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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 mcfaddenplayer 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.

26th round

26.06 Darren McFadden, RB OAK

The touches are accumulating on his injury ridden body, but at this point in the draft he is a value even with only four or five good games per season.

26.11 Justin Tucker, K BAL

Anytime a kicker gets selected with 19 rounds to go, it is an overdraft.  Big reveal: I picked my two kickers in the 42nd and 43rd rounds.

27th round

27.05 Zach Mettenberger, QB TEN

It’s great to go for upside rookie quarterbacks when they represent value.  Mettenberger got drafted five rounds before the Titans starter, Jake Locker.  Reports have come out that the rookie has no chance to become the starter before 2015 at the earliest.

27.09 Heath Miller, TE PIT

Sure, it might be the Steelers homer in me, but I like the short-term value of Miller.  Just don’t count on him for more than a year or two.

28th round

28.03 Mario Williams, DE BUF

The Bills defense is hurting due to the loss of Kiko Alonso. Williams flashed at times last year.  I am hoping he takes a step up this year as a defensive leader on a young team.

29th round

29.07 Chris Borland, LB SF

Injuries to starters might get him on the field initially, but I like his long-term value in San Francisco.

29.11 Robert Herron, WR TB

This would be a great pick several rounds later as pure upside.  Hopefully he will get a chance to play early in Tampa, but it’s not like their offensive scheme features five or more options in the passing game.

30th round

30.03 CJ Anderson, RB DEN

At this point in the draft, why not invest in Montee Ball’s handcuff?  Ball had a big workload at Wisconsin and has only been productive for about six games in the NFL.

30.11 Miles Austin, WR CLE

Sure he is old and has lost a step, but with the Josh Gordon DWI and substance issues, he is a great selection this late.  Only Jordan Cameron is a better three down receiving option in Cleveland.

31st round

31.06 DeAngelo Hall, CB WAS

I never understand taking older corners when there are young safeties on the board in tackle heavy scoring.

32nd round

32.07 Tyler Gaffney, RB CAR

The Panthers two big money running backs can finally be released with light salary cap penalties after this season.  Gaffney is a steady, but unspectacular back. This is nothing but upside here.

32.09 Andre Holmes, WR OAK

He might be the best receiver in Oakland.  Holmes is likely to lead the Raiders in targets, yards, and catches.  Most likely he is a forgotten man, like he was in this draft.

32.12 Jermaine Kearse, WR SEA

The Seahawks don’t throw the ball often and have brought in players via the draft and Harvin in free agency last season before injury struck.  I don’t see much upside for a wide out that might be his team’s fifth best receiver in a run based offense (this is my last draft criticism).

33rd round

33.07 Fred Jackson, RB BUF

He is an old man by NFL standards, but did not get the carries that a 33-year-old normally would.  If he continues to share carries and stay healthy, Jackson is a steal here.

33.11 Marion Grice, RB SD

Injuries late in his last college season made him slip.  He might be the best receiving running back in his class.  This is a great pick because Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews are at the end of their contracts.  Grice could be at least sharing carries next season.

34th round

34.09 Joe Flacco, QB BAL

He is still the starter and represents great quarterback depth here.

35th round

35.02 James Starks, RB GB

This back is one injury away (Eddie Lacy) from being a productive starter on a high-octane offense.  He looked great in limited work last season, sure he is older, but well worth it here.

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