Best and Worst Picks from the ComeGetSome Draft
In a very competitive and trash talk oriented Fantasy Football World Championship Draft-N-Go league, a mix experts and high stakes players challenged each other. Want some? Check out the #ComeGetSome league!
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Team 11: Patriots RB Shane Vereen (04.02)
Vereen is a PPR monster. He caught 47 balls in just eight games last season. Extrapolated to a full season that's 94 catches. If he's able to stay healthy, Vereen should easily see 70 or 80 catches this year. In a PPR league, that makes him an elite RB2 or low-end RB1, especially if he beats out Patriots RB Stevan Ridley for carries, as he did last season. He also gets plenty of red zone opportunities, meaning double-digit touchdowns isn't out of the question. Vereen was a steal as the 16th overall RB in a PPR format.
Team 11: Colts QB Andrew Luck (08.02)
Luck is a top five QB in many analysts' estimations. But here, he fell all the way to the eighth round, as the seventh QB taken. Luck was the fifth-highest scoring fantasy QB last year, and going into his third season, he's still improving. He'll get Colts WR Reggie Wayne and Colts TE Dwayne Allen back in the lineup this year, which helps improve his receiving options. And he plays a cupcake schedule in the AFC South, with six games total versus the Titans, the Jaguars and the Texans. 2014 could be the year he proves himself worthy of top-tier ranking going forward. Luck was one of the best value picks of the draft.
Team 9: Falcons RB Steven Jackson (09.09)
It's a little premature to start writing Jackson's fantasy obituary. Over the final six games of 2013, for which he was fully healthy, Jackson averaged 13.1 fantasy points per game and scored six touchdowns. The Falcons did spend a fourth-round draft pick on RB Devonta Freeman, who will take some opportunity away, but Jackson will get first crack at carries and goal line work this year. There's no getting around the fact that Jackson 31 years old, and has a lot of mileage on his legs. But in a round where other running backs drafted included backup Rams RB Tre Mason and Chargers RB Danny Woodhead, Jackson, as his team's starter, was a very strong pick.
Team 7: Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (10.06)
Ravens RB Ray Rice is suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season, and Pierce figures to be the primary ball-carrier for the team. If he's effective, Pierce will be able to make a good case for at least splitting the workload with Rice throughout the season, and maybe even taking over the starter's role, especially if Rice continues the plodding running style he displayed last season. During his rookie season in 2012, Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry and showed he can be a decisive, powerful runner when given the opportunity. Look for him to show off that same package early in 2014.
Team 5: Patriots QB Tom Brady (10.08)
Brady's been heavily penalized for his performance last year – too heavily, perhaps. Brady's body of work over the last decade is too good simply to write off. And the Patriots are not the type of team to stay down for long. The return of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will help tremendously, and look for one of WR Aaron Dobson and WR Kenbrell Thompkins to establish themselves as a solid threat this year. As the 12th QB taken in this draft, Brady was one of the better pickups – especially considering he was taken after guys like Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Lions QB Matthew Stafford.
Team 5: Broncos QB Peyton Manning (02.08)
Sacrilege! How can Manning, coming off a 55-touchdown performance, be a bad fantasy pick? Well, it has to do with what Manning's likely to do in 2014, and what Team 5 had to sacrifice to take him 20th overall. It's extreme unlikely that Manning will throw 55 touchdowns again this year. That was one of the greatest seasons in NFL history. 40 to 45 touchdown passes is a more reasonable estimation. But there are other players (Saints QB Drew Brees and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers come to mind) who will put up similar numbers. And by taking a quarterback with their second-round pick, Team 5 robbed themselves of RB/WR talent like Packers WR Randall Cobb or Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, which is much harder to replace. Manning is good, but the QB position is very deep this year. Team 5 would have done better to wait at QB.
Team 2: Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (02.11)
This pick isn't horrible, but it was a bit of a reach. In a PPR format, like this league uses, Garcon is a decent WR2. But he isn't elite talent at his position. In fact, he may not even be the best receiver on his team anymore – that honor might now belong to Redskins WR DeSean Jackson. There were other extremely strong options taken just after Garcon, including Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and Cardinals WR Michael Floyd, who would have better choices.
Team 6: Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (04.07)
There's no way around it –Patterson is the most over-drafted player in fantasy this year. He had less than 500 receiving yards last year, his quarterback (Vikings QB Matt Cassel) is bad, and his offense lacks complementary threats in the passing game. Patterson will need a massive breakout season to justify where he was taken in this draft – ahead of 49ers WR Michael Crabtree and Seahawks WR Percy Harvin, to name a few. There's no value to be had when drafting Patterson this year – owners are paying full price and then some.
Team 12: Browns TE Jordan Cameron (05.12)
In the second half of 2013, Cameron had just 31 catches and one touchdown. Halfway through the year, opposing defenses began to account for Cameron, and his production plummeted. To make matters worse for Cameron's fantasy owners, the Browns fired former head coach and major TE proponent Rob Chudzinski during the offseason – and many analysts expect this will affect Cameron's use in Cleveland's scheme going forward. Cameron is a fantasy starter at TE, but he's not worth a fifth round pick.
Team 10: Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (06.03)
Pitta was the other reached-for TE in this draft. One year removed from major hip surgery; Pitta is ready to begin the season as the Ravens starter at TE. But even assuming he returns to his previous form in terms of performance and health, this pick is unjustifiable. Pitta has had one decent fantasy season in his four-year career, in which he caught 61 balls for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. That's the best year Pitta has ever had. Even if he can duplicate those numbers, though, he'll still be on the fringe of top ten status at TE. There was no reason to take Pitta in the sixth round, especially with 49ers TE Vernon Davis, and Redskins TE Jordan Reed still available.