Once again I am giving full disclosure to all of my fantasy teams. The next team I am exposing is The High Plains Drifters. This was a team I took over about a month and a half ago. The two biggest reasons I took over the team was the fact that my friend, Ryan Berger aka the FFGhost, is the commissioner and that the team had rookie picks in spades: 1.03, 1.05, 2.03, 3.03, 3.05, 3.13, 4.03, 5.03, and 8.03.
The scoring was also interesting with 1 PPR for RBs, 1.25 PPR for WRs, 1.5 PPR for TEs, 5 points per passing TDs, 6 points all other TDs, and tackles worth 1.5 points for everyone but defensive linemen who get 2.5 points for each tackle. When I took over the team, my tight end and linebacker situations were dire. Through trades, the rookie draft, and waiver wire picks, I feel I built an improved team with a gaping hole at tight end, despite my best efforts. Here is my team http://www17.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/10709#0:
QBs- Russell Wilson, Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, and Terrelle Pryor (start one)
This isn’t the strongest for a twelve team league, but bye weeks will be covered. I wouldn’t call it a weakness or strength.
RBs-Gio Bernard (acquired in a trade for Ryan Mathews and Marquess Wilson), Joique Bell, Fred Jackson, MJD, Marcus Lattimore, Travaris Cadet, Theo Riddick, LaMichael James, Denard Robinson, Marion Grice (start two to five).
I am top-heavy with Gio and Joique and have two solid, aging vets in F-Jax and MJD. After that I am full of question marks and just tried to grab upside where I could (Cadet and Riddick got snagged off the waiver wire). There were so many holes on this team; I put off focusing on the running back position.
WRs-Victor Cruz, Kendall Wright, Brandin Cooks (my 1.05 pick), Riley Cooper, Jericho Cotchery, Doug Baldwin, Donnie Avery, Ted Ginn, Jeremy Gallon, Devin Street, Brandon Coleman, Keyshawn Martin (start two to five).
The way I would describe my receiving core is strong at the top with some upside. Cruz, Wright, and Cooks will be my starters from day one. I like the depth that Cooper, Cotchery, and Baldwin bring. There are a lot of fliers at the back-end of my receivers. Much like my quarterbacks, I don’t have any superstars, but am competitive.
TEs- Eric Ebron (my 1.03 pick), Brandon Pettigrew, Anthony Fasano, A.C. Leonard, and Troy Niklas (start one to three).
This team was a wasteland at tight end. I invested two rookie picks on the position, Ebron and Niklas and picked up a third on waivers. With tight end receptions being worth 1.5, it is difficult to get a decent trade, so I will suffer through.
Ks-Phil Dawson, Sebass (start one).
Once again, I have two kickers with different bye weeks. By the way, did I tell you I could care less about the position?
DT-Geno Atkins, Damien Harrison, Randy Starks (start one to two).
If fully healthy, Atkins can be a beast and a top three player at his position. The other two defensive tackles are decent depth.
DEs-Greg Hardy, LaMarr Houston, Andre Branch, Brian Robison, Georgie Selvie, Akiem Hicks, and Desmond Bryant (start two)
I have a top four DE in Hardy if his league issues subside. Houston should be better in Chicago. Robison and Bryant are solid vets, while Branch and Selvie are contributing youngsters. This position might be one of my team’s strengths.
LBs- Derrick Johnson, CJ Mosely, D’Qwell Jackson, Bruce Carter, Ahmad Brooks, Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Barwin, Vincent Rey, Preston Brown (start three to four)
This was my other bloody position of need. Johnson and Jackson are both solid veteran linebackers. Mosely and Clowney were early draft picks. I traded my 3.13 rookie pick for Bruce Carter just to get a few decent bodies on my team. I used the waiver wire for Barwin, Rey, and Brown. While I feel a lot better about this position, it will take me a few more trades and/or rookie drafts to get this area beefed up.
CBs- Brandon Boykin, Brandon Carr, Joe Haden, and Jonathan Joseph (start two)
They are corner backs. I feel almost as strongly about them as I do kickers. The two reserve ones play on powerful offenses, so they could see a lot of targets. Haden and Joseph are two of the best at their position and might see less attention than they have in the past.
Ss- Barry Church, Kenny Vaccaro, TJ Ward, Donte Whitner (start two)
With the Dallas linebacker core smashed again, I expect Church to be a top two option for tackles. Vaccaro is a young stud who played injured for much of last season and still produced. Ward and Whitner both get an upgrade with their change of scenery. This would be my second position of strength on this team.
League outlook: I see a middle of the pack finish.
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