The Rank King is back with another draft result ladies and gentlemen. This time we follow the results of the league that started it all. My college league. Filled with treacherous punishments, creative ways to decide the draft order and overall a bunch of heckling and shit talking that brings me joy knowing football season is almost here. In this league we started my freshman year. That year I had no prior knowledge of football or fantasy purposes and I won. This league has been going for about six years and every year I’ve made the top four. This season I hope that I regain my championship title that I earned so many years ago. I had received the ninth overall pick in a group of ten lads cutting down from last season’s 14. Will I do it with the following team? That’s up for you to decide.
Big Ben wasn’t a hard choice to make at quarterback with big names like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. I took Ben in the tenth round and he will be my starting quarterback in the season. I am hoping since he threw for 5,000 passing yards and over 30 touchdowns that his stats continue to rise and take me to the promise land in my league.
Trubisky is a good quarterback and even better to have as my backup. I selected the young Chicago player in the thirteenth round sealing the deal on my quarterback selections. I am confident that Nagy will continue to develop Mitch into a fine quarterback. He can pass well, run efficiently and is smart enough to make decisions when times are right. So yes I will gladly accept him as a back up.
Now I know what you are all thinking. Didn’t he just write an article about players to not draft and David Johnson was one of them. Look I get it, but Johnson fell to me in the second round and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. Johnson provides a safe bet for Murray to throw out of the backfield to and hopefully he will fit into Kingsbury’s offense and make him relevant to fantasy owners again including myself.
Jacobs was a nice selection in the third round to me. That says a lot because he is virtually the only running back in Oakland aside from Jalen Richard. This means he will get a lot of touches and carry the ball as the lead back in an Oakland Raiders team that is destined for improvement. I see high hopes for this kid. let us hope that he can take his ability and my team to new heights.
Mack did very well last year in the offensive threat the Colts provided. This year I am expecting big things out of him so I drafted him in the fifth round. The reason I am expecting big things from him this year is because with Luck retired he is going to have to step up in the run game in order to take pressure off of Jacoby Brissett. He is a great PPR back as well catching balls out of the backfield or down the field as well. So even if the defense stacks the pile he should still give me plenty of points in the receiving department.
With Jordan Howard being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears needed a new running back to take his place. Enter David Montgomery. In his one preseason game he played against the Carolina Panthers he impressed me with his patience and his ability to see holes and make moves through them. With that he ran in a touchdown and also did some work catching from Chase Daniels. I expect him to do good things in Chicago so I took him in the sixth round for my team.
It doesn’t seem like Melvin Gordon is going to come to an agreement with the Chargers so he will likely be traded or sit out which opens the door for Austin Ekeler to take charge in the backfield. His running and catching abilities should help me in the PPR format our league has. Taking him early was a must so with the seventh pick I selected this man hoping he will lead the rush and prove dominant in the run and receiving game for my team.
I waited a while to grab Breida hoping he was still there in the later rounds. My prayers were answered as I was able to pick him up in the twelfth round. Tevin Coleman appears to be in line for the number one spot, but Kyle Shanahan has proven before that they run a hot hand running system in San Francisco which the back does better in each game will play. He did well last year and with Jerrick McKinnon once again going down with ACL troubles it will be between Coleman and Breida for the starting job. I hope he can get it done.
Since I had the ninth pick out of ten in the draft most of the elite tier running backs made their way off the board fairly early. This was my chance to grab an elite receiver and with DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas and Davante Adams going already I had to make the choice and grab Julio with the ninth overall pick. Jones is an amazing receiver and had 113 receptions, 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns last season. I see the offense in Atlanta doing well again this year and Matt Ryan hooking the ball up to my number one selection for some major points.
Having selected Jones in the first round and grabbing two running backs in Johnson and Jacobs after that, I needed another strong wideout to compliment this team. With that in my mind I selected Amari Cooper in the fourth round. Cooper took the Cowboys in a positive direction after being traded there from Oakland and I see him doing good things in Dallas once again. Being the number one receiver gave me confidence in selecting him as my WR2 for this season.
I selected Jackson in my dynasty league and my college league as well. It became a bit of tricky situation to find receivers since I kind of went on a running back rampage, but I was able to find Jackson in the ninth round. I have confidence he will do some damage in Philly if Carson Wentz can find him the ball. Jackson wanted opportunities at glory. I am hoping he will get it in Philadelphia and for my fantasy team.
Many might consider this one a little strange, but I see big upside in Allison this year so I took him with my eleventh round pick. He had twenty receptions for 303 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Packers need to find their WR2 on their team. That is between Allison and Valdez-Scatling. Allison could be called the dark horse of this team and if it doesn’t work out that is on me because I took a chance on him as a sleeper candidate. Here is hoping my gut didn’t prove me wrong.
I’m not crazy about this pick and will likely be dropping him, but I took him with my final pick in the draft so i don’t have much to complain about. Crowder in my mind is a solid slot option for Darnold and will look to capitalize from the coverage that will be on main receiver Robby Anderson. If he proves himself well I might add him back to my team, but for now he most likely won’t see the slots on my starting roster anytime soon.
O.J. Howard was the only tight end I secured in my draft as I grabbed him with the eighth round selection. That might seem risky, but chances are I’ll find another one to add to the waiver as the weeks go on. Howard had a season ending injury last year and is on the move to bounce back and catch a decent amount of targets thrown his way by Jameis Winston. I have a feeling he will do just fine as he had thirty four receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns before his injury. Here is hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself on this one because he is a potential break out star in my eyes.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were a defense that impressed me a lot, but honestly the main reason i picked them was because of the stand out rookie on the squad last season; Derwin James. All together though the Chargers did quite well in fantasy defense last year posting thirty eight sacks, seven fumbles and thirteen interceptions with one of them going for a pick six. They are a hot defense to draft this year so electrified cause I sure am.
As it stands right now I have no official kicker on my roster. That is likely to change before the first game though don’t worry. There are so many kickers left on the waivers it is ridiculous. Only five kickers got selected in our draft that being; Harrison Butker, Greg Zuerlein, Chris Boswell, Justin Tucker, Wil Lutz and Matt Bryant. So chances are dropping someone and picking one up shouldn’t be that hard to do.