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“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” Woody Hayes, Legendary Head Coach of Ohio State
The other week, Peter Kim announced that he was pulling together some of the top minds in Social Media & Marketing for a Fantasy Football League called Social THIS! Luckily for me, Pete was willing to expand the league to 12 teams and let me slip into the fray. The competition is really a who’s who of blogging (team name/coach):
- Favre Beans, Joseph Jaffe. (blog/twitter)
- Little Birds, Jeremiah Owyang. (blog/twitter)
- Munoz Mustache Club, Dan Cordella. (blog/twitter)
- Mustangs, Scott Monty. (blog/twitter)
- Mzinga Maurauders, Aaron Strout. (blog/twitter)
- Mosi Tatupu’s Mullet, Adam Cohen (blog/twitter)
- Purple Pistachios, Laura “Pistachio” Fitton. (blog/twitter)
- Stillers, Jackie Huba. (blog/twitter)
- The Beasties, Craig Daitch. (blog/twitter)
- The Viral Gardeners, Mack Collier. (blog/twitter)
- The Team w/ No Name, Peter Kim. (blog/twitter)
- Hard Knox Life, me (blog/twitter)
With games kicking off this coming weekend, we had our draft on Sunday. Overall, I’m really happy with how my team turned out though the draft did have some interesting moves from my competition. Here’s my insight / trash talk as we kick off the season:
- I ran each team through the Football Guys Draft Dominator and Joe Jaffe looks to have the strongest initial team, thanks largely to his drafting of LT with the 2nd pick of the draft. He should give a big hug to Scott Monty, who with the surprise first pick of the draft, went with Tom Brady – who was a stud last year but in expert leagues has an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 11.3. Jaffe also stole the best kicker (Nick Folk) in the 9th round…4th kicker taken overall (more on that later…). He also got a great value with Jay Cutler in the 11th Round. Cutler is ranked by experts as the 8th best QB this year.
- I’m feeling good in 2nd position, though my roster has a few too many Cowboys (TO, Marion Barber, Dallas D) and Saints (Brees, Colston) for my liking. As a loyal Bengals fan, I hate cheering for the NFC. But I didnt end up with any Steelers or Browns on my team, so at least I have that going for me. And on the note of the Bengals, I could end up beating myself up for taking Brees instead of Carson Palmer and Colston instead of Ocho Cinco or TJ.
- Jeremiah has the 3rd best predicted team, but is a study in contrast. His QB core looks to be the lowest scoring (Garrard and the currently benched Matt Leinart) but he has a stud group of WR’s with two Top 10’s in Randy Moss and TJ “Who’s Your Mama”. If Marshawn Lynch stays out of trouble with the law and Michael Turner proves his worth out of the shadow of LT, then Jeremiah could be looking at a scary good team.
- Dan Cordella rounds out the Top 4 predictions with a strong team and possibly the best team name in the league (Munoz Mustache Club). He has 2 strong RB’s with Brian Westbrook and Willis McGahee and decent WR corp with Andre Johnson, Torry Holt and Roy Williams.
In addition to the surprise pick of Tom Brady #1, here were some of the “interesting” moves made in the draft:
- Craig Daitch must love his Lions because he picked up Calvin Johnson with the 10th pick in the 1st round and took him as the 1st receiver in the whole draft. Yes, the 3rd year is usually a big year for WR’s, but Mike Martz is gone and Calvin is the 15th best WR according to most experts. We’ll see if he puts up bigger numbers than Moss, TO or Reggie Wayne. Craig also picked up Jason Hanson as his kicker in the 7th round. Hanson’s ADP is the 18th kicker taken…
- Scott Monty pulled his 2nd bold move of the draft, going with Adam Vinatieri as the 1st pick in the 3rd Round. Kickers aren’t usally in the Top 100 picks overall in a draft so a strong move for sure. Especially considering Vinatieri didn’t make even one kick last year over 40 yards.
- Adam Cohen had the misfortune of picking up Rudi Johnson, who the Bengals cut from the team that same day. Rumor has it the Lions are thinking of picking him up though. Maybe Adam can trade him to Craig to round out his Lions line-up (Craig also got Kevin Smith, the Lions rookie RB)
- Round 11 was an interesting one. Scott Monty picked up DeAngelo Williams, a nice handcuff since he picked DeAngelo’s back-up Jonathon Stewart 4 rounds earlier in the 7th. Laura Fitton however bet on Carolina’s passing game, grabbing Jake Delhomme who many think will have a big bounce-back year. And Jaffe got what could prove to be his starting QB with the aforementioned Jay Cutler.
It should be a fun league for sure. Most of my other Fantasy Football leagues are just with friends in Cincinnati. It will be interesting to follow a league that is so Social Media heavy with trash talk taking place on Twitter and blogs instead of over beers at the local pub.