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Recapping Tuesday nightís ďBoys Near the HoodĒ fantasy draft

 

By Adam Hoff

 

What follows is a 5,500-word recap of one of my fantasy football drafts.  Under normal circumstances, I could never imagine why this would be interesting to anyone outside of my league, not would I ever write anything like this for the site.  However, three things have occurred to prompt this event:

 

1.  People have been asking for it.  I canít tell you how many people have been emailing and asking how my fantasy drafts have been going.  Sure, most of those people are friends and family, but still ...

 

2.  I was in four drafts this year, each of them live, ranging from 150 minutes to five and a half hours.  One was done online.  The other three were conducted in person, with one exception.  Me.  A draft in Portland, Oregon with me on iChat.  A draft in Washington with me on my cell phone.  A draft in LA with me on a cell phone telling my brother who to pick.  All told, it was about 18 hours of drafting over the course of three days.  Sure it was fun, but it was also grueling.  And if I had to battle through four drafts, you can make it through one.  Right?

 

3.  Most importantly, I am going to be turning this fantasy league into an ongoing topic of discussion.  Last year I wanted to vent about my fantasy team and I wound up writing a six-page column explaining the whole thing.  I figure if I do it now, I get it out of the way.  

If you are still reading, I salute you.  And if you read all the way to the end, I invite you to join the management team of ďFutbol.Ē  Reading the whole thing entitles you to as many email suggestions and questions as you want.  Consider my team your team at that point.

 

As for which draft to write about, I chose my ďThe Boys Near the HoodĒ league.  Itís run by a brilliant and hilarious friend of mine named Josh Stump who lives in Portland.  Every year he commandeers a floor of his law firm and goes to town for the live draft.  Every year, I make my picks online or via speakerphone.  Yeah, fun.  Itís a 12-team league keeper league (a new wrinkle added before last yearís draft -- you can keep two players, but they canít play the same position) and features a snake-style draft.  I think thatís all you need to know.  The reason I chose this draft is simple.  All of my drafts are worth the same amount of, umm, units, so itís not more important in terms of the stakes.  Itís simply because it is the league Iíve been in the longest.  One draft was really my brotherís team, another was my first attempt at doing an auction draft with all my friends from back home, and the fourth draft just simply didnít go that well, so Iíd rather not talk about it.

 

In my review, youíll get to know the owners and teams that comprise BNTH.  Iíll look at each teamís keepers (and how they impacted the draft), best picks, worst picks, and what their season hinges on.  Of course, this will all be my pure, unsubstantiated opinion.  And for the record, I fell asleep at my desk during the draft.  Twice.  So take my statements of opinion with a grain of salt.  (Unfortunately, neither of those slumbers occurred in the first round.  That would have been a nice excuse.  More on that in a bit.)

 

Stump Town (owner: Commissioner Stump)

 

Keepers -- After the keeper rules prevented Stump from hanging on to both Kevan Barlow and Stephen Davis, he knew he needed to get a running back early.  Thus, Fred Taylor with the first pick.  There were really only a handful of elite backs out there, so for Stump to come away with McNair/Barlow/Taylor as his QB/RB/RB trio was a nice score.  Iíd say itís on par with Mikey winding up with Heather Graham at the end of Swingers.  Not a ďdime pieceĒ as the rappers say, but a pretty significant pull considering what a loser he was.  Not that Iím calling Stump a loser.  Not entirely anyways. 

 

Best Pick -- Even though he already had Barlow and Taylor, Stump made a great pick at the end of round two with Duce Staley.  Running backs are king in fantasy football and Staley is primed for a nice year in Pittsburgh.  He should be able to reach 600 yards through the first eight games and provide some nice trade bait.  This will come in handy since Josh only has one decent receiver on his team.

 

Worst Pick -- Willis McGahee in round five.  This is nothing personal, I just happen to think that the former Hurricane is the most overrated player in the league this year.  Heís not going to take any significant carries away from Travis Henry, regardless of what people are saying.  He would be a nice keeper and justify the pick, but doesnít Barlow make a better one?  Itís safe to say that Josh probably could have used a wide receiver here.

 

Season Depends On -- Injuries are a concern for all teams, but Stump has two gimpy guys in the starting lineup.  Steve McNair always seems to be about one play away from dying, Fred ďPop Goes the HamstringĒ Taylorís reputation goes without saying, and even young wideout Tyrone Calico is suffering from two sprained knees right now.  Then again, he has two up-and-coming QBís in Leftwich and Carr and heís got Duce to back up Taylor, rendering the injury concerns moot.  So the real thing to watch for here is the wide receivers.  Darrell Jackson was a great pick in round three, but the rest of the wideouts are shaky.  Plaxico Burress needs to take it up about six notches, Jerry Rice and Rod Smith need to stay out of the retirement home, and Eddie Kennison needs to actually get a ball thrown to him.  Itís going to be a tough task to find one, not to mention two, consistent performers out of this crew.  If Stump does (or if he turns Staley into something), heíll probably have one of the top three teams in the league. 

 

Preston Express (owner: Clint)

 

Keepers -- Itís pretty bad when one of your keepers is a quarterback yet your draft notes still read: ďGotta get a QB.Ē  I guess thatís just the breaks when youíve got Jake Plummer as one of your keepers.  Duece McAllister is a beast at running back, but the Plummer pick set Clint back a bit.  It forced him to get another back, a receiver, and a QB in his first three picks.  Most teams only needed two of those, allowing them to get a third back or get to work on adding depth to the receiving corps. 

 

Best Pick -- I hate to go with a guyís first pick, but the selection of Chris Brown was a beauty.  Despite the poor hand his keepersí dealt him, Clint got off on the right foot by getting a solid second back to team with McAllister.  Iíve never seen anybody be more impressive running the ball in a college game than Brown was for Colorado against Nebraska in November of 2001.  Granted, the holes he was allowed to run through were the size of a garage door, but he still showed some unbelievable power and explosiveness.  My Dadís been watching college football for about 45 years and he had to go back to Herschel Walker to remember a guy that looked as good as Brown did in that game.  Now be brings that package to a Tennessee offense that will give him plenty of chances.  He could easily go for 1,200 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.

 

Worst Pick -- Tom Brady in the second round.  As mentioned above, Iíve been in four drafts this year, three of them snake-style and one an auction draft.  In the selection drafts, Brady never went higher than the fifth round (to me two of those times).  In my auction draft, I got him for $7 (Manning went for $50 and Aaron Brooks for $28, just for the sake of comparison).  Maybe Iím just feeling bitter because this is the one draft in which he got away, but a second round pick seems like a high price to pay.  And before you attribute it to the fact that keepers eat up virtually two rounds of picks, consider that two superior fantasy quarterbacks were left on the board in Marc Bulger and Chad Pennington.

 

Season Depends On -- Despite the fact that I just got done railing on the Brady pick, he still combines with McAllister and Brown to form a nice trio in the backfield.  However, for Clint to win, heís going to need to get lucky with his receivers.  Between Eric Moulds, Jerry Porter, and Roy Williams, heís got three guys who could be solid fantasy performers.  However, Moulds is coming off an injury-plagued season, Porter is extremely inconsistent, and Williams is a rookie.  For all three to come up big, that would probably constitute a miracle.  Additionally, neither of his starting backs have a bye until week eight, negating the value of his best backup running back, Moe Williams.  Williams will be the starter in Minnesota to open the season, but once Bennett is back (week two or three) and Onterrio Smith comes off suspension (week five), itís gonna be no Moe for Clint.  Heíll need to find some emerging backups on waivers and get wide receiver numbers out of tight end Todd Heap (we have three WR positions and no TE).  Still, a good roster and a good job overcoming the Plummer keeper.  His draft was like the G-Unit album.  They overcame the fact that Young Buck was rapping a third of the time and still managed to put out a solid collection of violent, misogynistic music. 

 

New England Brawlers (owner: Tony)

 

Keepers -- With returning rushing champ (and drug kingpin) Jamal ďJohnny TappiaĒ Lewis and emerging wideout Santana Moss in the fold, Tony really only needed another legit running back to ensure a competitive team.  He accomplished this by trading up to the #2 pick and snagging Domanick Davis of the Texans.  I personally think Davis is going to wind up sharing carries with Tony Hollings by the end of the season and Iíve got him projected for 1,080 yards on the ground.  Of course, Dom himself has guaranteed 2,000 yards.  The real number is probably somewhere in the middle.  As for Santana, I personally donít feel that he has crept into the top-10 in terms of receivers, but heís still a solid keeper and a good #1 wide receiver for a fantasy team. 

 

Best Pick -- Joe Horn in round two.  I donít know if it was the cell phone incident, the interviews afterward (ultimate comedy), the boring name, or what, but Horn was a steal at the back end of round two.  When you consider that both Steve Smith and Derrick Mason (both a notch below Horn, in my opinion) went before him, thatís a great pick.  He instantly becomes the #1 receiver on Tonyís squad and teams with Santana and Coles to form an outstanding trio of wideouts.

 

Worst Pick -- I thought taking Duckett in round four was a bit extreme, but the pick that really had me scratching my head was Tim Rattay in round eight.  Yikes.  As mentioned above, this was my fourth draft and it was the first time Iíve seen anybody take him before round thirteen.  Even in 16-team drafts, he never went that early.  Maybe those other guys were idiots, but that seems like a bad sign.  But even if you were going to take him ... why round eight?  You have to believe he would have been there about five rounds later.  And what about a guy like Josh McCown, who is projected much higher?  Maybe Iím missing something here.

 

Season Depends On -- Without question, it comes down to the QBís.  The rest of the lineup is stacked.  Lewis and Davis in the backfield, Horn/Moss/Coles at wide receiver, the Pats on defense, even Elam at kicker is a great starter.  But then you get to quarterback and see: Jake Delhomme, Tim Rattay, Rich Gannon.  Yikes.  Delhomme is the epitome of a risky #1 QB who plays in a run-oriented, conservative offense.  Gannon looked like he aged 25 years overnight right around mid-October, 2003.  And my lack of confidence in Rattay has been well documented.  If one of these guys can be much better than I think they are, this will be a top-four team.  If not, well, get ready to trade Stump a wide receiver for Leftwich or Carr.

 

Landryís Legend (owner: Co-Commissioner Dutt)

 

Keepers -- Taking into account the ďonly one keeper per positionĒ rule, Dutt had just about the best combo you can come up with.  Clinton Portis is the most underrated of the big time backs (ESPN had him at seventh, which was shocking) and Harrison is just behind Moss at wide receiver.  All he needed to do in round one was get the best running back available, which he did by snagging Travis Henry.  And it was a great pick, too.  Ignoring the ďnice backupĒ catcalls that were reportedly flying around the room, Dutt got himself a guy that ran for over 90 yards per game last year; a number reached by only eight other backs in the NFL (a group that did not include either Priest Holmes or Shaun Alexander, by the way).  Thereís no way McGahee takes his job unless he gets hurt.

 

Best Pick -- As you can see, I liked the Henry pick.  However, the best pick for Landryís Legends was snagging Marc Bulger in the fourth round.  I had him as the fourth highest rated quarterback in all of fantasy football (behind Culpepper, Manning, and Hasselbeck, and just ahead of Pennington and Green) and he should get off to a 300-yard, four-touchdown start against Arizona in week one.  Getting him the fourth round was a steal.  Which works out nice since ...

 

Worst Pick -- Brett Favre in round three.  The guy is just about done.  I had him last year and it was downright gruesome at times.  The NFL equivalent to Jeff Bagwell -- all heart and competitive fire and just enough production to get by.  But also all pain and not being able to do the things he used to do.  Sad stuff.  Good thing Dutt got Bulger in the very next round.  Did he realize his mistake?  Does he just like having two quarterbacks?  Will this be the first time in fantasy history that a third round pick is a back-up the entire season?  So many questions. 

 

Season Depends On -- Bulger, Portis, Henry, and Harrison make a terrific quartet.  Favre adds depth at QB.  Injured Michael Bennett should add depth at running back once he returns in a couple of weeks.  I guess the only question marks are at the third receiver slot and with the defense.  The D is an improved Broncos unit that should make more big plays with Champ Bailey, but plays against a lot of high-powered offenses this year (including the Chiefs twice).  The third receiver slot is manned by Donteí Stallworth, a make-or-break player if there ever was one.  But even if he turns out to be a bust, Anquan Boldin is sitting on the IL, waiting to take over.  By week eight, all the pieces should be in place.  I have to say -- and it gives me great pain to do this -- Dutt looks like the early favorite.

 

To Be Announced (owner: Alan)

 

Keepers -- Like myself, Alanís team name had yet to be determined prior to the draft.  No worries, Iím sure heís got something very hot planned.  For his keepers, he had Edge and Vick.  Get the M.A.S.H. unit ready!  Medic!  Medic! 

 

Best Pick -- I liked his selection of Reggie Wayne in round six.  A lot of people think heís the kind of guy that will only give you two or three good games per year.  However, heís gotten better each season in the league and is a great route runner that should benefit from the new no-contact rules.  Plus, I took Wayne two years ago with my first pick and spent the next week bragging about what a great sleeper I had.  Then he went like 13 games before he broke 50 yards in a game or caught a touchdown pass.  At which point he went for like 175 yards and two scores.  Of course, I had dropped him by then.  Anyway, I have a soft spot for him.  I hope he does well for Alan.  Just not against Futbol.

 

Worst Pick -- No offense intended toward Al, but he had several picks that I wasnít fond of.  Mason might have gone a bit too high in the middle of round two, first round pick Quentin Griffinís not even a sure starter in the long run at running back (Tatum Bell is poised to track him down by midseason), and Isaac the Bruce hasnít been drafted in the fourth round since the year 2000.  But the topper was the Tampa Bay defense in round seven.  This isnít the same Bucs D that dominated the Raiders in the Super Bowl a few years back.  This is an aging group with no depth and predictable schemes that probably isnít even a top 10 defense this year.  Besides, seventh round?  Unless your defense is located in Baltimore, New England, Carolina, or Philly, you shouldnít be picking them in the seventh round.  (Sorry, Al, if you wind up reading this.  That was a little rough.)

 

Season Depends On -- Alanís season depends on a lot of things, including Griffin being the starter all year in Denver, Wayne continuing to develop, and Bruce and Mason living up to their lofty draft picks.  But mainly, this teamís season rests on Mike Vickís shoulders.  If heís healthy and performs like he did for those 10 magical games at the end of the 2002 season, this is a playoff team.  If not ...

 

Mike Fasching (owner: Mike, obviously)

 

Keepers -- Manning and Moss as keepers.  Wow.  Not a bad throw and catch tandem.  However, as glamorous as that sounds, it put Mike in the position of having to draft two legit running backs.  A feat he was unable to pull off.  I wonder how long it will be until Mike comes calling to Stump or me for Duce Staley or Kevin Jones, respectively?  Two weeks?  24 hours?

 

Best Pick -- He got Stephen Davis in the second round, which was a great score.  I thought long and hard about taking him with the #6 pick in the first round.  (All that long and hard thinking is probably why I choked and took Matt Hasselbeck.)

 

Worst Pick -- Taking a tight end (Crumpler) in round five is very shaky, but my least favorite choice was Amani Toomer in the fourth round.  When youíve already got Moss, Ward, and Koren Robinson at receiver and you need a second running back in the worst way ... why take another receiver?  Especially one that plays for the Giants?  I could understand if no starting backs were on the board, but Warrick Dunn was still there!  Iím still confused.  (By the way, this is off topic, but Iím really hoping that Mike goes with ďFaschingismĒ for his team name.)

 

Season Depends On -- Well, this is easy.  You canít win without two running backs.  Trust me, I know because Iíve tried.  I went with the Duce Staley/Garrison Hearst strategy two years ago on my way to a finish in the basement.  Last year I snagged Tomlinson but tried to make do with Hearst again as the second back.  Ouch.  Things only turned around when I got Rudi Johnson and Brian Westbrook off of waivers.  So suffice to say, Mike needs to find another back.  Either Travis Minor has to pull off a miracle by holding off Sammy Morris and Lamar Gordon and getting more than 15 carries a game (seems highly unlikely), Onterrio Smith has to come off suspension and beat out Michael Bennett, Garrison Hearst has to leapfrog Quentin Griffin and Tatum Bell, William Green has to steal Lee Suggsí job (probably the best hope), or Mike has to trade for/discover (ala Westbrook and Johnson circa 2003) a second starting running back.

 

Maulers (owner: Lloyd)

 

Keepers -- Lloyd came in with a second tier QB and a second tier running back.  Aaron Brooks and Corey Dillon donít look that great on an ESPN top-100 spreadsheet, but they could both perform much better than players above them.  So itís not a great pair of keepers, but not bad either.  Itís the fantasy keepers equivalent to the city of Kansas City.

 

Best Pick -- Rudi Johnson was a nice pick, but it was an obvious choice at pick #5, so Iíll move on.  Deon Branch was a great snag in round seven; an article written the other day called him ďthis yearís Santana Moss.Ē  However, Iím going with Brandon Lloyd in round eight.  He just feels like the breakout wide receiver of 2004.  Plus, he has the same last name as his new owner, which has to count for some huge karma points. 

 

Worst Pick -- Not too many blatantly bad picks.  I would have gone with Darrell Jackson over Steve Smith in round two, but thatís certainly a solid choice, regardless.  I guess Iíll go with Joey Harrington in round six.  No offense to any Oregon Ducks fans out there, but he seems shaky, even in year three.  But still, thatís not really that bad. 

 

Season Depends On -- Honestly, it all comes down to Aaron Brooks.  This is an ironic fact, considering that another teamís entire season falls on Vickís shoulders.  (You know, with them being cousins and all.)  Dillon and Johnson are a nice backfield, Lloyd or Branch will go nicely with Smith and Javon Walker in the WR spots.  Finally, he has the Ravens defense, which is the best in the game.  Good draft, good team.  If Brooks comes through, itís a guaranteed finish in the upper half of the league.

 

Ranger One (owner: Jeff)

 

Keepers -- First of all, Culpepper is the best QB in fantasy football, end of story.  So thatís a decent keeper.  Toss in Ahman Green (rated between #2 and #5 overall, depending on the source) and Jeffís got the best pair of keepers in our league.  It certainly makes draft day easier when youíve got two guys that probably would have gone in the top nine of a full draft.

 

Best Pick -- This is boring, but my favorite pick was the Tennessee Titans defense in round thirteen.  Great backup D; could be the starting unit on three or four teams.

 

Worst Pick -- I didnít care for Curtis Martin with the second pick of round two.  There were at least a half dozen backs available with more fantasy potential.  The man only scored two touchdowns last year.  I could be way off here though.  The Jets offense will be great and Martin may be a prime beneficiary.  I just canít help feeling like Curtis is about to go Eddie George on us.  Theyíve had similar workloads over the years and it just feels like the time is at hand.  Weíll see. 

 

Season Depends On -- Finding a third receiver.  That and getting big numbers from Martin of course (by big I mean 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns).  But Jeff definitely needs someone to emerge next to Chad Johnson and Keyshawn.  It appears that heís banking on rookie Larry Fitzgerald for that, but yikes.  First of all, heís a rookie.  Additionally, heís a bit banged up and he plays for a horrible team.  Finally, when Boldin returns in week seven or so, Fitz goes to #2 on the depth chart.  Whoís going to be the third guy then?  Winslow?  Still, this is getting picky.  Ranger One has a terrific team and I think that Jeff is right there with Dutt as the early favorites.

 

Slot-Matrix (owner: Patrick)

 

Keepers -- Oh boy.  This was an exchanged franchise, so you canít blame the new owner entirely.  But -- brace yourself -- Patrick has Eli Manning and Tiki Barber  Two Giants?  A backup QB and the league-leader in fumbles?  That makes for a long draft night.

 

Best Pick -- Easy.  He got Chad Pennington in round four.  How did he last that long?  Itís a mystery.  But itís a good thing for Patrick, since his keeper QB is a bench warmer.

 

Worst Pick -- I didnít like Charlie Garner at all as a second round pick, but Keenan McCardell has to take the cake as the worst pick in the draft.  In case Patrick didnít notice, heís not actually -- how do I say this -- playing this year.  And a sixth round pick to boot.  Ouch.

 

Season Depends On -- A lot of luck.  Pennington is an outstanding quarterback and Brian Westbrook and Barber make up a solid (albeit brittle) backfield.  But when Chris Chambers, Jimmy Smith, and Donald Driver make up your receiving corps, youíve got trouble.

 

Lil Johnnyís Rebels (owner: Jon)

 

Keepers -- Shaun Alexander and Torry Holt.  Very, very nice.  All that left Jon was a second back and a QB.  He answered both calls by stealing McNabb in round two and getting both Lee Suggs and Warrick Dunn.  Well done.

 

Best Pick -- McNabb.  Heís going to bounce back for a 3,300-yard/25 touchdown season with the occasional rushing TD.

 

Worst Pick -- No really bad picks here.  Iíll go with fifth-rounder Peter Warrick though.  The reason being that heís more of a slot guy and there have been whisperings that heís going to be passed by Kelley Washington on the depth chart.  Which leads us to ...

 

Season Depends On -- Suggs, finding a third receiver, and to a lesser extent, the Falcons.  Suggs will need to perform like a first round back and Iím not sure if he can.  If he fails, then Dunn will need to be churning along in Atlanta.  Speaking of Atlanta, Peerless Price needs a bounce-back year to keep the pressure off of Jonís receivers.  Itís bad enough that he has to bank on Warrick as a starter, but if Price tanks, then things get real thin.  Overall though, a very good team.  Too many question marks to be considered a favorite, but theyíll be right there if things go according to plan.

 

Haugís Hotties (owner: Rob)

 

Keepers -- Rob came in with a couple of Chiefs, Trent Green and Priest Holmes.  Not bad at all.  Green is somewhere between the fourth and eighth best QB in the league, depending on who you ask.  And Holmes, well, heís alright.

 

Best Pick -- Loved Andre Johnson in round three (he and Carr should both be huge this year), but my favorite pick was Stephen Jackson in round four.  Not merely because of Jackson (although he is good), but because it gives him huge Marshall Faulk insurance.  Now, no matter what freak injury happens to Faulk, Rob is sure to have a very good second back to pair with Priest.  Of course, the only way this could turn out poorly is if Faulk stays healthy but the two wind up splitting carries right down the middle.  Yuck.

 

Worst Pick -- Tony Gonzalez in round five.  Now, granted, Tony G is the best tight end in the game.  But we donít have a tight end position.  In my opinion, you have to get a receiver there.  I did the whole ďlets use a tight end as a starting receiverĒ thing last year with Shockey and it did not go well.  Thereís nothing worse than watching a tight end snag nine balls for 54 yards.  I repeat: this isnít about Gonzalez.  After all, Crumpler went in the same round.  Itís just that I believe you have to get actual receivers.  Now heís going into the season with Johnson, two tight ends (Shockey being the other), and a bunch of question marks to fill the WR spots.

 

Season Depends On -- You would probably assume that the answer here is how the receivers work out.  Wrong.  Robís season actually comes down to the Rams running back situation.  If Faulk is the main man (or Jackson in the event of an injury), then Rob can worry about the receivers because they will be the difference between say second and third.  But if Faulk and Jackson split carries, Rob will be tearing his hair out and relying on Priest to get him into the playoffs.  It should be exciting.  For the rest of us.

 

Futbol (owner: Yours Truly)

 

Keepers -- Saved the best for last, right?  As Frank the Tank would say, ďYou KNOW it!Ē  For keepers Iíve got Tomlinson and TO.  Having a top-three running back and a top-five receiver allowed me to focus on getting a second running back and a quarterback.  I got a little excited about the quarterback part, as weíll see in just a moment.  However, I was redeemed when I got the running back I probably would have taken anyway (Thomas Jones) in the second round.  With the Bears running a version of KCís offense and with Jones playing the role of a poor manís Priest Holmes, I expect pretty big things out of him. 

 

Best Pick -- I also got Kevin Jones in the third round, who I like.  (Maybe my team name should be ďKeeping Up with the JonesesĒ?)  I actually thought my best pick though was the kicker, of all things.  Lawrence Tynes is unproven, but heís kicking for Kansas City, so he should put up some huge numbers.  I think itís a bad sign that my best pick was the kicker.  Maybe Iíll switch this designation to rookie wideout and ninth round pick Mark Clayton instead.

 

Worst Pick -- Matt Hasselbeck with the sixth pick in the draft.  Hereís the thing: Iím happy with Hasselbeck, Iím just not happy with where I took him.  I had the number two pick, but didnít have enough faith in any of the backs that would have been available there.  I didnít want to deal with the Faulk/Jackson situation, I fear that Westbrook will get injured now that heís workload is being increased by about 150%, and I think Davis and Rudi are overrated.  I know itís screwy but I would have taken any one of those guys at #5, just not at #2.  So I decided to trade down.  Except that in hindsight, I should have taken the #10 pick from Dutt.  I still could have had Hasselbeck and I wouldnít have looked like an idiot.  More to the point, knowing in hindsight that I could have had Chad Pennington in round four, I would have taken Chad Johnson in the first round and rolled out a Pennington/Tomlinson/Jones/Owens/Johnson/Rogers starting lineup.  All of which would have made me one of the three favorites.  Instead?  Iíve got just another team with wide receiver issues.  Oh well, live and learn. 

 

Season Depends On -- Like many teams, I need my receivers to pan out.  Iíve got TO and then a lot of maybes.  A potential stud number one in an emerging offense (Charles Rogers), a number one in a bad offense (Kevin Johnson), a number two in an explosive offense (Justin McCareins), and two rookies (Lee Evans and Michael Clayton).  I just need two of these guys to step up and honestly, I like my chances of that happening.  But you just never know.  I also need the Vikings defense to be as good as I think they are going to be. 

 

Sorry for adding this review to your reading list, but hopefully it will keep everybody in the loop this year when I rant about my league in every column.  Regardless though, I do this for me.  Not for you. 

 

Adam Hoff is a columnist for WhatifSports.com and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.  He can be reached at ahoff@uchicago.edu or by sitemail at adamo112.

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