As I’ve written here once before, I don’t play in a traditional fantasy football league with the traditional fantasy football structure. I see those abbreviations and have no idea what they mean.
I play real fantasy football. My team has 72 players. My offensive linemen contribute to my point total. As does my punter, my free safety, my defensive tackle and everyone else on my starting 26 (the traditional 22 plus a kicker, punter, punt returner and kick returner).
My league has 14 owners, our rosters are keepers without a cap, and we are now in our 27th season.
Andrew Luck went No. 1 in our draft on Sept. 1. Chandler Harnish was No. 196 at the end of the 14th round. In between is where it got interesting and where there are lessons for all of us.
But first, here is a look at the the 27th NLRF Draft First Round results
- Shoe Laces: Andrew Luck, QB
- Sledge Halwigs: Robert Griffin III, QB
- Late Parrots: Trent Richardson, RB
- Ocelots: Doug Martin, RB
- Roos: Justin Blackmon, WR
- Chippewas: Matt Kalil, OT
- Rumblin’ Rubes (from Shortcuts): David Wilson, RB
- Pterodactyls: Russell Wilson, QB
- Derons: Mark Barron, SS
- U.C. Twits: Melvin Ingram, OLB
- Zygotes: Geno Atkins, DT
- Bomags: Colin McCarthy, ILB
- Shortcuts (from Rubes): Ryan Tannehill, QB
- Derons (from Bugeaters): Morris Claiborne, CB
DRAFT FOR NEED
As the owner of the Zygotes, I feel compelled to explain the Atkins pick. Rules require teams to play at least one defensive tackle and one inside linebacker. Most teams play a 3-4 defense to maximize sack and tackle totals. Finding a defensive tackle that can provide those type of stats is rare. I had a chance to draft Ndamukong Suh a couple of years ago. I passed on Suh, instead going with the big-play potential of C.J. Spiller. I have regretted it to this day. » Continue reading “Fantasy Football From A Non-traditional Perspective”