Slow Draft Yields Roster With Upside

by Eddie Mayrose

It didn’t start well. I’d been hoping to grab Calvin Johnson with the 8th pick of the Executive Invitational Fantasy League to which I’d been invited by my buddy, Corey Parson of SiriusXM Radio’s Fantasy Sports Network.

It was a Slow Draft, the first in which I’d ever participated, taking a little over a week to complete.  I was still in the process of figuring out the draft website when I pre-selected Mega-Tron as my first round pick and A.J. Green as my second rounder.  Or so I thought.

The old Professor has a lot riding on A.J. Green's continued success.

What I’d actually done, however, was slot Green as my alternate selection in the first round and, you guessed it, Johnson went in my face at number 7, making our league one of the few in America that saw A.J. tabbed in the opening stanza.

I was actually quite happy with the rest of my draft, following the standard Wagstaff format of receivers first, as I was able to add Andre Johnson and Victor Cruz to solidify that position.

The risk, as always , is that lead running backs will be gone by the time I get to them, but I was pleasantly surprised by the choices that fell to me. We’ll see how Michael Turner does in Atlanta with a smaller workload, find out if Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis can carry the load in Cincy and, most importantly, pray that  Rashard Mendenhall can return to form, but, as the season opens, I’m cautiously optimistic.

The roster reads as follows:

QB- Tony Romo
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Matt Cassel

RB- Michael Turner
Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis
Beanie Wells
Rashard Mendenhall

WR- A.J. Green
Andre Johnson
Victor Cruz
Vincent Jackson
Stephen Hill

TE- Brandon Pettigrew
Brent Celek

DST- Houston Texans

K-   Garrett Hartley

And awaaaaaaay we go!

Wagstaff News and Notes

Despite the fact that Steelers’ head man Mike Tomlin says he won’t rule out RB Rashard Mendenhall for Sunday’s opener vs. the Denver Peytons, keep him on your bench.  Even if his surgically repaired knee is ready to go, it’s unlikely his touches will be anywhere near to what he’s accustomed… The enthusiasm of MJD owners patting themselves on the back for grabbing him at a discount just before he ended his holdout should be tempered.  The frequency by which players that go through an abbreviated camp turn up on the injured list is a major concern.  That goes for Mike Wallace, too… If Seattle RB Robert Turbin is a FA in your league, grab him. Hawks’ starter Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a bad back that could keep him out of Week 1 and legal issues that could keep him out longer than that.  Turbin should have a solid game this week vs. a generous Arizona defense… Just in case you’d forgotten since his last proclamation, Rex Ryan thinks he’s a great coach.  Just ask him… I appreciate Ravens’ head man John Harbaugh trying to make me feel better, but A.J. Green is not the best WR in football… I know there are only 12 games on the Penn State schedule, but I’m still hoping that, somehow, they lose 20 times… Not surprisingly, the Week 1 status of San Diego’s Ryan Mathews is uncertain. Don’t you wish you’d paid more attention to his history of injuries when he looked like such a steal last month?… Before you insert TE Jacob Tamme into your lineup because Peyton Manning just loves his Tight Ends, take a look at the Broncos’ depth chart, which currently lists Joel Dreesen as the starter… OK, here we go.  Love the Bills plus 6, Seattle plus 1 and San Francisco plus 7.  On Saturday, it’s Texas- New Mexico over 53 1/2, Southern Cal minus 25 1/2 and Virginia minus 8 1/2.  Go Huxley!

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