starting to get better and better as the years go by, it may be harder for me to do these. In a 10-team league, it’s real hard to lay an egg in the draft (unless you’re autodrafting injured guys and even then, the waivers have enough out there to prosper…)
But fear not, fantasy football manager/reader! That time hasn’t come as of yet! I’m ready to bash bad choices, give props to those that got great value and by the end of this, you’ll know who I consider a potential player for one of the final four spots in the playoffs!
Let’s Get It!
(A small note before I begin: I’ll be factoring in early waiver wire adds and any potential add/drops, like dropping someone for a kicker, into the overall grades..)
Kept Russell Wilson, who we all know is the toughest guy in these here streets…
Other than that gangsta, the team’s filled with a lot of talent and upside at all positions. Even the names without that “sex appeal” like Jeremy Hill, Larry Fitzgerald and Kamar Aiken provide depth and can produce in the right matchup. It’s not the sexiest team on paper, but can get the job done season-long.
For the Fantastic Beasts, the sky’s the limit.
Took a shot on Ezekiel Elliott via le AutoDraft…we’ll see how that shakes out. Went back to the well with Cam Newton, hoping for a repeat of last year’s numerals. Kept Antonio Brown, for good reason. Can’t really turn down an assured 100+ catches, 1000+ yards and 10+ TD’s.
A good trio to start but I do worry about some of the other pieces on this squad. There’s potential upside, plenty of it…but there are a lot of soft tissue injuries waiting to happen and some potential regression from a few vets from a year ago.
For Absolute Chaos, his chances at fantasy gold might be damaged..
All hail the RB’s on this team. There’s potential to play 3 every week but there’s 5 potential starters on the roster! WHEW! Lemme hold 2 for you! You might not even miss em!
Even with the excitement for all those horses in the backfield, your WRs don’t have the same glitz and glamour. Talented? Yes. Is belief in them unwavering? That’s the question. Got to keep those fingers crossed that they stay consistent or you’ll become the new Trader Joe, with a full house of RB’s to work with.
For 18-1, he hopes his team has no drama…
Ah, yes…this team? Beastly. Talent, talent and more talent. I do have a surplus of WRs and even with the limited amount of RB’s on the squad, they are expertly chosen and will fill all of my PPR needs going forward, barring injury. Rocking with 3 QB’s this early could be an issue, though. Stafford, Winston and Cousins could all have advantages at the same time (Week 1 already presents an issue!) and I may not play the right one, which could cost me. Here’s hoping it doesn’t!
For Up He-Yump, it’s looking like a victory…
LieCheat & Steal
Judging by the team name, someone’s willing to do whatever it takes to win the league this season. By any means. Cheap shots, fingers in the eye, pulling on the tights when the refs not looking? SMH…And here I thought we were civilized humans who can solve anything via our minds!
The roster’s got some definite punch at QB & RB but it may be a little top heavy. WR depth is a major concern and your Giants fandom is showing like a slip with those Victor Cruz & Sterling Shepard picks. Nothing against Shepard but he’s a bench guy but you will have to start him early, which is risky. And going double TE with Gronkowski and Olsen seems like a good idea but may not pan out as you had hoped.
For that Cruz pick, LieCheat & Steal was trippin..
Those top 4 WR’s are going to have to do the heavy lifting for this squad because I’m worried about almost every other position, whether it be talent, depth or potential lack of production. The RB’s might be sneaky good but Chris Ivory’s one awkward tackle in a dogpile away from limping off the field and Gio better pray that Marvin Lewis don’t get him killed. Even with the QB’s known for being proficient in past years, they don’t inspire me as players who can propel you to a championship.
LXG’s team just gets no love from me…
Suicide Kings 2.0
I see someone’s updated their servers and made an effort to get back to the promised land known as the playoffs…Quality team up and down the roster. Even for players who might be temporary fixes or short term guys, they’ve got plenty of upside and will be featured heavily by their teams.
Two potential trip-ups down the line may be that reliance on the older player may come back to bite you and I know player frustration will kick in for at least 4-6 of your guys before the year ends. They’re gonna test your patience big time. Only time will tell if they sink your squad, get shipped off to inadvertently help others or dropped entirely with a rant for the ages in the topics section..
For the Suicide Kings 2.0, someone relaxed and took notes this offseason…
Y!-AI (formerly LeBron’s Team)
Was auto-draft ever good to you! Peterson, Gurley and Bell? I want to cry right now. Legitimate tears. How the league let this come to pass is a tragedy and a sin but I’ll move on from that..
There are a few concerns for this team…Will Luck bounce back, is Bortles real-deal Holyfield, can Fleener hang onto the ball down in New Orleans, are the 3 WR’s on roster going to be good enough on a week to week basis…
But I just keep going back to Peterson, Gurley and LeVeon Bell and shaking my head…
For Y!-AI, your luck is something I just can’t believe…
7&9 Mielda Toro
I see Aaron Rodgers at the top of the roster and I smile. Because you got yourself a top tier QB ready to bounce back from what some consider a down year. I get it. Amari Cooper and Tyler Lockett are bonafide producers and should do better than they did last year
But a lot of the other picks you made felt like reaches to me and considering where these picks were made, other options were available, which only makes me scratch my head in disbelief.
I get the idea of being in on somebody wayyyyy before anyone else. No one wants the backwash off a cup someone else’s had a drink out of. But I have my concerns with the strategy. Time will tell if my concerns are valid or if you’ll put Nostradamus to shame with your prognostications..
WIth 7&9, I’m not sure if your team’s going up or goin down…
Julio, Jordy and Jeremy are a very good trio of WRs. DeMarco Murray may get back to his previous glory down in TEN and Graham Gano will be heavily in play down in North Carolina…
Your team is filled with plenty of fantasy names I like in this sport. But even the names I normally like in fantasy football…when compiled as they are here on this team….I’m suddenly nervous. I won’t break down each and every player, scenario, etc…but all I’ll say is that your team, as currently constructed, has to walk THE FINEST of lines to have a shot. EVERYTHING has to go perfectly. Every choice in the starting lineup. Every waiver wire pick up. Every trade has to be forever in your favor. Every injured player has to come back READY. Every suspended WR has to come back marijuana free and conditioned. Four QB’s and none of them instill confidence..
To quote the battle rapper Danny Myers – YIKES!
This team would cause me to toss and turn every night.
For Insert Expletive, with those four QBs on the roster, you’ve got a long way 2 go…
My feeling on pre-season playoff favorites? Myself, of course…Suicide Kings 2.0, Y!-AI and 18-1
Let’s see how it all shakes out!
That’s it, folks. My opinions interwoven with a trip down memory lane with Bad Boy Records. If only Diddy could sponsor this blog…there’d be Ciroc and Sean John ads EVERYWHERE. Streaming playlists with Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, and Cassie on loop. Scream at me, Puff, via email!