1.05- RB Nick Chubb, Cle. (13)
2.08- TE Darren Waller, LV (8)
3.05- WR Keenan Allen, LAC (7)
4.08- RB Melvin Gordon, Den. (11)
5.05- WR Chase Claypool, Pit. (7)
6.08- RB Travis Etienne, Jax. (7)
7.05- WR Courtland Sutton, Den. (11)
8.08- WR Michael Pittman, Ind. (14)
9.05- QB Carson Wentz, Ind. (14)
10.08- QB Baker Mayfield, Cle. (13)
11.05- RB Darrell Henderson, LAR (11)
12.08- TE Blake Jarwin, Dal. (7)
13.05- K Harrison Butker, KC
14.08- WR Russell Gage, Atl. (6)
15.05- D/ST, Miami Dolphins
16.08 - WR Dyami Brown, Was (9)
Draft Position: 5. Meh. In PPR, 5th is excellent, bringing in the top WRs. But Standard, it's just outside the "easy" RBs. I like Kamara more than Vikes, so that's a frustration. It's a workable position, not done justice by its drafter. But it's limitations are early.
Team Strengths: Plug-n-play RB/TE should be a solid floor. Decent upside in the depth.
Biggest Weakness: Too much guessing week-to-week at WR and QB. Poor Bye management, with a couple of weeks (7 & 11) leaving the team thin. Waiver wire becomes critical. Depth at WR is unproven - 3 WRs with less than 2 years experience. I don't bang on RB depth in this league. Having RB depth typically means that an owner has shorted himself. This group is too good to expect to walk way with dynamite RBs and no consequence.
Who did I miss out on? Well, look at Vikes team in the odd rounds, Wonder's team in the evens . . . Seriously, though, Herbert was probably the one that stung the most, as it changed strategy. I did not anticipate the drastic shift in general QB philosophy this year. Losing Najee Harris hurt, but that's just a credit to the group we draft with here. Nothing was changing that in this format.
Favorite pick - Tough one, as I generally hated my draft. I have "fond selections" - Claypool, Pittman, Jarwin. My favorite is probably Russell Gage. He may get panned in the evaluations, but I snagged a 72/786/4 WR in the 14th round. I love it on pure cheek.
NOTES: Not as prepared as I would have liked to have been, life intervening as it has, and I was not crazy about my early draft. Looking at the whole of it, it's not bad, but I'm hoping on the Allen/Claypool combination for something fun. I like the second half of the draft, where I felt I had better footing. But someone's going to have to step up from the hopeful/sleeper group to make this dynamic.