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Huddle TopGun Draft - 12-Team / Performance
August 17 , 2007

The following draft considered a standard performance scoring of 1/10 rush and receive yards, 1/20 passing yards, 2 point conversion are two fantasy points each participant, all touchdowns are six except passing is four. Receptions are awarded one point each. Kickers receive the NFL points from their kicks and defenses have one point sacks and turnovers, two point safeties and six point touchdowns. This league is comprised of writers from The Huddle going for the site title.

Draft was for 12 teams drafting a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, 1 Flex (RB, WR or TE), PK and DEF with no positional limits. This draft was for 18 rounds.

Draft by Round

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Tomlinson,Lad. 1 WR Smith,Steve 1 WR Holt,Torry 1 QB Brady,Tom
2 RB Jackson,Steven 2 WR Johnson,Chad 2 WR Williams,Roy 2 WR Moss,Randy
3 RB Gore,Frank 3 RB Henry,Travis 3 WR Johnson,Andre 3 WR Walker,Javon
4 RB Addai,Joseph 4 WR Harrison,Marvin 4 RB James,Edgerrin 4 WR Evans,Lee
5 RB Johnson,Larry 5 RB McGahee,Willis 5 WR Colston,Marques 5 WR Driver,Donald
6 RB Alexander,Shaun 6 WR Owens,Terrell 6 RB Portis,Clinton 6 RB Lynch,Marshawn
7 RB Bush,Reggie 7 RB Jones,Thomas 7 QB Palmer,Carson 7 WR Boldin,Anquan
8 RB Parker,Willie 8 QB Manning,Peyton 8 TE Gates,Antonio 8 RB Williams,DeAngelo
9 RB Westbrook,Brian 9 WR Fitzgerald,Larry 9 RB Jacobs,Brandon 9 WR Coles,Laveranues
10 RB Maroney,Laurence 10 WR Wayne,Reggie 10 WR Houshmandzadeh 10 QB Brees,Drew
11 RB Johnson,Rudi 11 RB Jones-Drew,M. 11 RB Peterson,Adrian 11 QB Bulger,Marc
12 RB Brown,Ronnie 12 RB Benson,Cedric 12 RB McAllister,Deuce 12 QB McNabb,Donovan
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 WR Burress,Plaxico 1 WR Holmes,Santonio 1 Def Bears 1 WR Hackett,D.J.
2 WR Ward,Hines 2 QB Romo,Tony 2 WR Henderson,Devery 2 WR Hagan,Derek
3 WR Jackson,Darrell 3 WR Galloway,Joey 3 RB Bell,Tatum 3 QB Cutler,Jay
4 QB Kitna,Jon 4 TE Davis,Vernon 4 TE Shockey,Jeremy 4 QB Young,Vince
5 WR Chambers,Chris 5 RB Barber,Marion 5 Def Ravens 5 WR Stallworth,Donte'
6 WR Branch,Deion 6 WR Edwards,Braylon 6 QB Hasselbeck,Matt 6 RB Lewis,Jamal
7 TE Gonzalez,Tony 7 WR Moss,Santana 7 WR Jackson,Vincent 7 RB Betts,Ladell
8 WR Cotchery,Jerricho 8 RB Norwood,Jerious 8 WR Berrian,Bernard 8 TE Clark,Dallas
9 RB Williams,Carnell 9 WR Clayton,Mark 9 WR Jennings,Greg 9 RB Taylor,Fred
10 RB Green,Ahman 10 RB Jones,Julius 10 TE Cooley,Chris 10 RB Foster,De'shaun
11 WR Johnson,Calvin 11 TE Winslow,Kellen 11 TE Witten,Jason 11 RB Jackson,Brandon
12 WR Brown,Reggie 12 TE Heap,Todd 12 RB Jones,Kevin 12 RB Turner,Michael
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 RB Jordan,Lamont 1 RB Morency,Vernand 1 WR Jarrett,Dwayne 1 TE Miller,Heath
2 WR Glenn,Terry 2 Def Broncos 2 Def Patriots 2 QB McNair,Steve
3 RB White,LenDale 3 Def Chargers 3 TE McMichael,Randy 3 RB Morris,Sammy
4 WR Curtis,Kevin 4 QB Favre,Brett 4 WR Jones,Matt 4 Def Jaguars
5 WR Bennett,Drew 5 RB Droughns,Reuben 5 RB Henry,Chris 5 WR Booker,Marty
6 WR Bruce,Isaac 6 WR Battle,Arnaz 6 QB Delhomme,Jake 6 WR Carter,Drew
7 RB Taylor,Chester 7 WR Horn,Joe 7 QB Leinart,Matt 7 TE Watson,Ben
8 QB Rivers,Philip 8 WR Jones,Brandon 8 RB Thomas,Anthony 8 WR Gonzalez,Anthony
9 WR Furrey,Mike 9 Def Cowboys 9 RB Washington,Leon 9 RB Hunt,Tony
10 TE Crumpler,Alge 10 WR Muhammad,Muhsin 10 PK Vinatieri,Adam 10 WR Mason,Derrick
11 RB Dunn,Warrick 11 QB Manning,Eli 11 RB Brown,Chris 11 QB Smith,Alex
12 WR Porter,Jerry 12 WR Curry,Ronald 12 QB Roethlisberger,B 12 QB Grossman,Rex
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 Def Steelers 1 PK Rackers,Neil 1 WR Marshall,Brandon 1 RB Bennett,Michael
2 PK Wilkins,Jeff 2 TE Clark,Desmond 2 WR GinnJr.,Ted 2 PK Stover,Matt
3 TE Johnson,Eric 3 WR Kennison,Eddie 3 Def Raiders 3 Def Eagles
4 QB Leftwich,Byron 4 WR Crayton,Patrick 4 TE Daniels,Owen 4 RB Pittman,Michael
5 RB Holmes,Priest 5 QB Pennington,Chad 5 WR Floyd,Malcom 5 PK Elam,Jason
6 TE Smith,L.J. 6 Def Vikings 6 WR Clayton,Michael 6 RB Peterson,Adrian
7 PK Graham,Shayne 7 RB Morris,Maurice 7 WR Welker,Wes 7 PK Kaeding,Nate
8 Def Packers 8 QB Campbell,Jason 8 PK Mare,Olindo 8 RB Davenport,Najeh
9 WR Williamson,Troy 9 RB Bell,Mike 9 TE Scheffler,Tony 9 WR Caldwell,Reche
10 WR Wade,Bobby 10 QB Schaub,Matt 10 QB Garcia,Jeff 10 RB Rhodes,Dominic
11 QB Losman,J.P. 11 RB Leonard,Brian 11 WR Moulds,Eric 11 TE Miller,Zach
12 Def Dolphins 12 PK Gould,Robbie 12 RB Dayne,Ron 12 RB Bush,Michael
Round 17 Round 18            
1 WR Bradley,Mark 1 WR White,Roddy            
2 RB Dorsey,DeDe 2 PK Akers,David            
3 TE Olsen,Greg 3 QB Culpepper,Daunte            
4 PK Kasay,John 4 PK Gostkowski,St            
5 PK Hanson,Jason 5 Def Bills            
6 WR Davis,Craig 6 PK Bironas,Rob            
7 WR Hester,Devin 7 Def Saints            
8 TE Scaife,Bo 8 TE Lewis,Marcedes            
9 WR Williams,Demetrius 9 RB Chatman,Jesse            
10 RB Buckhalter,Correll 10 PK Brown,Josh            
11 RB Crockett,Zack 11 Def Panthers            
12 TE Martin,David 12 WR Stokley,Brandon            

Draft by Position

Quarterbacks Tight Ends Placekickers Defenses
18.03 Culpepper,Daunte 3.08 Gates,Antonio 11.10 Vinatieri,Adam 7.01 Bears
15.10 Garcia,Jeff 5.07 Gonzalez,Tony 13.02 Wilkins,Jeff 7.05 Ravens
14.10 Schaub,Matt 6.04 Davis,Vernon 13.07 Graham,Shayne 10.02 Broncos
14.08 Campbell,Jason 6.11 Winslow,Kellen 14.01 Rackers,Neil 10.03 Chargers
14.05 Pennington,Chad 6.12 Heap,Todd 14.12 Gould,Robbie 10.09 Cowboys
13.11 Losman,J.P. 7.04 Shockey,Jeremy 15.08 Mare,Olindo 11.02 Patriots
2.08 Manning,Peyton 7.10 Cooley,Chris 16.02 Stover,Matt 12.04 Jaguars
3.07 Palmer,Carson 7.11 Witten,Jason 16.05 Elam,Jason 13.01 Steelers
4.01 Brady,Tom 8.08 Clark,Dallas 16.07 Kaeding,Nate 13.08 Packers
4.10 Brees,Drew 9.10 Crumpler,Alge 17.04 Kasay,John 13.12 Dolphins
4.11 Bulger,Marc 11.03 McMichael,Randy 17.05 Hanson,Jason 14.06 Vikings
4.12 McNabb,Donovan 12.01 Miller,Heath 18.02 Akers,David 15.03 Raiders
5.04 Kitna,Jon 12.07 Watson,Ben 18.04 Gostkowski,St 16.03 Eagles
6.02 Romo,Tony 13.03 Johnson,Eric 18.06 Bironas,Rob 18.05 Bills
7.06 Hasselbeck,Matt 13.06 Smith,L.J. 18.10 Brown,Josh 18.07 Saints
8.03 Cutler,Jay 14.02 Clark,Desmond x x 18.11 Panthers
8.04 Young,Vince 15.04 Daniels,Owen x x x x
9.08 Rivers,Philip 15.09 Scheffler,Tony x x x x
10.04 Favre,Brett 16.11 Miller,Zach x x x x
10.11 Manning,Eli 17.03 Olsen,Greg x x x x
11.06 Delhomme,Jake 17.08 Scaife,Bo x x x x
11.07 Leinart,Matt 17.12 Martin,David x x x x
11.12 Roethlisberger,B 18.08 Lewis,Marcedes x x x x
12.02 McNair,Steve x x x x x x
12.11 Smith,Alex x x x x x x
12.12 Grossman,Rex x x x x x x
13.04 Leftwich,Byron x x x x x x
Running Backs Wide Receivers
1.01 Tomlinson,Lad. 8.12 Turner,Michael 2.01 Smith,Steve 8.02 Hagan,Derek
1.02 Jackson,Steven 9.01 Jordan,Lamont 2.02 Johnson,Chad 8.05 Stallworth,Donte'
1.03 Gore,Frank 9.03 White,LenDale 2.04 Harrison,Marvin 9.02 Glenn,Terry
1.04 Addai,Joseph 9.07 Taylor,Chester 2.06 Owens,Terrell 9.04 Curtis,Kevin
1.05 Johnson,Larry 9.11 Dunn,Warrick 2.09 Fitzgerald,Larry 9.05 Bennett,Drew
1.06 Alexander,Shaun 10.01 Morency,Vernand 2.10 Wayne,Reggie 9.06 Bruce,Isaac
1.07 Bush,Reggie 10.05 Droughns,Reuben 3.01 Holt,Torry 9.09 Furrey,Mike
1.08 Parker,Willie 11.05 Henry,Chris 3.02 Williams,Roy 9.12 Porter,Jerry
1.09 Westbrook,Brian 11.08 Thomas,Anthony 3.03 Johnson,Andre 10.06 Battle,Arnaz
1.10 Maroney,Laurence 11.09 Washington,Leon 3.05 Colston,Marques 10.07 Horn,Joe
1.11 Johnson,Rudi 11.11 Brown,Chris 3.10 Houshmandzadeh 10.08 Jones,Brandon
1.12 Brown,Ronnie 12.03 Morris,Sammy 4.02 Moss,Randy 10.10 Muhammad,Muhsin
2.03 Henry,Travis 12.09 Hunt,Tony 4.03 Walker,Javon 10.12 Curry,Ronald
2.05 McGahee,Willis 13.05 Holmes,Priest 4.04 Evans,Lee 11.01 Jarrett,Dwayne
2.07 Jones,Thomas 14.07 Morris,Maurice 4.05 Driver,Donald 11.04 Jones,Matt
2.11 Jones-Drew,M. 14.09 Bell,Mike 4.07 Boldin,Anquan 12.05 Booker,Marty
2.12 Benson,Cedric 14.11 Leonard,Brian 4.09 Coles,Laveranues 12.06 Carter,Drew
3.04 James,Edgerrin 15.12 Dayne,Ron 5.01 Burress,Plaxico 12.08 Gonzalez,Anthony
3.06 Portis,Clinton 16.01 Bennett,Michael 5.02 Ward,Hines 12.10 Mason,Derrick
3.09 Jacobs,Brandon 16.04 Pittman,Michael 5.03 Jackson,Darrell 13.09 Williamson,Troy
3.11 Peterson,Adrian 16.06 Peterson,Adrian 5.05 Chambers,Chris 13.10 Wade,Bobby
3.12 McAllister,Deuce 16.08 Davenport,Najeh 5.06 Branch,Deion 14.03 Kennison,Eddie
4.06 Lynch,Marshawn 16.10 Rhodes,Dominic 5.08 Cotchery,Jerricho 14.04 Crayton,Patrick
4.08 Williams,DeAngelo 16.12 Bush,Michael 5.11 Johnson,Calvin 15.01 Marshall,Brandon
5.09 Williams,Carnell 17.02 Dorsey,DeDe 5.12 Brown,Reggie 15.02 GinnJr.,Ted
5.10 Green,Ahman 17.10 Buckhalter,Correll 6.01 Holmes,Santonio 15.05 Floyd,Malcom
6.05 Barber,Marion 17.11 Crockett,Zack 6.03 Galloway,Joey 15.06 Clayton,Michael
6.08 Norwood,Jerious 18.09 Chatman,Jesse 6.06 Edwards,Braylon 15.07 Welker,Wes
6.10 Jones,Julius x x 6.07 Moss,Santana 15.11 Moulds,Eric
7.03 Bell,Tatum x x 6.09 Clayton,Mark 16.09 Caldwell,Reche
7.12 Jones,Kevin x x 7.02 Henderson,Devery 17.01 Bradley,Mark
8.06 Lewis,Jamal x x 7.07 Jackson,Vincent 17.06 Davis,Craig
8.07 Betts,Ladell x x 7.08 Berrian,Bernard 17.07 Hester,Devin
8.09 Taylor,Fred x x 7.09 Jennings,Greg 17.09 Williams,Demetrius
8.10 Foster,De'shaun x x 8.01 Hackett,D.J. 18.01 White,Roddy
8.11 Jackson,Brandon x x x x 18.12 Stokley,Brandon

Draft by Team

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.01 Tomlinson,Lad. QB 4.12 McNabb,Donovan
RB 2.12 Benson,Cedric QB 12.12 Grossman,Rex
WR 3.01 Holt,Torry RB 1.01 Tomlinson,Lad.
QB 4.12 McNabb,Donovan RB 2.12 Benson,Cedric
WR 5.01 Burress,Plaxico RB 8.12 Turner,Michael
TE 6.12 Heap,Todd RB 9.01 Jordan,Lamont
Def 7.01 Bears RB 16.12 Bush,Michael
RB 8.12 Turner,Michael TE 6.12 Heap,Todd
RB 9.01 Jordan,Lamont WR 3.01 Holt,Torry
WR 10.12 Curry,Ronald WR 5.01 Burress,Plaxico
WR 11.01 Jarrett,Dwayne WR 10.12 Curry,Ronald
QB 12.12 Grossman,Rex WR 11.01 Jarrett,Dwayne
Def 13.01 Steelers WR 15.01 Marshall,Brandon
PK 14.12 Gould,Robbie WR 17.01 Bradley,Mark
WR 15.01 Marshall,Brandon WR 18.12 Stokley,Brandon
RB 16.12 Bush,Michael PK 14.12 Gould,Robbie
WR 17.01 Bradley,Mark Def 7.01 Bears
WR 18.12 Stokley,Brandon Def 13.01 Steelers
Team #1 –Brent's Dirtbags
Brent Clement

Brent started as every draft starts:  with LT.  He grabbed his RB2 with his 2nd rounder and a top WR in Holt with his 3rd.  Some think that if you’re fortunate enough to have LT that you can actually wait on your RB2 and grab WRs with your 2nd/3rd rounders, but Brent opted to play it safe and go with Benson (how safe is that, though?) and Holt.  Not a bad start.  He grabbed his QB – McNabb – in the 4th and WR2 – Burress – in the 5th.  Risky picks, perhaps.  The rest of the draft went alright, with some RB depth in Jordan and Turner; the WRs have some upside but few proven.  He did manage to grab the #1 DEF and a solid TE in Chicago and Heap.  Not a terrible draft but how would have this team looked with Holt and Roy Williams at WR and an Ahman Green or Jerious Norwood at RB2?

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.02 Jackson,Steven QB 4.11 Bulger,Marc
RB 2.11 Jones-Drew,M. QB 10.11 Manning,Eli
WR 3.02 Williams,Roy QB 12.11 Smith,Alex
QB 4.11 Bulger,Marc RB 1.02 Jackson,Steven
WR 5.02 Ward,Hines RB 2.11 Jones-Drew,M.
TE 6.11 Winslow,Kellen RB 8.11 Jackson,Brandon
WR 7.02 Henderson,Devery RB 14.11 Leonard,Brian
RB 8.11 Jackson,Brandon RB 17.02 Dorsey,DeDe
WR 9.02 Glenn,Terry TE 6.11 Winslow,Kellen
QB 10.11 Manning,Eli TE 16.11 Miller,Zach
Def 11.02 Patriots WR 3.02 Williams,Roy
QB 12.11 Smith,Alex WR 5.02 Ward,Hines
PK 13.02 Wilkins,Jeff WR 7.02 Henderson,Devery
RB 14.11 Leonard,Brian WR 9.02 Glenn,Terry
WR 15.02 GinnJr.,Ted WR 15.02 GinnJr.,Ted
TE 16.11 Miller,Zach PK 13.02 Wilkins,Jeff
RB 17.02 Dorsey,DeDe Def 11.02 Patriots
Def 18.11 Panthers Def 18.11 Panthers
Team #2 – Darin3's Vipers
Darin Tietgen

For the most part, Darin let the draft come to him. He didn?t reach for any players and the risks he took were very calculated.

After snagging Steven Jackson with the second overall pick, Darin was fortunate to net Maurice Jones-Drew toward the bottom of the second round. That fact that Mo-Jo is part of a running-back-by-committee system might?ve caused him to slip. He could be a bit more inconsistent than workhorse Cedric Benson, who was still on the board.
But it?s a chance Darin could take with Jackson already in the stable.

With his starting backfield set, Darin turned his attention to WR (Roy Williams at 3.02) and QB (Marc Bulger at 4.11). Bulger was the last of what many consider to be the top-tier QBs, so kudos to Darin for knowing when to pull the trigger. With his fifth-round pick Darin made perhaps his most questionable selection, Hines Ward. Ward is on the downside of his career and there were younger WRs with more upside on the board (including Ward?s counterpart Santonio Holmes).

Darin rounded out his team with some good value picks getting Kellen Winslow at 6.11, Devery Henderson at 7.02 and Terry Glenn at 9.02. His kicker (Wilkins) and defense (Patriots) will be assets rather than liabilities.

The glaring weaknesses for Darin will be a poor WR2 and what might be the league?s worst running back depth.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.03 Gore,Frank QB 4.10 Brees,Drew
WR 2.10 Wayne,Reggie QB 14.10 Schaub,Matt
WR 3.03 Johnson,Andre RB 1.03 Gore,Frank
QB 4.10 Brees,Drew RB 6.10 Jones,Julius
WR 5.03 Jackson,Darrell RB 7.03 Bell,Tatum
RB 6.10 Jones,Julius RB 8.10 Foster,De'shaun
RB 7.03 Bell,Tatum RB 9.03 White,LenDale
RB 8.10 Foster,De'shaun RB 16.10 Rhodes,Dominic
RB 9.03 White,LenDale TE 11.03 McMichael,Randy
WR 10.10 Muhammad,Muhsin TE 13.03 Johnson,Eric
TE 11.03 McMichael,Randy TE 17.03 Olsen,Greg
WR 12.10 Mason,Derrick WR 2.10 Wayne,Reggie
TE 13.03 Johnson,Eric WR 3.03 Johnson,Andre
QB 14.10 Schaub,Matt WR 5.03 Jackson,Darrell
Def 15.03 Raiders WR 10.10 Muhammad,Muhsin
RB 16.10 Rhodes,Dominic WR 12.10 Mason,Derrick
TE 17.03 Olsen,Greg PK 18.10 Brown,Josh
PK 18.10 Brown,Josh Def 15.03 Raiders
Team #3 – Paul's Pigskin Pariahs
Paul Sandy

Stud RB Theory? We don't need no stinking Stud RB Theory!

After taking the obvious Gore pick at #3 Paul turned his attention to WR and QB for the next FOUR rounds. If this wasn't a PPR league I'd be tempted to criticize.  But that added point per catch can work to your advantage if you gain an advantage with your three starting WR’s.  Only time will tell, but Wayne and Johnson will score consistently for this team and if Alex Smith to Darrell Jackson lives up to its pre-season billing this team could be in the hunt.  Tagging a potential top-3 QB in the fourth round won’t hurt either.

Running back #2 is where this team will struggle all season.  Jones will produce, but the quartet of nice backups (Bell, Foster, White and Rhodes) could limit production.  To Paul’s credit he did pick backups with some of the highest probability of gaining serious playing time.

McMichael is a nice value pick if the Rams actually work the TE into their passing schemes this season and the Pariahs utilized one of my favorite drafting strategies.  Kicker in the last round.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.04 Addai,Joseph QB 5.04 Kitna,Jon
WR 2.09 Fitzgerald,Larry QB 13.04 Leftwich,Byron
RB 3.04 James,Edgerrin RB 1.04 Addai,Joseph
WR 4.09 Coles,Laveranues RB 3.04 James,Edgerrin
QB 5.04 Kitna,Jon RB 8.09 Taylor,Fred
WR 6.09 Clayton,Mark RB 12.09 Hunt,Tony
TE 7.04 Shockey,Jeremy RB 14.09 Bell,Mike
RB 8.09 Taylor,Fred RB 18.09 Chatman,Jesse
WR 9.04 Curtis,Kevin TE 7.04 Shockey,Jeremy
Def 10.09 Cowboys TE 15.04 Daniels,Owen
WR 11.04 Jones,Matt WR 2.09 Fitzgerald,Larry
RB 12.09 Hunt,Tony WR 4.09 Coles,Laveranues
QB 13.04 Leftwich,Byron WR 6.09 Clayton,Mark
RB 14.09 Bell,Mike WR 9.04 Curtis,Kevin
TE 15.04 Daniels,Owen WR 11.04 Jones,Matt
WR 16.09 Caldwell,Reche WR 16.09 Caldwell,Reche
PK 17.04 Kasay,John PK 17.04 Kasay,John
RB 18.09 Chatman,Jesse Def 10.09 Cowboys
Team #4 - Whitney's Pork Chop Express
Whitney Walters

The Express resisted the temptation to take a chance on unsigned Chiefs RB Larry Johnson with the fourth overall pick and instead opted for Colts back Joseph Addai, a great choice.  Mr. Walters better hope the Arizona Cardinals offense ends up as good as advertised, however, because he tabbed wideout Larry Fitzgerald and running back Edgerrin James with his next two selections.

Collecting Jeremy Shockey to be the starting tight end was a solid call, but the Express’ chosen one at quarterback is a little iffy.  Jon Kitna is a riskier pick than many, but there’s no denying the upside with the impressive cast of receivers Kitna will choose from at Detroit and with Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator.  Laveranues Colts as the No. 2 wide receiver and Fred Taylor as the third back are decent picks.  Mark Clayton as the likely third starting wide receiver has good potential as well, and the Express’ receiver depth is solid with Matt Jones and Kevin Curtis also in tow.

If there’s anything to knock about the Express, it’s that the squad possesses no one truly special outside of Addai.  I don’t see this team as having enough other impact players to make a serious run.  But of course, I’ve never finished higher than ninth in this league, I believe.  So the truth is that my credibility at this point is nil.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.05 Johnson,Larry QB 2.08 Manning,Peyton
QB 2.08 Manning,Peyton QB 14.08 Campbell,Jason
WR 3.05 Colston,Marques RB 1.05 Johnson,Larry
RB 4.08 Williams,DeAngelo RB 4.08 Williams,DeAngelo
WR 5.05 Chambers,Chris RB 6.08 Norwood,Jerious
RB 6.08 Norwood,Jerious RB 11.05 Henry,Chris
Def 7.05 Ravens RB 13.05 Holmes,Priest
TE 8.08 Clark,Dallas RB 16.08 Davenport,Najeh
WR 9.05 Bennett,Drew TE 8.08 Clark,Dallas
WR 10.08 Jones,Brandon TE 18.08 Lewis,Marcedes
RB 11.05 Henry,Chris WR 3.05 Colston,Marques
WR 12.08 Gonzalez,Anthony WR 5.05 Chambers,Chris
RB 13.05 Holmes,Priest WR 9.05 Bennett,Drew
QB 14.08 Campbell,Jason WR 10.08 Jones,Brandon
WR 15.05 Floyd,Malcom WR 12.08 Gonzalez,Anthony
RB 16.08 Davenport,Najeh WR 15.05 Floyd,Malcom
PK 17.05 Hanson,Jason PK 17.05 Hanson,Jason
TE 18.08 Lewis,Marcedes Def 7.05 Ravens
Team #5 – Bob's Mob
Bob Cunningham

Bob had Larry Johnson fall into his lap in the first round. He's still in the middle of a contract dispute but he's still among the very best at his position and should have been drafted a couple of picks sooner. Drafting a QB in the second round may raise a few eyebrows but he found it hard to pass on Peyton Manning. I expected Bob to come back in the third and take a RB, but he surprised me and went with WR Marques Colston. Colston is coming off a big season but if he was going to take a WR with this pick he probably should have gone with T.J. Houshmandzadeh. By passing on a RB in the 2nd and 3rd round it forced him to go with DeAngelo Williams in the 4th who will probably be sharing carries with DeShaun Foster. Chris Chambers in the 5th baffles me. Chambers is a classic underchiever on a team that will struggle this season to protect the quarterback and score points. Jerious Norwood in the 6th could end up being his best pick. Norwood will start the year spliting carries with Warrick Dunn but he could end up being the featured back, especially if Dunn doesn't stay healthy. I don't care how good the Ravens defense is Bob definitely took them too early. Considering he was still in need of another starting WR and a starting TE taking the Ravens defense, or any defense for that matter, in the 7th round hurts his squad. Drew Bennet and Brandon Jones in the 9th and 10th rounds were decent selections. Jones could end up being Vince Young's favorite target and Drew Bennett should get plenty of looks with the decline of Isaac Bruce. I like the selection of Priest Holmes in the 13th. Holmes may never play in a single game this season, but if he does and he produces Bob has made sure that his first round pick has a bit of insurance. Bob finished things off by taking several players who are long shots to produce. Bob did some good things in the draft, but his team lacks depth and if either L.J. or Manning underperforms he could find it difficult to stay out of the league basement.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.06 Alexander,Shaun QB 7.06 Hasselbeck,Matt
RB 2.07 Jones,Thomas QB 11.06 Delhomme,Jake
RB 3.06 Portis,Clinton RB 1.06 Alexander,Shaun
WR 4.07 Boldin,Anquan RB 2.07 Jones,Thomas
WR 5.06 Branch,Deion RB 3.06 Portis,Clinton
WR 6.07 Moss,Santana RB 8.07 Betts,Ladell
QB 7.06 Hasselbeck,Matt RB 14.07 Morris,Maurice
RB 8.07 Betts,Ladell TE 12.07 Watson,Ben
WR 9.06 Bruce,Isaac TE 13.06 Smith,L.J.
WR 10.07 Horn,Joe WR 4.07 Boldin,Anquan
QB 11.06 Delhomme,Jake WR 5.06 Branch,Deion
TE 12.07 Watson,Ben WR 6.07 Moss,Santana
TE 13.06 Smith,L.J. WR 9.06 Bruce,Isaac
RB 14.07 Morris,Maurice WR 10.07 Horn,Joe
WR 15.06 Clayton,Michael WR 15.06 Clayton,Michael
PK 16.07 Kaeding,Nate WR 17.06 Davis,Craig
WR 17.06 Davis,Craig PK 16.07 Kaeding,Nate
Def 18.07 Saints Def 18.07 Saints
Team #6 – Phil's Towel Boyz
Philip Gentles

PTB cruised on two RB auto pilot through the first two rounds, having Shaun Alexander drop to him at number six overall, a fortuitous break for Phil as Alexander will be laser-focused on saving face this year after a disastrous 2006.  Thomas Jones was a sensible, substance over sizzle selection in the second round, providing a stable two running back foundation.  Going for a third straight RB with his third round choice of Clinton Portis could come back to haunt him as there are no extra players slots in the Top Gun weekly lineup so one of his first three picks will be sitting on the bench each week, and this move left his receiving corps without an established first tier player.  As a result of the Portis selection, several serviceable No.1 receivers, including Lee Evans, Javon Walker, Randy Moss and Donald Driver all went off the board before Towel Boyz had to settle for Anquan Boldin as his WR anchor in the fourth round.

Deion Branch in the fifth made sense, especially with Darrell Jackson's departure to San Francisco.  Santana Moss came next in the sixth to ramp up the receiver depth, an explosive but inconsistent playmaker that could prove critical to Phil's team's fortunes, if he can build a productive chemistry with inexperienced Redskins QB Jason Campbell. Good value in the form of Matt Hasselbeck arrived in the seventh round gives PTB a productive starter as the draft entered the middle rounds.  But the Portis selection continued to have a ripple effect when PTB went the handcuff route, picking reliable Portis' understudy Ladell Betts, which hurt his ninth round pick, the first receiver off his bench, the venerable, but fossil-like Isaac Bruce, who starts the year in an uphill battle for looks after the Rams imported younger, faster and bigger Drew Bennett and upgraded the tight end position with Randy McMichael (Dolphins).  Joe Horn (10th round), Michael Clayton (15th) and Craig Davis (17th), a rookie wide receiver buried on the Chargers depth chart, round out the rest of PTB's pass-catching depth, and it would not surprise me to see all three of these guys on the waiver wire once the first month of the season ends.

The tight end position was addressed in the 12th and 13th rounds, with Ben Watson (NE) and LJ Smith (PHI) respectively.  Both as supremely injury-prone as they are talented.  The two picks are good value late in the draft, should they stay consistently healthy, which probably won't happen.  PTB smartly acquired his Shaun Alexander insurance in the 14th with Maurice Morris, although since SA is freed from the Madden Curse, it probably won't be necessary. Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding was a great value in the 16th round and Jake Delhomme (11th) should serve as a suitable backup to Hasselbeck, especially with the home game against Peyton Manning's Colts during the Seahawks week eight bye. Nicely done.

PTB will need a monster year from Alexander coupled with an elite level emergence from Santana Moss and/or Deion Branch and a trade of Clinton Portis for a big-time playmaker at receiver in order to contend for the overall points title in this year's Top Gun competition.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.07 Bush,Reggie QB 3.07 Palmer,Carson
WR 2.06 Owens,Terrell QB 11.07 Leinart,Matt
QB 3.07 Palmer,Carson RB 1.07 Bush,Reggie
RB 4.06 Lynch,Marshawn RB 4.06 Lynch,Marshawn
TE 5.07 Gonzalez,Tony RB 8.06 Lewis,Jamal
WR 6.06 Edwards,Braylon RB 9.07 Taylor,Chester
WR 7.07 Jackson,Vincent RB 16.06 Peterson,Adrian
RB 8.06 Lewis,Jamal TE 5.07 Gonzalez,Tony
RB 9.07 Taylor,Chester WR 2.06 Owens,Terrell
WR 10.06 Battle,Arnaz WR 6.06 Edwards,Braylon
QB 11.07 Leinart,Matt WR 7.07 Jackson,Vincent
WR 12.06 Carter,Drew WR 10.06 Battle,Arnaz
PK 13.07 Graham,Shayne WR 12.06 Carter,Drew
Def 14.06 Vikings WR 15.07 Welker,Wes
WR 15.07 Welker,Wes WR 17.07 Hester,Devin
RB 16.06 Peterson,Adrian PK 13.07 Graham,Shayne
WR 17.07 Hester,Devin PK 18.06 Bironas,Rob
PK 18.06 Bironas,Rob Def 14.06 Vikings
Team #7 – Iceman
Michael Courter

Mike’s team has three things going for it: Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Tony Gonzalez.  The problem is, there isn’t much more to like.  While I’m a big Vincent Jackson fan, he’s not going to be a stud.  The running game will suffer as he’ll have to decide whom to start with Bush every week.  Lewis is a huge question mark and Lynch is a rookie, so tough call.  Edwards is solid I guess, but the QB situation there might hurt him, and even at full strength he’s not yet a stud, oh yes, did I mention he plays for Cleveland?  Gonzo’s not the force he once was, but will be serviceable.  It could be a long year unless some guys really outperform expectations.  If this were a dynasty or even a keeper league I’d love this team, as youth is definitely at a premium.  However, it’s a redraft league and not built for the now.  The flip side is if Jackson and Lynch really step up and have great season and Palmer and Owens perform at the top of their game, this could pick the team up and bring in some extra points. Finishing in the middle of the pack would be a nice year for the squad.  One note, I do like the late pick of Adrian Peterson from Chicago, as Benson could struggle and Peterson’s been known to have some good games.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.08 Parker,Willie QB 9.08 Rivers,Philip
RB 2.05 McGahee,Willis QB 14.05 Pennington,Chad
TE 3.08 Gates,Antonio RB 1.08 Parker,Willie
WR 4.05 Driver,Donald RB 2.05 McGahee,Willis
WR 5.08 Cotchery,Jerricho RB 6.05 Barber,Marion
RB 6.05 Barber,Marion RB 10.05 Droughns,Reuben
WR 7.08 Berrian,Bernard RB 11.08 Thomas,Anthony
WR 8.05 Stallworth,Donte' TE 3.08 Gates,Antonio
QB 9.08 Rivers,Philip TE 17.08 Scaife,Bo
RB 10.05 Droughns,Reuben WR 4.05 Driver,Donald
RB 11.08 Thomas,Anthony WR 5.08 Cotchery,Jerricho
WR 12.05 Booker,Marty WR 7.08 Berrian,Bernard
Def 13.08 Packers WR 8.05 Stallworth,Donte'
QB 14.05 Pennington,Chad WR 12.05 Booker,Marty
PK 15.08 Mare,Olindo PK 15.08 Mare,Olindo
PK 16.05 Elam,Jason PK 16.05 Elam,Jason
TE 17.08 Scaife,Bo Def 13.08 Packers
Def 18.05 Bills Def 18.05 Bills
Team #8 – VPs Vanquishing Victors
Tim Van Prooyen

Tim started his team out with the tried and true stud RB theory.  Less than half the teams in this league did likewise, and he ended up with two RB's that figure to get the lions share of carries for their respective teams with Parker and McGahee.  Opted to take Gates with the 3rd pick, and should dominate the TE position.
 
While I am in total disagreement with the stud RB theory in a large PPR league, this drafter made a nice recovery picking up the terminally undervalued Driver in the 4th, and Cotchery in the 5th.  Got Berrian and Stallworth in the 7th and 8th rounds and some combination of those two should provide an adequate 3rd WR.  Smartly waited on a QB until the 9th round and was still able to get Rivers.  This team may struggle with the WR position, having passed on the big name stud WR's but Gates should make up most of the difference between him and squads that took receivers earlier in the draft.  To me, this team's ability to compete in this league will come down to his first two picks.  If Parker and McGahee exceed expectations, this team definitely has a chance to compete.  But he needs both of his stud RB's to have a big year to make it happen.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.09 Westbrook,Brian QB 8.04 Young,Vince
WR 2.04 Harrison,Marvin QB 10.04 Favre,Brett
RB 3.09 Jacobs,Brandon RB 1.09 Westbrook,Brian
WR 4.04 Evans,Lee RB 3.09 Jacobs,Brandon
RB 5.09 Williams,Carnell RB 5.09 Williams,Carnell
TE 6.04 Davis,Vernon RB 11.09 Washington,Leon
WR 7.09 Jennings,Greg RB 16.04 Pittman,Michael
QB 8.04 Young,Vince TE 6.04 Davis,Vernon
WR 9.09 Furrey,Mike TE 15.09 Scheffler,Tony
QB 10.04 Favre,Brett WR 2.04 Harrison,Marvin
RB 11.09 Washington,Leon WR 4.04 Evans,Lee
Def 12.04 Jaguars WR 7.09 Jennings,Greg
WR 13.09 Williamson,Troy WR 9.09 Furrey,Mike
WR 14.04 Crayton,Patrick WR 13.09 Williamson,Troy
TE 15.09 Scheffler,Tony WR 14.04 Crayton,Patrick
RB 16.04 Pittman,Michael WR 17.09 Williams,Demetrius
WR 17.09 Williams,Demetrius PK 18.04 Gostkowski,St
PK 18.04 Gostkowski,St Def 12.04 Jaguars
Team #9 – Ratt's Exterminators
Kevin Ratterree

I really like the job Kevin did this year.  It’s amazing how many good fantasy players don’t understand their league’s rules.  Thehuddle.com Top Gun competition is a season long, team with the highest points total wins league.  This format, not my favorite by any means, puts a lot of emphasis on drafting your starting team and hitting a homerun with a player you find late in the draft.  If your team suffers a major injury to a key starter, there’s no opportunity to limp into the playoffs, you’re pretty much screwed. 

I like what Kevin did at quarterback with TEN Vince Young.  Young is certainly capable of putting up a monster season, and if Young does light the league on fire, drafting him in the eighth round is going to be a steal.  The same goes with NYG RB Brandon Jacobs and TBB RB Carnell Williams.  Jacobs replaces Tiki Barber and if he puts up Barber kinds of numbers this season, the Exterminator’s are looking good.  Williams had a monster rookie season and then circled the drain last year.  Obviously, Williams has shown he has the ability to perform like a number one runningback.  If he does, the Exterminators will be tough to beat.  At WR, Kevin has solid numbers one and two with IND Marvin Harrison and BUF Lee Evans.  Neither of these guys have a lot of upside, so Kevin spent two later picks on GB Greg Jennings and MIN Troy Williamson.  Both are very talented pass-catchers, but need polishing.  TE Vernon Davis is capable of a monster season, if he stays healthy. 

If the Exterminator’s have a weakness, it’s on team defense and kicker (Hey, but you can’t have everything, right?).  In this format, your starters are so valuable that taking a good kicker and a good defense that are going to produce 16 games for you as a starter is mathematically better than taking a fifth or six receiver that you hope (pray for no injuries or prison sentences) will start one or two games. 

I think Kevin did a great job with his draft.  With a little luck, the Exterminator’s will challenge for the title this season.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.10 Maroney,Laurence QB 8.03 Cutler,Jay
RB 2.03 Henry,Travis QB 15.10 Garcia,Jeff
WR 3.10 Houshmandzadeh QB 18.03 Culpepper,Daunte
WR 4.03 Walker,Javon RB 1.10 Maroney,Laurence
RB 5.10 Green,Ahman RB 2.03 Henry,Travis
WR 6.03 Galloway,Joey RB 5.10 Green,Ahman
TE 7.10 Cooley,Chris RB 12.03 Morris,Sammy
QB 8.03 Cutler,Jay RB 17.10 Buckhalter,Correll
TE 9.10 Crumpler,Alge TE 7.10 Cooley,Chris
Def 10.03 Chargers TE 9.10 Crumpler,Alge
PK 11.10 Vinatieri,Adam WR 3.10 Houshmandzadeh
RB 12.03 Morris,Sammy WR 4.03 Walker,Javon
WR 13.10 Wade,Bobby WR 6.03 Galloway,Joey
WR 14.03 Kennison,Eddie WR 13.10 Wade,Bobby
QB 15.10 Garcia,Jeff WR 14.03 Kennison,Eddie
Def 16.03 Eagles PK 11.10 Vinatieri,Adam
RB 17.10 Buckhalter,Correll Def 10.03 Chargers
QB 18.03 Culpepper,Daunte Def 16.03 Eagles
Team #10 – Just helping the sheep over the wall...
Fritz Schlottman

I was definitely kicking myself when I realized I had totally overlooked the San Diego defense and took Denver instead, so kudos to Fritz for seizing that opportunity. I’m usually not a fan of relying too much on one team, but I can’t argue with Fritz’ choices of Jay Cutler, Travis Henry and Javon Walker. I have a feeling Henry is going to be huge this season. Kudos also on the choices of Cooley at the TE slot and Vinatieri. He was a strong choice with the 11th pick. His Maroney/Henry backfield tandem looks very impressive, but depth is a serious issue. He had the chance of taking Marion Barber but chose Ahman Green instead. He may rue the day he made that move.

While his draft definitely had its high points, overall it doesn’t have a lot of “wow” factor other than at the running back slot. WRs Galloway, Houshmandzadeh and Walker won’t scare anyone in this league. Cutler has some upside, and Garcia is a potential sleeper, but again, they’re just “OK.” Culpepper will probably be a waste of a pick. But then again, he was Fritz’ last choice, so there wasn’t really any risk attached.

I don’t have any major criticisms of this draft, but at this early date I’ll put mine up against this any day. I’ll take Romo over Cutler, and Chad Johnson/Calvin Johnson/Randy Moss against his receiving corps. But I’ll give his running tandem the edge over my Rudi Johnson/Adrian Peterson duo.

It’s hard to hit a lot of home runs when you pick 10th in a 12-team league. But if he connects with his starting running backs, he’ll be in the mix all season.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.11 Johnson,Rudi QB 6.02 Romo,Tony
WR 2.02 Johnson,Chad QB 12.02 McNair,Steve
RB 3.11 Peterson,Adrian QB 13.11 Losman,J.P.
WR 4.02 Moss,Randy RB 1.11 Johnson,Rudi
WR 5.11 Johnson,Calvin RB 3.11 Peterson,Adrian
QB 6.02 Romo,Tony RB 9.11 Dunn,Warrick
TE 7.11 Witten,Jason RB 11.11 Brown,Chris
WR 8.02 Hagan,Derek RB 17.11 Crockett,Zack
RB 9.11 Dunn,Warrick TE 7.11 Witten,Jason
Def 10.02 Broncos TE 14.02 Clark,Desmond
RB 11.11 Brown,Chris WR 2.02 Johnson,Chad
QB 12.02 McNair,Steve WR 4.02 Moss,Randy
QB 13.11 Losman,J.P. WR 5.11 Johnson,Calvin
TE 14.02 Clark,Desmond WR 8.02 Hagan,Derek
WR 15.11 Moulds,Eric WR 15.11 Moulds,Eric
PK 16.02 Stover,Matt PK 16.02 Stover,Matt
RB 17.11 Crockett,Zack PK 18.02 Akers,David
PK 18.02 Akers,David Def 10.02 Broncos
Team #11 – The Boyter Brigade
Scott Boyter

Interesting start by taking two players from the Bengals though a very nice duo indeed. That forced him to get a RB with the 3.11 pick and went for the upside pick with Adrian Peterson (the rookie one that is). This draft came together very well for Boyter since he reached Randy Moss at the 4.02 and then, right before I was going to pick Calvin Johnson with the 5.12 he scooped me and took him. Tony Romo was still there for him at the 6.02 because I already had my QB so savvy move in stealing Calvin and still getting Romo.

Rounded out the team well with Witten, DEN defense and PK Stover but this team started ultra safe with Rudi Johnson and Chad Johnson and then took some big risk/big upside picks with Peterson, Moss, Johnson and Romo. Granted - it could all fall flat and not one would be completely shocked but by the same token there is some potential firepower here that could really make some noise in the league if at least most of it hits as well as it could. This would be an exciting team to follow and I think in the thick of the championship hunt. I personally didn't like many of the depth picks but there's no arguing what the starters might do this year.

By Round Final Roster
RB 1.12 Brown,Ronnie QB 4.01 Brady,Tom
WR 2.01 Smith,Steve QB 11.12 Roethlisberger,B
RB 3.12 McAllister,Deuce RB 1.12 Brown,Ronnie
QB 4.01 Brady,Tom RB 3.12 McAllister,Deuce
WR 5.12 Brown,Reggie RB 7.12 Jones,Kevin
WR 6.01 Holmes,Santonio RB 10.01 Morency,Vernand
RB 7.12 Jones,Kevin RB 15.12 Dayne,Ron
WR 8.01 Hackett,D.J. RB 16.01 Bennett,Michael
WR 9.12 Porter,Jerry TE 12.01 Miller,Heath
RB 10.01 Morency,Vernand TE 17.12 Martin,David
QB 11.12 Roethlisberger,B WR 2.01 Smith,Steve
TE 12.01 Miller,Heath WR 5.12 Brown,Reggie
Def 13.12 Dolphins WR 6.01 Holmes,Santonio
PK 14.01 Rackers,Neil WR 8.01 Hackett,D.J.
RB 15.12 Dayne,Ron WR 9.12 Porter,Jerry
RB 16.01 Bennett,Michael WR 18.01 White,Roddy
TE 17.12 Martin,David PK 14.01 Rackers,Neil
WR 18.01 White,Roddy Def 13.12 Dolphins
Team #12 – Dorey's Deguello
David Dorey

Starting in the 12 hole is always challenging, but Mr. Dorey began with a bang. Ronnie Brown looks like great already, and Steve Smith should be the top scoring WR in the game. Deuce in round 3 was a bit of a reach, but at pick 36, probably wasn't that bad. Brady in round 4 was a solid pick, and gives Team Deguello a quality start to his draft. Picks 5-7 are all risk - reward type of players. Reggie Brown has yet to do much at this level. Is this his break out year? Santonio Holmes has the potential to be the Steelers #1 wide out, but will he take over that spot from Hines Ward this yr? Kevin Jones isn't 100%, and could be placed on the PUP list and miss the first 6 games of the season. But if he was healthy, he would have gone about the same spot Deuce went in round 3. DJ Hackett has break out player written all over him. This was a great value pick, at 8.1. Picks 9 and 10 are upside players in WR Jerry Porter, and RB Vernand Morency.

David waited until round 12 to finally secure a TE, but he came away with Heath Miller, not bad. The Dolphins D in round 13, should be better with the addition of Joey Porter rushing the edge, opposite Jason Taylor. Neil Rackers was the top scoring PK in 2005, and should have the opportunities to duplicate that feat again. David Martin could be the steal of the draft in round 17. Cam Cameron the new Dolphins coach loves to throw to the TE, and he hand picked David Martin to be the Dolphins version of Antonio Gates.

Overall this is a solid squad, but will need to catch lightning in a bottle with some of those high upside picks in the middle rounds, to walk away with this title.

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