Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Fantasy Football Draft
Hey everyone. Welp, the Twins lost to Cleveland again last night. My cousin-in-law was at The Jake the last two nights, so hopefully he will be able to update me on any further thoughts or stories he had. But the Twins are in a very tough spot now. I have some Twins Thoughts as well as the Twins minor league story which last night included a playoff game. But just to be different today, I thought that I would post the results of my fantasy football draft here on the site and discuss it a little. I know, this is primarily a baseball site, but mixing it up is a good thing. Also, I know that about 17,000,000,000,000 people play fantasy football and a free mock draft is always helpful. And if you just don't care, scroll down to the Twins and Minor League notes.
FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT
Last night, I participated in a fantasy football draft. It is a ten team league. It is a points league with points for yardage and stuff. I'm sure you've all played it before. Before the draft, we drew cards for draft order. I was really hoping for the ninth or tenth pick, but I ended up with the #1 overall pick. That makes for a very simple first round choice, but a very long wait until the second pick meaning that there will not be another sure-thing running back available. Anyway, I will post each pick, and after each round, I will make my choice for Best Choice, Most Risky Choice and discuss my selection. Here you go... and thanks to those who e-mailed me their cheat sheets and draft thoughts:
1 - Ladanian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers - RB
2 - Stephen Jackson - St. Louis Rams - RB
3 - Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers - RB
4 - Joseph Addai - Indianapolis Colts - RB
5 - Peyton Manning - Indianapolis Colts - QB
6 - Larry Johnson - Kansas City Chiefs - RB
7 - Shawn Alexander - Seattle Seahawks - RB
8 - Willie Parker - Pittsburgh Steelers - RB
9 - Brian Westbrook - Philadelphia Eagles - RB
10 - Rudi Johnson - Cincinnati Bengals - RB
Best Pick - Larry Johnson at #6? Are you kidding? I realize he held out and that he's had a lot of carries the last couple of years, but he has come through and he is about as sure a thing as their is in fantasy football.
Most Risky Pick - Frank Gore at #3. He is a very good running back, but can he do it again? Much of that is Alex Smith's ability to mix in a decent passing game.
Seth's Pick - LT was about as obvious a choice as there could be!
11 - Reggie Bush - New Orleans Saints - RB
12 - Laurence Maroney - New England Patriots - RB
13 - Travis Henry - Denver Broncos - RB
14 - Willis McGahee - Baltimore Ravens - RB
15 - Ronnie Brown - Miami Dolphins - RB
16 - Marvin Harrison - Indianapolis Colts - WR
17 - Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts - WR
18 - Tom Brady - New England Patriots - QB
19 - Carson Palmer - Cincinnati Bengals - QB
20 - Chad Johnson - Cincinnati Bengals - WR
Best Pick - Laurence Maroney - The former Gopher is the Running Back now that Corey Dillon has retired. He should have a big year.
Most Risky Pick - Travis Henry - Running in Denver has always been a good thing for a back, but Henry needs to prove health and more.
Seth's Pick - With no go-to, sure fire RBs left, I thought a sure-fire WR was the best way to go at this point.
21 - Torry Holt - St. Louis Rams - WR
22 - Edgerrin James - Arizona Cardinals - RB
23 - Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars - RB
24 - Terrell Owens - Dallas Cowboys - WR
25 - Thomas Jones - New York Jets - RB
26 - Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals - WR
27 - Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers - WR
28 - Cedric Benson - Chicago Bears - RB
29 - Marshawn Lynch - Buffalo Bills - RB
30 - Anquan Boldin - Arizona Cardinals - WR
Best Pick - Cedric Benson has the reigns as the Bears primary RB. The team will continue to grind, so Benson should get plenty of carries.
Most Risky Pick - Edgerrin James - He was horrible in 2006. That yards per carry was bad, and as the season went on, he got fewer carries. On the other side, you would think it would be important for the team to run, and if so James is the guy to do it.
Seth's Pick - Torry Holt is big time. He gets a lot of receptions. He is capable of making big plays. And in the last couple of years, he has become a touchdown catcher too.
31 - Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints - QB
32 - Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints - WR
33 - Roy Williams - Detroit Lios - WR
34 - Randy Moss - New England Patriots - WR
35 - TJ Houshmandzadeh - Cincinnati Bengals - WR
36 - Jerius Norwood - Atlanta Falcons - RB
37 - Brandon Jacobs - New York Giants - RB
38 - Hines Ward - Pittsburgh Steelers - WR
39 - Clinton Portis - Washington Redskins - RB
40 - Javon Walker - Denver Broncos - WR
Best Pick - Brandon Jacobs - Now that Tiki Barber is out of the picture, Jacobs should become an every down back to go with all the goal line carries.
Most Risky Pick - Randy Moss - Risky on so many levels. Certainly with Tom Brady, Moss is capable of a monster comeback season, but you just never seem to know what you'll get with him.
Seth's Pick - I wanted Brandon Jacobs, and Roy Williams was the top WR on my list. So again, went with the best available and I felt that Javon Walker was that guy.
41 - Marc Bulger - St. Louis Rams - QB
42 - Andre Johnson - Houston Texans - WR
43 - Lee Evans - Buffalo Bills - WR
44 - Donovan McNabb - Philadelphia Eagles - QB
45 - Ahman Green - Houston Texans - RB
46 - Jon Kitna - Detroit Lions - QB
47 - Plaxico Burress - New York Giants - WR
48 - Donald Driver - Green Bay Packers - WR
49 - Matt Hasselbeck - Seattle Seahawks - QB
50 - Reggie Brown - Philadelphia Eagles - WR
Best Pick - Reggie Brown is due for a monster breakout season. Count on it!
Most Risky Pick - Ahman Green - Not only is he frequently hurt, but now he's playing for the Texans.
Seth's Pick - I was contemplating going with Andre Johnson, but a fourth WR didn't really seem like a priority, so I went with a QB. I went back and forth between Bulger and McNabb, but decided to go with the more consistent Bulger.
51 - Marion Barber III - Dallas Cowboys - RB
52 - Jamal Lewis - Cleveland Browns - RB
53 - Laveruneus Coles - New York Jets - WR
54 - Matt Leinert - Arizona Cardinals - QB
55 - Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers - TE
56 - DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers - RB
57 - Deuce McAllister - New Orleans Saints - RB
58 - Deion Branch - Seattle Seahawks - WR
59 - Cadillac Williams - Tampa Bay Devil Rays - RB
60 - Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings - RB
Best Pick - Easy Choice... Matt Leinart could put up some crazy numbers throwing to Fitzgerald, Boldin and Johnson.
Seth's Pick/Most Risky Pick - Adrian Peterson has to get past Chester Taylor. I think he will, but it's a matter of when and to what level. Will they essentially split carries?
61 - Tatum Bell - Detroit Lions - RB
62 - Calvin Johnson - DetroiT Lions - WR
63 - Ladells Bets - Washington Redski - RB
64 - Brndon Jackson - Green Bay Packers - RB
65 - Santana Moss - New York Jets - WR
66 - LaMont Jordan - Oakland - RB
67 - Chester Taylor - Minnesota Vikings - RB
68 - Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys - QB
69 - Darrel Jackson - San Franciso 49ers - WR
70 - Drew Bennett - St. Louis Rams - WR
Best Pick - Calvin Johnson - I know, rookie WR are ever too good, but Johnson just might be different
Most Risky Pick - Tony Romo - Which Romo will show up from week to week
71 - Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers - QB
72 - Braylan Edwards - Cleveland Browns - WR
73 - Tony Gonzalez - Kansas City Chiefs - TE
74 - Todd Heap - Baltimore Ravens - TE
75 - Julius Jones - Dallas Cowboys - RB
76 - Vincent Jackson - San Diego Chargers - WR
77 - Joey Galloway - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - WR
78 - Mark Clayton - Baltimore Ravens - WR
79 - Santonio Holmes - Pittsburgh Steelers - WR
80 - Vernand Morency - Green Bay Packers - RB
Best Pick - Julius Jones has always missed time he is capable of being a monster performer
Most Risky Pick - Mark Clayton hasn't performed to this point. Will he now?
Seth's Pick - Vernand Morency may not be the team's top pick in Week 1 because of injury, but he was great last year when he got the chance and should be starting soon.
The rest of Seth's Picks:
Ninth Round - Vince Young - Tennessee Titans = QB
Tenth Round - Devery Henderson - New Orleans Saints - WR
Eleventh Round - Robbie Gould - Chicago Bears - K
Twelfth Round - Philadelphia Defense -
Thirteenth Round - Vernon Davis - San Francisco 49ers - TE
Fourteenth Round - 49ers Defense
Fifteenth Round - Jeff Reed - Pittsburgh Steelers - K
I am rather happy with my backup quarterback and would have no problem playing him any week. Henderson is my fourth WR and with Drew Brees, he has a chance. The Bears offense will likely stall plenty of times with Rex Grossman at the helm, so getting their kicker made sense. Defense - Well, they're all the same, so I just picked a couple. Davis could get some TDs for me if I had to play him some week.
Summary - I didn't want to go beyond the 8th round. That is when Kickers and Defenses start getting taken. I take no more than a glancing look at Defenses because you just don't know at this point. Strangely, no Vikings Wide Receivers were drafted! Others not drafted include Terry Glenn, Chad Pennington, Steve McNair, Warrick Dunn, DeShaun Foster, Joe Horn, Eddie Kennison and Matt Jones. You just never know how a draft is going to
Any thoughts? If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to e-mail me or leave Comments below.
Well, that may have been the final straw for the Twins, the last beacon of hope, and now... it becomes ever more and more unlikely that the Twins will get to the playoffs this year. After the Twins 6-5 loss last night, they are now 7.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central. That's not to say that they should throw in the towel. There is far too much talent on the team to just give up. The likelihood is just fading very fast.
Congratulations to Brian Buscher on his first big league home run last night! Buscher was 3-4 in the game.
Boof Bonser had a solid game although it didn't start out well when Travis Hafner hit a two run homer in the 1st. Grady Sizemore hit a solo shot in the third. But Bonser settled down and in four more innings allowed only an unearned run to score.
Jason Bartlett had another two hit game, with a double, to improve his average to .281.
Jason Tyner led off and went 4-5 on the game to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and improve his batting average to .300. He actually appeared in four other games during that stretch without coming to the plate. Over the 11 game streak, he is 18-41 (.439) to raise his average from .272.
Justin Morneau took a rare called third strike to end the game last night. Unlike Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel and Nick Punto who seem to strike out looking a lot, Morneau is aggressive and usually is more aggressive than that.
Ron Gardenhire was tossed from the game again, and again it was for no reason. Not sure what the goal of that was.
Tonight's game pits a couple of Cy Young candidates against each other. Johan Santana versus CC Sabathia is about as good as it gets!
With the Twins being this far out, it would be silly for Terry Ryan not to put Carlos Silva (and others) on waivers. It is unlikely that the Twins would be fortunate enough for a team that needs a starting pitcher would be the first able to claim him and that the other team would be able to give the Twins a package to make it worthwhile. But for just in case, they should go through that process.
Twins and their Minor League Updates
Here are the game reports of the Twins and their minor league affiliates.
Tuesday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Danny Berg, Beloit Snappers
Tuesday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Tristan Crawford, New Britain Rockcats
Tuesday - Red Wings – No Game Scheduled. Kevin Slowey was named the International League Pitcher of the Year. Also, Tim Lahey was promoted to the Red Wings.
Tuesday - Rockcats 0, Binghamton 8 – Glen Perkins made another rehab start and it went really non-good. In just two innings, he gave up six runs on seven hits, two home runs. He walked one and struck out just one. Tristan Crawford came in and struck out seven in four shutout innings. Angel Garcia gave up two in the final two innings. The Rockcats were shutout on just six hits. Garrett Guzman went 2-4.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Tuesday - Miracle – No Game Scheduled.
Tuesday - Snappers 4, Cedar Rapids 5 – Tyler Robertson struck out five hitters over the final three innings. However, on a two out strikeout with a runner on 3B, the ball was in the dirt and on a throwing error by the catcher, the go-ahead run scored. That was all Robertson allowed in his three relief innings. Cole DeVries started and gave up four runs over the first six innings. He allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out five. Danny Berg went 3-4. Steve Singleton was 2-5 with his 18th double. Matt Betsill went 2-5. Danny Santiesteban was 1-3 with a walk and his 11th double.
Tuesday - E-Twins 6, Bluefield 1 – Steve Hirschfeld started and went four one-hit, no-run innings, striking out four. David Bromberg came in and gave up a run on three hits over two innings. He struck out four and improved to 9-0 with a 2.78 ERA. Loek Van Mil went 1.2 shutout innings, and Brad Tippett picked up his third save by getting the final four outs. Rene Tosoni went 2-4 with his 12th double. Wesley Connor was 1-2 with two walks and his 10th double.
GCL TWINS REPORT
Tuesday - GCL Twins 4, GCL Yankees 6 – This was the first playoff game for the GCL teams. Santiago Arias got the start. He went six innings and gave up three runs. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out five. Charles Nolte threw a shutout inning. Danny Rondon got a blown save and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Yangervis Solarte went 2-3 with a double.
That is it for today. Have a great week! Any further thoughts? Let me know!|
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