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2014 ISH Official Fantasy Football Draft

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Here it is: the International Sports Hub Official (OffISHial) Fantasy Football Draft. 14 of the writers for ISH are competing in a season long fantasy football league, and the draft occurred over the weekend.

The settings are not the same as a standard ESPN league, as there are a few twists. Touchdown passes are 5 points and all receptions are .5. However, the biggest twist includes an “OP” position in the starting lineup, in addition to the flex. In the offensive player position, any offensive player can be started, including a second QB. This raises the value of QBs.

Without further ado, here is the result of the draft, with some of my thoughts after! (Note, draft pick trading was allowed before the draft, and a few trades did occur. Those are noted).

 

Round 1

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 1 Frank (from Marcovitch) Jamaal Charles, KC RB1
2 2 Euster Adrian Peterson, MIN RB2
3 3 Stichter (from Zimmermann) LeSean McCoy, PHI RB3
4 4 West Matt Forte, CHI RB4
5 5 Burdman (from Nooromid) Eddie Lacy, GB RB5
6 6 Floch Calvin Johnson, DET WR1
7 7 Zimmermann (from Stichter) Peyton Manning, DEN QB1
8 8 Nooromid (from Burdman) Marshawn Lynch, SEA RB6
9 9 Levy DeMarco Murray, DAL RB7
10 10 Shutley Aaron Rodgers, GB QB2
11 11 Koch Drew Brees, NO QB3
12 12 Marcovitch (from Frank) Jimmy Graham, NO TE1
13 13 Leightman Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR2
14 14 Levinson Arian Foster, HOU RB8

 

I originally started with the 8th pick, but in a deep league, I wanted one of the top 5 RBs, so I traded up to 5th to grab Lacy. No surprise, but the top 5 RBs went off the board in the first 5 picks. I was a tad surprised to see three QBs off the board this quickly, but in a league where two QBs can start, it makes complete sense.

The pick that really surprises me is Demaryius Thomas by Leightman. He is a fantastic receiver, but is he worth a first round pick? Who knows. Overall, though, nothing too shocking.

 

 

Round 2

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 15 Levinson Doug Martin, TB RB9
2 16 Leightman AJ Green, CIN WR3
3 17 Marcovitch (from Frank) Julio Jones, ATL WR4
4 18 Koch Dez Bryant, DAL WR5
5 19 Shutley Brandon Marshall, CHI WR6
6 20 Levy Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB10
7 21 Burdman Giovani Bernard, CIN RB11
8 22 Stichter Matthew Stafford, DET QB4
9 23 Floch Antonio Brown, PIT WR7
10 24 Nooromid Zac Stacy, STL RB12
11 25 West Jordy Nelson, GB WR8
12 26 Zimmermann Montee Ball, DEN RB13
13 27 Euster Alshon Jeffery, CHI WR9
14 28 Marcovitch Alfred Morris, WAS RB14

 

The second round was where the first major surprise came. I went with electrifying Benagls back Gio Bernard, who is a fantastic choice as a second back in my mind. Despite my pick of Bernard, this round was about receivers: 7 receivers flew off the board. Leightman started that with A.J. Green, who he paired with Demaryius Thomas. Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, and Brandon Marshall were next.

After Le’Veon Bell and Bernard, Stichter tabbed Matthew Stafford, which was a shock to me.While he has the potential to be great with fantastic weapons around him, he could have been had in round 4. Lastly, I really like what Marcovitch has done thus far. He had the number 1 pick but traded it for 12 and 17, giving him 4 (!) picks in the top 29. He got Jimmy Graham, Julio Jones, and Alfred Morris in the first two rounds, and picked Vincent Jackson to kick off the next round. Really, really solid team.

 

Round 3

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 29 Marcovitch Vincent Jackson, TB WR10
2 30 Euster Julius Thomas, DEN TE2
3 31 Zimmermann Reggie Bush, DET RB15
4 32 West Randall Cobb, GB WR11
5 33 Nooromid Andre Johnson, HOU WR12
6 34 Floch Pierre Garcon, WAS WR13
7 35 Zimmermann (from Stichter) Ben Tate, CLE RB16
8 36 Burdman Andrew Luck, IND QB5
9 37 Levy Rob Gronkowski, NE TE3
10 38 Shutley Keenan Allen, SD WR14
11 39 Koch Frank Gore, SF RB17
12 40 Frank Jason Witten, DAL TE4
13 41 Leightman CJ Spiller, BUF RB18
14 42 Levinson Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR15

 

Only one QB went in the third round, and that was my selection of Andrew Luck. If Luck sees the famous “Year 3 leap” this season, he could be a top 3 QB. I think I got good value here.

Also, the run on TEs not named Graham started here, with Julius Thomas, Gronk, and Jason Witten coming off the board, which is a bit earlier than I expected (for Gronk and Witten at least). A pick I really like this round is Randall Cobb. I think he has the potential to be a top 10 WR with a full season of Aaron Rodgers.

The riskiest pick of the round was Ben Tate by Zimmermann. He has the skills and opportunity to be a top 10 back this season, but has major durability issues that have plagued him throughout his career. We’ll see what wins out.

 

Round 4

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 43 Levinson Ryan Mathews, SD RB19
2 44 Leightman Cam Newton, CAR QB6
3 45 Frank Victor Cruz, NYG WR16
4 46 Koch Andre Ellington, ARI RB20
5 47 Shutley Chris Johnson, NYJ RB21
6 48 Levy DeSean Jackson, WAS WR17
7 49 Nooromid (from Burdman) Roddy White, ATL WR18
8 50 Stichter Trent Richardson, IND RB22
9 51 Floch Toby Gerhart, JAC RB23
10 52 Nooromid Percy Harvin, SEA WR19
11 53 West Wes Welker, DEN WR20
12 54 Zimmermann Michael Crabtree, SF WR21
13 55 Euster Robert Griffin III, WAS QB7
14 56 Marcovitch Ray Rice, BAL RB24

 

I didn’t have a pick in round 4, as I traded it away to move up from 8 to 5 in round 1 (I also got Nooromid’s 6th rounder in return, so in round 6 I had two picks).

Here, Leightman made a fantastic pick with Cam Newton. Newton has always been a top-4 QB in ESPN standard leagues, and despite his perceived “lack of weapons”, he is no worse off in that department than he ever has been. Also really like the pick of Andre Ellington by Koch. In a league that gets you half a point per reception, he is valuable beyond the 20th RB. I question the pick of Trent Richardson in round 4. Sure, he’s a bounce back candidate after a dismal sophomore season, but with a poor offensive line, and a RB who needs a top-notch line to succeed, Richardson doesn’t seem like a great value as a RB2 for Stichter.

 

Round 5

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 57 Marcovitch T.Y. Hilton, IND WR22
2 58 Euster Sammy Watkins, BUF WR23
3 59 Stichter (from Zimmermann) Rashad Jennings, NYG RB25
4 60 West Vernon Davis, SF TE5
5 61 Nooromid Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN WR24
6 62 Floch Colin Kaepernick, SF QB8
7 63 Stichter Torrey Smith, BAL WR25
8 64 Burdman Michael Floyd, ARI WR26
9 65 Levy Nick Foles, PHI QB9
10 66 Shutley Joique Bell, DET RB26
11 67 Koch Reggie Wayne, IND WR27
12 68 Frank Steven Jackson, ATL RB27
13 69 Leightman DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR28
14 70 Levinson Julian Edelmen, NE WR29

 

This hurt. I was targeting Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson with this pick, as I think he will be this year’s version of Josh Gordon (without the off-the-field issues). Unfortunately, he was grabbed right before my pick, which will become a common theme for me throughout the draft.

Since CP was gone, I went with Michael Floyd to be my top receiver. I think he could supplant Fitz as the top target in the desert this season. I think Shutley made a great pick here with Detroit RB Joique Bell. Sure, Reggie Bush is the starter in title, but Bell is just as big a part in the offense, and may catch more balls than Bush. Bell was picked 35 picks later.

I think it was a bit early to pick DeAndre Hopkins, as Houston’s offense does not look exactly like a juggernaut, and Hopkins is probably the 3rd or 4th option. Also, QBs are starting to come off the board more frequently, with the 8th and 9th (Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles, respectively).

 

Round 6

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 71 Levinson Jeremy Maclin, PHI WR30
2 72 Leightman Darren Sproles, PHI RB28
3 73 Frank Tom Brady, NE QB10
4 74 Koch Seahawks D/ST, SEA DEF1
5 75 Shutley Marques Colston, NO WR31
6 76 Levy Bishop Sankey, TEN RB29
7 77 Burdman Kendall Wright, TEN WR32
8 78 Zimmermann (from Stichter) Jordan Cameron, CLE TE6
9 79 Floch Shane Vereen, NE RB30
10 80 Burdman (from Nooromid) Pierre Thomas, NO RB31
11 81 West Stevan Ridley, NE RB32
12 82 Zimmerman Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR33
13 83 Euster Mike Wallace, MIA WR34
14 84 Marcovitch Eric Decker, NYJ WR35

 

I had two picks in this round, and went with Kendall Wright and Pierre Thomas. Wright is a guy who caught over 90 balls last year and should do so again. He should also eclipse 1000 yards. The reason his value was so low was that he only caught 2 TDs, but that should increase. Thomas caught almost 80 balls out of the backfield, and with Darren Sproles in Philly, his workload could increase. I was debating between Thomas and Shane Vereen, but my decision was made for me when Vereen was picked by Floch just one spot before me.

I believe Frank got a steal here with Tom Brady as the 10th QB off the board. Sure, people are down on him, but he’s still Tom Brady! While the Seahawks defense is obviously the best in the league, Koch reached, as no defense is worth a 6th round pick by any means.

 

Round 7

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 85 Marcovitch Bernard Pierce, BAL RB33
2 86 Euster Panthers D/ST, CAR DEF2
3 87 Stichter (from Zimmermann) Golden Tate, DET WR36
4 88 West Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK RB34
5 89 Nooromid Russell Wilson, SEA QB11
6 90 Floch Terrance Williams, DAL WR37
7 91 Stichter Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE7
8 92 Burdman Matt Ryan, ATL QB12
9 93 Levy Riley Cooper, PHI WR38
10 94 Shutley DeAngelo Williams, CAR RB35
11 95 Koch Greg Olsen, CAR TE8
12 96 Frank Fred Jackson, BUF RB36
13 97 Leightman Dennis Pitta, BAL TE9
14 98 Levinson Cecil Shorts, JAC WR39

 

Round 8

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 99 Levinson Khiry Robinson, NO RB37
2 100 Leightman Anquan Boldin, SF WR40
3 101 Frank Danny Amendola, NE WR41
4 102 Koch Philip Rivers, SD QB13
5 103 Shutley Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB14
6 104 Levy Jay Cutler, CHI QB15
7 105 Burdman Danny Woodhead, SD RB38
8 106 Stichter Tony Romo, DAL QB16
9 107 Floch Brandin Cooks, NO WR42
10 108 Nooromid Dwayne Bowe, KC WR43
11 109 West 49ers D/ST, SF DEF3
12 110 Zimmerman Johnny Manziel, CLE QB17
13 111 Euster Knowshon Moreno, MIA RB39
14 112 Marcovitch Lamar Miller, MIA RB40

 

In round 7 and 8, I went with my second QB, Matt Ryan, and my 4th RB, Danny Woodhead. I got two QBs before some teams even got one, which will be big for me. Woodhead will be awesome as a 4th back and occasional flex start.I was targeting Terrance Williams in round 7, but when he was picked, I had no issues selecting Ryan.

Round 8 saw a mini-run on QBs that ended with Zimmermann taking a flier on Johnny Manziel. Manziel may not even be the starter to open the season, but he may be a rookie sensation and finish better than his draft position. Brandin Cooks, a sleeper of mine, also went off the board. As the 42nd WR taken, Floch got a fantastic value here.

 

Round 9

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 113 Marcovitch Terrance West, CLE RB41
2 114 Euster Steve Smith, BAL WR44
3 115 Zimmermann Chris Ivory, NYJ RB42
4 116 West Greg Jennings, MIN WR45
5 117 Nooromid Martellus Bennett, CHI TE10
6 118 Floch Zach Ertz, PHI TE11
7 119 Stichter Mike Evans, TB WR46
8 120 Burdman Jordan Reed, WAS TE12
9 121 Levy Hakeem Nicks, IND WR47
10 122 Shutley Donald Brown, SD RB43
11 123 Koch Shonn Greene, TEN RB44
12 124 Frank Josh Gordon, CLE WR48
13 125 Leightman Tavon Austin, STL WR49
14 126 Levinson Darren McFadden, OAK RB45

Terrance West has a serious chance at fantasy relevance if Tate goes down with an injury.

Round 10

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 127 Levinson Mark Ingram, NO RB46
2 128 Leightman Andy Dalton, CIN QB18
3 129 Frank John Potter, WAS K1
4 130 Koch Matt Prater, DEN K2
5 131 Shutley Charles Clay, MIA TE13
6 132 Levy Eric Ebron, DET TE14
7 133 Burdman Andrew Hawkins, CLE WR50
8 134 Stichter Carlos Hyde, SF RB47
9 135 Floch Jeremy Hill, CIN RB48
10 136 Nooromid Blair Walsh, MIN K3
11 137 West Christine Michael, SEA RB49
12 138 Zimmermann Justin Hunter, TEN WR51
13 139 Euster Stephen Gostkowski, NE K4
14 140 Marcovitch Eli Manning, NYG QB19

 

In round 9, I needed a TE, so I went with Jordan Reed of the Redskins. If he can stay healthy, he is better than the 12th TE. In round 10, looking for depth at WR, I chose Andrew Hawkins. If Josh Gordon is suspended, Hawkins will be starting in Cleveland.

I really like the Mike Evans pick by Stichter in round 9. Evans looks poised for a great rookie season in Tampa, and could be the Alshon Jeffery to Vincent Jackson’s Brandon Marshall. Frank taking Josh Gordon is interesting: if he somehow avoids suspension, this is hands down the steal of the draft. Lastly, though, what’s with people taking kickers in the 10th round? Come on, man!

 

Round 11

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 141 Marcovitch Jarrett Boykin, GB WR52
2 142 Euster Devonta Freeman, ATL RB50
3 143 Zimmermann Ryan Tannehill, MIA QB20
4 144 West LeGarrette Blount, PIT RB51
5 145 Nooromid Broncos D/ST, DEN DEF4
6 146 Floch Patriots D/ST, NE DEF5
7 147 Stichter Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR53
8 148 Burdman Markus Wheaton, PIT WR54
9 149 Levy Ka’Deem Carey, CHI RB52
10 150 Shutley Cardinals D/ST, ARI DEF6
11 151 Koch James Jones, OAK WR55
12 152 Frank Dexter McCluster, TEN WR56
13 153 Leightman Justin Tucker, BAL K5
14 154 Levinson Bengals D/ST, CIN DEF7

 

Round 12

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 155 Levinson Tre Mason, STL RB53
2 156 Leightman Texans D/ST, HOU DEF8
3 157 Frank Browns D/ST, CLE DEF9
4 158 Koch Reuben Randle, NYG WR57
5 159 Shutley Andre Williams, NYG RB54
6 160 Levy Carson Palmer, ARI QB21
7 161 Burdman Brandon LaFell, NE WR58
8 162 Stichter Brian Hartline, MIA WR59
9 163 Floch Alex Smith, KC QB22
10 164 Nooromid Teddy Bridgewater, MIN QB23
11 165 West Stevie Johnson, SF WR60
12 166 Zimmermann Chiefs D/ST, KC DEF10
13 167 Euster Marqise Lee, JAC WR61
14 168 Marcovitch Josh McCown, TB QB24

 

These two rounds were painful for me. In the 11th, I had Kelvin Benjamin all queued up and ready to go, but he was picked by Stichter just before it was my turn. Grrr. I went with Markus Wheaton, an up-and-comer for the Steelers who could start opposite Antonio Brown. Total lottery ticket. In the 12th, I went with Brandon LaFell after hoping to draft Andre Williams. LaFell could see a boost in targets and productivity in New England.

At the top of round 11, Euster made a great pick with Devonta Freeman. Steven Jackson is having health issues in camp, and Freeman looks like the real deal. Shutley picked the Cardinals defense, and only after our draft did news of Darnell Docket’s injury leak. Unfortunate. Speaking of defenses, I like the pick of the Chiefs by Zimmerman. They were one of the best last year, and he got them as the 10th defense.

 

Round 13

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 169 Marcovitch Kenny Stills, NO WR62
2 170 Euster Roy Helu, WAS RB55
3 171 Zimmerman Ahmad Bradshaw, IND RB56
4 172 West Joe Flacco, BAL QB25
5 173 Nooromid James Starks, GB RB57
6 174 Floch Rams D/ST, STL DEF11
7 175 Stichter Andre Brown, HOU RB58
8 176 Burdman Sam Bradford, STL QB26
9 177 Levy Odell Beckham, NYG WR63
10 178 Shutley Jerricho Cotchery, CAR WR64
11 179 Koch Knile Davis, KC RB59
12 180 Frank Doug Baldwin, SEA WR65
13 181 Leightman C.J. Anderson, DEN RB60
14 182 Levinson Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB61

 

Round 14

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 183 Levinson Mason Crosby, GB K6
2 184 Leightman Bills D/ST, BUF DEF12
3 185 Frank Mike Williams, BUF WR66
4 186 Koch Antonio Gates, SD TE15
5 187 Shutley Delanie Walker, TEN TE16
6 188 Levy BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN RB62
7 189 Burdman Buccaneers D/ST, TB DEF13
8 190 Stichter Redskins D/ST, WAS DEF14
9 191 Floch Jordan Matthews, PHI WR67
10 192 Nooromid Aaron Dobson, NE WR68
11 193 West Ladarius Green, SD TE17
12 194 Zimmermann Kenny Britt, STL WR69
13 195 Euster Denarius Moore, OAK WR70
14 196 Marcovitch Ravens D/ST, BAL DEF15

 

Round 15

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 197 Marcovitch Alex Henery, PHI K7
2 198 Euster Andre Roberts, WAS WR71
3 199 Zimmermann Heath Miller, PIT TE18
4 200 West EJ Manuel, BUF QB27
5 201 Nooromid Coby Fleener, IND TE19
6 202 Floch Steven Hauschka, SEA K8
7 203 Stichter Geno Smith, NYJ QB28
8 204 Burdman Phil Dawson, SF K9
9 205 Levy Saints D/ST, NO DEF16
10 206 Shutley Adam Vinatieri, IND K10
11 207 Koch Colts D/ST, IND DEF17
12 208 Frank Harry Douglas, ATL WR72
13 209 Leightman Jonathan Grimes, HOU RB63
14 210 Levinson Dwayne Allen, IND TE20

 

Round 16

Pick Overall By Player Pos Rank
1 211 Levinson Jake Locker, TEN QB29
2 212 Leightman Garrett Graham, HOU TE21
3 213 Frank Nick Novak, SD K11
4 214 Koch Donnie Avery, KC WR73
5 215 Shutley Steelers D/ST, PIT DEF18
6 216 Levy Dan Bailey, DAL K12
7 217 Burdman Mike Tolbert, CAR RB64
8 218 Stichter Greg Zuerlein, STL K13
9 219 Floch Levin Toilolo, ATL TE21
10 220 Nooromid Blake Bortles, JAC QB30
11 221 West Nick Folk, NYJ K14
12 222 Zimmermann Shayne Graham, NO K15
13 223 Euster Rod Streater, OAK WR74

*Due to a lopsided trade, Marcovitch had 17 draft selections, so his final selection in round 16 was forgone.

I closed my draft with Sam Bradford, the Bucs defense, Phil Dawson, and Mike Tolbert. Bradford has upside as a 3rd QB. I only need him for two weeks, and if he’s healthy, he’s a top 15 QB. The Bucs have upside with Lovie Smith at the helm. Phil Dawson, well, he’s just awesome (as a Browns fan, how can I not love Phil?) Finally, Tolbert is a TD machine, and he’s a solid value this late.

I like the Jerricho Cotchery pick by Shutley in round 13. He’s reliable and an overall good weapon. In round 14, West made a great pick with Ladarius Green. He will be taking over as the main TE in San Diego this year, and has stud potential. Lastly, I really liked the last two picks of the 15th round. Leightman took Jonathan Grimes, who will be a starter if (when?) Arian Foster gets hurt. Levinson took Dwayne Allen, who is clearly the better of the Indy TEs. Coby Fleener was taken 9 picks earlier.

So there you have it! The 2014 ISH Fantasy Football Draft, broken down. I think I’ve got it in the bag, right?

 

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