Fantasy Draft Recaps

The Boss' FSWA Draft Recap

By Lenny Pappano 1:38am EDT 8/29/13

(Check out Jared's and Matt's recaps as well.)

Let's get right to it ...

1.05 -- C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills

Love this guy -- especially in a PPR league.  Drafted him before the QB injury issues for the Bills, but still… a RB hasn’t had this much wiggle since Barry Sanders.  And when the OC says he’s gonna give Spiller the ball “till he throws up,” it’s music to my ears.  So long as his health issues don’t go beyond puking, he’s a threat to finish as the top fantasy performer in PPR leagues. 

2.08 -- Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

Waffled on this pick.  Was intrigued by taking a stud WR -- but the drop off at RB was too significant.  Jackson has a non-RB-by-committee starting gig on a loaded offense.  He’ll get a decent share of catches, lots of carries and will be the exclusive goal line guy.  The only thing not to like is his age, but Steve-Jax plays through minor injuries better than any RB in the league. 

3.05 -- Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

When Rodgers says the kid can grab 100 catches, I’m listening. Cobb caught 80 balls last season -- and that was with losing some snaps to the now-departed Greg Jennings.  Plus Cobb rested Week 17.  The bicep injury shouldn’t be an issue for the regular season, so him sitting the preseason might have actually helped him slide a few spots. 

4.08 -- Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots

He lit it up in the preseason.  Then HC Bill Belichick shut him down with an undisclosed “injury.”  That means Belichick saw enough to know he has Wes Welker’s replacement and didn’t want to risk injury to a guy who’s had health concerns.  Amendola is another guy who could post 100 catches -- well worth a pick in the 4th

5.05 -- Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

Why not grab the guy who set a single-season record for catches by a TE last year (110)?  He doesn’t get a lot of red zone looks, but the Cowboys have promised to get him more involved near the goal line this year… on the other hand,  if they’re going to throw at the goal line -- it’s Dez on a fade route.  Even so, Witten is a virtual lock for 80-85 catches.  Gotta like that. 

6.08 -- Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

Waffled on this pick.  VD was the highest on my MVP Board -- by quite a bit -- and I can play him as my flex.  Thought about going with Shane Vereen here, and then Jermichael Finley in 3-4 rounds.  Finally gambled and hoped that Vereen would fall to me next round.  Didn’t happen, but still think I got a solid flex player in Davis. 

7.05 -- Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers 

Wanted to grab a respectable RB at this spot as a backup.  Mathews has had a surprisingly strong preseason, looking much better than he did in 2012.  Without any real competition for touches, he could post a top 20-25 season. 

8.08 -- Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks 

Was thinking of going QB here -- but figured I could wait 1 more round and still get a good one.  Tate will be Russell Wilson’s first option in the passing game, so there is some breakout potential. As my #3 WR, I got no complaints. 

9.05 -- Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys 

Call me a Romosexual, but I got a man crush on him in the 9th round.  He’ll be more involved in planning the offense this season -- and with a stable of strong receivers (Dez, Miles and Witten), it’s impossible to fathom Romo finishing outside the top 10 fantasy QBs. 

10.08 -- Kendall Wright, WR, Titans 

This kid was having a monster training camp until his knee got whacked in a Week 2  preseason game.  He might start the year behind Nate Washington, but Wright has some sick game-breaking skills.  He had 64 catches and 4 catches in his rookie campaign.  There’s plenty of optimism to think he’ll crush those numbers this season -- even with a late start. 

11.05 -- Fred Jackson, RB, Bills 

Pure handcuff for C.J. Spiller.  Jackson hasn’t looked too stellar this preseason.  In fact, I might have reached for him here -- but wanted insurance on Spiller’s health.

12.08 -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings

He’s currently behind Jerome Simpson as the starter, but Patterson’s physical skills will get him major playing time by mid-season.  He showed enough flash in the preseason to get me to bite as my 5th WR.  I’ll look to add 1 more young guy later. 

13.05 -- Sam Bradford, QB, Rams 

Before the run on back QBs comes, Bradford was good value here.  He could easily surprise folks and finish as a top 10 fantasy QB.  He’s looking more comfortable in the Rams offense this preseason -- hitting 61% of his throws. 

14.08 -- Ed Dickson, TE, Ravens 

Struggled with this pick since I already had a pair of stud TEs.  But in the end, Dickson was a real value here -- and could start as a flex if 1 of my starting TEs gets hurt. 

15.05 -- Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers 

The kid has the goods -- but has struggled in preseason.  Which is why he fell this far.  Still, as Cam’s #2 WR, there’s some hope he could get 50 catches and a handful of TDs. 

16.08 -- Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings 

The guy sucks -- other than as a handcuff to Adrian Peterson.  Even then, he sucks -- other than as a goal line RB.  It’s only a 16th-round pick, but this might be one I would throw back in hindsight. 

17.05 -- LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Steelers

He had a strong preseason as a 3rd-down back.  Not expecting a ton from him other than maybe a bye-week fill-in if I get in a pinch. 

18.08 -- Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns 

Actually, I hate drafting 3 QBs.  But there was too much value here. Weeden has had a strong preseason, completing 60% of his passes.  Another guy who could just be a bye-week filler in case of injury to 1 of the guys ahead of him… As I write this, I know why I hate drafting a 3rd QB most of the time.

19.05 -- Cowboys D/ST 

Hoping that Monte Kiffin can do for the Cowboys what he did as the Bucs DC back in the day. Plus the unit has some playmakers. 

20.08 -- Kai Forbath, K, Redskins

He led the league in FG% last season at 94%.  And he plays on a pretty good offense.  That’s good enough for me with the last pick. 

Final Roster:

QB -- Tony Romo, Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden

RB -- C.J. Spiller, Steven Jackson, Ryan Mathews, Fred Jackson, Toby Gerhart, LaRod Stephens-Howling

WR -- Randall Cobb, Danny Amendola, Golden Tate, Kendall Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson, Brandon LaFell

TE -- Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, Ed Dickson

K -- Kai Forbath

DEF -- Cowboys

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