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.
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.