Number Five (#51)
Since my last two Yahoo Best Ball Leagues, a $5 and a $10, had me drafting from the 8 and the 9 slot, I figured chance should favor a top-end of the draft pick for tonight’s $20 contest.
But no, I still had to draft from the Badlands (picks 7-8-9), albeit from the best pick of the Badlands this time. Given that the top half of the first round went according to script and I was forced into the alternate strategy of picking a WR in the first round, I am fairly pleased with the results. It seems better than the other two Badlands teams; but then it should be, given that it is from the best of the Badlands slots.
That said, I had to fight and scratch and retreat and change course and refocus all the way through this draft, it seemed, so it had the potential to have really gone sideways…
…but Axe Elf finds a way.
Things got started in the first round when I was holding out hope of Aaron Jones falling to me, but with Chubb and Jones left on the board for pick #6, he chose Jones. So, first pivot…
1.7 Tyreek Hill (Davante Adams can’t score on 12.1% of his targets forever, and the Chiefs’ offense will be setting records. Hill is the WR to own in 2021. At this point I was toying with the idea of drafting Mahomes in the third for the Biggest Forking Stack Anyone Has Ever Seen, since I usually draft Lamb as my WR1 there and I already had Hill for my WR1–but I had to abandon that strategy when Mahomes fell in the 2nd. Pivot #2)
2.4 Najee Harris (Fork yeah! He’ll score more than Chubb anyway…)
3.7 CeeDee Lamb (Was kind of looking at Carson as the safer choice here, but when he fell a couple of picks before me, I figured what the heck; pivot #3.)
4.4 Robert Woods (Kinda committed to the whole Monster WR Team idea at this point; targeting Gus Edwards, Mike Davis, Damien Harris, etc. in the upcoming rounds… So now my usual top 2 WRs are my second 2 WRs… behind Tyreek Hill… mwahahahaHAHAHAAAAA!!!)
5.7 Brandon Aiyuk (Gus Edwards fell at 5.2, bah. Pivot #4 to target Mike Davis. He falls at 5.4–CURSES! He usually lasts into the 6th! Fine, I can’t have a RB2, I’ll put another top tennish WR into my flex slot. Pivot #5.)
6.4 Trey Sermon (Ok, surely I can get Damien Harris 6 picks later around the turn in the 6th, right? Nope, 5.9. Really? Pivot #6 to target Darrell Henderson. He lasts all the way to 6.1. Allrightythen, I didn’t want to have to do this until the 7/8 turn, but if y’all are gonna hoover up RBs for the first ten rounds, I’ll attempt the Sermon/Mostert coup in Rounds 6 and 7. Pivot #7. Really kind of genius way to draft a RB2 by committee in a best-ball league, don’t you think?)
7.7 Melvin Gordon (You have got to be kidding me!!! Raheem Mostert drops at 7.2 Pivot #8 to target Gordon and Javonte Williams for my RB3/RB4.)
8.4 Kenny Golladay (Javonte Williams goes at 7.9 and I slap my forehead. Pivot #9. Tyler Higbee was there for the taking… but hey, this is the Monster WR Team, yeah! One more top tennish WR can’t hurt! And I’ve sometimes seen Higbee fall into the double-digit rounds, so I’ll take a chance on targeting him in the 9th.)
9.7 Matthew Stafford (You guessed it–Higbee goes at 9.6! Pivot #10–though I felt better about nabbing Stafford here than hoping he made it through the turn.)
10.4 James Conner (Forking-A! I axually got my 10th round target! Party at the Elf Institute! Now get out there and show that poosie Edmonds how a cancer survivor carries the mail!)
11.7 Kirk Cousins (Also my target here.)
12.4 Mike Williams (It just never ends. I wanted Marvin Jones here; he went one pick too early at 12.3. Pivot #11 to another WR with a Week 7 bye.)
13.7 Evan Engram (Well, at least Mike Gesicki had the courtesy to go TWO picks ahead of me, instead of just one, so I had an extra 30 seconds for Pivot #12.)
14.4 Daniel Jones (OMG-OMG-OMG-Matt Ryan is still on the board! I axually have him ranked a little higher than Daniel Jones, but I ALWAYS take Daniel Jones in the 15th! This is a draft where I’m trying new things! Yeah, but I have Galloway and Engram for a three-way stack! In the end, I went for the upside of the stack because it was a Best Ball league. In a managed league, I probly take Ryan, but when I’m actively promoting high variance scoring to skim the big weeks off the top, a QB/WR stack is the way to go. And I ALWAYS take Daniel Jones–so I’m comfortable living or dying by my convictions. Toughest draft decision I’ve had to make in a while, though. Guess I can’t really count it as Pivot #12, since Jones was pretty much my target all along and I was just hoping Ryan would get picked so I wouldn’t have to make the choice.)
15.7 Anthony Firkser (Target. Would rather he was my TE3, but I kinda punted the TE position when I eschewed Higbee back in the 8th, so, hope for the best.)
16.4 Mark Ingram II (Target. At least he provides a solid 6-8 point floor every week, at my weakest position.)
17.7 Jared Cook (I will count THIS as Pivot #13, because I had C.J. Uzomah in my queue as my last round selection for the past two rounds now, but with Cook being available, and Uzomah sharing Engram’s Week 10 bye, I made the pivot to Cook. See, I CAN abandon my convictions and pivot to a higher-valued player when appropriate for my team.)
So it may not be my BEST team of all time, but I worked hard not to let this one devolve into a hot mess of disappointment, what with all the snipes and concomitant pivots I endured (13 pivots in 17 rounds!). So I’m kind of proud of it.
I’ll be expecting a lot out of Gordon and Ingram early in the season, with Sermon and Conner set to come on later in the season, if at all. And of course I’m hoping Najee is a strong RB1 all season. So hopefully everyone will work together to hold down the fort in the backfield while the WRs do the heavy lifting.
Those WRs tho…
9 to go…