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0 Subject: RIFC 2016: Draft Rationales

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Sun, Aug 28, 2016, 15:20

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287SteelerG and 6 SBs
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     Sun Sep 4 2:18:19 p.m. ET 2016
21.07 Darby, Ronald BUF CB
Needed some bye week/injury insurance. That's all there is to this pick
288twolves
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     Sun Sep 4 3:43:29 p.m. ET 2016
21.08 Vinatieri, Adam IND PK
Need a PK and he is one I like but never had in past. There was a run of PK taken including the one I was thinking about so decided to take one here. I think Indy will score more this season assuming Luck can stay healthy and he will have a season more like 2014 despite his age.
289s_R
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     Sun Sep 4 3:43:30 p.m. ET 2016
21.09 Curry, Vinny PHI DE
"Vinny Curry should be one of the main beneficiaries of Philadelphia's newly installed ""Wide 9"" defensive scheme that heavily emphasizes defensive end pass rush and now he is in a full time role,"
290Jaydog
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     Sun Sep 4 3:43:30 p.m. ET 2016
21.10 Howard, Jordan CHI RB
After taking Derrick Henry in the 9th round, I've sat tight on RB, still having only 3 on my roster. Decided to add some depth with Howard. Howard has had a disappointing preseason, until the 4th game, but with a fairly unproven player in front of him (Langford) may find himself with a decent role. In the event that Langford gets hurt, or struggles, Howard appears to be the #2 option, and could also be a short yardage/redzone option.
291SwinganaMiss
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     Sun Sep 4 4:20:52 p.m. ET 2016
21.11 Campbell, Ibraheim CLE S
Well, I only had one DB at this point, and he's listed as Questionable for week 1. I better find another one at this spot. The obvious ones are all gone. Campbell should start at SS for a defense that will spend a lot of time behind on the scoreboard". He should have a lot of chances to creep up and rack up tackles."
292Philly Busters
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     Sun Sep 4 4:20:53 p.m. ET 2016
21.12 Gillmore, Crockett BAL TE
I'm cautiously optimistic about this pick. He was under the radar and I planned on getting him late to allow me to address other needs besides backup TE in earlier rounds. When Watson went down, that opened the door for the full time starting role. He seemed to have developed a good rapport with Flacco last year before getting hurt. With the overall Ravens receiving corps being mediocre at best, he should see frequent targets on 3rd downs and in the red zone.
293TD
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     Sun Sep 4 4:20:53 p.m. ET 2016
21.13 Bailey, Dan DAL PK
At this point in the draft, I felt the 1-2 extra points per game I would get from drafting a top kicker was worth more than choosing a backup who would most likely be off my roster by the end of the season. Bailey is one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL converting over 90% of his field goals in each of the last 4 seasons.
294Promize MizzDawgs
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     Sun Sep 4 4:20:53 p.m. ET 2016
21.14 Turbin, Robert IND RB
Needed some RB choices as I feel I'm just super weak in that category... I had to take some people who might play if their starters went down.
295Promize MizzDawgs
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     Sun Sep 4 5:42:57 p.m. ET 2016
22.01 Conley, Chris KCC WR
Well for one, he is a Georgia Bulldog and I've followed his career. IF people remember, he blew up the stats at the combine... He keeps getting mentioned each year from different sources as an up and coming... Mac takes a lot of the big passes and bombs, but hopefully Conley will get some throws his way this year. Especially with the RB's in a big ???? mode in KC.
296TD
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     Sun Sep 4 5:42:58 p.m. ET 2016
22.02 Garoppolo, Jimmy NEP QB
Because I drafted Brady, I also wanted Garoppolo on my roster. I plan to choose between Garoppolo and Flacco base on matchup for the first four games while Brady is suspended.
297Philly Busters
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     Sun Sep 4 5:42:58 p.m. ET 2016
22.03 Cushing, Brian HOU LB
Always looking to have lineup options, I like to start with at least 1 backup for every position except kicker. Since I'll almost always use a LB for Flex D, that means carrying 4 LBs. When healthy, Cushing has consistently posted good tackle numbers. I see him as a high floor, low ceiling option who will provide a reasonable fill-in score when needed during bye weeks.
298SwinganaMiss
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     Sun Sep 4 6:38:10 p.m. ET 2016
22.04 Agholor, Nelson PHI WR
Looks like he will be the #2 WR, at best, for a rookie QB. If he continues to struggle on the field, he won't be #2 for long, and won't be on my team for long either. I will hold out some hope on this one.
299Jaydog
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     Sun Sep 4 6:38:11 p.m. ET 2016
22.05 McFadden, Darren DAL RB
Let this pick be a lesson to "google" a player before you drafted him. I thought that with McFadden, I would be getting a decent handcuff to Ezekiel Elliott, but instead I drafted an injured player who will miss the first 6 weeks (at least) of the season. Luckily, we now have an IR slot, so at least he won't soak up a roster spot. In the event that Elliott gets hurt, or benched I'll at least have an option in week 7 and beyond. McFadden was very productive last season, scoring 10+ points in 8 of the last 11 weeks, so if Elliott doesn't realize his potential, McFadden may be useful.
300s_R
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     Sun Sep 4 6:38:11 p.m. ET 2016
22.06 Geathers, Clayton IND S
"Geathers is a top sleeper right now at the DB position. He didn't get that much playing time last year, but was very productive when he was on the field."
301twolves
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     Sun Sep 4 6:38:11 p.m. ET 2016
22.07 Doctson, Josh WAS WR
"Still need WR and one of top rookie receivers in good situation. Despite injury, hopefully he will be ready to play sooner than later."
302SteelerG and 6 SBs
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     Sun Sep 4 6:38:11 p.m. ET 2016
22.08 Cameron, Jordan MIA TE
While I plan to use GO for 16 weeks, I took a flier on a guy who is struggling to fit in with Mia. Maybe he will step up once it counts or maybe he will just collect a pay check
303Aussie Diamondbacks
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     Sun Sep 4 8:21:19 p.m. ET 2016
22.09 Adams, Davante GBP WR
Felt the need to pickup another reciever to keep 5 in the stable! Davante has some high upside! Seeing that he will have the future league MVP (whom is already on my roster), I will take him gladly!
304Doug
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     Sun Sep 4 8:21:20 p.m. ET 2016
22.10 Jones, Deion ATL LB
Has taken over the MLB spot from Worrilow, could put up great numbers, but at a minimum should be solid as my flex IDP. Not bad for round 22.
305mmikulka
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     Sun Sep 4 8:58:00 p.m. ET 2016
22.11 Ellington, Andre ARI RB
What can I say? I like oft-injured speedsters out of Clemson whose stock has dropped massively over the past 2 years.

Ellington caught my eye because heís going to be returning kickoffs and punts this year. If he can hold onto those jobs, he ca"n become a viable fill-in starter with only a few offensive touches per game.

Who knows Ė Chris Johnson is getting pretty ancient and his resurgence last year may have been his last gasp."

306Slackjawed Yokel
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     Sun Sep 4 9:02:47 p.m. ET 2016
22.12 Romo, Tony DAL QB
Depending what the Cowboys do, and what the actual rules are in our league, I may be able to stash Romo in an IR slot. If not, I'll just wait to see how he progresses in his recovery.
307Guru
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     Sun Sep 4 9:02:48 p.m. ET 2016
22.13 Ward, T.J. DEN S
My 3rd DB. I've used him in the past. With three DBs, one may end up getting jettisoned in favor of the first hot WW pickoff, but I'll wait to see how the season goes.
308twilson's Milchian Magicians
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     Mon Sep 5 2:25:51 a.m. ET 2016
22.14 Chung, Patrick NEP S
Wow, Guru managed to steal a pick from me in the 22nd round. Iím impressed! I wanted to draft TJ Ward because it looks like he will be playing some linebacker in nickel packages. I love safeties that get to play as close to the line of scrimmage as possible in fantasy. For full disclosure, I should also mention that I wouldíve happily drafted Ibraheim Campbell as well.

Back to the drawing board. Nobody screams value to me, unfortunately. I honestly donít remember all the players I debated, so Iíll just describe my pick. Chung is a veteran and should have a decent matchup in week 1. Heís more of a placeholder than anything, as I donít see him as having a particularly high ceiling.

I failed to find a second DB to draft in my post-wedding state, so I decided to postpone the selection until I was in a better position to do more research. That meant I would be taking my LB4/WR6 at 23.14. Iíve been considering Mychal Kendricks since the 16/17 turn, so heís the obvious choice at LB. At WR, Iím toying with the idea of Eli Rogers as a sort of handcuff. He has earned the slot receiver job in Pittsburgh and, more importantly, may have usurped punt returns from Antonio Brown. I would be very disappointed if this proves to be the case, but it means that Rogers has the potential to be viable in his own right.

This one could go either way, but Iíd rather have an upside WR6 for the moment. If Brown keeps the punt returns, Rogers will immediately be back on the waiver wire.

309twilson's Milchian Magicians
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:46 a.m. ET 2016
23.01 Rogers, Eli PIT WR
see above
310Guru
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.02 McManus, Brandon DEN PK
He has the benefit of playing half of his games in thin air, and his bye doesnít come until week 11. Denver may have trouble finding the end zone this year, which will hurt his XP production but could more than be made up with extra FG attempts. I probably won't hold him all season, but I have 10 weeks to flip him into someone else who can then take me to the finish line.
311Slackjawed Yokel
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.03 Boldin, Anquan DET WR
Where I really need the depth is on the defensive side of the ball (in that I don't really have any bench strength at all on D), but grabbing Boldin here to see if there is an opportunity for him to produce in the red zone in Detroit without Megatron"."
312mmikulka
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.04 Matthews, Clay GBP LB
I still needed an IDP flex starter for weeks 1-3: while not likely to be top-tier, Matthews has been consistently solid.

If Matthews wasnít around, I would have taken my preferred kicker (Boswell) rather than my backup LB option, who ended up u"ndrafted."

313Doug
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.05 Tuitt, Stephon PIT DE
He's an IDP who's bye week I liked and who was near top of my rankings for remaining DLs (not that there was much difference between them).
314Aussie Diamondbacks
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.06 McDonald, Vance SFO TE
Considered getting a 5th WR here but balked due to Kelce's injury history. I think McDonald may well put up some points to make it worthwhile to carry a second TE.
315SteelerG and 6 SBs
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.07 Kendricks, Mychal PHI LB
This was a rushed pick and perhaps a wasted pick...MK signed a big deal last year and was below average on the field but ok fantasy wise...he is trending down
316twolves
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.08 Williamson, Avery TEN LB
"Filling out IDP with 3rd linebacker. I had hoped Clay Mathews would fall to me. I am hoping he can continue to build on last season."
317s_R
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.09 Walsh, Blair MIN PK
"He was one of the best fantasy kickers last season."
318Jaydog
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:47 a.m. ET 2016
23.10 Thomas, Earl SEA S
I was still in need of a DB2, and had been sitting on 4 of 5 options that I liked for the previous few rounds. Figured it was time to take one of them, and settled on Thomas. Thomas has been fairly steady in the past, usually good for 5+ points. Not expecting a ton from Thomas, and will be keeping an eye on waivers for any potential breakout candidates, but hopefully he gives me some steady stats from a position known for ups and downs.
319SwinganaMiss
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     Mon Sep 5 10:38:52 a.m. ET 2016
23.11 Johnson, Trumaine RAM CB
"I was needing another DB here. I have 2 so far, but not sure of the health of Pacman. I was deciding primarily between JOhnson and **undrafted**. Let's hope he is motivated for the season."
320Philly Busters
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     Mon Sep 5 10:38:53 a.m. ET 2016
23.12 Jefferson, Tony ARI S
One last reserve position to fill before getting a K in the last round. Queued up 3 with Jefferson, then Trumaine Johnson, and undrafted CB. There were a lot of picks still to be made and I had no idea how many DBs would come off the board. Was pleasantly surprised that Jefferson made it to me and gives me 2 solid options for DB2 behind Vaccaro and good bye week coverage. Jefferson combines good tackle numbers with big play potential from the occasional pick or sack.
321TD
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     Mon Sep 5 10:38:53 a.m. ET 2016
23.13 Conte, Chris TBB S
Surprised that this late in the draft, the top player on my queue, Tony Jefferson, was chose one pick ahead of me. Conte has good tackling numbers and averaged 7 fantasy points/game last season.
322Promize MizzDawgs
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     Mon Sep 5 11:48:12 a.m. ET 2016
23.14 Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR
This was just a gamble pick, but he was a monster WR in college. Will he get any action this year? I'm thinking he might, but with Sam Bradford now coming to MIN, ugh, he might not see anything at all. Lets hope everything clicks for Bradford in MN, since it hasn't anywhere else he has been.
323Promize MizzDawgs
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     Mon Sep 5 11:53:02 a.m. ET 2016
24.01 Campbell, De'Vondre ATL LB
Young and fresh, something that Atlanta will need this year. I'm here in Atlanta and just feel that the defense is going to be on the field a lot... We do not have a good offense again this year, so plan to see some numbers of tackles happening in Atlanta.
324TD
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     Mon Sep 5 11:53:03 a.m. ET 2016
24.02 Jackson, Malik JAC DT
Jackson put up good numbers in Denver last season. I think moving to Jacksonville which runs a 4-3 defense will improve his numbers.
325Philly Busters
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     Mon Sep 5 11:53:03 a.m. ET 2016
24.03 Boswell, Chris PIT PK
Final round and time to get a kicker. Good accuracy in a high powered offense should lead to a lot of scoring opportunities. Just hoping they don't score all touchdowns!
326SwinganaMiss
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     Mon Sep 5 12:22:00 p.m. ET 2016
24.04 Williams, Tyrell SDC WR
I grabbed this guy in RG14 also. I must be too high on him. He can be Allen insurance or maybe more. The SD Offense should be pretty good through the air.
327Jaydog
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     Mon Sep 5 12:22:01 p.m. ET 2016
24.05 Hightower, Tim NOS RB
I'll finish the draft without a kicker, which is fine. Once I place McFadden on IR, I'll open up a spot to grab a kicker, so figured with my last draft pick I'd take a RB to replace McFadden. Hightower was great last season when Ingram went down, so I figured he was as good as any other depth option I could take here. If Ingram gets hurt early, I'll immediately have a really nice option that immediately becomes "start worthy". If Ingram stays healthy, I doubt I'll be able to hold onto him, but that's fine with my last pick.
328s_R
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     Mon Sep 5 12:22:01 p.m. ET 2016
24.06 Siemian, Trevor DEN QB
"Bye week filler."
329twolves
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     Mon Sep 5 12:22:01 p.m. ET 2016
24.07 Pryor, Terrelle CLE WR
With 2 WR injured took a healthy WR who will get some play while Gordon suspended 4 weeks. I do have Cobb with a Week 4 bye.
330SteelerG and 6 SBs
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     Mon Sep 5 12:25:04 p.m. ET 2016
24.08 Aguayo, Roberto TBB PK
Bucs took their rookie kicker in the second round of the draft...I got him in round 24. Like my previous two picks he hasn't had a good persuasion so he may not last on the roster long
331Aussie Diamondbacks
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     Mon Sep 5 12:25:05 p.m. ET 2016
24.09 McKinney, Benardrick HOU LB
Cushing is the popular ILB for the Texans, but McKinney is much younger and actually had a better season last year towards the end of the season. I really needed another DL, but we will see what happens.
332Doug
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     Mon Sep 5 12:25:05 p.m. ET 2016
24.10 Wake, Cameron MIA DE
Again, just needed a DL I could plug in and was running off of queues... but looks like he has same bye as Tuitt who I got last round (whoops)... so probably will end up dropping him for a different DL before we even get to week 1! No big deal, it's round 24 anyway!
333mmikulka
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:53 p.m. ET 2016
24.11 Lambo, Josh SDC PK
With Boswell taken, I didnít have any kickers who stood out to me. I decided on Lambo because I have relative confidence in San Diegoís offense, because I can see them struggling to close out drives with TDs, and because he has a late bye week.
334Slackjawed Yokel
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:54 p.m. ET 2016
24.12 Kerrigan, Ryan WAS LB
Saw I was thin on defense, scanned available LB's and DB's and threw a couple in the queue. As a fellow Boilermaker, Kerrigan ended up on top of the list.
335Guru
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     Mon Sep 5 2:26:54 p.m. ET 2016
24.13 Green, Virgil DEN TE
I didnít feel compelled to take a backup TE, but Green seemed like a decent gambit. He's been named the starting TE for Denver - hopefully followng the the footsteps of Shannon Sharpe, or even Julius Thomas (for those years he was starting in Denver).
336twilson's Milchian Magicians
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     Mon Sep 5 6:23:24 p.m. ET 2016
24.14 Wilson, Tavon DET S
Itís tough to go into detail on this rationale because the other players I considered are by definition undrafted. Anyway, I will say that my search was wide ranging and ended up between Wilson and one other guy. I may even swap them, or Chung, before the season opener. As for Wilson, he is the new strong safety in Detroit. That is a role that has been occasionally productive in the past, but none of his predecessors have ever been a fantasy dynamo. It helps that he has a top notch last name. Thatís as good a last word as any for this draft!
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