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2010 Fantasy Football Hardware and a Final Recap of BFL2010

December 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

When the final seconds ticked off the clock in Philadelphia last night, the majority of fantasy football leagues ended. (And if your league didn’t end, and you take Week 17 seriously, remind me never to join your league…because that’s ludicrious.) Across the nation champions were crowned, runners-up were left to wallow in their disappointment, and those who didn’t even make the playoffs were left to wonder what might have been.

As you know, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of participating in the 2010 edition of P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League*. Even though my team fell well short of expectations (thanks Brandon Marshall and Sidney Rice!), it was a wonderful experience that I hope to be fortunate enough to one day have again. To the fine and friendly folks at P&G and the NFL who made this great experience possible, thank you. This was the most enjoyable fantasy football experience I’ve ever had.

Note: make sure that you take advantage of the last week of the Text It To the House contest. It’s easy to enter, fun to track, and the prize is tickets to the Super Bowl. What are you waiting for?

The league began with a memorable trip to New York to conduct our draft in the NFL boardroom, and it culminated last night with a victory for @dinabanina and Fresh 2 Death, the team managed by National Football Post. Finishing second was our good buddy Phil from Team Gunaxin, who was hoping Michael Vick had one more 40+ point game in him heading into Tuesday night. Alas, Vick could only muster 20.82 points, which was not nearly enough to compensate for uncharacteristically off weeks from MegaTron, Marques Colston, and Deion Branch.

The other area that decided the 91.44-72.42 outcome was on defense. Team Gunaxin put faith in the awful Dallas Cowboys defense, which inexplicably has two Pro Bowl starters despite already setting a team record for points allowed in a season through 15 games, while Fresh 2 Death trusted the young but improving New England Patriots. The Cowboys were actually a somewhat defensible pick because they were facing Arizona and John Skelton, but they mustered just two fantasy points. The Patriots, on the other hand, racked up 23 points by holding Buffalo to three points and forcing 7 turnovers. That 21-point swing on defense was the difference.

My congratulations to Fresh 2 Death and Team Gunaxin for great seasons. Both were deserving of their spots in the playoffs and owe no one any apologies for making it to the title round. Team Gunaxin had the highest point total overall while Fresh 2 Death finished third in overall points and had the best record. On the other hand, DVOA vs GERD (managed by the great Aaron Schatz from the peerless Football Outsiders) and its second-best point total was robbed by going just 7-7 and not making the playoffs while DayQuil Fighter Of The NyQuil (managed by @Punte of With Leather) made the playoffs with the league’s second-lowest overall point total. That’s messed up…but that’s fantasy.

In every league I’ve ever been in, there always seems to be one team that gets the breaks – such as DayQuil having the lowest points against in the league – and one team that gets screwed with injuries, bad matchups, and/or bad timing. Such is the frustrating reality of this silly game we all spend so much time on, care so much about, and have so little control over.

With the 2010 fantasy football season now effectively over, save for a few stragglers who can ask their Week 17 start em, sit em questions here, let’s hand out some hardware and recognize the best of the best from the 2010 fantasy football season.

2010 Fantasy Football MVP: Michael Vick, QB, Eagles

Obviously Michael Vick’s uneven “real” performance last night against Minnesota probably gave the real NFL MVP award to Tom Brady, but Vick is the clear MVP in fantasy football. Phil and Team Gunaxin deserve a lot of credit for pouncing on Vick early and riding him all the way to the championship round.

fantasy-football-2010-season-recapNow, before you say that Vick choked in the championship, remember that he still scored around 20 points (depending on scoring system) for his owners last night, and this came on the heels of his explosion in Week 15. So he came through during the biggest weeks of the season. Additionally, a player’s worth in fantasy football is all about value. If Vick had been a first round pick this year, he would not be so clearly more valuable than other QBs like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. However, because Vick was a waiver wire pickup in almost every league, his value when judged against his cost of acquisition might be the highest in fantasy football history.

The runner-up to Vick in the fantasy football MVP race is Arian Foster, another player who was a waiver wire pickup or mid- to later-round draft pick in many leagues. During the preseason, as the season drew closer and leagues drafted, Foster’s draft position increased due to injuries in the Texans’ backfield. Still, it was a highly speculative pick as Foster had never been a full-time back before. He responded by scoring the second-most fantasy points after Vick, and actually was more valuable in comparison to others at his position than Vick was. Aaron Schatz deserves huge props for nabbing Foster in the 6th round of the BFL2010 draft when his value was still so unproven. That’s the kind of foresight you get when you read Football Outsiders.

Here are the two things that separate Vick from Foster in my eyes:

  1. Week 15 is the semifinal round of the playoffs in most leagues. Foster produced a dud against Tennessee with just 61 total yards and no touchdowns. Vick, on the other hand, accounted for 372 total yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ thrilling comeback over New York. I bet most Vick owners who were in the playoffs won their Week 15 matchups because of VIck.
  2. Vick also came through in primetime throughout the season. I don’t know about you, but when all else is equal I try to play guys who are in the Sunday night or Monday night games. That way, no matter how Sunday afternoon shakes out I still have a chance. For me, it adds a little more enjoyment to the fantasy football experience. Vick had some of his best performances in primetime this year, including his mind-blowing performance against Washington that brought many owners back from seemingly insurmountable leads. Those kinds of memorable moments make you the MVP.

2010 All Fantasy Team

  • QB – Michael Vick, Eagles (Team Gunaxin)
  • RB – Arian Foster, Texans (DVOA vs GERD)
  • RB – Adrian Peterson, Vikings (Midwest Sports Fans)
  • WR – Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (Fuzzy Gullets)
  • WR – Roddy White, Falcons (Press Coverage)
  • Flex – Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (Fresh 2 Death)
  • TE – Jason Witten, Cowboys (Team Gunaxin)
  • K – David Akers, Eagles (Fuzzy Gullets)
  • Defense – Pittsburgh Steelers (Press Coverage)

Vick and Foster are obvious choices.

fantasy-football-recap-mvp-2010-adrian-petersonI struggled putting Peterson at one of the RB spots because of the late season injury that made him worthless in weeks 14 and 15, but his rebound last night, plus his consistent excellence during the first 13 weeks of the season were too much to ignore, especially when the alternatives were inconsistent guys like Darren McFadden and LeSean McCoy.

At WR, Dwayne Bowe was an easy choice. Despite his late season struggles, he had a great Week 16 for owners who rode him during the regular season. Plus, his overall numbers are outstanding. Roddy White beats out guys like Brandon Lloyd and Calvin Johnson because of his consistency and because he was better that the other guys in Weeks 15 and 16.

At flex, Jamaal Charles was the choice because he produced well for most of the year and then exploded in Weeks 15 and 16, finally getting into the end zone with regularity. Fresh 2 Death won the championship because of Charles.

Witten is the easy choice at TE as the most consistently good option in a position that was defined by inconsistency and injury this year.

David Akers wins out over Sebastian Janikowski at kicker for the same reason: week to week consistency.

On defense, the Steelers are the choice because they registered double-digit days in four of the final six weeks of the season and ended up #1 in overall fantasy points by defenses.

You’ll notice one key theme through all my picks: consistency. There is nothing more valuable in fantasy football than consistency. Lineup decisions are hard, and players who you know you can count on week in and week out are hard to find. The guys on the All Fantasy Team above combined consistency with excellence more than any others.

If you disagree with my choices, please post yours below. I imagine we will be able to have some lively debates on this topic.

2010 Fantasy Football LVP: Randy Moss, Patriots/Vikings/Titans

Here is the most amazing single fact about BFL2010: Fresh 2 Death, the team that ultimately won the championship, picked Randy Moss in the first round (pick 10). Let that sink in. How often can you blow your first round pick in such a spectacular way and still compete for and win a championship?

I’m not sure I really need to expound on why Moss is the least valuable player in fantasy football this year. He wasn’t injured, yet he caught just 27 passes for 375 yard and five TDs. From Week 14-16 he did not catch one pass. Most owners had to spend a 1st or a 2nd round pick to get him, and received little in return. And most, I bet, were not able to overcome it like Fresh 2 Death was.

The runner-up has to be Ryan Mathews, who went in the 2nd round in most leagues. I preached all preseason that Mathews was being terribly overvalued because he was still an unproven rookie, and my fears about him proved true. Other names that could be included here: Shonn Greene; DeAngelo Williams; Beanie Wells.

2010 All Underrated Team

These guys where consistently good performers on a weekly basis who, even up until Week 16, I was getting asked start/sit questions about. Make sure that as you look forward to 2010 you keep these players in mind. All proved their worth with consistently good seasons this year.

  • QB – Josh Freeman, Bucs
  • RB – Matt Forte, Bears
  • RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots
  • WR – Mike Wallace, Steelers
  • WR – Stevie Johnson, Bills
  • Flex – Darren McFadden, Raiders
  • TE – Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
  • K – Dan Carpenter, Dolphins
  • Defense – Detroit Lions

fantasy-football-2010-recap-underrated-josh-freemanMatt Cassel is another name that I easily could have included at QB. Raise your hand if you had Cassel and Freeman as top 10 QBs this year. No hands raised…I didn’t think so.

Forte rebounded from his sophomore slump to be a great value in 2010. Green-Ellis came out of nowhere to be one of the most consistent touchdown producers in the league. I chose McFadden as the flex because what he lacks in consistency and health, he more than makes up for in sheer explosiveness. McFadden single-handedly won at least two matchups for his owners this year, finally becoming the player we thought he’d be coming out of college. He’s always a risk, but the reward is finally starting to make it worthwhile.

Did you know that both Wallace and Johnson were top 10 receivers this year? Wallace definitely made the jump from risky play to weekly start and should be drafted as a #1 WR next year. Stevie J made plenty of headlines for his untimely overtime drop, but that should not mask the fact that he had over 1,000 yards and scored 10 TDs.

Marcedes Lewis finally made the leap from mercurial talent to consistent producer, notching 9 touchdowns this season and providing stability at an unstable position.

Dan Carpenter can be hit or miss, but his good weeks are really good. I don’t see the Dolphins’ offense becoming appreciably better in 2011, which means plenty more long field goal attempts for Carpenter.

The Lions Defense is one of the up-and-coming units to keep an eye on. With Ndamukong Suh creating all kinds of havoc in the trenches, and the overall talented improving elsewhere, this defense could take a step into fantasy elite status next year.

The Hindsight is 20/20 Best & Worst Draft Pick for Each BFL2010 Owner

With the benefit of 16 weeks worth of hindsight, let’s go all the way back to that incredible morning in the NFL boardroom and highlight the best and worst pick for each BFL2010 owner.

I won’t be including players who were injured in the worst picks, because that’s just unfair. Rather, I’ll try to think back to what we knew on draft day and then assess how picks matched the generally expected values, with my own subjective biases obviously factored in.

Additionally, I encourage you to check out the websites of the other BFL2010 owners, all whom you should be reading and following on Twitter if you are not already.

Press Coverage

DayQuil Fighter of the NyQuil

  • Owner – Josh Zerkle of With Leather
  • Draft Position: 5/20
  • Best Pick: Santonio Holmes, round 10
  • Worst Pick: CJ Spiller, round 4

Sweaty Ditkas

  • Owner – Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan
  • Draft Position: 12/13
  • Best Pick: Jason Witten, round 6
  • Worst Pick: Jahvid Best, round 3

Team Gunaxin

  • Owner – Phil Van der Vossen of Gunaxin
  • Draft Position: 9/16
  • Best Pick: Darren McFadden, round 10
  • Worst Pick: Donald Brown, round 8

Febreze Freshness

  • Owner – Kyle Bunch of The Daily Bunch
  • Draft Position: 6/19
  • Best Pick: Green Bay Packers D, round 13
  • Worst Pick: Justin Forsett, round 5

Fresh 2 Death

99-Rated Swagger

  • Owner – Dan Shanoff 0f DanShanoff.com
  • Draft Position: 1/24
  • Best Pick: Tom Brady, round 2
  • Worst Pick: Michael Crabtree, round 5

DVOA vs GERD

  • Owner – Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders
  • Draft Position: 11/14
  • Best Pick: Arian Foster, round 6 and Mike Williams, round 11
  • Worst Pick: Donovan McNabb, round 7

For a Better Looking Tomorrow

Midwest Sports Fans

Fuzzy Gullets

  • Owner – Will Brinson of CBS Sports
  • Draft Position: 2/23
  • Best Pick: Dwayne Bowe, round 5 and Matt Cassel, round 11
  • Worst Pick: Beanie Wells, round 2 and Jerome Harrison, round 7

What Would Revis Do

  • Owner – Brian Bassett of The Jets Blog
  • Draft Position: 7/18
  • Best Pick: Marques Colston, round 4…except that he later dropped him
  • Worst Pick: Shonn Greene, round 2 and the Jets D, round 7

If you have any 2010 hardware that you’d like to hand out, the comment section is yours. I’ll be especially interested to hear if anyone can argue with Vick as the fantasy football MVP. To me it’s clear, but I’m sure there will be some dissenting opinions out there somewhere.

Finally, I just want to reiterate my appreciation to P&G for making the 2010 Blogger Fantasy Football League possible, and for giving me the chance to send so many of our loyal readers the useful gift packs filled with P&G goodies. I wish I’d fielded a better team so I could have had a better shot at the Super Bowl tickets, but it just wasn’t meant to be. What was meant to be was a terrific experience with a bunch of my fellow bloggers that I will always remember. Thank you P&G, and again congrats to Team Fresh 2 Death, a most worthy champion.

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* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.

Email the author of this post: jerod@midwestsportsfans.com

2010 Fantasy Football Hardware and a Final Recap of BFL2010

December 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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When the final seconds ticked off the clock in Philadelphia last night, the majority of fantasy football leagues ended. (And if your league didn’t end, and you take Week 17 seriously, remind me never to join your league…because that’s ludicrious.) Across the nation champions were crowned, runners-up were left to wallow in their disappointment, and those who didn’t even make the playoffs were left to wonder what might have been.

As you know, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of participating in the 2010 edition of P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League*. Even though my team fell well short of expectations (thanks Brandon Marshall and Sidney Rice!), it was a wonderful experience that I hope to be fortunate enough to one day have again. To the fine and friendly folks at P&G and the NFL who made this great experience possible, thank you. This was the most enjoyable fantasy football experience I’ve ever had.

Note: make sure that you take advantage of the last week of the Text It To the House contest. It’s easy to enter, fun to track, and the prize is tickets to the Super Bowl. What are you waiting for?

The league began with a memorable trip to New York to conduct our draft in the NFL boardroom, and it culminated last night with a victory for @dinabanina and Fresh 2 Death, the team managed by National Football Post. Finishing second was our good buddy Phil from Team Gunaxin, who was hoping Michael Vick had one more 40+ point game in him heading into Tuesday night. Alas, Vick could only muster 20.82 points, which was not nearly enough to compensate for uncharacteristically off weeks from MegaTron, Marques Colston, and Deion Branch.

The other area that decided the 91.44-72.42 outcome was on defense. Team Gunaxin put faith in the awful Dallas Cowboys defense, which inexplicably has two Pro Bowl starters despite already setting a team record for points allowed in a season through 15 games, while Fresh 2 Death trusted the young but improving New England Patriots. The Cowboys were actually a somewhat defensible pick because they were facing Arizona and John Skelton, but they mustered just two fantasy points. The Patriots, on the other hand, racked up 23 points by holding Buffalo to three points and forcing 7 turnovers. That 21-point swing on defense was the difference.

My congratulations to Fresh 2 Death and Team Gunaxin for great seasons. Both were deserving of their spots in the playoffs and owe no one any apologies for making it to the title round. Team Gunaxin had the highest point total overall while Fresh 2 Death finished third in overall points and had the best record. On the other hand, DVOA vs GERD (managed by the great Aaron Schatz from the peerless Football Outsiders) and its second-best point total was robbed by going just 7-7 and not making the playoffs while DayQuil Fighter Of The NyQuil (managed by @Punte of With Leather) made the playoffs with the league’s second-lowest overall point total. That’s messed up…but that’s fantasy.

In every league I’ve ever been in, there always seems to be one team that gets the breaks – such as DayQuil having the lowest points against in the league – and one team that gets screwed with injuries, bad matchups, and/or bad timing. Such is the frustrating reality of this silly game we all spend so much time on, care so much about, and have so little control over.

With the 2010 fantasy football season now effectively over, save for a few stragglers who can ask their Week 17 start em, sit em questions here, let’s hand out some hardware and recognize the best of the best from the 2010 fantasy football season.

2010 Fantasy Football MVP: Michael Vick, QB, Eagles

Obviously Michael Vick’s uneven “real” performance last night against Minnesota probably gave the real NFL MVP award to Tom Brady, but Vick is the clear MVP in fantasy football. Phil and Team Gunaxin deserve a lot of credit for pouncing on Vick early and riding him all the way to the championship round.

fantasy-football-2010-season-recapNow, before you say that Vick choked in the championship, remember that he still scored around 20 points (depending on scoring system) for his owners last night, and this came on the heels of his explosion in Week 15. So he came through during the biggest weeks of the season. Additionally, a player’s worth in fantasy football is all about value. If Vick had been a first round pick this year, he would not be so clearly more valuable than other QBs like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. However, because Vick was a waiver wire pickup in almost every league, his value when judged against his cost of acquisition might be the highest in fantasy football history.

The runner-up to Vick in the fantasy football MVP race is Arian Foster, another player who was a waiver wire pickup or mid- to later-round draft pick in many leagues. During the preseason, as the season drew closer and leagues drafted, Foster’s draft position increased due to injuries in the Texans’ backfield. Still, it was a highly speculative pick as Foster had never been a full-time back before. He responded by scoring the second-most fantasy points after Vick, and actually was more valuable in comparison to others at his position than Vick was. Aaron Schatz deserves huge props for nabbing Foster in the 6th round of the BFL2010 draft when his value was still so unproven. That’s the kind of foresight you get when you read Football Outsiders.

Here are the two things that separate Vick from Foster in my eyes:

  1. Week 15 is the semifinal round of the playoffs in most leagues. Foster produced a dud against Tennessee with just 61 total yards and no touchdowns. Vick, on the other hand, accounted for 372 total yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ thrilling comeback over New York. I bet most Vick owners who were in the playoffs won their Week 15 matchups because of VIck.
  2. Vick also came through in primetime throughout the season. I don’t know about you, but when all else is equal I try to play guys who are in the Sunday night or Monday night games. That way, no matter how Sunday afternoon shakes out I still have a chance. For me, it adds a little more enjoyment to the fantasy football experience. Vick had some of his best performances in primetime this year, including his mind-blowing performance against Washington that brought many owners back from seemingly insurmountable leads. Those kinds of memorable moments make you the MVP.

2010 All Fantasy Team

  • QB – Michael Vick, Eagles (Team Gunaxin)
  • RB – Arian Foster, Texans (DVOA vs GERD)
  • RB – Adrian Peterson, Vikings (Midwest Sports Fans)
  • WR – Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (Fuzzy Gullets)
  • WR – Roddy White, Falcons (Press Coverage)
  • Flex – Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (Fresh 2 Death)
  • TE – Jason Witten, Cowboys (Team Gunaxin)
  • K – David Akers, Eagles (Fuzzy Gullets)
  • Defense – Pittsburgh Steelers (Press Coverage)

Vick and Foster are obvious choices.

fantasy-football-recap-mvp-2010-adrian-petersonI struggled putting Peterson at one of the RB spots because of the late season injury that made him worthless in weeks 14 and 15, but his rebound last night, plus his consistent excellence during the first 13 weeks of the season were too much to ignore, especially when the alternatives were inconsistent guys like Darren McFadden and LeSean McCoy.

At WR, Dwayne Bowe was an easy choice. Despite his late season struggles, he had a great Week 16 for owners who rode him during the regular season. Plus, his overall numbers are outstanding. Roddy White beats out guys like Brandon Lloyd and Calvin Johnson because of his consistency and because he was better that the other guys in Weeks 15 and 16.

At flex, Jamaal Charles was the choice because he produced well for most of the year and then exploded in Weeks 15 and 16, finally getting into the end zone with regularity. Fresh 2 Death won the championship because of Charles.

Witten is the easy choice at TE as the most consistently good option in a position that was defined by inconsistency and injury this year.

David Akers wins out over Sebastian Janikowski at kicker for the same reason: week to week consistency.

On defense, the Steelers are the choice because they registered double-digit days in four of the final six weeks of the season and ended up #1 in overall fantasy points by defenses.

You’ll notice one key theme through all my picks: consistency. There is nothing more valuable in fantasy football than consistency. Lineup decisions are hard, and players who you know you can count on week in and week out are hard to find. The guys on the All Fantasy Team above combined consistency with excellence more than any others.

If you disagree with my choices, please post yours below. I imagine we will be able to have some lively debates on this topic.

2010 Fantasy Football LVP: Randy Moss, Patriots/Vikings/Titans

Here is the most amazing single fact about BFL2010: Fresh 2 Death, the team that ultimately won the championship, picked Randy Moss in the first round (pick 10). Let that sink in. How often can you blow your first round pick in such a spectacular way and still compete for and win a championship?

I’m not sure I really need to expound on why Moss is the least valuable player in fantasy football this year. He wasn’t injured, yet he caught just 27 passes for 375 yard and five TDs. From Week 14-16 he did not catch one pass. Most owners had to spend a 1st or a 2nd round pick to get him, and received little in return. And most, I bet, were not able to overcome it like Fresh 2 Death was.

The runner-up has to be Ryan Mathews, who went in the 2nd round in most leagues. I preached all preseason that Mathews was being terribly overvalued because he was still an unproven rookie, and my fears about him proved true. Other names that could be included here: Shonn Greene; DeAngelo Williams; Beanie Wells.

2010 All Underrated Team

These guys where consistently good performers on a weekly basis who, even up until Week 16, I was getting asked start/sit questions about. Make sure that as you look forward to 2010 you keep these players in mind. All proved their worth with consistently good seasons this year.

  • QB – Josh Freeman, Bucs
  • RB – Matt Forte, Bears
  • RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots
  • WR – Mike Wallace, Steelers
  • WR – Stevie Johnson, Bills
  • Flex – Darren McFadden, Raiders
  • TE – Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
  • K – Dan Carpenter, Dolphins
  • Defense – Detroit Lions

fantasy-football-2010-recap-underrated-josh-freemanMatt Cassel is another name that I easily could have included at QB. Raise your hand if you had Cassel and Freeman as top 10 QBs this year. No hands raised…I didn’t think so.

Forte rebounded from his sophomore slump to be a great value in 2010. Green-Ellis came out of nowhere to be one of the most consistent touchdown producers in the league. I chose McFadden as the flex because what he lacks in consistency and health, he more than makes up for in sheer explosiveness. McFadden single-handedly won at least two matchups for his owners this year, finally becoming the player we thought he’d be coming out of college. He’s always a risk, but the reward is finally starting to make it worthwhile.

Did you know that both Wallace and Johnson were top 10 receivers this year? Wallace definitely made the jump from risky play to weekly start and should be drafted as a #1 WR next year. Stevie J made plenty of headlines for his untimely overtime drop, but that should not mask the fact that he had over 1,000 yards and scored 10 TDs.

Marcedes Lewis finally made the leap from mercurial talent to consistent producer, notching 9 touchdowns this season and providing stability at an unstable position.

Dan Carpenter can be hit or miss, but his good weeks are really good. I don’t see the Dolphins’ offense becoming appreciably better in 2011, which means plenty more long field goal attempts for Carpenter.

The Lions Defense is one of the up-and-coming units to keep an eye on. With Ndamukong Suh creating all kinds of havoc in the trenches, and the overall talented improving elsewhere, this defense could take a step into fantasy elite status next year.

The Hindsight is 20/20 Best & Worst Draft Pick for Each BFL2010 Owner

With the benefit of 16 weeks worth of hindsight, let’s go all the way back to that incredible morning in the NFL boardroom and highlight the best and worst pick for each BFL2010 owner.

I won’t be including players who were injured in the worst picks, because that’s just unfair. Rather, I’ll try to think back to what we knew on draft day and then assess how picks matched the generally expected values, with my own subjective biases obviously factored in.

Additionally, I encourage you to check out the websites of the other BFL2010 owners, all whom you should be reading and following on Twitter if you are not already.

Press Coverage

DayQuil Fighter of the NyQuil

  • Owner – Josh Zerkle of With Leather
  • Draft Position: 5/20
  • Best Pick: Santonio Holmes, round 10
  • Worst Pick: CJ Spiller, round 4

Sweaty Ditkas

  • Owner – Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan
  • Draft Position: 12/13
  • Best Pick: Jason Witten, round 6
  • Worst Pick: Jahvid Best, round 3

Team Gunaxin

  • Owner – Phil Van der Vossen of Gunaxin
  • Draft Position: 9/16
  • Best Pick: Darren McFadden, round 10
  • Worst Pick: Donald Brown, round 8

Febreze Freshness

  • Owner – Kyle Bunch of The Daily Bunch
  • Draft Position: 6/19
  • Best Pick: Green Bay Packers D, round 13
  • Worst Pick: Justin Forsett, round 5

Fresh 2 Death

99-Rated Swagger

  • Owner – Dan Shanoff 0f DanShanoff.com
  • Draft Position: 1/24
  • Best Pick: Tom Brady, round 2
  • Worst Pick: Michael Crabtree, round 5

DVOA vs GERD

  • Owner – Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders
  • Draft Position: 11/14
  • Best Pick: Arian Foster, round 6 and Mike Williams, round 11
  • Worst Pick: Donovan McNabb, round 7

For a Better Looking Tomorrow

Midwest Sports Fans

Fuzzy Gullets

  • Owner – Will Brinson of CBS Sports
  • Draft Position: 2/23
  • Best Pick: Dwayne Bowe, round 5 and Matt Cassel, round 11
  • Worst Pick: Beanie Wells, round 2 and Jerome Harrison, round 7

What Would Revis Do

  • Owner – Brian Bassett of The Jets Blog
  • Draft Position: 7/18
  • Best Pick: Marques Colston, round 4…except that he later dropped him
  • Worst Pick: Shonn Greene, round 2 and the Jets D, round 7

If you have any 2010 hardware that you’d like to hand out, the comment section is yours. I’ll be especially interested to hear if anyone can argue with Vick as the fantasy football MVP. To me it’s clear, but I’m sure there will be some dissenting opinions out there somewhere.

Finally, I just want to reiterate my appreciation to P&G for making the 2010 Blogger Fantasy Football League possible, and for giving me the chance to send so many of our loyal readers the useful gift packs filled with P&G goodies. I wish I’d fielded a better team so I could have had a better shot at the Super Bowl tickets, but it just wasn’t meant to be. What was meant to be was a terrific experience with a bunch of my fellow bloggers that I will always remember. Thank you P&G, and again congrats to Team Fresh 2 Death, a most worthy champion.

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fantasy football week 9 start em sit em projections, roster advice

* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.

Help me set my Week 14 lineups!

December 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Friends, you have helped me out a great deal over the last two weeks. You’ve provided sage advice, some of which I took and some of which I should have taken but did not, and helped to guide my team in the P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League* to the cusp of the playoffs.

And now it all comes down to this week.

I need to beat Team Gunaxin and then get a little bit help and I will make the playoffs. Our friend Dan Levy broke down the playoff scenarios here if you’re interested, but none of it matters if I don’t win, which will be a tremendous challenge because Team Gunaxin has an excellent roster and a bunch of red hot players.

I’ll show you my lineup as it sits right now, and then break down the position decisions one-by-one so you can vote and help me decide. (As always, the most thoughtful and well-reasoned responses will get P&G Gift Bags sent to them as a token of my appreciation for your efforts.)

Here is the matchup.

In case you don’t feel like clicking and checking out the nice NFL.com fantasy interface and GameCenter section (I really do like it), my lineup right now is as follows:

  • QB Eli Manning (at MIN)
  • RB Adrian Peterson (v NYG)
  • RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at CHI)
  • WR Mike Wallace (v CIN)
  • WR Sidney Rice (v NYG)
  • WR Earl Bennett (v NE)
  • TE Vernon Davis (v SEA)
  • K Dan Capenter (at NYJ)
  • D Oakland (at JAX)

Here is what I’m up against. It’s tough:

  • QB Michael Vick (at DAL)
  • RB Steven Jackson (at NO)
  • RB Darren McFadden (at JAX)
  • WR Calvin Johnson (v GB)
  • WR Marques Colston (v STL)
  • WR Deion Branch (at CHI)
  • TE Jason Witten (v PHI)
  • K Garrett Hartley (v STL)
  • D Cleveland (at BUF)

Going matchup-by-matchup off the top of my head, he wins most of them. But as I was reminded Monday night, when I somehow held on for a two point win despite my opponent having five guys playing and needing just 25 points, anything can and does happen. I know this: I’ll leave no stone unturned in my efforts to put the best lineup possible out there this week.

So here are the questions I pose to you, my astute readers. Please vote and then use the comment section to explain yourself.

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Thanks for the help everyone! Let’s hope we can do this again next week.

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Lineup Advice…for me! (with a possible prize for you…)

December 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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First off, I want to thank everyone who chimed in with their advice for my Week 12 lineup in the P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League. I know that we’re fairly new, fairly small website, but you all are the best fantasy football readers out there. Your informed and cogent responses were proof of that, and I appreciate the time you took to help me.

Unfortunately, I failed.

As you might have already seen if you read the Week 13 start em, sit em post or the Week 13 waiver wire sleepers post, I lost in Week 12 by a mere three points. The worst part is that the victory was sitting on my bench. I waffled on the Kevin Boss/Vernon Davis decision until kickoff Sunday. I chose Davis, and I paid the price.

So with two weeks left before the playoffs begin, here is how things stand right now in the Procter Division, where I have to finish in the top two to make the playoffs:

  1. Fresh 2 Death 9-3 (my week 12 opponent)
  2. DayQuil Fighter of the NyQuil 8-4 (has only 942 points on the season
  3. Team Gunaxin 6-6 (1,138.12 points)
  4. Midwest Sports Fans 6-6 (1,120.16 points)

I am not yet mathematically eliminated, but I’m barely hanging by a thread.

This week I play a 4-8 team that is loaded with Jets, so I’ll have no idea about my chances to win until late Monday night. However, should I win and DayQuil lose, I play Team Gunaxin in Week 14. That would be a must win game, and I’d still need DayQuil to lose for the second straight week, but at least I’d have one part of it in my own hands.

It’s a safe bet that I’ll have more overall points than DayQuil, so that tie-breaker (at least, I assume that’s the tie-breaker, as the league settings page does not say) would go to me.

So, is me making the playoffs likely? No, not all. The slim chances I have remaining to complete my quest for the title and the two Super Bowl tickets could very well end this week.

But hey, a chance is a chance, and I’ll keep fighting and putting the best lineup out there until there are no more games on the schedule.

Okay, so now that you know what we’re dealing with, I need your help with the questions below. And yes, several winners will be chosen for free P&G gift bags, as were several people from last week who I already notified. Make sure you use a valid email address when submitting your comment so I can contact you for your address!

Take note that I’ve made some roster moves since last week. To view my current roster, and to check out the pretty slick NFL.com fantasy football setup, which I’ve greatly enjoyed by the way, click here.

Here is a quick breakdown:

  • QBs: Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • RBs: Adrian Peterson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Fred Jackson, Mike Goodson, Toby Gerhart
  • WRs: Mike Wallace, Sidney Rice, Brandon Marshall, Jason Avant
  • TEs: Vernon Davis, Kevin Boss
  • K: Dan Carpenter
  • D: San Diego

I’m starting Carpenter and the Chargers D (against Oakland) for sure. Here are my questions for you:

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As always, your input is greatly appreciated and I will weigh it heavily when making my final roster calls, as I did last week. Now let’s just hope that I have a reason to write this post again next week!

And one more thing before I go: you know that P&G mobile fantasy game I’ve mentioned a couple of times? It turns out very few people can guess which NFL players will have the longest plays from the line of scrimmage in a given week. My insiders at P&G let me know they’ve had only a small number of winners…which means you have a legitimate chance of winning a trip to the Super Bowl if you can guess some players.

I’ll stop short of saying you’re guaranteed to go to Dallas if you guess 5 correct any given week, but let’s just say it will most likely happen. Check it out on the “Fantasy” tab at www.Facebook.com/TakeItToTheHouse. Picks need to be in one hour before the first game of the week on Thursday.

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* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.

Fantasy Football Week 12 Lineup Advice…for me! (with a possible prize for you…)

November 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Friends, I have done my absolute best all season long to provide you with the most accurate fantasy football advice that I possibly can. Already this week I’ve pored over stats and schedules and matchups and trends to give you start/sit advice, waiver wire sleepers, and player rankings for Week 12. This occurs every week, and for the most part I think I’ve steered you in the right direction more often than not.

And all the while I’ve asked for nothing.

Oh sure, I ask for feedback from time to time, but really that’s it. Today, however, that changes. Today, I go to the bank of fantasy football goodwill and make a withdrawal.

I am requesting, actually more like demanding, your help in crowdsourcing my Week 12 lineup in the P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League*. You’ve heard me talk about it all season, and now it’s your chance to return the favor I’ve been providing for you…as well as possibly win something in the process!

So here’s the deal: I’m going to pose all my pressing Week 12 questions to you. I cannot promise that I’ll use the crowdsourced picks – after all I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t take the advice I always give to you, which is to remember that the team is yours and the decision is yours – but I will definitely weigh the opinions and advice I receive heavily. Because honestly, I’m torn on what to do at a few spots.

Those of you who just want to chime in with a poll vote, thank you. I appreciate it. For those who go the extra mile and actually type out the reasoning for their picks, a little something extra is possible.

I just received a new shipment of P&G gift bags (which include a random assortment of all kinds of fun P&G products) and I’m going to select several commenters to receive them (shipping on the house!). The most well thought-out and reasoned responses will be the winners. (Note: make sure you use your accurate email address when you comment so I can contact you if you win.)

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

First off, here are the standings so you can see just how important this week is:

As fate would have it, I am played Fresh to Death this week (coached by the lovely Diana Klockova), in an absolute must-win for me. There are only three weeks left and I am two games behind them and one out of second, which means I’m currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

While the team above me (managed by our good friend PUNTE) in the standings is where it is because of blind luck (I’ve scored 200 more points!) I don’t want to have to rely on other people losing for me to make the postseason.

Now here is the matchup with the players currently slotted to start for each team (click to enlarge in a new window):

As you can see, the projection has me losing by damn near 30 points. That’s okay though; I always seem to do the opposite of what the projection says, so that makes me feel good. But I still need to put my best foot forward this week and make sure I leave as few points on the bench as possible.

As for scoring, here are the complete settings. The basics: 4 pts per passing TD and 1 pt for every 25 passing yards; 6 pts per rushing/receiving TD and 1 pt for every 10 yards; no PPR.

So here are the questions I pose to you:

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The comment section awaits your reasoning for your picks, which I would greatly appreciate. This is must win folks! Super Bowl tickets are on the line here!

I look forward to your helpful responses.

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* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.

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