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Official Huddle Writers League Draft: Performance/12 Team
August 24, 2005

The following is an actual draft for the staff Top Gun competition here at The Huddle. The league uses a standard performance scoring of 1/10 rush and receive yards, 1/25 passing yards, 2 point conversion are two fantasy points each participant, all touchdowns are six except passing is four. Kickers receive the NFL points from their kicks and defenses have one point sacks and turnovers, two point safeties and six point touchdowns. Receptions are worth one point. The starting lineup that was drafted is QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, PK and DEF.

Draft by Round

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Tomlinson,Lad. 1 RB Jones,Julius 1 RB Jordan,Lamont 1 RB Dunn,Warrick
2 RB Alexander,Shaun 2 QB Culpepper,Daunte 2 WR Horn,Joe 2 WR Burleson,Nate
3 RB James,Edgerrin 3 RB Portis,Clinton 3 RB Jackson,Steven 3 QB Brees,Drew
4 RB Davis,Domanick 4 RB Green,Ahman 4 RB Williams,Carnell 4 WR Johnson,Andre
5 RB Holmes,Priest 5 WR Johnson,Chad 5 WR Owens,Terrell 5 WR Smith,Steve
6 QB Manning,Peyton 6 RB Barber,Tiki 6 TE Gonzalez,Tony 6 QB Bulger,Marc
7 RB McAllister,Deuce 7 RB Martin,Curtis 7 TE Gates,Antonio 7 RB Brown,Ronnie
8 RB McGahee,Willis 8 RB Johnson,Rudi 8 WR Wayne,Reggie 8 WR Jackson,Darrell
9 RB Lewis,Jamal 9 WR Holt,Torry 9 QB Green,Trent 9 RB Benson,Cedric
10 WR Moss,Randy 10 WR Harrison,Marvin 10 RB Bell,Tatum 10 TE Witten,Jason
11 RB Jones,Kevin 11 RB Westbrook,Brian 11 RB Arrington,J.J. 11 WR Coles,Laveranues
12 RB Dillon,Corey 12 WR Walker,Javon 12 QB McNabb,Donovan 12 WR Ward,Hines
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 RB Bennett,Michael 1 QB Collins,Kerry 1 RB Taylor,Fred 1 WR Smith,Jimmy
2 WR Clayton,Michael 2 WR Mason,Derrick 2 RB Barlow,Kevan 2 RB Duckett,T.J.
3 WR Boldin,Anquan 3 RB Henry,Travis 3 RB Faulk,Marshall 3 RB Moore,Mewelde
4 WR Williams,Roy 4 TE Clark,Dallas 4 TE Shockey,Jeremy 4 QB Brady,Tom
5 RB Brown,Chris 5 RB Johnson,Larry 5 WR Muhammad,Muhsin 5 QB Delhomme,Jake
6 WR Driver,Donald 6 WR Chambers,Chris 6 RB Suggs,Lee 6 RB Bettis,Jerome
7 WR Porter,Jerry 7 WR Fitzgerald,Larry 7 WR Burress,Plaxico 7 WR Moulds,Eric
8 RB Foster,De'shaun 8 QB Hasselbeck,Matt 8 TE Crumpler,Alge 8 WR Moss,Santana
9 WR Bruce,Isaac 9 QB Favre,Brett 9 Def Patriots 9 Def Bills
10 WR Lelie,Ashley 10 WR Branch,Deion 10 QB Palmer,Carson 10 QB Brooks,Aaron
11 WR Bennett,Drew 11 QB Plummer,Jake 11 RB Anderson,Mike 11 TE McMichael,Randy
12 WR Smith,Rod 12 Def Ravens 12 WR Kennison,Eddie 12 QB Vick,Michael
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 WR Stokley,Brandon 1 WR Johnson,Keyshawn 1 QB Griese,Brian 1 WR Toomer,Amani
2 RB Jacobs,Brandon 2 TE Wiggins,Jermaine 2 DF Falcons 2 DF Jets
3 WR Houshmandzadeh 3 DF Eagles 3 RB Jones,Thomas 3 WR Wilson,Cedrick
4 WR Edwards,Braylon 4 RB Williams,Ricky 4 RB Pittman,Michael 4 RB Gore,Frank
5 TE Heap,Todd 5 QB Harrington,Joey 5 QB Carr,David 5 WR McCareins,Justin
6 RB Staley,Duce 6 WR Lloyd,Brandon 6 DF Buccaneers 6 RB Droughns,Reuben
7 DF Steelers 7 WR Stallworth,Donte' 7 PK Vinatieri,Adam 7 PK Elam,Jason
8 WR Rogers,Charles 8 TE Smith,L.J. 8 RB Toefield,Labrandon 8 RB Davis,Stephen
9 WR Evans,Lee 9 WR Williams,Reggie 9 WR Parker,Samie 9 TE Cooley,Chris
10 PK Vanderjagt,Mike 10 RB Shelton,Eric 10 WR Colbert,Keary 10 WR Williamson,Troy
11 WR Bryant,Antonio 11 WR Engram,Bobby 11 QB Warner,Kurt 11 RB Moats,Ryan
12 DF Panthers 12 WR Givens,David 12 TE Johnson,Eric 12 TE Franks,Bubba
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 WR McCardell,Keenan 1 DF Redskins 1 PK Longwell,Ryan 1 QB Leftwich,Byron
2 QB Pennington,Chad 2 TE Troupe,Ben 2 WR Randle El,Antwaan 2 WR Jenkins,Michael
3 PK Stover,Matt 3 WR Taylor,Travis 3 DF Cowboys 3 WR Gardner,Rod
4 QB McNair,Steve 4 PK Wilkins,Jeff 4 RB Morency,Vernand 4 TE Johnson,Teyo
5 WR Calico,Tyrone 5 QB Garcia,Jeff 5 QB Bledsoe,Drew 5 DF Bengals
6 WR Glenn,Terry 6 WR Galloway,Joey 6 RB Shipp,Marcel 6 WR Curtis,Kevin
7 TE Jolley,Doug 7 WR Patten,David 7 QB Manning,Eli 7 QB Losman,J.P.
8 RB Davenport,Najeh 8 PK Janikowski,Seb. 8 WR Curry,Ronald 8 DF Dolphins
9 RB Taylor,Chester 9 WR Brown,Reggie 9 WR Davis,Andre' 9 PK Graham,Shayne
10 TE Miller,Heath 10 QB Roethlisberger,Ben 10 TE Mangum,Kris 10 TE Watson,Ben
11 RB Buckhalter,Correll 11 TE Stevens,Jerramy 11 WR Jones,Matt 11 RB Blaylock,Derrick
12 PK Akers,David 12 TE Putzier,Jeb 12 RB Rhodes,Dominic 12 WR Robinson,Marcus
Round 17 Round 18            
1 RB Pearman,Alvin 1 RB Faulk,Kevin            
2 PK Brown,Josh 2 PK Nugent,Mike            
3 DF Vikings 3 RB Barber,Marion            
4 WR Parker,Eric 4 RB Haynes,Verron            
5 Def Bears 5 PK Reed,Jeff            
6 TE Pollard,Marcus 6 DF Cardinals            
7 WR Ferguson,Robert 7 DF Colts            
8 TE Graham,Daniel 8 PK Kaeding,Nate            
9 WR Boston,David 9 QB Volek,Billy            
10 RB Jones,Greg 10 PK Dawson,Phil            
11 DF Lions 11 RB Williams,Moe            
12 RB Williams,Shaud 12 QB Frerotte,Gus            

Draft by Position

Quarterbacks Tight Ends Defenses Kickers
1.06 Manning,Peyton 3.06 Gonzalez,Tony 6.12 Ravens 9.10 Vanderjagt,Mike
2.02 Culpepper,Daunte 3.07 Gates,Antonio 7.09 Patriots 11.07 Vinatieri,Adam
3.09 Green,Trent 4.10 Witten,Jason 8.09 Bills 12.07 Elam,Jason
3.12 McNabb,Donovan 6.04 Clark,Dallas 9.07 Steelers 13.03 Stover,Matt
4.03 Brees,Drew 7.04 Shockey,Jeremy 9.12 Panthers 13.12 Akers,David
4.06 Bulger,Marc 7.08 Crumpler,Alge 10.03 Eagles 14.04 Wilkins,Jeff
6.01 Collins,Kerry 8.11 McMichael,Randy 11.02 Falcons 14.08 Janikowski,Seb.
6.08 Hasselbeck,Matt 9.05 Heap,Todd 11.06 Buccaneers 15.01 Longwell,Ryan
6.09 Favre,Brett 10.02 Wiggins,Jermaine 12.02 Jets 16.09 Graham,Shayne
6.11 Plummer,Jake 10.08 Smith,L.J. 14.01 Redskins 17.02 Brown,Josh
7.10 Palmer,Carson 11.12 Johnson,Eric 15.03 Cowboys 18.02 Nugent,Mike
8.04 Brady,Tom 12.09 Cooley,Chris 16.05 Bengals 18.05 Reed,Jeff
8.05 Delhomme,Jake 12.12 Franks,Bubba 16.08 Dolphins 18.08 Kaeding,Nate
8.10 Brooks,Aaron 13.07 Jolley,Doug 17.03 Vikings 18.10 Dawson,Phil
8.12 Vick,Michael 13.10 Miller,Heath 17.05 Bears    
10.05 Harrington,Joey 14.02 Troupe,Ben 17.11 Lions    
11.01 Griese,Brian 14.11 Stevens,Jerramy 18.06 Cardinals    
11.05 Carr,David 14.12 Putzier,Jeb 18.07 Colts    
11.11 Warner,Kurt 15.10 Mangum,Kris        
13.02 Pennington,Chad 16.04 Johnson,Teyo        
13.04 McNair,Steve 16.10 Watson,Ben        
14.05 Garcia,Jeff 17.06 Pollard,Marcus        
14.10 Roethlisberger,Ben 17.08 Graham,Daniel        
15.05 Bledsoe,Drew            
15.07 Manning,Eli            
16.01 Leftwich,Byron            
16.07 Losman,J.P.            
18.09 Volek,Billy            
18.12 Frerotte,Gus            
Running Backs Wide Receivers
1.01 Tomlinson,Lad. 8.02 Duckett,T.J. 1.10 Moss,Randy 9.04 Edwards,Braylon
1.02 Alexander,Shaun 8.03 Moore,Mewelde 2.05 Johnson,Chad 9.08 Rogers,Charles
1.03 James,Edgerrin 8.06 Bettis,Jerome 2.09 Holt,Torry 9.09 Evans,Lee
1.04 Davis,Domanick 9.02 Jacobs,Brandon 2.10 Harrison,Marvin 9.11 Bryant,Antonio
1.05 Holmes,Priest 9.06 Staley,Duce 2.12 Walker,Javon 10.01 Johnson,Keyshawn
1.07 McAllister,Deuce 10.04 Williams,Ricky 3.02 Horn,Joe 10.06 Lloyd,Brandon
1.08 McGahee,Willis 10.10 Shelton,Eric 3.05 Owens,Terrell 10.07 Stallworth,Donte'
1.09 Lewis,Jamal 11.03 Jones,Thomas 3.08 Wayne,Reggie 10.09 Williams,Reggie
1.11 Jones,Kevin 11.04 Pittman,Michael 4.02 Burleson,Nate 10.11 Engram,Bobby
1.12 Dillon,Corey 11.08 Toefield,Labrandon 4.04 Johnson,Andre 10.12 Givens,David
2.01 Jones,Julius 12.04 Gore,Frank 4.05 Smith,Steve 11.09 Parker,Samie
2.03 Portis,Clinton 12.06 Droughns,Reuben 4.08 Jackson,Darrell 11.10 Colbert,Keary
2.04 Green,Ahman 12.08 Davis,Stephen 4.11 Coles,Laveranues 12.01 Toomer,Amani
2.06 Barber,Tiki 12.11 Moats,Ryan 4.12 Ward,Hines 12.03 Wilson,Cedrick
2.07 Martin,Curtis 13.08 Davenport,Najeh 5.02 Clayton,Michael 12.05 McCareins,Justin
2.08 Johnson,Rudi 13.09 Taylor,Chester 5.03 Boldin,Anquan 12.10 Williamson,Troy
2.11 Westbrook,Brian 13.11 Buckhalter,Correll 5.04 Williams,Roy 13.01 McCardell,Keenan
3.01 Jordan,Lamont 15.04 Morency,Vernand 5.06 Driver,Donald 13.05 Calico,Tyrone
3.03 Jackson,Steven 15.06 Shipp,Marcel 5.07 Porter,Jerry 13.06 Glenn,Terry
3.04 Williams,Carnell 15.12 Rhodes,Dominic 5.09 Bruce,Isaac 14.03 Taylor,Travis
3.10 Bell,Tatum 16.11 Blaylock,Derrick 5.10 Lelie,Ashley 14.06 Galloway,Joey
3.11 Arrington,J.J. 17.01 Pearman,Alvin 5.11 Bennett,Drew 14.07 Patten,David
4.01 Dunn,Warrick 17.10 Jones,Greg 5.12 Smith,Rod 14.09 Brown,Reggie
4.07 Brown,Ronnie 17.12 Williams,Shaud 6.02 Mason,Derrick 15.02 Randle El,Antwaan
4.09 Benson,Cedric 18.01 Faulk,Kevin 6.06 Chambers,Chris 15.08 Curry,Ronald
5.01 Bennett,Michael 18.03 Barber,Marion 6.07 Fitzgerald,Larry 15.09 Davis,Andre'
5.05 Brown,Chris 18.04 Haynes,Verron 6.10 Branch,Deion 15.11 Jones,Matt
5.08 Foster,De'shaun 18.11 Williams,Moe 7.05 Muhammad,Muhsin 16.02 Jenkins,Michael
6.03 Henry,Travis     7.07 Burress,Plaxico 16.03 Gardner,Rod
6.05 Johnson,Larry     7.12 Kennison,Eddie 16.06 Curtis,Kevin
7.01 Taylor,Fred     8.01 Smith,Jimmy 16.12 Robinson,Marcus
7.02 Barlow,Kevan     8.07 Moulds,Eric 17.04 Parker,Eric
7.03 Faulk,Marshall     8.08 Moss,Santana 17.07 Ferguson,Robert
7.06 Suggs,Lee     9.01 Stokley,Brandon 17.09 Boston,David
7.11 Anderson,Mike     9.03 Houshmandzadeh    

Draft by Team

Evaluating this scoring system applied to teams means considering what their flex position is and if they addressed the inclusion of reception points which skews some players up slightly. In a flex system, it would be ideal to have three good running backs not only from their scoring but from their consistency each week. But having a great crew of receivers can actually produce more points than running backs in this scoring system.

Team #1 - Paul's Pigskin Pariahs  Team #2 - Whitney's Warbirds
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
8.12 QB Vick,Michael 1.01 RB Tomlinson,Lad. 6.11 QB Plummer,Jake 1.02 RB Alexander,Shaun
11.01 QB Griese,Brian 2.12 WR Walker,Javon 13.02 QB Pennington,Chad 2.11 RB Westbrook,Brian
18.12 QB Frerotte,Gus 3.01 RB Jordan,Lamont 1.02 RB Alexander,Shaun 3.02 WR Horn,Joe
1.01 RB Tomlinson,Lad. 4.12 WR Ward,Hines 2.11 RB Westbrook,Brian 4.11 WR Coles,Laveranues
3.01 RB Jordan,Lamont 5.01 RB Bennett,Michael 7.02 RB Barlow,Kevan 5.02 WR Clayton,Michael
5.01 RB Bennett,Michael 6.12 DF Ravens 9.02 RB Jacobs,Brandon 6.11 QB Plummer,Jake
7.01 RB Taylor,Fred 7.01 RB Taylor,Fred 12.11 RB Moats,Ryan 7.02 RB Barlow,Kevan
17.01 RB Pearman,Alvin 8.12 QB Vick,Michael 16.11 RB Blaylock,Derrick 8.11 TE McMichael,Randy
12.12 TE Franks,Bubba 9.01 WR Stokley,Brandon 18.11 RB Williams,Moe 9.02 RB Jacobs,Brandon
14.12 TE Putzier,Jeb 10.12 WR Givens,David 8.11 TE McMichael,Randy 10.11 WR Engram,Bobby
2.12 WR Walker,Javon 11.01 QB Griese,Brian 14.11 TE Stevens,Jerramy 11.02 DF Falcons
4.12 WR Ward,Hines 12.12 TE Franks,Bubba 3.02 WR Horn,Joe 12.11 RB Moats,Ryan
9.01 WR Stokley,Brandon 13.01 WR McCardell,Keenan 4.11 WR Coles,Laveranues 13.02 QB Pennington,Chad
10.12 WR Givens,David 14.12 TE Putzier,Jeb 5.02 WR Clayton,Michael 14.11 TE Stevens,Jerramy
13.01 WR McCardell,Keenan 15.01 PK Longwell,Ryan 10.11 WR Engram,Bobby 15.02 WR Randle El,Antwaan
16.12 WR Robinson,Marcus 16.12 WR Robinson,Marcus 15.02 WR Randle El,Antwaan 16.11 RB Blaylock,Derrick
15.01 PK Longwell,Ryan 17.01 RB Pearman,Alvin 17.02 PK Brown,Josh 17.02 PK Brown,Josh
6.12 DF Ravens 18.12 QB Frerotte,Gus 11.02 DF Falcons 18.11 RB Williams,Moe

Plan: RB, WR, RB, WR, RB
Ah, the first pick. Always a challenge. Taking LT at #1 was a given and can make up for lack of RB production. He’ll need to. Despite using four of his top seven picks on RBs, there is little to show for it beyond RB2 Jordan. Bennett is a risk and Taylor a huge risk. Lack of depth at RB could cause problems all season long.

Vick is not high on my personal QB list, but getting him as the 15th QB taken at the end of the 8th round is a great value given Vick’s upside. There were better backups available IMO than Griese and if Vick struggles or is injured it’s doubtful Griese, or Frerotte for that matter, can carry this team.

Walker and Ward should provide solid production from the WR position and were good picks in rounds 2 and 4 respectively. Later rounds were used to pick up a mix of some nice WR3 fill-ins, McCardell, Robinson and Givens. TE may be a problem for this team however. Last season Putzier was plagued by the Broncos tendency to look someone else’s way at the goal-line. Franks could end up this team’s starter – if he ever shows up. Both were late rounders, so if they pan out then end up as great value picks.

Baltimore and Longwell round out this team strongly. Lack of depth could hurt Paul’s chances in Top Gun, but if Vick finally breaks out and the rest of the starters stay strong, the playoffs are a possibility.

Plan: RB, RB, WR, WR, WR
Whitney, picking in the 2-hole, went with the somewhat obvious choice of TD machine Alexander, with his first pick. On the way back in the second round, he landed what could be the steal of the draft: Brian Westbrook. Last season, Westbrook led all RBs with an average of 54 receiving ypg (15 more ypg than the next highest average) on 5.5 rpg. In a league that gives points for receptions, Westbrook could be a solid #1 RB. In this case, he's an extremely strong #2 RB.

Whitney landed a solid WR in the third in Horn and a capable #2 WR in Coles in the fourth. He rounded out a solid WR corps with his 5th pick with Tampa Bay’s Michael Clayton, who is coming off a strong rookie campaign and will be the main receiving threat for an improved Buc offense.

Whitney reached a bit in the 6th round on his QB, Jake Plummer. Perhaps he sensed a run, as both similarly-tiered Matt Hasselbeck and Brett Favre went just ahead of his pick. He could have used this pick on a potential stud TE like Crumpler and waited for his 7th rounder to pick a QB with major upside like Palmer or the ever-steady Brady. He was, however, able to grab a solid TE in McMichael in the 8th, after grabbing his first backup (RB Barlow) in the 7th.

A possible TD vulture Brandon Jacobs was then landed, a consistent possession receiver (Engram) and was still able to draft a solid fantasy defense in the Falcons. After drafting several backups with serious upside, his roster was rounded out with PK Brown. Whitney is strong at all positions and will most definitely contend for the league crown, unless his QBs fail to perform.

Team #3 – Darin3's Vipers Team #4 – Dorey's Deguello
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
8.10 QB Brooks,Aaron 1.03 RB James,Edgerrin 6.09 QB Favre,Brett 1.04 RB Davis,Domanick
14.10 QB Roethlisberger,Ben 2.10 WR Harrison,Marvin 13.04 QB McNair,Steve 2.09 WR Holt,Torry
1.03 RB James,Edgerrin 3.03 RB Jackson,Steven 18.09 QB Volek,Billy 3.04 RB Williams,Carnell
3.03 RB Jackson,Steven 4.10 TE Witten,Jason 1.04 RB Davis,Domanick 4.09 RB Benson,Cedric
7.03 RB Faulk,Marshall 5.03 WR Boldin,Anquan 3.04 RB Williams,Carnell 5.04 WR Williams,Roy
10.10 RB Shelton,Eric 6.10 WR Branch,Deion 4.09 RB Benson,Cedric 6.09 QB Favre,Brett
11.03 RB Jones,Thomas 7.03 RB Faulk,Marshall 11.04 RB Pittman,Michael 7.04 TE Shockey,Jeremy
4.10 TE Witten,Jason 8.10 QB Brooks,Aaron 15.04 RB Morency,Vernand 8.09 DF Bills
16.10 TE Watson,Ben 9.03 WR Houshmandzadeh 7.04 TE Shockey,Jeremy 9.04 WR Edwards,Braylon
2.10 WR Harrison,Marvin 10.10 RB Shelton,Eric 12.09 TE Cooley,Chris 10.09 WR Williams,Reggie
5.03 WR Boldin,Anquan 11.03 RB Jones,Thomas 2.09 WR Holt,Torry 11.04 RB Pittman,Michael
6.10 WR Branch,Deion 12.10 WR Williamson,Troy 5.04 WR Williams,Roy 12.09 TE Cooley,Chris
9.03 WR Houshmandzadeh 13.03 PK Stover,Matt 9.04 WR Edwards,Braylon 13.04 QB McNair,Steve
12.10 WR Williamson,Troy 14.10 QB Roethlisberger,Ben 10.09 WR Williams,Reggie 14.09 WR Brown,Reggie
13.03 PK Stover,Matt 15.03 DF Cowboys 14.09 WR Brown,Reggie 15.04 RB Morency,Vernand
18.10 PK Dawson,Phil 16.10 TE Watson,Ben 17.04 WR Parker,Eric 16.09 PK Graham,Shayne
15.03 DF Cowboys 17.03 DF Vikings 16.09 PK Graham,Shayne 17.04 WR Parker,Eric
17.03 DF Vikings 18.10 PK Dawson,Phil 8.09 DF Bills 18.09 QB Volek,Billy

Plan: RB, WR, RB, TE, WR
Started out with James as a natural pick and then went for a difference maker in Marvin Harrison for a nice, Colts-based start. That left Steven Jackson as RB2 which was a steal at that point. Witten at the 4.10 perhaps slightly early but wraps up top players in three different positions - nice start!

Rounded out receivers with Boldin and Branch with nice upside on back-ups Houshmandzadeh and Williamson. Backed up Jackson with Faulk but delayed QB until the 8.10 pick which left him with Brooks. Not a bad pick but could have had Palmer or Brady if he took a QB one round earlier.

DF and PK are nothing special though Stover always solid. Overall, this is a solid team with some upside with Eric Shelton, Ben Watson, and all the wideouts. Only real hole here is QB with Brooks and Roethlisberger likely to be below average. There is plenty of firepower to contend as a top team but the waiver wire needs to be watched for any surprise QBs which are always unlikely, particularly in this league were 31 were drafted already.

Plan: RB, WR, RB, RB, WR
Deguello started out with Domanick Davis who is a bit risky but does take advantage of the reception points. Instead of following the running back run, Holt should provide the team with a topnotch wide receiver and he didn’t lose much ground by taking Carnell Williams with the best upside of any rookie. Benson at the 4.09 may have looked like a steal at the time but with him not signed, it looks like a worse pick every day – that could have been a wideout or quarterback.

The receivers all have nice upside with Holt joined by Roy Williams and the youngsters Reggie Brown, Braylon Edwards and Reggie Williams which is risky but he’ll only need one of them to come through for him. Eric Parker was a nice late pick that ensures he has an injury risk on his team.

With Favre as the quarterback and at least good picks with Shockey, BUF defense, Domanick Davis and Torry Holt, this team should be okay. It could end up very good but there is a ton of risk in this roster even if it does have upside. Benson might end up to be the pick he will regret all season.

Team #5 - Phil's Towel Boyz Team #6 -  Brent's Ballers
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
6.08 QB Hasselbeck,Matt 1.05 RB Holmes,Priest 1.06 QB Manning,Peyton 1.06 QB Manning,Peyton
11.05 QB Carr,David 2.08 RB Johnson,Rudi 16.07 QB Losman,J.P. 2.07 RB Martin,Curtis
15.05 QB Bledsoe,Drew 3.05 WR Owens,Terrell 2.07 RB Martin,Curtis 3.06 TE Gonzalez,Tony
1.05 RB Holmes,Priest 4.08 WR Jackson,Darrell 4.07 RB Brown,Ronnie 4.07 RB Brown,Ronnie
2.08 RB Johnson,Rudi 5.05 RB Brown,Chris 7.06 RB Suggs,Lee 5.06 WR Driver,Donald
5.05 RB Brown,Chris 6.08 QB Hasselbeck,Matt 9.06 RB Staley,Duce 6.07 WR Fitzgerald,Larry
12.08 RB Davis,Stephen 7.05 WR Muhammad,Muhsin 15.06 RB Shipp,Marcel 7.06 RB Suggs,Lee
9.05 TE Heap,Todd 8.08 WR Moss,Santana 3.06 TE Gonzalez,Tony 8.07 WR Moulds,Eric
10.08 TE Smith,L.J. 9.05 TE Heap,Todd 17.06 TE Pollard,Marcus 9.06 RB Staley,Duce
3.05 WR Owens,Terrell 10.08 TE Smith,L.J. 5.06 WR Driver,Donald 10.07 WR Stallworth,Donte'
4.08 WR Jackson,Darrell 11.05 QB Carr,David 6.07 WR Fitzgerald,Larry 11.06 DF Buccaneers
7.05 WR Muhammad,Muhsin 12.08 RB Davis,Stephen 8.07 WR Moulds,Eric 12.07 PK Elam,Jason
8.08 WR Moss,Santana 13.05 WR Calico,Tyrone 10.07 WR Stallworth,Donte' 13.06 WR Glenn,Terry
13.05 WR Calico,Tyrone 14.08 PK Janikowski,Seb. 13.06 WR Glenn,Terry 14.07 WR Patten,David
14.08 PK Janikowski,Seb. 15.05 QB Bledsoe,Drew 14.07 WR Patten,David 15.06 RB Shipp,Marcel
18.08 PK Kaeding,Nate 16.08 DF Dolphins 12.07 PK Elam,Jason 16.07 QB Losman,J.P.
16.08 DF Dolphins 17.05 DF Bears 11.06 DF Buccaneers 17.06 TE Pollard,Marcus
17.05 DF Bears 18.08 PK Kaeding,Nate 18.07 DF Colts 18.07 DF Colts

Plan: RB, RB, WR, WR, RB
Taking Priest Holmes #5 overall is a risky pick that could sink this team at any time. With both backups, Brown and Davis, being injury risks as well, the Towel Boyz could be hitting the waiver wire for RB depth. Brown was a good value in the fifth round however.

Rudi Johnson is an average #2 RB. An argument could be made for Lamont Jordan or Brian Westbrook instead, considering this league's scoring. 

Terrell Owens at 3.5 is a steal if he plays hard all season. Darrell Jackson in the fourth round is a solid pick, but maybe a round early. Muhammad should have another solid season in him, even without a proven quarterback to throw him the ball.

Hasselback is a solid choice for QB and has great upside potential if the Seattle offense can hit on all cylinders.

TE Todd Heap just this week, was removed from the PUP list, and practiced for the first time since week 16 of last year. Another injury risk player.

It's apparent this owner isn't playing for second place, its all or nothing. Overall I give this team an average grade, but if everyone stays healthy, which is a big IF, the Towel Boyz could contend for the title.

Plan: QB, RB, TE, RB, WR
Must have been elated as Peyton Manning fell from a projected third overall on some lists into their lap at the number six pick in the first round and the B'Ballers wisely accepted the gift. Curtis Martin in the second round was the best established back available at that point and got the Ballers off to a fine start. By the time his third round pick came, all the first tier receivers were gone so the direction became taking one of the top two tight ends, Tony Gonzalez, who's like a number one receiver in many ways and will serve him well in this tight end mandatory league that awards additional points for number of receptions (Gonzo had 102 last year).

The fourth round pick and his second running back became rookie Ronnie Brown which was the best available at that point but nevertheless a bottom Tier 3 back in this year's deep running back pool. In the next round, Donald Driver, a solid #2 for the Packers, became the first receiver taken as a result of the QB-RB-TE-RB sequence that unfolded in the prior four rounds putting the team at somewhat of a disadvantage at the #1 receiver spot unless Driver can recreate last year's career performance. Sixth round selection Larry Fitzgerald will succeed, so long as Kurt Warner can complete the season in one piece, a big "if" at this point in his career.

Rounds 7 through 10 were spent searching for depth and this is where there was a bit of a drop off from the draft's strong start.  Lee Suggs (7.06) and Duce Staley(9.06) are both talented but injury prone and unreliable which probably precipitated the Marcel Shipp (15.06) selection, which was a stronger value pick late in the draft.  A similiar pattern developed on the the WR side with the earlier, riskier selections of underperformers, Eric Moulds (8.07) and Donte Stallworth (10.07) followed by the more prudent selections of Terry Glenn (13.06), newly-united with QB pal Drew Bledsoe, and new Washington vertical threat David Patten (14.07), both solid hits in the late rounds.

The Tampa defense in the 11th was perhaps a bit of a reach but Jason Elam, still one of the more consistent elite kickers in fantasy football, in the 12th round was an appropriate selection. This team has a solid base of Manning, Martin, Gonzalez and Driver but will need many question marks answered postively during the course of the season while not suffering any lengthy injuries to it's core starters in order to make a serious run at the Huddle's Top Gun title.

Team #7 - IceMan Team #8 - Ratt's Exterminators
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
4.06 QB Bulger,Marc 1.07 RB McAllister,Deuce 8.05 QB Delhomme,Jake 1.08 RB McGahee,Willis
15.07 QB Manning,Eli 2.06 RB Barber,Tiki 10.05 QB Harrington,Joey 2.05 WR Johnson,Chad
1.07 RB McAllister,Deuce 3.07 TE Gates,Antonio 14.05 QB Garcia,Jeff 3.08 WR Wayne,Reggie
2.06 RB Barber,Tiki 4.06 QB Bulger,Marc 1.08 RB McGahee,Willis 4.05 WR Smith,Steve
8.06 RB Bettis,Jerome 5.07 WR Porter,Jerry 5.08 RB Foster,De'shaun 5.08 RB Foster,De'shaun
12.06 RB Droughns,Reuben 6.06 WR Chambers,Chris 6.05 RB Johnson,Larry 6.05 RB Johnson,Larry
3.07 TE Gates,Antonio 7.07 WR Burress,Plaxico 11.08 RB Toefield,Labrandon 7.08 TE Crumpler,Alge
13.07 TE Jolley,Doug 8.06 RB Bettis,Jerome 13.08 RB Davenport,Najeh 8.05 QB Delhomme,Jake
5.07 WR Porter,Jerry 9.07 DF Steelers 7.08 TE Crumpler,Alge 9.08 WR Rogers,Charles
6.06 WR Chambers,Chris 10.06 WR Lloyd,Brandon 17.08 TE Graham,Daniel 10.05 QB Harrington,Joey
7.07 WR Burress,Plaxico 11.07 PK Vinatieri,Adam 2.05 WR Johnson,Chad 11.08 RB Toefield,Labrandon
10.06 WR Lloyd,Brandon 12.06 RB Droughns,Reuben 3.08 WR Wayne,Reggie 12.05 WR McCareins,Justin
14.06 WR Galloway,Joey 13.07 TE Jolley,Doug 4.05 WR Smith,Steve 13.08 RB Davenport,Najeh
16.06 WR Curtis,Kevin 14.06 WR Galloway,Joey 9.08 WR Rogers,Charles 14.05 QB Garcia,Jeff
17.07 WR Ferguson,Robert 15.07 QB Manning,Eli 12.05 WR McCareins,Justin 15.08 WR Curry,Ronald
11.07 PK Vinatieri,Adam 16.06 WR Curtis,Kevin 15.08 WR Curry,Ronald 16.05 DF Bengals
9.07 DF Steelers 17.07 WR Ferguson,Robert 18.05 PK Reed,Jeff 17.08 TE Graham,Daniel
18.06 DF Cardinals 18.06 DF Cardinals 16.05 DF Bengals 18.05 PK Reed,Jeff

Plan: RB, RB, TE, QB, WR
Iceman's first round pick, Deuce McAllister was an excellent choice. A solid start with a running back capable of outperforming several players drafted before him.

Pick number two was Tiki Barber.  A solid duo of running backs for this scoring system if you are assuming Tiki has numbers similar to his recent past. 

Antonio Gates was the Iceman's 3rd round pick, and an obvious selection in my eyes.  At this point in the draft taking such a dominant player at his position is a solid strategy. Another strong pick followed filling the QB spot with Mark Bulger.  At pick 4:7 Bulger should deliver good value that was too good to pass up.

In the 5th round is where the trouble starts.  Having scooped up top flight players in other positions he was faced with taking Jerry Porter as his #1 receiver.    He then added Chris Chambers and Burress with his next two picks.  Not an outstanding receiving corps, but if his top 4 picks in the draft perform as expected, he may get away with this trio as starters.

Bettis in the 8th round didn't excite me, but this group of drafters were just gobbling up the running back pool like buzzards on roadkill.  Like most drafts.  At the very least Bettis will produce some points every week.  The 9th round pick was Pittsburgh defense.  I never take a defense this early, so I didn't care for the pick.   He let Charles Rogers fall to me which I appreciated. So I say viva la Pittsburgh! 

Vinatieri was taken in the 11th round.  A fine kicker to have if you must have one at this point in the draft.  I like the Doug Jolley pick in the 13th round.  Good value and lots of upside.

Iceman took Galloway in the 14th round, and that is a pick I like a lot.  He was second on my draft card at that point.  This will prove to be a great sleeper in my opinion.  Another nice sleeper pick was Kevin Curtis in round 16, who could be golden if Holt or Bruce miss any time.  This owner took what the draft gave him and didn't reach too much.  Picks 7-12 did not blow me away.  But I still give this team a good chance to compete.

Plan: RB, WR, WR, WR, RB
This club was no-nonsense with its first pick – Buffalo running back Willis McGahee. Eighth overall -- a solid pick, but not a shocker by any means. He’ll be paired in the backfield with DeShaun Foster, a great value in Round 5.

The Exterminators then set out to establish its three-wideout starting unit – and tabbed Chad Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith. If Johnson remains among the elite yet unheralded players, and if Smith can stay on the field for 16 games (or close), this group will be formidable.

Ratterree waited until the eighth round to securing his starting quarterback, Jake Delhomme. Although Delhomme is probably a middle-of-the-pack guy at best, that’s all he needs to be if the key guys mentioned above strut their expected stuff. And I like the idea of the Extrerminators getting double the bang for their buck whenever Delhomme connects with Smith. On the flipside, however, Ratt will be depending significantly on the fortunes of the Panthers, including two who have been injury-prone. If those guys get hurt and the Panthers struggle offensively so, too, will the Exterminators.

The pick of Atlanta’s Alge Crumpler in Round 7 to be the starting tight end was sensible, and the Exterminators did a nice job building its RB depth with quality NFL reserves. Larry Johnson, LaBrandon Toefield, and Najeh Davenport all are talented guys who simply need the opportunity to get regular carries. But will they help when the bye weeks come into play?

The weakness of this team? It might end up being the decision to go with the Cincinnati defense and special teams, waiting until the 16 th round to pull the trigger. This is an up-and-coming unit, but probably better suited as a second alternative… rather than the only one.

Overall, however, the assembling of this squad represents a fine effort from Ratterree.

Team #9 - Bob's Mob Team #10 -  Evil Dr. Redbeard's Friend
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
3.09 QB Green,Trent 1.09 RB Lewis,Jamal 4.03 QB Brees,Drew 1.10 WR Moss,Randy
8.04 QB Brady,Tom 2.04 RB Green,Ahman 7.10 QB Palmer,Carson 2.03 RB Portis,Clinton
1.09 RB Lewis,Jamal 3.09 QB Green,Trent 2.03 RB Portis,Clinton 3.10 RB Bell,Tatum
2.04 RB Green,Ahman 4.04 WR Johnson,Andre 3.10 RB Bell,Tatum 4.03 QB Brees,Drew
10.04 RB Williams,Ricky 5.09 WR Bruce,Isaac 6.03 RB Henry,Travis 5.10 WR Lelie,Ashley
12.04 RB Gore,Frank 6.04 TE Clark,Dallas 8.03 RB Moore,Mewelde 6.03 RB Henry,Travis
13.09 RB Taylor,Chester 7.09 DF Patriots 17.10 RB Jones,Greg 7.10 QB Palmer,Carson
18.04 RB Haynes,Verron 8.04 QB Brady,Tom 18.03 RB Barber,Marion 8.03 RB Moore,Mewelde
6.04 TE Clark,Dallas 9.09 WR Evans,Lee 13.10 TE Miller,Heath 9.10 PK Vanderjagt,Mike
16.04 TE Johnson,Teyo 10.04 RB Williams,Ricky 15.10 TE Mangum,Kris 10.03 DF Eagles
4.04 WR Johnson,Andre 11.09 WR Parker,Samie 1.10 WR Moss,Randy 11.10 WR Colbert,Keary
5.09 WR Bruce,Isaac 12.04 RB Gore,Frank 5.10 WR Lelie,Ashley 12.03 WR Wilson,Cedrick
9.09 WR Evans,Lee 13.09 RB Taylor,Chester 11.10 WR Colbert,Keary 13.10 TE Miller,Heath
11.09 WR Parker,Samie 14.04 PK Wilkins,Jeff 12.03 WR Wilson,Cedrick 14.03 WR Taylor,Travis
15.09 WR Davis,Andre' 15.09 WR Davis,Andre' 14.03 WR Taylor,Travis 15.10 TE Mangum,Kris
17.09 WR Boston,David 16.04 TE Johnson,Teyo 16.03 WR Gardner,Rod 16.03 WR Gardner,Rod
14.04 PK Wilkins,Jeff 17.09 WR Boston,David 9.10 PK Vanderjagt,Mike 17.10 RB Jones,Greg
7.09 DF Patriots 18.04 RB Haynes,Verron 10.03 DF Eagles 18.03 RB Barber,Marion

Plan: RB, RB, QB, WR, WR
Bob wasted little time grabbing RBs with his first two picks, then ignored the position until spending his 10th-round pick on Ricky Williams. All hopes are for A. Green and Lewis to stay mighty productive, because Williams - his third RB taken - is more or less an unknown quantity at this point, making him a big gamble as a No. 3 RB. Even if Gore (possible) or Taylor (unlikely) ever hit the field as starters, neithers' performance is likely to pursuade this owner to stop looking for a bonafide No. 2 back should something happen to either of his top two guys. Meanwhile, Haynes may not even be the No. 2 guy in Pittsburgh behind Jerome Bettis.

The receiving corps of Johnson (10th WR selected), Bruce (20th), Evans (38th) and Parker (46th) would look a lot better with a bonafide No. 1 guy in the mix, but suffice it to say this batch of wideouts is long on potential and all - with the exception of Bruce - could have career years, which would make Johnson that No. 1 guy. Bruce's performance may very well drop a notch, but Evans and Parker offer exciting potential.

At QB, a combo of T. Green and Brady offers both fireworks and consistency depending on the week and the need. Green may have gone off the board a round or two two early, but it's hard to argue too much with his being the third QB taken. He should be solid here, to say the least.

Also noteworthy is his decision to lock up his TE (4th TE taken), PK (6th) and DF (2nd) positions earlier than most owners in this draft, thereby largely ignoring them the rest of the way with the exception of his selection of TE Teyo Johnson in the 16th round. He should field one of the top two or three teams in the league at these "peripheral" positions if all goes as expected.

Plan: WR, RB, RB, QB, WR
Began with two solid selections in Randy Moss and Clinton Portis at 1.10 and 2.03 respectively. Took a slightly risky pick with Tatum Bell at 3.10 since Mike Anderson is also getting first-team reps, but there was no sure-thing RB at that point. A surprise selection of Drew Brees at 4.03 could turn out to be poor value, as the team’s eventual starter could very well be Carson Palmer, taken at 7.10. A WR such as Andre Johnson or Steve Smith, taken with the next two picks, will probably provide better returns.

Mewelde Moore, selected at 8.03, is looking better all the time, and could supplant Bell in the starting lineup. A nice choice of the Eagles defense at 10.03, but taking the first kicker, Mike Vanderjagt at 9.10, was a questionable move. The WR corps on this squad could use some help, which Keary Colbert (11.10) and Cedrick Wilson (12.03) probably will not provide.

The tight ends on this squad are unproven, with Kris Mangum backing up rookie Heath Miller (13.10). Two late-round RB picks are nice fliers – Greg Jones at 17.10 and Marion Barber at 18.03. Overall, the team has solid and possibly spectacular QBs, potential at RB, weakness at WR and TE, and strength at K and DF.

Team #11 -  Joe's Sunday Stallions Team #12 - Fritz's Flying Elvi
Final Roster By Round Final Roster By Round
2.02 QB Culpepper,Daunte 1.11 RB Jones,Kevin 3.12 QB McNabb,Donovan 1.12 RB Dillon,Corey
11.11 QB Warner,Kurt 2.02 QB Culpepper,Daunte 6.01 QB Collins,Kerry 2.01 RB Jones,Julius
1.11 RB Jones,Kevin 3.11 RB Arrington,J.J. 16.01 QB Leftwich,Byron 3.12 QB McNabb,Donovan
3.11 RB Arrington,J.J. 4.02 WR Burleson,Nate 1.12 RB Dillon,Corey 4.01 RB Dunn,Warrick
7.11 RB Anderson,Mike 5.11 WR Bennett,Drew 2.01 RB Jones,Julius 5.12 WR Smith,Rod
8.02 RB Duckett,T.J. 6.02 WR Mason,Derrick 4.01 RB Dunn,Warrick 6.01 QB Collins,Kerry
13.11 RB Buckhalter,Correll 7.11 RB Anderson,Mike 15.12 RB Rhodes,Dominic 7.12 WR Kennison,Eddie
10.02 TE Wiggins,Jermaine 8.02 RB Duckett,T.J. 17.12 RB Williams,Shaud 8.01 WR Smith,Jimmy
14.02 TE Troupe,Ben 9.11 WR Bryant,Antonio 18.01 RB Faulk,Kevin 9.12 DF Panthers
4.02 WR Burleson,Nate 10.02 TE Wiggins,Jermaine 11.12 TE Johnson,Eric 10.01 WR Johnson,Keyshawn
5.11 WR Bennett,Drew 11.11 QB Warner,Kurt 5.12 WR Smith,Rod 11.12 TE Johnson,Eric
6.02 WR Mason,Derrick 12.02 DF Jets 7.12 WR Kennison,Eddie 12.01 WR Toomer,Amani
9.11 WR Bryant,Antonio 13.11 RB Buckhalter,Correll 8.01 WR Smith,Jimmy 13.12 PK Akers,David
15.11 WR Jones,Matt 14.02 TE Troupe,Ben 10.01 WR Johnson,Keyshawn 14.01 DF Redskins
16.02 WR Jenkins,Michael 15.11 WR Jones,Matt 12.01 WR Toomer,Amani 15.12 RB Rhodes,Dominic
18.02 PK Nugent,Mike 16.02 WR Jenkins,Michael 13.12 PK Akers,David 16.01 QB Leftwich,Byron
12.02 DF Jets 17.11 DF Lions 9.12 DF Panthers 17.12 RB Williams,Shaud
17.11 DF Lions 18.02 PK Nugent,Mike 14.01 DF Redskins 18.01 RB Faulk,Kevin

Plan: RB, QB, RB, WR, WR
Joe started very strong with his first two picks-RB Kevin Jones at 1.11 and Daunte Culpepper at 2.2. Picking just before and after Joe I admire his courage in taking a quarterback early. I passed on Culpepper because I was fearful of not getting two solid runningbacks and Joe swooped in to grab the Vikings signal-caller after I passed on him.

After using an early pick on a QB, by the time it was his turn in the 3 rd round most of the Steady-Eddie runningbacks were already taken. After the Stallions used their 3 rd pick on J.J. Arrington to fill a need, Joe used his next thee picks on starting WRs (Burleson, Bennett, and Mason) before drafting two more runningbacks (T.J. Duckett ATL and Mike Anderson DEN). I really liked the QB Kurt Warner selection as Warner is a safe number two QB with a lot of trade value if the offense clicks in Arizona and he stole Bennett a pick before I would have grabbed him.

To win an experts league from the 11 draft position you have to take some chances. The Stallions have their share of young players. Time will tell if some or all these talents will pay off.

Plan: RB, RB, QB, RB, WR
Fritz’s team is anchored by a solid trio of running backs. Drafting in the “wheel” position (#12), he made a wise decision by selecting Corey Dillon and Julius Jones. In Round 3, he snared the best available player Donovan McNabb. Then, he followed up the McNabb pick with a questionable selection of Warrick Dunn. I thought he should’ve went WR here, as Darrell Jackson, Andre Johnson, and Nate Burleson were still on the board. In Round 6, he made the same mistake, choosing his second QB (Collins) over guys like Chris Chambers and Larry Fitzgerald. As a result, he’s left with a geriatric WR corps. Guys like Keyshawn Johnson, Amani Toomer, Rod Smith, and Jimmy Smith were great in their day, but their best years are behind them – way behind them.

The Flying Elvi are going to struggle with inconsistency from all pass catchers, including an overrated Eric Johnson at tight end. Best pick: McNabb in Round 3. Worst pick: Collins in Round 6.