Last week, we held the draft for this year’s Rotoprofessor Challenge league, which we will be covering extensively here on the site so other owners can see both the good and bad moves made and learn from others mistakes. It’s a solid mix of guys who certainly know football, though that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few surprises along the way.
It started right from the start, so let’s get down to it and take a look at the first round selections:
1. Geckos – Matt Forte
I know this is the in vogue pick this season and he’s flying up draft boards, but there’s no way I can see selecting him with the first overall pick. While he has plenty of upside, as we’ve discussed before, there are way too many risks in taking him with the first overall pick. We’ll see if it pans out, but this is certainly not a pick I’d endorse, especially in a non-PPR league.
2. CP – Adrian Peterson
Talk about a gift. He should be the first overall pick and he simply fell in his lap. Talk about your no-brainer.
3. I’m So Paid – Brian Westbrook
Two out of the first three picks were clearly oddities to me. Like forte, if this had been a PPR league, then maybe I could buy this pick a little bit more. I had him ranked as the #10 ranked running back and he currently has an ADP of 13.41 according to Mock Draft Central (with him being selected only as high as fifth). With his injury risk he’s a borderline first round pick, so I’d consider him towards the end of the first round, but more likely the beginning of the second. Even if it pans out, there’s just too much risk to be selecting him this high.
4. Show me the Money – Michael Turner
Now we have things back on track. I had him ranked as my #2 running back, and this is certainly another gift.
5. agent ile – Maurice Jones-Drew
He’s a risk, but a solid pick at this point nonetheless. I’ve spoken about him before (which you can read by clicking here), so I won’t go into much detail on him once again.
6. Lester – LaDanian Tomlinson
Ryan Lester, our friend from www.lesterslegends.com joined us and certainly got his draft off to a solid start. Talk about him being on the decline all you want, but when a down season leads to over 1,500 total yards, you can sign me up right now.
7. AU Eagles – Steven Jackson
His ADP is actually 6.08, so this is right on. I could see starting to entertain the idea of Larry Fitzgerald, the top WR on the board, as opposed to a borderline RB, but this pick is a solid one. He’s going to be the team’s offense, as we’ve said before, so he should be inline for a big season if he stays healthy.
8. Big Fan – Steve Slaton
Maybe it’s a little bit early, but it’s not a pick you can argue with. I had him as my eleventh best RB on the board, though his ADP is 9.94. You are really splitting hairs when you talk about this group of backs and it is a preference selection. I wouldn’t have taken him here, but I can’t argue with the pick either.
9. Peterson’s Peeps – Frank Gore
Like I said with Slaton, you’re splitting hairs. The only RB on the board that I had ranked higher was Clinton Portis (who went with the first pick in the second round), so there’s nothing wrong with this one.
10. Rotoprofessor – Larry Fitzgerald
The top WR on the board, I decided to go with him instead of one of the multitude of RB who had some questions surrounding them. When I ranked the first round I actually had him going sixth (his ADP is 7.73), so I love the value I got with this pick.
11. Mose U Over – Andre Johnson
He’s the second best WR in the league and deserving of going in the first round, so this is the perfect selection.
12. + Rock Star + – Brandon Jacobs
The last real shocking pick of the first round, I had him ranked as the fourteenth best back and he currently has an ADP of 16.75. I know we should keep in mind that Clinton Portis was the next selection, which may have been the more attractive pick, but even then I think this is a little bit too early for Jacobs. I would have much preferred someone like Drew Brees or Chris Johnson, both of who I thought belonged in the first round, or even Marion Barber, Ryan Grant or DeAngelo Williams, all of whom I had ranked above Jacobs on my RB list. He could be solid, but we all know he’s going to be sharing carries and is not a tremendous receiving option, significantly limiting his value.
So, there you have the first round of the Rotoprofessor Challenge draft. What are your thoughts? What was the best pick? What was the worst?
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