You look so-so. Moss and Calvin is a powerful way to start your team. Though I fear your team suffered by going WR/WR at the start, instead of at least 1 top-notch RB. I like Rice and Smith - though I'd like to see Rice's workload before feeling comfortable with him as my every-week starter. And despite Shanahan being gone, I don't trust the DEN running game. As a back-up ... sure. But as a starter? Not me. Shockey's a mystery to me. You'd think he should do well in NO, but its been some time since he was a top TE. At QB, Ryan is decent. Sanchez is kind of an unknown as a rookie (and Ryan notwithstanding, rookie QBs usually struggle).
There's not much help on the bench. 6 backup RBs and no WRs isn't good balance. Were there really no decent sleeper choices at WR when you were making those picks? I guess you'll be pulling out voodoo dolls of the starters to get value out of those guys. Though Washington and Bradshaw should score good weekly points even with the main guy staying healthy. I guess your plan is to hold onto them all until you bye weeks roll around, and make the tough decisions then.
Overall, you could contend if you stay healthy, your starters have the roles you expect, and at least one of those bench RBs gets a starting job. That's a lot of conditions, so I'm not that enthused. You need to stay on top of the league to keep this group in it. Good luck
I feel you. It was tough picking at #9. Chris Johnson and Steven Jackson made it to me at that spot but I wanted to do something to offset missing out on Forte, MJD, Peterson. I have owned Jackson before and he was a headache. Crap team and injury prone. I like Johnson but I felt taking Moss would give me that opportunity, with a healthy Brady and in a PPR league, to get a beast late in the 1st round. When it came back to me in the 2nd, Barber was there along with Pierre Thomas, Portis. Since I had gone receiver already and really don't see the separation between a Kevin Jones and Portis or Barber, I decided to go with Calvin since we have to start 3 WR's. After taking my RB's (Rice, Jones) I decided to start loading up on RB's because injuries happen and I figured I could get value by grabbing time-share RB's and immediate backups. Since I had my 3 WR's and the pool of receivers at that point in the draft wasn't too sexy I just figured I would get a lot of RB's and if need be later in the season, I could trade one of them for a Bernard Berrian. I mean guys like that, like a Berrian or Driver, they don't consistently put up the numbers. 800 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns over a season doesn't do much, especially when I can grab a Leon Washington or Moreno and reap the benefits later in the season IF they are RB1 on their squads. I went with Ryan because I like the weapons he has and like what he showed last year, especially early in the season with the low turnovers.
Thanks for the evaluation. I will be looking at yours.
I also had the 9th pick in a 12 team head-to-head and went with the same strategy as you with similar results. I took Moss, followed by G Jennings then P. Thomas and R Rice. DeSean Jackson was unexpectedly there in the 5th so I grabbed him to complete my 3 starting WR's and came back in the 6th with Len not-such-a-whale White. I took McCoy in the 7th and Palmer at QB in the 8th. My thinking, like yours was to get a few stud recievers and try to dig out some productive RB's in the mid-rounds. At that point we diverged a bit and I picked up, in order, P Harvin, D. Hixon, G Olsen (this is not a TE mandatory league). Thus I gave myself some depth at WR with some guys I think have some upside. Then I grabbed C Buckhalter and M Bell (to handcuff P Thomas until he gets back on the field) and finished up with R Meachem, DEF, K.Thus my roster looks like this:
QB Palmer RB P Thomas (will play M Bell week1) RB R Rice WR R Moss WR G Jennings WR D Jackson Def Washington K J Elam
B L White B L McCoy B P Harvin B D Hixon B G Olsen B M Bell B R Meachem
This turned out exactly as I thought it would. Now it's just a question of whether this was a proper strategy or not. I'm not entirely convinced it is, but we'll find out. I went in with the idea that it would be easier for me to find respectable RB's in RDS 3,4, and 5., than WR's in 3,4,5 that I felt comfortable starting. With all the question marks on the RB's at that point in the 1st and 2nd rounds I think this might have been the ideal time to go WR-WR. I guess will both find out. GO R Moss! Go R Rice! Retire B Westbrook!
I see big seasons coming for Moss, CJ, and Ray Rice, so I think you'll be fine. I also happen to be high on Moreno, so I wouldn't worry. If your RB choices bust, you'll be in a world of hurt, but I think you're going to be fine.
Moss/CJ can just carry you if they have good games.