Posted on: September 14, 2010 6:02 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 6:15 pm
Just another casual 1-yard jaunt for Jerome Harrison!
You may recall that I went to NFL headquarters and held a fantasy draft . Well, turns out that my turn to recap the fantasy league is the first week of the season.
Which is totally awesome because my team came out and ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED ... ME. That's right -- the only other team the Fuzzy Gullets managed to outscore in Week 1 was "What Would Revis Do," and I even lost to the absurdly abysmal "Press Coverage" team .
That didn't stop Dan Levy from whining on Twitter that the two teams who were lower than he was (me, Brian Bassett of the Jets Blog ) "didn't lose both QBs though." Um, Dan, you lost Matthew Stafford and Kevin Kolb is "questionable." It's not like your team is so miserable that you actually have to own the Cowboys' Roy Williams. What's that? Oh. I see. You DO own Roy. Errrrm.
Back to my team though, if this trend continues past Week 1, the good news is that my team is sponsored by Gillette, so at the very least, when I quit trying in life and become a homeless, bearded man begging for change, shaving will be easy.
Anyway, it's not a huge deal, as I still like my squad -- I think that every single team I drafted underperformed in Week 1, primarily because of some combo featuring Dwayne Bowe, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jerome Harrison and DeSean Jackson. Just turns out I have all of those guys on my team in the BFL. And Matt Ryan.
But onto the rest of the league, because, well, I suck. The top-rated squad through one week is the Tim Tebow-less "99-Rated Swagger," owned by Dan Shanoff . This is stunning because he even had to start LaDainian Tomlinson. It's not as stunning because he owns Chris Johnson and Tom Brady. Even with that fearsome pair, Shanoff himself wouldn't go on record about destroying the rest of the league.
Perhaps the most humorous moment of the week came when Football Outsiders mastermind Aaron Schatz posted the second-best score of the week ... with Arian Foster on HIS BENCH. (Actually, the second most humorous moment was when Steph Stradley of FanHouse berated him on Twitter for FO's Houston Texans projections.) Nevermind that FO thinks Matt Cassel will be good -- Schatz started Matt Forte and Rashard Mendenhall anyway, so he's doing just fine.
There were some other teams of note, I suppose (Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan somehow managed to get more than 20 points from a pair of receivers who were catching the ball from Derek Anderson; that should tell you everything you need to know about Week 1), but I dont' have the heart to get into it here. Instead, cruise on over to the Take it to the House Facebook page (by clicking this link or the giant picture below), hit the little like button, check out all the awesome tabs there, and follow me as I climb from the depths of embarrassment to dominate these fools.
The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in anyway.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:35 am
You may have seen some of our tweets about 2010 BFL, a fantasy league full of famous bloggers (woo oxymorons), in which I'm repping CBSSports.com and this here blog.
For the draft, we traveled to New York City this past Thursday in order to all meet up and create fake teams. The trip seems pointless, until you realize that we drafted in the NFL headquarters. Yes, like where Roger Goodell works. Yes, it was spectacular. Yes, the winner of the league gets some Super Bowl action as well as a large charitable donation to the local charity of their choice. Yes, you will have to suffer occasional posts about how I'm doing (and you can read more about the league here .)
And yes, I'm quite confident I'm winning; after all, look how alert I was just moments before the draft began.
Of course, that didn't stop me from drafting a kick-A fantasy team. Or at least one that I think kicks some A. Before we get to that, though, let's talk about the participants, in draft order:
First of all, I heart my team. A lot. I'm totally fine with taking Maurice Jones-Drew second overall, especially after seeing how the Vikings offensive line looked on Sunday. I really, really wanted DeAngelo Williams to fall to 23, but I'll deal with Beanie Wells. DeSean Jackson is a clear No. 1 wideout, so I'll absolutely take him in the third round. Wes Welker in the fourth? Yes, please.
Dwayne Bowe is primed to blow up this year (I like the Chiefs a lot, actually), so having him as a WR3 isn't something I'm unhappy about. Myself and two others waited to draft a quarterback and I think it paid off nicely with a combo of Matt Ryan in the sixth and Matt Cassel in the 11th.
Didn't particularly love my Jerome Harrison pick in the seventh -- although I ended up with Owen Daniels at tight end in the 10th, leaving Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis on the board at that point was just stupid. Kenny Britt I like as a solid backup wideout, especially paired with Julian Edelman on the bench; Edelman's insurance if Welker goes down again and Britt can fill in on the bye.
Marion Barber is still starting in Dallas last I checked, no? Okay, thought so. 9th round for him is silly. Levy hosed me on Dexter McCluster in the 12th and I panicked a touch and took Demaryius Thomas, but, again, I think he's a good backup, particularly since someone has to catch passes in Denver. Niners defense, as good as it is, in the next to last round is something I'm thrilled about, insofar as one can be thrilled about drafting a D. Same with Rob Bironas in the last round, I suppose.
It's not worth discussing any other teams. They're clearly inferior to mine. (I do like Bassett, Jerod and Zerkle's teams the best out of the other squads, though, I think. Except that Zerkle decided to draft a sampler platter of running backs for five rounds instead of wideouts.) But I certainly welcome your thoughts on the squad below.
Also, huge, huge tip of the cap to everyone involved at the NFL for making this happen: they couldn't have possibly been kinder to a fairly dangerous looking bunch, or more accommodating in terms of showing us around, peppering us with cool NFL stuff and letting us spin around in Goodell's desk chair until Sebek got sick and threw up.
Just kidding. That last one never happened. But the NFL rules for letting us swing up to the Big Apple and get our geek on in their offices.
So to does P&G -- for the purposes of FTC biz, they helped hook it up.