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Drafting in Fantasy Football

Hello Cowboys fans! This is my first of, hopefully, many articles for Lone Star Struck. I will be doing the Fantasy Sports article from here on out. My intention is to write an entertaining column about a game most of us now play. I have been playing since 1999, and I have also, for the last 6 years, been the commissioner for the league that I play in as well. Fantasy Football has come a long way in the last few years. You can now get your Fantasy scoring while watching games and they have entire shows dedicated to it during the week and early Sunday mornings. To say that Fantasy Football is a huge part of being a fan of NFL football is an understatement. Playing Fantasy Football is a great way to immerse yourself in the game, plus it also can help you learn about the sport in ways you previously may have looked over. I know, that for me, Fantasy Football has made me a better fan and it also has helped me learn about how teams/players other than the Cowboys are doing. Knowledge is always a good thing. Being as we are all Dallas Cowboys Fans, I will always include information and my opinions on Cowboys. As awesome as it would be to have a team of all Cowboys (I did that in 2002, and won more than I thought I would) sometimes isn’t at all feasible.

     

That being said, The first thing I’d like to discuss is how you should rank your picks by position. Some of you that have been playing for awhile may already know this, and this may be a good time to start planning out your team. For those of you that have never played before and intend on this season being your first, I hope this information is helpful to you. Just because this might be your first foray into Fantasy Football, it sure doesn’t have to LOOK like it.

  1. Running Back – Think of the running back as the main workhorse for your team. There is a reason why, in past years, Ladainian Tomlinson and guys like Adrian Peterson go first. Your main running back should be a guy who either A) gets ALL the touches on running plays or B)at least 75%. Depending on your league rules, Your main running back will most likely supply you with 30-40% of the points you will get on Sunday.

     

  2. Quarterback – Your Quarterback is high up on your list due to the fact, that like your main RB, he will likely put up a majority of the points on a good day. For maximum effect, try to match him up with his #1 receiver. This will double your points. For example, if your QB throws a 50 yard TD pass to to your receiver, they will both score the points for the 50 yards and the touchdown. A good quarter back is someone who will average over 250 yards a game and 2 touchdowns.

     

  3. 2nd Running Back – A good choice for your second running back is the type of back that gets the ball on 4th and 1. He might not get the touches like your #1 RB, but he puts up a good amount of points. A lot of teams have backs like this in this day and age of the multiple RB system

     

  4. Wide Receiver – Try to match your number one receiver with your QB’s #1 Receiver on his team. Like I said previously, this doubles your points, If you cannot, try to pick a premier WR. WR’s are tricky in Fantasy football, a guy like T.O. Can catch 4 touchdowns in one game and do nothing the next. It is usually wise not to count on your WR’s in Fantasy as they can be fickle. Think of anything they get you, as a bonus.

     

  5. Defense – In most leagues you will pick a teams entire defense. In past years teams like Baltimore, Tennessee and Pittsburgh have been strong picks. Any defense that holds other teams to 14 points or less are good choices. Look for teams that have lots of sacks and interceptions. Your Special Teams unit will also be your Defensive pick. So teams like the Bears might be a good choice due to players like Devin Hester and the like.

     

  6. Tight Ends- Make sure you get a receiving TE, because in most leagues, you don’t get points for blocking. Guys like Jason Witten and Kevin Boss are usually good picks.

Well, that about wraps it up for this article. I just want to add, that this is a very general and very basic guideline for how your draft should go. WR’s and your Second RB are interchangeable depending on what is available. In coming articles I will be ranking the top 12 guys at each position so that you can have your list ready for Draft Day. Thanks for reading and I hope that this comes in handy for you beginners and even for some of you veterans out there.

Draft Report Card

Nfl.com released its report card grading all 32 teams on their draft so I am listing their ratings and my rating for the teams. This list is listed by overall grade not by alphabetical order.

  1. Clevland Browns- A,  I Give them an A as well for trading back to make a good financial decision and still picking up the best Center in the draft and still making great pick-ups at WR and CB.
  2. Green Bay Packers-A, I Give them an A as well for the pick-up of the NT Raji,OLB Matthews and two of the top offensive tackles in the draft which was their main area of concern.
  3. New York Giants-A, I Give them a B+ for grabbing two great recievers to solve a huge hole that was left after the Plaxico incident, and then they pretty much just added depth across the board.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles-A,I Give them an A as well for adding two veteran tackles that allowed them to tackle other areas when the draft got here, like taking Jeremy Maclin, RB LeSean McCoy, TE Cornelius Ingram, so the Eagles are going to be very tough this year.
  5. Houston Texans-B+ , I Give them an A for the fact that they put some depth to the OLB/DE positions and picked up two tight ends in the middle rounds, with the depth on the defensive edge they have look for the Texans to be playoff contenders.
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars-B+, I will give them a B for this draft, they put massive depth at the o-line and got a DT that can step right in and also addresed their WR issues with two out of the middle rounds and one in the 7th,they are hoping at least the two middle round WR’s they picked can step up and be contributors this year.
  7. Seattle Seahawks-B+, I will give them a B becasue they drafted OLB Aaron Curry when they really should of drafted QB Mark Sanchez wtih Hasslebeck becoming as injury prone as he has been.
  8. Baltimore Ravens- B, I will give them a B+ because they were tempted to go for a reciever but they moved up and picked OL Oher for depth and his ability to play any position on the line is one of the reasons that made the Ravens do this.
  9. Cincinatti Bengals-B, I will give them a C becasue almost every player they picked will either make a boom or will be a bust.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers-B I will give them a I will give them a B+ personally considering they hit their only need by upgrading their offensive line with their second pick and continued with their philopshy of developing talent by making picks who will be ready in a year or two.
  11. Arizona Cardinals-B- I will personally give them a B because they added RB Beanie Wells to pair with 2nd yr back Tim Hightower, and also added massive depth to their defense.
  12. Carolina Panthers-B- I will give them a B- also because their draft was nothing spectacular lacking a first round pick but was a very solid draft as is it was.
  13. Detroit Lions-B- I will give them a B- as well, they drafted Matthew Stafford which should solve their QB issue but the one pick that didnt make any sense to me was TE Brandon Pettigrew at pick #20 when they should have pursued a OT.
  14. Indianapolis Colts-B- I will give them a B for picking up RB Donald Brown and also picking USC DT Moala filled a gaping need look for the Colts to be once again playoff contenders.
  15. Miami Dolphins-B- I will give them a B- as well for having the most athletic draft class this year and the most intersting player to watch this year from their draft is QB/WR Pat White.
  16. New England Patriots-B- I will give them a B+ for having possibly the most solid 2nd round out of any team with the picks of SS Patrick Chung,CB Darius Butler,DT Ron Brace. Then there is the addition of QB Julian Edelman in the 7th round out of Kent, he could possibly be a Tom Brady type player for the Patriots again but look for that to be a tougher issue with their QB guru Josh McDaniels now being the Head Coach in Denver.
  17. New Orleans Saints-B- I will give them a B- as well for a solid draft that stacked up their defense.
  18. New York Jets-B- I will give them a B for the well thought out trade up for QB Mark Sanchez at pick #5 after Seattle passed him up to take Aaron Curry at #4
  19. San Diego Chargers-B- I will give them a B for a draft that filled in the line on both sides of the ball evenly with their first four picks and the pick of RB Gartell Johnson gives them the Pile Mover they currently lack at RB.
  20. Atlanta Falcons-C+ I will give them a C for a draft that patched up some holes on defense but there are still some holes there, but they can be filled in through trades and free agency.
  21. Buffalo Bills-C+  I will give them a C- for the lack of drafting a OT after trading Jason Peters to the Eagles and the fact that these players they drafted will have to be contributors right away considering that coach Dick Jauron needs to win this season.
  22. Chicago Bears-C+ I will give them a C for a moderate draft with no picks until the 3rd round caused by the Stellar Jay Cutler trade with Denver.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs-C+ I will give them a C- for a decent draft that padded their defense really well, but i am very worried about how well this offense can perform, I guess we will have to wait and see what Todd Haley can do.
  24. Minnesota Vikings-C+ I will give them a B- for the simple addition of Percy Harvin at pick 27 which could turn out to give them the two most explosive offensive players in the league with of course the other being Adrian Peterson. Look for the Vikings to have a strong rushing attack out of the Wildcat formation With Adrian Peterson,Percy Harvin and Tavarius Jackson who happens to be a Vince Young type QB but has a better arm and better accuracy than Young has at this point.
  25. St Louis Rams-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for a draft that landed them a excellent pick in OT Jason Smith.
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-C+ I will give them a C for drafting for the future by trading up two spots to pick QB Josh Freeman who may or may not be ready to take the field this year, only time will tell.
  27. Tennessee Titans-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for this draft, They took Rutgers WR Kenny Britt to give them an explosive reciever that they currently lack and hope his addition will lead them to another playoff run that will hopefully take them to the Super Bowl this year.
  28. Denver Broncos-C I will give them a D for a draft where only one pick made sense and that was RB Knowshon Moreno who better score alot of touchdowns becasue the defense is still suspect they only upgraded their troubled defensive line with one pick and was not addresed anymore, and I wonder do they really have all that much confidence in Kyle Orton not to draft a QB to offer some competion.
  29. San Fancisco 49ers-C I will give them a C+ for the addition of WR Michael Crabtree who no one thought would even be on the board at pick 10 for the 49ers to take, and their draft was more for depth than impact after the Crabtree pick.
  30. Washington Redskins-C I will give them a C as well for a solid defensive draft in which they now have plenty of depth on defense but on the offensive side of the ball players need to stay healthy because they didnt get much help on depth this off season so far.
  31. Dallas Cowboys-C- I will give them a B- for a very solid middle round draft that fixed alot of special teams issues and the pick of QB Stephen McGee was a great pick because I think he will make a stellar back up for Romo when Kitna is done here in Dallas if he does not win that spot from Kitna this year.
  32. Oakland Raiders-D I will give them a D as well for a draft that just didnt make sense starting with picking WR Darrius Hayward-Bey over WR Michael Crabtree. This was another fine example of Al Davis’ butchering his teams winning chances.

A Football Player’s Nightmare

I know he is not a Cowboy, but I would just like to say our hearts and prayers go out to Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills. Kevin was injured during the football game Sunday and will likely never recover. He suffered a spinal injury that will leave him paralyzed.

I know football is a competitve sport but you never want to hear of anything like this. God Bless the Everett family and I hope that in his lifetime he will witness that miracles can come true and someday he will walk again.