Now that I've chimed in in the Bagel vs. Cornbread royal rumble, I might as well add in my reasons behind the picks in my draft. My basic strategy was to play it safe in the first half of the draft and then to take the majority of my risks in the late-middle rounds. My goal was to get a solid starting lineup and then pickup backup players who have keeper potential for next year and/or could break into my starting lineup.
1) Deuce- Was never a question in my mind of who I was going to select here. If for some reason someone passed up Priest, I would have selected him, but I had a very strong feeling I would be choosing between Deuce, SA, and Portis here. I would have loved to go with Portis in this spot, but in a league that is this competitive you can't afford to have a #1 pick that has never completed a full 16 game season. Deuce's pass catching ability was the deciding factor.
2) H.Ward- Initially I was hoping that a Faulk or a Rudi would fall to me at this pick, but there was a HUGE run on WRs in the 2nd round and I felt that Ward was my last chance at getting a solid #1 WR in a 3 WR league. I wasn't confident in any of the remaining RBs, especially in a keeper league, so I decided to take the solid WR.
3) T.Barber- I really hate this pick. I was hoping that Stephen Davis would fall to me in the early 3rd but it didn't happen. So I was basically stuck with reaching on a 2nd RB because I feared a TON of RBs would be snatched up before my next pick. I was half a second away from drafting Chris Brown with the 3.04 before I came to my senses and went with the proven performer. I still hate this pick though.
4) D.Jackson- I felt really fortunate to get the strong #2 WR here in D.Jackson. This is the type of player I love to have in my #2 WR, a boom or bust guy that has the ability to put up huge points on any given week. I saw a few RBs on the list that I was happy I could get with my swing-back pick so I jumped on Jackson.
5) L.Suggs- I really lucked out drafting this guy. I've been on the fence as to whether or not I've wanted this guy, a Cleveland Brown's RB, on my team. After seeing clips of him run in preseason, I became a believer that he can make an impact. This is the best pick of my draft right here, a possible #2 RB to start if Barber has problems and a potential keeper for next year.
6) B.Favre- This is a pick that I'm happy with. I knew I was going to select a QB with this pick it was just a question of who would fall to me. Trent Green would have been the ultimate pickup here, but I knew in my heart that it was not to be. I saw KingGhidra sitting there 2 picks ahead of me and knew I had 0% spot at getting him, and this proved to be the case. Still I'm happy with landing Gunslinging Brett Favre. I just hope those INTs don't come back to bite me in the ass.
7) R. Smith- I view this as a semi-steal as I am high on Rod Smith this year. As I've watched the Bronco's situation develop throughout preseason (who hasn't) I've been reinforcing my thoughts on Rod Smith. Although he is old in age, I think Rod still has it in him to haul in 80-90 receptions. Lelie can't catch, Chamberlein is a sucker's pick IMO, and Darius Watts is still a rookie. Someone has to catch first downs on this team and I think it will be Rod Smith, Rod Smith, Rod Smith.
8) T.Bell- I felt this was my last shot at taking a possible keeper RB for next year. After the run on young backup RBs in the previous round: J.Jones, S.Jackson, W.Mcgahee, and D.Foster I was kind of surprised that Bell flew under the radar. Although I don't expect him to start at all this season, he could be a pleasant surprise by the time the playoffs roll around.
9) J.Galloway- This is by no means a glamourous pick, but I feel very confident in Galloway as a backup WR. Galloway has proven earlier in his career that he is a talented player and I think a lot of people forgot about him when he got thrust into the fantasy WR wasteland known as the Dallas Cowboy's. The Buc's are dealing with injuries, holdouts, and rookies at WR and Galloway is the guy I feel will step up to become the main option on that team.
10) J.Plummer- On hindsight, I'm not sure this was a smart pick in a league that penalizes INTs so harshly. I looked at the remaining QB picks and I felt that Plummer would be an effective guy for me. Added bonus: during Favre's week 9 bye week, Denver faces off against the Texans
11) M.Muhammad- Who? This was probably my biggest reach of the draft, with the exception of Tiki Barber ugh, but I felt that some other owner might be eyeing this guy as well. Jake Delhomme has impressed me towards the end of the season last year and this preseason and I think that the Panther's could become a more balanced team this year. Although most people regard Steve Smith as the only WR option in Carolina, Mushin Muhammad is quietly one of the better #2 WRs in the league. Very confident in him as a #5 WR this year.
12) J.Fargas- Initially I was going to go with a solid producer like Moe Williams or Mike Alstott in my #5 RB slot, but I figured I was solid enough there to take another shot at a possible RB keeper. Fargas has impressed me when I watch him play and I don't understand why the Raider's don't utilize him more in their offense. My hope is that during the season Wheatley will falter or get injured and that Fargas takes the job and never looks back. I'm not expecting to start him at all this season, but I feel he is well worth the late 12th round pick.
13) F.Jones- I almost bypassed F.Jones because I figured I could get him a round or two later, but then I asked myself "Why be greedy?" Jones was the guy I was targeting all along as my TE. This guy has got the athletisim of a WR and the body of a TE. Now that Arizona is relying on a rookie as their #1 WR, yet again, I feel that their TE should be a frequently thrown to target. Freddie has just as good a chance as anybody to be the #4 ranked TE at the end of the year.
14) Atlanta- Defenses were coming off the board a little earlier than expected and I missed out on my targeted defense 2 rounds earlier (Jacksonville). Out of all the defenses left, I really like Atlanta's aggressive blitzing schemes and I think that they may very well become a leader in the NFL in turnovers this season.
15) K.Washington- This is my standard last round sleeper pick this year. Washington is really flying under the radar because most people figure Peter Warrick is a lock on the #2 WR spot in Cincinnati. I believe that Washington is even more talented than Warrick and that he will see signinficantly more playing time as the season progresses. If Chad Johnson or Warrick were to get injured early in the season, I have confidence that Washington could step up and be the guy for the Bengal's. Very solid #6 WR.
16) M.Grammatica- Automatica? Not after last season. I guess I'm just reliving the glory days when this guy was a top pick for a kicker. Ho-hum I don't really care who I end up with at this position, I'll probably end up picking up a WW kicker during the season anyways.