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Summer is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their money where their mouth is in respect to hadenplayer evaluation and strategy.  This league is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2014/options?L=32962&O=17

Since we have more information in June/July, I think it’s a good time to see how strategies might change from the start-up I did in late February.  The league seems to be a good mixture of veteran players, so hopefully there will be less of a chance for an outlier.  Much like a few of my previous articles, I will discuss some reaches and values during the draft.

16th round

16.05 Dennis Pitta, TE BAL

This is a great spot to find a productive starter.  Sometimes owners just look at how well a player did the year before.  Since Pitta had a serious hip injury that caused him to miss the majority of the season, he is many times overlooked.

16.10 Joe Haden, CB CLE

Most shutdown corner backs are not good fantasy backs because they rarely get thrown on.  With a juicy rookie cornerback on the opposite side of him, Haden might get targeted even less.  He is hardly worth a spot in the 25th round, but certainly not in the 16th.

17th round

17.12 Marquess Wilson, WR CHI

The Bears seem to believe in him as their WR3.  Wilson is training with Marshall and Jeffery in the offseason which can only help his game.  The second year wide out has added 15 pounds of muscle, so look for a slight jump in production, but he could be a great injury stash if either superstar receiver goes down.

18th round

18.04 Ryan Tannehill, QB MIA

This third year quarterback is getting an offensive coordinator that will bring a similar system that got run in Philadelphia last season.  Tannehill is athletic enough and hopefully got to bond with his receivers in the offseason to take his game to the next level.

18.09 Jaime Collins, LB NE

While I like the player, this seems too early for me when there are better options left at linebacker.  Drafting him in the 18th round will force him into your starting lineup earlier than he should be.

19th round

19.01 Richard Rodgers, TE GB

According to reports, Rodgers had the most impressive rookie camp.  He barely flashed in college, but is fighting for playing time with Lyerla, Bostick, and perhaps even a returning Jermichael Finley?  This was very early with many other tight end options on the board.

19.06 Cecil Shorts, WR JAX

His team drafts two receivers and the now veteran gets selected as the 70th wide out?  This screams value.  I am still concerned with his concussion issues from 2012, but Shorts is a talented receiver that did not deserve to go this late.

20th round

20.03 Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR

This was my pick.  I love his upside, but perhaps this is still too early for him.  Looking back, I should have zigged instead of zagged.

20.10 Donald Brown, RB SD

How can he be a value here?  The easy answer is that Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead will be free agents next season.  Brown looked good last season and has a lot of tread on his tires.

21st round

21.02 Martellus Bennett, TE CHI

The tight end was more successful with Jay Cutler at the helm last season, perhaps with a few more full seasons with him, Bennett can become a top ten option at his position.  I loved the pick this late.

21.07 David Wilson, RB NYG

His injury concerns certainly cooled the Giants belief in him.  They invested in free agency and the draft to replace him.  On top of that, he hasn’t been cleared to practice yet.  While I still own him in a dynasty, I doubt I could get this much for him.

22nd round

22.01 Blake Bortles, QB JAX

While I never tell any team to wait until the 22nd round to secure their first quarterback, this team did.  I like the gunslinger that got some Ben Roethlisberger comparisons.  This pick took intestinal fortitude.

22.02 Geno Atkins, DT CIN

He is a matchup nightmare when healthy.  The ultra-athletic defender suffered a significant knee injury last season and may take some time to get fully back.  Regardless, Atkins’ potential production is worth the risk here.

23th round

23.02 Lance Dunbar, RB DAL

With Scott Linehan in town, the Cowboys will run more two running back sets.  Their new offense will feature a wide open offense using multiple backs out in space.  Dunbar is electric in the open field.  He might be a great flex option from the jump.

23.08 Da’Rick Rogers, WR IND

The second year, troubled receiver flashed for a few games last season, but fizzled more often than not.  The Colts brought in Hakeem Nicks and drafted Donte Moncrief to shore up their receiving corp.  This is way too early to draft his team’s fifth best wide out.

24.02 Colt Lyerla, TE GB

His athletic gifts are almost too many to list and his issues are even more so.  At this point in the draft, I believe the risk reward pays off, but that might just be me.

25th round

25.05 Stephon Tuitt, DE PIT

Someone went a little rookie crazy here.  The Steelers 3-4 system bases itself on freeing up the linebackers and making the defensive linemen to hold their spot while forcing double teams.  This league doesn’t reward number of blockers occupied, so I’m not crazy about this selection.

25.09 Dion Jordan, DE MIA

Sure the second year player was a dud last season.  He is very athletic and plays in a fantasy friendly 4-3 scheme where his job will be stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback.  Jordan could improve greatly on his dismal 2013 stats even with his four game suspension, but that was unknown at the time of this selection.

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