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Expert League Draft - Performance / 12-Team
August 21 , 2006

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. Receptions are one point each. Kickers receive the NFL points from their kicks and defenses have one point sacks, two point turnovers and safeties, six point touchdowns and points for offensive points allowed. The starting lineup that was drafted is QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, PK and DEF. This draft was run email style from August 14th - 17th.

Draft by Round

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Johnson, Larry 1 WR Smith, Steve 1 RB Taylor, Chester 1 WR Williams, Roy
2 RB Tomlinson, Lad. 2 RB McGahee, Willis 2 RB Parker, Willie 2 WR Moss, Santana
3 RB Alexander, Shaun 3 WR Holt, Torry 3 RB Jones, Julius 3 WR Driver, Donald
4 RB Barber, Tiki 4 WR Fitzgerald, Larry 4 RB Jones, Kevin 4 WR Jackson, Darrell
5 RB Brown, Ronnie 5 QB Manning, Peyton 5 RB Davis, Domanick 5 TE Heap, Todd
6 RB Jackson, Steven 6 WR Johnson, Chad 6 RB Bush, Reggie 6 TE Gonzalez, Tony
7 RB Williams, Carnell 7 WR Harrison, Marvin 7 QB Palmer, Carson 7 WR Ward, Hines
8 RB James, Edgerrin 8 WR Owens, Terrell 8 RB Lewis, Jamal 8 WR Burress, Plaxico
9 RB Portis, Clinton 9 QB Brady, Tom 9 RB Droughns, Reuben 9 TE Shockey, Jeremy
10 RB Jordan, Lamont 10 WR Moss, Randy 10 WR Wayne, Reggie 10 WR Mason, Derrick
11 RB Johnson, Rudi 11 WR Boldin, Anquan 11 WR Chambers, Chris 11 QB Hasselbeck, Matt
12 RB Westbrook, Brian 12 TE Gates, Antonio 12 RB Dunn, Warrick 12 WR Johnson, Andre
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 RB Benson, Cedric 1 WR Houshmandzadeh 1 WR Kennison, Eddie 1 QB Warner, Kurt
2 RB Addai, Joseph 2 RB Taylor, Fred 2 WR Jones, Matt 2 QB Culpepper, Daunte
3 TE Crumpler, Alge 3 RB McAllister, Deuce 3 WR Evans, Lee 3 TE Witten, Jason
4 WR Muhammad, M. 4 RB Gore, Frank 4 Def Bears 4 WR Wilford, Ernest
5 RB Dillon, Corey 5 RB Maroney, Laurence 5 WR Robinson, Koren 5 WR Brown, Reggie
6 RB Foster, De'shaun 6 WR Branch, Deion 6 QB McNabb, Donovan 6 RB Jones, Thomas
7 RB Green, Ahman 7 WR Galloway, Joey 7 RB White, LenDale 7 TE McMichael, Randy
8 WR Walker, Javon 8 RB Brown, Chris 8 WR Coles, Laveranues 8 RB Bell, Mike
9 QB Bulger, Marc 9 WR Burleson, Nate 9 TE Cooley, Chris 9 WR Glenn, Terry
10 QB Manning, Eli 10 QB Delhomme, Jake 10 RB Williams, DeAngelo 10 Def Steelers
11 WR Horn, Joe 11 WR Smith, Rod 11 WR Clayton, Michael 11 TE Miller, Heath
12 RB Rhodes, Dominic 12 QB Bledsoe, Drew 12 TE Smith, L.J. 12 Def Panthers
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 WR Bryant, Antonio 1 RB Jones, Greg 1 WR Jurevicius, Joe 1 WR Clayton, Mark
2 RB Bell, Tatum 2 QB Green, Trent 2 WR Lloyd, Brandon 2 TE Davis, Vernon
3 RB Barber, Marion 3 WR Givens, David 3 WR Toomer, Amani 3 Def Seahawks
4 QB Brooks, Aaron 4 WR Johnson, Keys. 4 RB Crockett, Zack 4 QB Brunell, Mark
5 WR Stallworth, Donte' 5 QB Rivers, Philip 5 Def Colts 5 Def Eagles
6 RB Gado, Samkon 6 RB Dayne, Ron 6 WR Stokley, Brandon 6 WR Booker, Marty
7 WR Bruce, Isaac 7 Def Giants 7 WR Williamson, Troy 7 QB McNair, Steve
8 WR McCardell, Keenan 8 QB Vick, Michael 8 TE Watson, Ben 8 PK Vinatieri, Adam
9 RB Houston, Cedric 9 RB Jacobs, Brandon 9 WR Taylor, Travis 9 PK Akers, David
10 RB Lundy, Wali 10 WR Curtis, Kevin 10 RB Perry, Chris 10 RB Morris, Maurice
11 TE Troupe, Ben 11 WR Moulds, Eric 11 RB Duckett, T.J. 11 RB Haynes, Verron
12 WR Bennett, Drew 12 QB Favre, Brett 12 QB Plummer, Jake 12 RB Bennett, Michael
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 TE Winslow, Kellen 1 TE Stevens, Jerramy 1 WR Bradford, Corey 1 Def Dolphins
2 QB Kitna, Jon 2 WR Porter, Jerry 2 RB Norwood, Jerious 2 PK Graham, Shayne
3 QB Brees, Drew 3 TE Franks, Bubba 3 PK Vanderjagt, Mike 3 Def Falcons
4 TE Clark, Dallas 4 RB Betts, Ladell 4 WR Engram, Bobby 4 WR Parker, Eric
5 TE Hilton, Zach 5 WR Parker, Samie 5 RB Anderson, Mike 5 WR Henry, Chris
6 WR Edwards, Braylon 6 Def Jaguars 6 WR Bradley, Mark 6 WR Lelie, Ashley
7 QB Simms, Chris 7 PK Elam, Jason 7 WR White, Roddy 7 RB Shelton, Eric
8 PK Feely, Jay 8 QB Leftwich, Byron 8 RB Barlow, Kevan 8 WR Jenkins, Michael
9 Def Bengals 9 WR Campbell, Kelly 9 RB Morency, Vernand 9 WR Robinson, Marcus
10 PK Rackers, Neil 10 RB Drew, Maurice 10 WR Hagan, Derek 10 WR Randle El,Antwaan
11 Def Ravens 11 Def Buccaneers 11 TE Wiggins, Jermaine 11 RB Turner, Michael
12 RB Moats, Ryan 12 RB Moore, Mewelde 12 WR Caldwell, Reche 12 PK Stover, Matt
Round 17 Round 18            
1 Def Cowboys 1 QB Leinart, Matt            
2 WR Jennings, Greg 2 PK Tynes, Lawrence            
3 TE Mangum, Kris 3 PK Longwell, Ryan            
4 RB Harris, Arlen 4 TE Smith, Alex            
5 WR McCareins, Justin 5 WR Carter, Drew            
6 PK Reed, Jeff 6 PK Wilkins, Jeff            
7 RB Pittman, Michael 7 QB Roethlisberger, B            
8 WR Baskett, Hank 8 TE Pollard, Marcus            
9 PK Carney, John 9 PK Hanson, Jason            
10 QB Carr, David 10 RB Suggs, Lee            
11 Def Patriots 11 PK Kasay, John            
12 PK Brown, Josh 12 RB Davenport, Najeh            

Draft by Position

Quarterbacks Tight Ends Defenses Placekickers
2.05 Manning, Peyton 2.12 Gates, Antonio 7.04 Bears 12.08 Vinatieri, Adam
2.09 Brady, Tom 4.05 Heap, Todd 8.10 Steelers 12.09 Akers, David
3.07 Palmer, Carson 4.06 Gonzalez, Tony 8.12 Panthers 13.08 Feely, Jay
4.11 Hasselbeck, Matt 4.09 Shockey, Jeremy 10.07 Giants 13.10 Rackers, Neil
5.09 Bulger, Marc 5.03 Crumpler, Alge 11.05 Colts 14.07 Elam, Jason
5.10 Manning, Eli 7.09 Cooley, Chris 12.03 Seahawks 15.03 Vanderjagt, Mike
6.10 Delhomme, Jake 7.12 Smith, L.J. 12.05 Eagles 16.02 Graham, Shayne
6.12 Bledsoe, Drew 8.03 Witten, Jason 13.09 Bengals 16.12 Stover, Matt
7.06 McNabb, Donovan 8.07 McMichael, Randy 13.11 Ravens 17.06 Reed, Jeff
8.01 Warner, Kurt 8.11 Miller, Heath 14.06 Jaguars 17.09 Carney, John
8.02 Culpepper, Daunte 9.11 Troupe, Ben 14.11 Buccaneers 17.12 Brown, Josh
9.04 Brooks, Aaron 11.08 Watson, Ben 16.01 Dolphins 18.02 Tynes, Lawrence
10.02 Green, Trent 12.02 Davis, Vernon 16.03 Falcons 18.03 Longwell, Ryan
10.05 Rivers, Philip 13.01 Winslow, Kellen 17.01 Cowboys 18.06 Wilkins, Jeff
10.08 Vick, Michael 13.04 Clark, Dallas 17.11 Patriots 18.09 Hanson, Jason
10.12 Favre, Brett 13.05 Hilton, Zach     18.11 Kasay, John
11.12 Plummer, Jake 14.01 Stevens, Jerramy        
12.04 Brunell, Mark 14.03 Franks, Bubba        
12.07 McNair, Steve 15.11 Wiggins, Jermaine        
13.02 Kitna, Jon 17.03 Mangum, Kris        
13.03 Brees, Drew 18.04 Smith, Alex        
13.07 Simms, Chris 18.08 Pollard, Marcus        
14.08 Leftwich, Byron            
17.10 Carr, David            
18.01 Leinart, Matt            
18.07 Roethlisberger, B            
Running Backs Wide Receivers
1.01 Johnson, Larry 8.08 Bell, Mike 2.01 Smith, Steve 9.05 Stallworth, Donte'
1.02 Tomlinson, Lad. 9.02 Bell, Tatum 2.03 Holt, Torry 9.07 Bruce, Isaac
1.03 Alexander, Shaun 9.03 Barber, Marion 2.04 Fitzgerald, Larry 9.08 McCardell, Keenan
1.04 Barber, Tiki 9.06 Gado, Samkon 2.06 Johnson, Chad 9.12 Bennett, Drew
1.05 Brown, Ronnie 9.09 Houston, Cedric 2.07 Harrison, Marvin 10.03 Givens, David
1.06 Jackson, Steven 9.10 Lundy, Wali 2.08 Owens, Terrell 10.04 Johnson, Keys.
1.07 Williams, Carnell 10.01 Jones, Greg 2.10 Moss, Randy 10.10 Curtis, Kevin
1.08 James, Edgerrin 10.06 Dayne, Ron 2.11 Boldin, Anquan 10.11 Moulds, Eric
1.09 Portis, Clinton 10.09 Jacobs, Brandon 3.10 Wayne, Reggie 11.01 Jurevicius, Joe
1.10 Jordan, Lamont 11.04 Crockett, Zack 3.11 Chambers, Chris 11.02 Lloyd, Brandon
1.11 Johnson, Rudi 11.10 Perry, Chris 4.01 Williams, Roy 11.03 Toomer, Amani
1.12 Westbrook, Brian 11.11 Duckett, T.J. 4.02 Moss, Santana 11.06 Stokley, Brandon
2.02 McGahee, Willis 12.10 Morris, Maurice 4.03 Driver, Donald 11.07 Williamson, Troy
3.01 Taylor, Chester 12.11 Haynes, Verron 4.04 Jackson, Darrell 11.09 Taylor, Travis
3.02 Parker, Willie 12.12 Bennett, Michael 4.07 Ward, Hines 12.01 Clayton, Mark
3.03 Jones, Julius 13.12 Moats, Ryan 4.08 Burress, Plaxico 12.06 Booker, Marty
3.04 Jones, Kevin 14.04 Betts, Ladell 4.10 Mason, Derrick 13.06 Edwards, Braylon
3.05 Davis, Domanick 14.10 Drew, Maurice 4.12 Johnson, Andre 14.02 Porter, Jerry
3.06 Bush, Reggie 14.12 Moore, Mewelde 5.04 Muhammad, Muhsin 14.05 Parker, Samie
3.08 Lewis, Jamal 15.02 Norwood, Jerious 5.08 Walker, Javon 14.09 Campbell, Kelly
3.09 Droughns, Reuben 15.05 Anderson, Mike 5.11 Horn, Joe 15.01 Bradford, Corey
3.12 Dunn, Warrick 15.08 Barlow, Kevan 6.01 Houshmandzadeh 15.04 Engram, Bobby
5.01 Benson, Cedric 15.09 Morency, Vernand 6.06 Branch, Deion 15.06 Bradley, Mark
5.02 Addai, Joseph 16.07 Shelton, Eric 6.07 Galloway, Joey 15.07 White, Roddy
5.05 Dillon, Corey 16.11 Turner, Michael 6.09 Burleson, Nate 15.10 Hagan, Derek
5.06 Foster, De'shaun 17.04 Harris, Arlen 6.11 Smith, Rod 15.12 Caldwell, Reche
5.07 Green, Ahman 17.07 Pittman, Michael 7.01 Kennison, Eddie 16.04 Parker, Eric
5.12 Rhodes, Dominic 18.10 Suggs, Lee 7.02 Jones, Matt 16.05 Henry, Chris
6.02 Taylor, Fred 18.12 Davenport, Najeh 7.03 Evans, Lee 16.06 Lelie, Ashley
6.03 McAllister, Deuce     7.05 Robinson, Koren 16.08 Jenkins, Michael
6.04 Gore, Frank     7.08 Coles, Laveranues 16.09 Robinson, Marcus
6.05 Maroney, Laurence     7.11 Clayton, Michael 16.10 Randle El,Antwaan
6.08 Brown, Chris     8.04 Wilford, Ernest 17.02 Jennings, Greg
7.07 White, LenDale     8.05 Brown, Reggie 17.05 McCareins, Justin
7.10 Williams, DeAngelo     8.09 Glenn, Terry 17.08 Baskett, Hank
8.06 Jones, Thomas     9.01 Bryant, Antonio 18.05 Carter, Drew

Draft by Team

Team #1 –Dorey's Deguello  Team #2 - Evil Dr. Redbeard's Friend
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.01 RB Johnson, Larry 6.12 QB Bledsoe, Drew 1.02 RB Tomlinson, Lad. 4.11 QB Hasselbeck, Matt
2.12 TE Gates, Antonio 10.12 QB Favre, Brett 2.11 WR Boldin, Anquan 13.02 QB Kitna, Jon
3.01 RB Taylor, Chester 1.01 RB Johnson, Larry 3.02 RB Parker, Willie 1.02 RB Tomlinson, Lad.
4.12 WR Johnson, Andre 3.01 RB Taylor, Chester 4.11 QB Hasselbeck, Matt 3.02 RB Parker, Willie
5.01 RB Benson, Cedric 5.01 RB Benson, Cedric 5.02 RB Addai, Joseph 5.02 RB Addai, Joseph
6.12 QB Bledsoe, Drew 12.12 RB Bennett, Michael 6.11 WR Smith, Rod 9.02 RB Bell, Tatum
7.01 WR Kennison, Eddie 14.12 RB Moore, Mewelde 7.02 WR Jones, Matt 12.11 RB Haynes, Verron
8.12 DEF Panthers 18.12 RB Davenport, Najeh 8.11 TE Miller, Heath 15.02 RB Norwood, Jerious
9.01 WR Bryant, Antonio 2.12 TE Gates, Antonio 9.02 RB Bell, Tatum 16.11 RB Turner, Michael
10.12 QB Favre, Brett 13.01 TE Winslow, Kellen 10.11 WR Moulds, Eric 8.11 TE Miller, Heath
11.01 WR Jurevicius, Joe 4.12 WR Johnson, Andre 11.02 WR Lloyd, Brandon 2.11 WR Boldin, Anquan
12.12 RB Bennett, Michael 7.01 WR Kennison, Eddie 12.11 RB Haynes, Verron 6.11 WR Smith, Rod
13.01 TE Winslow, Kellen 9.01 WR Bryant, Antonio 13.02 QB Kitna, Jon 7.02 WR Jones, Matt
14.12 RB Moore, Mewelde 11.01 WR Jurevicius, Joe 14.11 DEF Buccaneers 10.11 WR Moulds, Eric
15.01 WR Bradford, Corey 15.01 WR Bradford, Corey 15.02 RB Norwood, Jerious 11.02 WR Lloyd, Brandon
16.12 PK Stover, Matt 16.12 PK Stover, Matt 16.11 RB Turner, Michael 17.02 WR Jennings, Greg
17.01 DEF Cowboys 8.12 DEF Panthers 17.02 WR Jennings, Greg 18.11 PK Kasay, John
18.12 RB Davenport, Najeh 17.01 DEF Cowboys 18.11 PK Kasay, John 14.11 DEF Buccaneers

You have to love Deguello’s early picks – in the first three rounds he locked up arguably the No. 1 RB in Larry Johnson, the undisputable No. 1 TE in Antonio Gates and a solid No. 2 RB in Chester Taylor. The first question mark – and it’s a biggie – rears its head in the fourth round with the selection of 2005 bust WR Andre Johnson to anchor a starting WR unit that also features the aging Eddie Kennison and possible one-year wonder Antonio Bryant (he of the illustrious 49ers’ passing attack).
Fortunately, Deguello’s last two WR selections – the Browns’ Joe Jurevicius in the 11th round and the Lions’ Corey Bradford in the 15th round – are strong sleeper candidates.

The second of two question marks is Bears RB Cedric Benson, who Deguello selected with his fifth pick. Benson may be a fantasy stud in the making, but he’ll have to overcome both Thomas Jones and his own shoulder injury to do so.

QB should be strength for Deguello, though the selection of backup QB Brett Favre in the 10th round with all of the questions surrounding the Packers offense may have been a bit of a reach. Defense is strong, as well, though DD paid for it with an 8th-round pick (Carolina) and a great value-add in the 17th round (Dallas). Meanwhile, RB Mewelde Moore (14th round), RB Michael Bennett (12th) and TE Kellen Winslow (13th) provide insurance for early picks Johnson, Taylor and Gates, respectively.

Overall, a solid draft with WR being Deguello’s only weakness – often a necessary evil for owners who select stud TEs with high draft picks. If Deguello’s running game, TE, QBs and defense can carry him early, he should have ample time to shore up his WR unit via free agency or trade in order to position himself as a team to be reckoned with from start to finish.

Opted for Tomlinson over Shaun Alexander with the second overall pick, and wisely snagged Michael Turner late in the draft for injury insurance.  Not sure I like picking an NFL team's second wideout as your fantasy's team first, but Anquan Boldin has top-dog ability - he's Arizona's 1B to go with Larry Fitzgerald as the 1A - and the numbers Boldin put up in 2005 indicate the choice was reasonable.  RB Willie Parker, taken early in Round 3, is probably a decent fantasy No. 2, but there were backs still on the board at that spot who should both compile yards and remain in the game at the goal line.

Taking QB Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth round might work out, but choosing a QB that early resulted in the selections of aging Rod Smith and unproven Matt Jones as EDRF's two other starting receivers with Boldin.  In between, the pick of Colts RB Joseph Addai ignored what should have been the priority at that juncture - filling out his passing game, rather than taking a third RB who's not guaranteed a full-time gig.  TE Heath Miller, taken in round 8, is an excellent choice and nabbing RB Tatum Bell in the ninth round is an above-average value selection.

The squad's collection of late-round picks was first-rate.  I especially love the choice of QB Jon Kitna in the 13th round and Green Bay WR prodigy Greg Jennings in Round 17.  Overall, a solid roster but the questions at receiver could be enough to sidetrack title hopes.

Team #3 –Bob's Mob Team #4 – The Boyter Brigade
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.03 RB Alexander, Shaun 6.10 QB Delhomme, Jake 1.04 RB Barber, Tiki 2.09 QB Brady, Tom
2.10 WR Moss, Randy 13.03 QB Brees, Drew 2.09 QB Brady, Tom 9.04 QB Brooks, Aaron
3.03 RB Jones, Julius 1.03 RB Alexander, Shaun 3.04 RB Jones, Kevin 1.04 RB Barber, Tiki
4.10 WR Mason, Derrick 3.03 RB Jones, Julius 4.09 TE Shockey, Jeremy 3.04 RB Jones, Kevin
5.03 TE Crumpler, Alge 9.03 RB Barber, Marion 5.04 WR Muhammad, M. 10.09 RB Jacobs, Brandon
6.10 QB Delhomme, Jake 12.10 RB Morris, Maurice 6.09 WR Burleson, Nate 11.04 RB Crockett, Zack
7.03 WR Evans, Lee 14.10 RB Drew, Maurice 7.04 DEF Bears 17.04 RB Harris, Arlen
8.10 DEF Steelers 18.10 RB Suggs, Lee 8.09 WR Glenn, Terry 4.09 TE Shockey, Jeremy
9.03 RB Barber, Marion 5.03 TE Crumpler, Alge 9.04 QB Brooks, Aaron 13.04 TE Clark, Dallas
10.10 WR Curtis, Kevin 17.03 TE Mangum, Kris 10.09 RB Jacobs, Brandon 5.04 WR Muhammad, M.
11.03 WR Toomer, Amani 2.10 WR Moss, Randy 11.04 RB Crockett, Zack 6.09 WR Burleson, Nate
12.10 RB Morris, Maurice 4.10 WR Mason, Derrick 12.09 PK Akers, David 8.09 WR Glenn, Terry
13.03 QB Brees, Drew 7.03 WR Evans, Lee 13.04 TE Clark, Dallas 14.09 WR Campbell, Kelly
14.10 RB Drew, Maurice 10.10 WR Curtis, Kevin 14.09 WR Campbell, Kelly 15.04 WR Engram, Bobby
15.03 PK Vanderjagt, Mike 11.03 WR Toomer, Amani 15.04 WR Engram, Bobby 16.09 WR Robinson, Marcus
16.10 WR Randle El,Antwaan 16.10 WR Randle El,Antwaan 16.09 WR Robinson, Marcus 12.09 PK Akers, David
17.03 TE Mangum, Kris 15.03 PK Vanderjagt, Mike 17.04 RB Harris, Arlen 18.09 PK Hanson, Jason
18.10 RB Suggs, Lee 8.10 DEF Steelers 18.09 PK Hanson, Jason 7.04 DEF Bears

A standard approach to building a team with some very solid results. Started with Alexander naturally and then grabbed Moss at the 2.10 for a high-powered start. Filled out RB's with Julius Jones at the 3.03 which gives him some big upside if Julius can remain healthy. Mason in the 4th was another upside pick with McNair once again tossing the rock to his favorite receivers. Rounded out his very nice start with Crumpler in the 5th to give him an above average tight end.

Delhomme in the 6th is no advantage though he won't hurt the team much here. Have to like grabbing the Steelers in the 8th round for a difference maker in a position that it is hard to find reliable starters. While finding a bye week filler may be hard for his running backs, you have to love how he was able to get both Barber and Morris to back-up his top backs. That could prove a major benefit down the stretch, especially for Julius Jones.

While this team did not step out in any big risk ways, the end result was a rock solid team that should compete with enough upside and above average starters to compete.

A solid start to his draft taking Tiki Barber with his first pick (4th overall).  Barber should do well in the league’s scoring format.  Unfortunately, there’s a big jump from the first three running backs to the second tier.  With the league playing total fantasy points and not head-to-head (no playoffs), owners drafting after the big three ball carriers are off the board have to take chances to be crowned champion.

Taking a QB (Tom Brady) in the second round with the top running backs and wide receivers flying off the board was definitely a gamble.  The down-side to that choice was most of the top receivers were gone by the time the Boyter Brigade drafted in the 4th round.  With the top receiving options out, the team jumped at the chance to draft a quality starting tight end (Shockey).  Time will tell if the gamble pays off in a league that starts three wide receivers.

The Boyter Brigade will have to get production from their defense and special teams to make it to the top.  Few teams are stronger with the Chicago Bears and two quality kickers in the Brigade’s starting line-up.

Team #5 – KRob Doing Prison Time Team #6 -  Brent's Ballers
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.05 RB Brown, Ronnie 10.08 QB Vick, Michael 1.06 RB Jackson, Steven 7.06 QB McNabb, Donovan
2.08 WR Owens, Terrell 14.08 QB Leftwich, Byron 2.07 WR Harrison, Marvin 12.07 QB McNair, Steve
3.05 RB Davis, Domanick 1.05 RB Brown, Ronnie 3.06 RB Bush, Reggie 18.07 QB Roethlisberger, B
4.08 WR Burress, Plaxico 3.05 RB Davis, Domanick 4.07 WR Ward, Hines 1.06 RB Jackson, Steven
5.05 RB Dillon, Corey 5.05 RB Dillon, Corey 5.06 RB Foster, De'shaun 3.06 RB Bush, Reggie
6.08 RB Brown, Chris 6.08 RB Brown, Chris 6.07 WR Galloway, Joey 5.06 RB Foster, De'shaun
7.05 WR Robinson, Koren 8.08 RB Bell, Mike 7.06 QB McNabb, Donovan 9.06 RB Gado, Samkon
8.08 RB Bell, Mike 15.05 RB Anderson, Mike 8.07 TE McMichael, Randy 16.07 RB Shelton, Eric
9.05 WR Stallworth, Donte' 13.05 TE Hilton, Zach 9.06 RB Gado, Samkon 8.07 TE McMichael, Randy
10.08 QB Vick, Michael 18.08 TE Pollard, Marcus 10.07 DEF Giants 2.07 WR Harrison, Marvin
11.05 DEF Colts 2.08 WR Owens, Terrell 11.06 WR Stokley, Brandon 4.07 WR Ward, Hines
12.08 PK Vinatieri, Adam 4.08 WR Burress, Plaxico 12.07 QB McNair, Steve 6.07 WR Galloway, Joey
13.05 TE Hilton, Zach 7.05 WR Robinson, Koren 13.06 WR Edwards, Braylon 11.06 WR Stokley, Brandon
14.08 QB Leftwich, Byron 9.05 WR Stallworth, Donte' 14.07 PK Elam, Jason 13.06 WR Edwards, Braylon
15.05 RB Anderson, Mike 16.08 WR Jenkins, Michael 15.06 WR Bradley, Mark 15.06 WR Bradley, Mark
16.08 WR Jenkins, Michael 17.05 WR McCareins, Justin 16.07 RB Shelton, Eric 14.07 PK Elam, Jason
17.05 WR McCareins, Justin 12.08 PK Vinatieri, Adam 17.06 PK Reed, Jeff 17.06 PK Reed, Jeff
18.08 TE Pollard, Marcus 11.05 DEF Colts 18.07 QB Roethlisberger, B 10.07 DEF Giants

Starting in the 5 hole, RBs' Tiki Barber or Clinton Portis are usually the pick here, but the injury to Portis caused him to drop, so this team selected RB Ronnie Brown. The next two picks were rolling the dice a bit, with WR Terrell Owens, and RB Domanick Davis. When Davis is ready to play again is anyone's guess, and Terrell Owens is a great player, but only one WR under Bill Parcells has ever finished in the top 10 of the position, and that was Keyshawn Johnson back with the Jets. Owens could be the 2nd, but he is a risk in this offense. Koren Robinson was arrested again, and is likely to be suspended at least 4 games by the league, if not longer. WR Donte Stallworth has yet to live up to expectations, and is already nicked up in camp. QB Michael Vick is one of the most over-rated players at any position, and that is if he stays healthy, which isn't a given with his style of play.

On the brighter side, RB Corey Dillon is being over-looked because of the early play of rookie RB Laurence Maroney, but Dillon is still the man in New England and was a great selection in round 5. Plaxico Burress will be a solid #2 WR, and RB Chris Brown in round 6 could pay off dividends until Domanick Davis returns.

Overall this team has a lot of question marks, but this being a total points league, big weeks could keep this team competitive.

Interesting strategy here to start the draft, alternating RB and WR in the first six rounds. The result is a fairly balanced team.

The Ballers passed on Portis in Rd. 1 because of his injured wing, opting instead for Steven Jackson. With Martz out of town, Jackson should see an increased workload this season. Harrison was arguably a reach in Rd. 2, especially with Moss, Boldin, and Owens on the board.
However, the fact that this league rewards 1 pt. per reception makes it a wise choice. Opposite Harrison are a couple more aging veterans (Ward and Galloway). This owner wisely went on a youth movement for receivers later in the draft, snagging Braylon Edwards and sleeper Mark Bradley.
The Baller's liked Bush over some more proven backs and grabbed the rookie in Round 3. It was a good move, but should have been followed up with better depth than the fragile DeShaun Foster and Samkon Gado, who might be warming the bench this season. The RB position will haunt this team if injuries enter the picture.

Despite ignoring the QB position, the Ballers were able to land the McQuarterback combination of McNabb and McNair. Both should be solid, but unspectacular in 2006. At TE, the team got fair value in the 8th round, grabbing McMichael who should see a spike in production if Culpepper is as healthy as reports suggest. The team is above average at defense and kicker with the up-and-coming Giants D/ST and the always reliable Elam.

I would expect the Ballers to be competitive, but a timely free agent RB acquisition is a must.

Team #7 –Paul's Pigskin Pariahs Team #8 – Iceman
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.07 RB Williams, Carnell 3.07 QB Palmer, Carson 1.08 RB James, Edgerrin 2.05 QB Manning, Peyton
2.06 WR Johnson, Chad 13.07 QB Simms, Chris 2.05 QB Manning, Peyton 10.05 QB Rivers, Philip
3.07 QB Palmer, Carson 1.07 RB Williams, Carnell 3.08 RB Lewis, Jamal 1.08 RB James, Edgerrin
4.06 TE Gonzalez, Tony 5.07 RB Green, Ahman 4.05 TE Heap, Todd 3.08 RB Lewis, Jamal
5.07 RB Green, Ahman 7.07 RB White, LenDale 5.08 WR Walker, Javon 6.05 RB Maroney, Laurence
6.06 WR Branch, Deion 8.06 RB Jones, Thomas 6.05 RB Maroney, Laurence 15.08 RB Barlow, Kevan
7.07 RB White, LenDale 10.06 RB Dayne, Ron 7.08 WR Coles, Laveranues 4.05 TE Heap, Todd
8.06 RB Jones, Thomas 17.07 RB Pittman, Michael 8.05 WR Brown, Reggie 11.08 TE Watson, Ben
9.07 WR Bruce, Isaac 4.06 TE Gonzalez, Tony 9.08 WR McCardell, Keenan 5.08 WR Walker, Javon
10.06 RB Dayne, Ron 2.06 WR Johnson, Chad 10.05 QB Rivers, Philip 7.08 WR Coles, Laveranues
11.07 WR Williamson, Troy 6.06 WR Branch, Deion 11.08 TE Watson, Ben 8.05 WR Brown, Reggie
12.06 WR Booker, Marty 9.07 WR Bruce, Isaac 12.05 DEF Eagles 9.08 WR McCardell, Keenan
13.07 QB Simms, Chris 11.07 WR Williamson, Troy 13.08 PK Feely, Jay 14.05 WR Parker, Samie
14.06 DEF Jaguars 12.06 WR Booker, Marty 14.05 WR Parker, Samie 16.05 WR Henry, Chris
15.07 WR White, Roddy 15.07 WR White, Roddy 15.08 RB Barlow, Kevan 17.08 WR Baskett, Hank
16.06 WR Lelie, Ashley 16.06 WR Lelie, Ashley 16.05 WR Henry, Chris 18.05 WR Carter, Drew
17.07 RB Pittman, Michael 18.06 PK Wilkins, Jeff 17.08 WR Baskett, Hank 13.08 PK Feely, Jay
18.06 PK Wilkins, Jeff 14.06 DEF Jaguars 18.05 WR Carter, Drew 12.05 DEF Eagles

Compiled a solid start with Carnell Williams (1.07) and Chad Johnson (2.06) as the building blocks before rolling the dice with Carson Palmer in the third round.  Palmer's recently reconstructed knee and the lingering psychological effects of the hit that caused it will go a long way to either making or breaking Triple P's fantasy season, especially since the 'Pariah's did not draft a backup QB until the 13th round, selecting the functional, but limited Chris Simms. After Cadillac, the running back depth is filled with question marks, but Lendale White in the 7th and Thomas Jones in the 8th were value picks and could prove vital as the season progresses.  Gonzo in the fourth round was an appropriate pick and makes the tight end position worry free for this team, barring serious injury. 

The 'Pariah's have to hope Deion Branch's holdout does not become a long term issue, but could catch a break with Troy Williamson in the 11th after Koren Robinson's recent relapse bumped the second year receiver up the Vikings WR depth chart.  Plucking Ashley Lelie in the 16th was smart, as the speedster will most likely be traded to a team that needs him before week one and the Jaguars defense (14.06) and Jeff Wilkins (18.06) were both crafty late round selections that will provide consistent production to this lineup each week, providing a strong finishing kick to an otherwise solid draft effort. 

Iceman started strong with four solid picks.  There may be o-line concerns in ARI and motivation concerns with Lewis, but they should provide a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield.  Beyond that RB depth will be a concern with only four on the roster.  Maroney has tons of talent, but he’s not going to be the starter unless Dillon falters or comes up lame.  The same goes for Barlow – except for the part about tons of talent.  Taking Manning at 2.05 may seem high to some, but with 13 RB’s gone it was the right pick there.  Heap in the 4th was a nice pickup as he may challenge Gates for the top TE spot with McNair under center in BAL. 

Waiting until round five for a WR could come back to bite this team even though the roster was filled out late with EIGHT wideouts.  But the strategy of taking only one PK and DEF was a good one, and allowed for the extra WR’s.  Walker, Coles and Brown all have serious risks associated with them this year.  Some late rounders will need to step up for this team.  Parker at 14.05 seems the likely candidate for that.  Late round fliers like Henry, Baskett and Carter may provide some spot start options through the season.

Rounding out this team are Feely and Philly – a rock solid top-5 kicker and a defense that could be special this season.  Both are a good value where taken.

Team #9 –Whitney's Pork Chop Express Team #10 -  Darin3's Vipers
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.09 RB Portis, Clinton 5.09 QB Bulger, Marc 1.10 RB Jordan, Lamont 5.10 QB Manning, Eli
2.04 WR Fitzgerald, Larry 12.04 QB Brunell, Mark 2.03 WR Holt, Torry 17.10 QB Carr, David
3.09 RB Droughns, Reuben 1.09 RB Portis, Clinton 3.10 WR Wayne, Reggie 1.10 RB Jordan, Lamont
4.04 WR Jackson, Darrell 3.09 RB Droughns, Reuben 4.03 WR Driver, Donald 6.03 RB McAllister, Deuce
5.09 QB Bulger, Marc 6.04 RB Gore, Frank 5.10 QB Manning, Eli 7.10 RB Williams, DeAng.
6.04 RB Gore, Frank 9.09 RB Houston, Cedric 6.03 RB McAllister, Deuce 9.10 RB Lundy, Wali
7.09 TE Cooley, Chris 14.04 RB Betts, Ladell 7.10 RB Williams, DeAng. 11.10 RB Perry, Chris
8.04 WR Wilford, Ernest 15.09 RB Morency, Vernand 8.03 TE Witten, Jason 8.03 TE Witten, Jason
9.09 RB Houston, Cedric 7.09 TE Cooley, Chris 9.10 RB Lundy, Wali 14.03 TE Franks, Bubba
10.04 WR Johnson, Keys. 18.04 TE Smith, Alex 10.03 WR Givens, David 2.03 WR Holt, Torry
11.09 WR Taylor, Travis 2.04 WR Fitzgerald, Larry 11.10 RB Perry, Chris 3.10 WR Wayne, Reggie
12.04 QB Brunell, Mark 4.04 WR Jackson, Darrell 12.03 DEF Seahawks 4.03 WR Driver, Donald
13.09 DEF Bengals 8.04 WR Wilford, Ernest 13.10 PK Rackers, Neil 10.03 WR Givens, David
14.04 RB Betts, Ladell 10.04 WR Johnson, Keys. 14.03 TE Franks, Bubba 15.10 WR Hagan, Derek
15.09 RB Morency, Vernand 11.09 WR Taylor, Travis 15.10 WR Hagan, Derek 13.10 PK Rackers, Neil
16.04 WR Parker, Eric 16.04 WR Parker, Eric 16.03 DEF Falcons 18.03 PK Longwell, Ryan
17.09 PK Carney, John 17.09 PK Carney, John 17.10 QB Carr, David 12.03 DEF Seahawks
18.04 TE Smith, Alex 13.09 DEF Bengals 18.03 PK Longwell, Ryan 16.03 DEF Falcons

No doubt this team enjoyed watching Clinton Portis slip back to the 9th spot and he wisely grabbed him. Portis may not miss any time at all and in a total points league - so what if he misses the first week? Fitzgerald in the 2nd gives him a great WR1 but I didn't really like Droughns as RB2 with his legal problems and the overall problems in Cleveland. Getting Gore in the 6th probably makes that all okay.

Darrell Jackson makes a great WR2 and Bulger could not only be as productive as ever this year with the switch to Linehan's offense, there's reasons to believe he will remain healthy since Linehan is installing a new scheme with an eye to getting the ball out faster and reducing the number of hits that Bulger is subjected to. Cooley will be at least average at tight end and could be better with Al Saunders in charge of the offense in WAS now.

Overall, this team should compete with those initial picks alone and many of the back-ups have nice upside as well - Gore, Houston, Taylor, Morency and Alex Smith. He even grabbed Ladell Betts to make sure that Portis selection is a steal.

Lamont Jordan was taken a couple of picks too soon but still a decent selection. Most teams secured their second RB over the next couple of round but Darin3's Vipers decided to roll the dice and take WR's Torry Holt, Reggie Wayne and Donald Driver in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds respectively. Eli Manning was a good pick at the end of the 5th round and could end up being one of the best selections of his draft. Realizing that he needed to start taking RBs he ended up taking 4 in the next 6 rounds highlighted by Deuce McAllister in the 6th and DeAngelo Williams in the 7th. With one of the strongest group of starting receivers in the league, if any of these running backs produces this team could have a successful year.

David Witten was a nice take in the 8th round, David Givens in the 10th could turn out to be a terrific value pick and getting David Carr in the 17th to backup Manning was a bargain. This team is very strong at the QB, WR and TE positions and strong at the kicker (Rackers and Longwell) and team defense (Seahawks and Falcons) positions as well. But will their decision to wait on running backs come back to bite them?

Team #11 -  Phil's Towel Boyz Team #12 - Ratt's Exterminators
By Round Final Roster By Round Final Roster
1.11 RB Johnson, Rudi 8.02 QB Culpepper, Daunte 1.12 RB Westbrook, Brian 8.01 QB Warner, Kurt
2.02 RB McGahee, Willis 10.02 QB Green, Trent 2.01 WR Smith, Steve 11.12 QB Plummer, Jake
3.11 WR Chambers, Chris 1.11 RB Johnson, Rudi 3.12 RB Dunn, Warrick 18.01 QB Leinart, Matt
4.02 WR Moss, Santana 2.02 RB McGahee, Willis 4.01 WR Williams, Roy 1.12 RB Westbrook, Brian
5.11 WR Horn, Joe 6.02 RB Taylor, Fred 5.12 RB Rhodes, Dominic 3.12 RB Dunn, Warrick
6.02 RB Taylor, Fred 11.11 RB Duckett, T.J. 6.01 WR Houshmandzadeh 5.12 RB Rhodes, Dominic
7.11 WR Clayton, Michael 9.11 TE Troupe, Ben 7.12 TE Smith, L.J. 10.01 RB Jones, Greg
8.02 QB Culpepper, Daunte 12.02 TE Davis, Vernon 8.01 QB Warner, Kurt 13.12 RB Moats, Ryan
9.11 TE Troupe, Ben 15.11 TE Wiggins, Jermaine 9.12 WR Bennett, Drew 7.12 TE Smith, L.J.
10.02 QB Green, Trent 3.11 WR Chambers, Chris 10.01 RB Jones, Greg 14.01 TE Stevens, Jerramy
11.11 RB Duckett, T.J. 4.02 WR Moss, Santana 11.12 QB Plummer, Jake 2.01 WR Smith, Steve
12.02 TE Davis, Vernon 5.11 WR Horn, Joe 12.01 WR Clayton, Mark 4.01 WR Williams, Roy
13.11 DEF Ravens 7.11 WR Clayton, Michael 13.12 RB Moats, Ryan 6.01 WR Houshmandzadeh
14.02 WR Porter, Jerry 14.02 WR Porter, Jerry 14.01 TE Stevens, Jerramy 9.12 WR Bennett, Drew
15.11 TE Wiggins, Jermaine 16.02 PK Graham, Shayne 15.12 WR Caldwell, Reche 12.01 WR Clayton, Mark
16.02 PK Graham, Shayne 18.02 PK Tynes, Lawrence 16.01 DEF Dolphins 15.12 WR Caldwell, Reche
17.11 DEF Patriots 13.11 DEF Ravens 17.12 PK Brown, Josh 17.12 PK Brown, Josh
18.02 PK Tynes, Lawrence 17.11 DEF Patriots 18.01 QB Leinart, Matt 16.01 DEF Dolphins

Drafting at the back of the first round still produced Rudi Johnson and Willis McGahee for his starting running backs which is obviously solid but meant that his following of the run on tailbacks meant he'll only be "okay" there and missed out on any other difference makers in other positions. Chambers and Moss come off career seasons but both have some question marks this year and could easily fall short of 2005. His run on three WR was trying to catch up and yet once again it was just following the well-established runs on the position.

Taylor as RB3 is always risky and Culpepper is another play for upside that will carry some risk. Grabbing Trent Green two picks later made sense and likely saves that position for him. While I did not like the first eight rounds since they just followed the pack and took players from positions already raided, the back-half of this draft is where he made some nice upside moves. Those players drafted as starters are hoped to just hang on to 2005 performances. The later ones have nice promise.

Clayton should rise again and Troupe and Vernon Davis could either surprise this year. Duckett will have value in ATL and even more if he is traded. This team looks middle of the pack, but there is room to grow here.

Considering the reception points, Westbrook was a great pick at the 1.12 and trying to get a playmaker, he went for Steve Smith as his WR1 at the turn. This pattern lasted for four more rounds when he picked up Warrick Dunn and then Roy Williams and then Rhodes with Houshmandzadeh. A solid start but other than Steve Smith, the first six picks went to acquire no tier one players and just followed the established runs. Rhodes was a nice find in the 5th round.

Waited a bit on TE and QB but probably got away with it since Warner and L.J. Smith were still on the board. Both are deeper starters but have undeniable upside and Leinart was a shrewd add for very cheap. Overall, this team has solid players in their position but not much that appears to be capable of turning in weekly high scores on a consistent basis. While swing picks typically access difference makers or grabs both handcuff players, this team went a much safer route.