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Fantasy Brain Droppings
Kevin Ratterree
August 13, 2011

I Think I May Have a Problem

I have to admit, the 4 month hiatus from the NFL has put some clunk in my gears. I really liked the week of rabid transactions, but it is definitely an adjustment to the way things have been done in the past. My dynasty league was a ghost-town over the summer.

We just finished the 3 round rookie draft in my dynasty. I had the 1.02 pick due to the disaster of 2010. I went from league champion to the garbage can in one season. Starter injuries, questionable trades, and a lack of quality depth is a recipe for disaster as it turns out.

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta
Julio Jones has that rare combination of talent that could make him a fantasy factor his rookie year in Atlanta.

Running back was the dire need for my fallen team, but I wasn’t going to pass on Julio Jones. I just couldn’t. Ingram went off the board first as I expected and I chose Jones over A.J. Green. My team is a disaster in the running back department, I had Shonn Greene (not exactly superstar material in a PPR league) and a couple of prayers in Choice and Torain. So why didn’t I bite the bullet and draft Ryan Williams or Daniel Thomas? Guys that might help me right away?

I guess I am just disillusioned with the vaunted rookie running back. Last year at this time Spiller was being touted as a top pick. Nope. And how about that Knowshon Moreno? It seems that since the coming of Adrian Peterson most of our highly touted rookie backs have been less than stellar.

So I’m happy instead with my stud receiver in the making. As it turns out, the other running back starved teams in my league weren’t particularly enamored with A.J. Green either. He fell to 5th in my draft, and the owner that traded to get that draft spot seemed disappointed/surprised with the way the first 4 picks shook out. He never expected Green to land in his lap at all you could tell. Maybe he was counting on Jones being the rookie wide-out to fall in our draft. I wasn’t going to let that happen.

I am a huge Julio Jones honk, and the fact that he landed in Atlanta (which seemed to turn off some dynasty drafters) to me seems absolutely perfect. I say he is a beast by the end of this season, if not right out of the gate.

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