I’m participating in two fantasy football leagues this year: one (traditionally) at yahoo, the other at nfl.com.
Missed both live drafts, and thus got what the un-tuned autopicker took.
In the yahoo game, the Nöykkiö ‘niners, the reigning champion from last year’s league, got an early slot in the draft. Autopicker drafted second, and as the first player picked Ravens’ Ray Rice (Arian Foster was the #1 pick). In a ten team division, the team’s second pick was #19. And by then all the big name RBs and QBs were gone. Got Jamal Charles from Kansas City. Rounds three, four and five were also without a quarterback, as the machine concentrated on wide receivers. Hence the team’s starting QB, picked at #59: Peyton Manning. Peyton’s obviously no longer in Indianapolis (cut after last year’s injury), but taking over the very run-prone Broncos team in Denver. I would have drafted a kicker and defensive team ahead of a tight end, but that wasn’t in the cards. Got Sebastian Janikowski, Green Bay and Fred Davis, respectively. The last six rounds went for benchers, and as expected, the autopicker took no chances on exciting rookies, preferring the old school workhorses.
In the nfl.com game (run by the guys from 2 minuutin varoitus- blog, the lottery luck smiling again. Eestinmalmi ‘niners (the service refuses to honor “ö” as a letter) drafted second as well. But as the first team drafting took Aaron Rodgers, the autopicker landed Arian Foster. The division size here being twelve, it took considerably longer till the second round. Where the autopicker settled on Larry Fitzgerald (again, the high-power RBs and QBs were gone already). Early rounds brought in Roddy White, Doug Martin (an unknown RB from Tampa Bay) and Dez Bryant. Here, as in the other team, the quarterback came in very late. Only on the seventh round did the autopicker choose one. Here the choice was Philip Rivers from the Chargers. Defensive choice was Bears, and the kicker Sebastian Janikowski (who is the only man in both teams).
I had made absolutely zero effort in learning who’s who and what the teams’ strengths and weaknesses were, so being on autopilot probably wasn’t that much of a loss.
What’s weird is that neither team has any ‘niners or Saints on it. After all, Frank Gore and Marques Colston had graced quite a few earlier teams.
Bring on week one!