Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Morning QB: Auto-draft SUCKS, my team, though, only semi-sucks

Today begins another round of Tuesday Morning QB posts where I look back at the week and second-guess myself, and sometimes, if I'm feeling especially snarky, second-guess the other managers here at HBFFL.

The main second-guessing I have here this week, folks, is auto-drafting.

For those of you not familiar with the term, it’s where the computer picks the players on your team instead of doing an actual draft yourself.

To summarize, in two words, IT SUCKS.

I edited the rankings Yahoo gave us for the players for about the top 30 here at HBFFL and I really think it screwed up my team, with a few exceptions. With another league in which I’m participating, I only fooled around with the top five or so with the rankings and I ended up with a better team than I did here. I really don’t think editing rankings makes that much of a difference. At least, it didn’t for me.

Anyway, here are the players and defenses I ended up with for HBFFL from that draft:

QB Aaron Rodgers: Do I need to say more? Really?

WR Marques Colston: Eh. I could have done worse.

WR Steve Breaston: Okay, I did worse.

RB Frank Gore: Since I pushed him toward the top of my rankings, I’m happy with this pick. As soon as I saw Glen Coffee gave up football for Jesus, I thought to myself with emphasis on the first word, “Hell, yeah. Gotta get me some Frank Gore this year on my roster.”

RB Arian Foster: I also moved him up toward the top of my rankings, because of Brad Evans on Yahoo! Sports telling me I should. I hope you’re not wrong, Brad.

RB Beanie Wells: Not again. I had this dude last year, ditched him, then brought him back and wished I hadn’t because between him and Hightower, I couldn’t decide who to play. Argh. At least, I didn’t handcuff him with Hightower, then it would be hell again.

TE Brent Celek: Not bad. I’ll take him.

QB Matthew Stafford: Another of Brad Evans’ “mancrushes.”

RB Thomas Jones: Hands down, the most boring name on the roster. I think only a John Smith possibly could be worse. As for the player behind the name of Thomas Jones, I’ll wait and see.

K Ryan Longwell: Sure. Why not?

DEF New York, Cincinnati: I know hardly anything about defenses, so whatevs. Don’t be surprised if I ditch one later to pick up a player off the waiver wire or a free agent.

The players I ditched and for whom I ditched them

WR Kenny Britt for RB Carnell Williams: I had Britt for a brief moment last year and he did nothing for me. By virtue of Derrick Ward getting booted to the curb by the Bucs, I decided even an old Cadillac was better than having no Cadillac on my team.

Old Cadillac
photo courtesy of rocketvox on Flickr

K Dan Carpenter for WR Jabar Gaffney: I always can get another kicker off the waiver wire for Longwell’s bye week and since I’m weak at WR, I’ve heard good things about Gaffney from several sources, including Brad Evans, yes again.

WR Jacoby Jones for RB Kareem Huggins: This one is a gamble admittedly, but I don't know how much faith I have in an old Cadillac. Plus, of course, Brad Evans says Huggins is cool.

TE Dustin Keller for WR Austin Collie: Like Britt, I had Keller last year for a while and he did nothing for me and I figure I can find a suitable TE to replace Celek during his bye week.

So there you have it, my team thus far, and while auto-draft sucks, at least my team doesn’t totally suck.

For now, it semi-sucks.

As the season begins, I’ll take that as a good thing.


Canucklehead said...

Yeah - well, I think you made out alright. Without going into detail I have soem work to do ...

Unfinished Rambler said...

Oh, please go into detail. It would make a great blog post here. :)

Chris C said...

Your mistake was listening to the "experts" at Yahoo, especially Evans.

Unfinished Rambler said...

Hey, the season hasn't begun yet. We'll see who's making the mistakes here when it kicks off, pal. ;)

renalfailure said...

So are you going to blame not making the playoffs on Brad Evans?

Unfinished Rambler said...

When I make the playoffs, I'll give the credit to Brad Evans. Take that, bitch. ;)

LOBO said...

Well, at least you have Visanthe Shiancoe. What could possibly go wrong from there?

LOBO said...

Oops. Wrong league. You DON'T have VS in this league. You're pretty f**ked.

Unfinished Rambler said...

Yep, you're right. I'm screwed...
majorly. Thanks for pointing it out to me. ;)

LOBO said...

Does one of us need to post about all this Favre-bashing? I'm not a huge "Favre-Head" personally, but the guy came in cold and held the Saints to two touchdowns -and lost by five points.

I think you can make the case Favre should have participated in more pre-season training. But holy crap, it wasn't the freakin Rams -it was the Saints.

Ladies and gentlemen (and RF), I think we got ourselves a HELL of a season ahead.

Unfinished Rambler said...

Lobo, I would like to point out that it wasn't Favre who did anything against the New Orleans offense. I think I'd give credit to the Minnesota defense, who although they didn't score a lot of points for fantasy and didn't get that turnover to turn the game, did hold the Super Bowl Champions to only 14 points. I think that counts for something...well, actually, a hell of a lot.

LOBO said...

You should add the "mock draft" and "Yahoo autodraft" tags to this post ...