2017 Draft Analysis

The 2017 BMuz FFL draft has come and gone. An old saying goes “fantasy football leagues are not won at the draft.” Our reigning back-to-back champ has been proving that wrong. His late-round draft gems, OBJ, David Johnson, Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Kenneth Dixon, and…Justin Tucker, include bona fide studs and important playoff contributors. A good draft can go a long way in winning a championship and setting up a dynasty.

2017 BMuz Draft Grades

Bloomfield Cowboys

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Ezekiel Elliott RB 1 K
Dalvin Cook RB 2 5
Michael Crabtree WR 3 13 Slight Reach Keenan Allen?
Robert Kelley RB 4 20
Bilal Powell RB 5 31 Steal
Tyrell Williams WR 6 50
Mike Wallace WR 7 63
Dak Prescott QB 8 82
Rishard Matthews WR 9 95 Value
Latavius Murray RB 10 114 Value
Zay Jones WR 11 125 Value
Ravens D/ST D/ST 12 132 Reach
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE 13 140
Wil Lutz K 15 148 Value

Grade: A

Qasim added a potential second keeper with his first pick and then solidified his squad with solid RB2s and WR2s. With Zeke’s suspension looming, he focused on creating depth at the RB position with the Kelley and Powell picks. While Qman didn’t add any sexy WRs in the first 10 rounds, his 11th round draft pick of Zay Jones might end up being a potential WR1 keeper. Great draft.

Boston Baingans

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Le’Veon Bell RB 1 K
Allen Robinson WR 2 K
Joe Mixon RB 3 12
Ty Montgomery RB 4 21 Steal
C.J. Anderson RB 5 29 Steal
Russell Wilson QB 6 52 Value
Eric Decker WR 7 61
Jordan Matthews WR 8 84
Coby Fleener TE 9 93
Sterling Shepard WR 10 116 Slight Reach
Breshad Perriman WR 11 124 Reach Zay Jones?
DeAndre Washington RB 12 133 Steal
Marqise Lee WR 15 146 Reach Cameron Brate?
Bills D/ST D/ST 16 167 Slight Reach

Grade: A

The former champ’s draft was solid and may bring him to relevancy…if Blake Bortles learns to throw and if Marvin Lewis lets Mixon be the lead back. Usmani went RB heavy with his first three picks and they were absolute steals at their draft positions. With his mid-round picks, he picked up a healthy Russell Wilson and two WR2s. I don’t care for his late round picks and that can probably be blamed on the fact that he took Haroon’s spot on the couch (bad mojo – see Haroon’s draft grade below).

Boston OakTrees

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Melvin Gordon RB 1 K
Amari Cooper WR 2 K
Golden Tate WR 3 K
Jarvis Landry WR 4 K
Darren McFadden RB 5 36 Reach Paul Perkins?
DeSean Jackson WR 6 45 Slight Reach Paul Perkins?
Hunter Henry TE 7 68
Torrey Smith WR 8 77 Reach Gio Bernard?
James White RB 9 100
Ben Roethlisberger QB 10 109 Value
Mohamed Sanu WR 15 153 Reach Devontae Booker?
Cameron Brate TE 16 162 Steal
Steelers D/ST D/ST 17 174
Chris Boswell K 18 180

Grade: C-

I’m not a huge fan of this draft and while most of it has to do with the McFadden pick, I also don’t care for the Hunter Henry or Torrey Smith picks (could’ve had Duke Johnson and Gio Bernard, you needed RBs!). Oak did redeem himself in the later rounds finding value with the James White, Big Ben, and Brate picks. Going back to “Run DMC,” I don’t understand why you would take an RB42 (a 30-year-old RB who played 3 total games last season and averaged 3.6 YPC!) when there are several RB30-40s available in better starting situations. The Cowboys offensive line is also arguably not what it’s been in the past. It’s hard to second guess an owner with several seasons of recent success, but this draft gets a poor grade from me.

Chappaqua GOATs

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
David Johnson RB 1 K
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 2 K
A.J. Green WR 3 K
Davante Adams WR 4 K
Cam Newton QB 5 40 Slight Reach Paul Perkins?
C.J. Prosise RB 6 41 Slight Reach Kareem Hunt?
Marvin Jones WR 7 72 Reach Kirk Cousins?
Delanie Walker TE 8 73 Steal
Texans D/ST D/ST 9 104
Matt Bryant K 10 105
Curtis Samuel WR 15 157 Reach
Will Fuller V WR 16 158 Reach
Chris Hogan WR 17 177 Value
Wayne Gallman RB 18 178

Grade: C

Props to this guy for drafting while his entire extended family was probably looking for him (you can come out of the closet now). I’m guessing it had a profound effect on his ability to draft because some of these choices were highly questionable. (1) A Cam Newton that is coming off of surgery on his throwing shoulder ahead of Russell Wilson and reigning BMuz champion Kirk Cousins (2) 3rd down back, C.J. Prosise ahead of the expected homer pick of starting Giants RB, Paul Perkins, and (3) taking Marvin Jones ahead of potential WR1 studs Corey Coleman and Corey Davis. While he auto-drafted starting in round 9, he did land a potential late-round gem with Chris Hogan. This grade hardly matters at the end of the day because he still has DJ, OBJ, and AJ.

Chelmsford Charawalas

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
LeGarrette Blount RB 1 K
Doug Baldwin WR 2 4
Emmanuel Sanders WR 3 14 Slight Reach Keenan Allen?
Danny Woodhead RB 4 19 Reach Ty Montgomery?
Tevin Coleman RB 5 34
Tyler Eifert TE 6 47 Value
Adam Thielen WR 7 66
Jack Doyle TE 8 79
Matthew Stafford QB 9 98
Vikings D/ST D/ST 10 111
Mason Crosby K 11 126
J.J. Nelson WR 12 131
Dion Lewis RB 13 141 Steal
Cole Beasley WR 15 151 Reach

Grade: D+

This may be the worst roster in BMuz and Mani’s departure may have something to do with it (because, spoiler alert, he had a great draft). The Charawalas should have punted completely on this season and drafted potential keepers like Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Kareem Hunt, Corey Davis, DaVante Parker, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, etc. Instead, Imad did the exact opposite and overpaid for fantasy football “role players” and took absolutely zero chances. The Charawalas may be our league’s equivalent to the Detroit Lions, which a Deadspin writer described as “a perennially-shitty-except-when-they’re-sometimes-good-but-never-good-enough team.”

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p.s. that felt harsh. I still ❤ you.

Chicago 7-6ers

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Jordan Howard RB 1 K
Todd Gurley RB 2 K
T.Y. Hilton WR 3 K
Mike Evans WR 4 K
Stefon Diggs WR 5 39
Jimmy Graham TE 6 42 Value
Jeremy Hill RB 7 71
Jamaal Williams RB 8 81
Josh Doctson WR 9 90
Marcus Mariota QB 9 103 Steal
Kenny Golladay WR 10 119 Reach Zay Jones?
Tarik Cohen RB 15 156 Slight Reach Devontae Booker?
Taylor Gabriel WR 16 159 Reach Chris Hogan?
Cowboys D/ST D/ST 17 176

Grade: B+

Ace had a pretty easy job going into this draft. With an extremely solid core of Gurley, Howard, Hilton, and Evans, he needed to surround them with a decent enough roster without taking too many risks. He did just that with a solid WR2 (Diggs), and potential TE1 (Graham) and potential solid FLEX plays Hill, Jamaal Williams, Josh Doctson, and Kenny Golladay. He rounded out his team with a potential top 5 FF QB, Marcus Mariota in the 9th round. Ace had a boring draft and that’s exactly what he needed.

Dublin #McNuggets

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
LeSean McCoy RB 1 K
Jordy Nelson WR 2 K
Alshon Jeffery WR 3 K
Ameer Abdullah RB 4 18 Value
DeVante Parker WR 5 35
Paul Perkins RB 6 46 Value
Jacquizz Rodgers RB 7 67 Reach  Gio Bernard?
Jameis Winston QB 8 78 Value
Robby Anderson WR 9 99 Slight Reach Austin Hooper?
Patriots D/ST D/ST 10 110
Jonathan Williams RB 11 127 Steal
Julius Thomas TE 15 154 Steal
Sebastian Janikowski K 16 161 Steal
Charles Clay TE 16 163

Grade: B

There’s a lot of boom/bust potential in Ayman’s draft, but most of it seems to be trending in the right direction. With older keepers, this draft signaled a youth movement for the #McNuggets. DeVante Parker, Ameer Abdullah, and Paul Perkins could all be potential keepers by the end of 2017, but it’s more likely that one of the players hits and the other two are average/below average. I like the Robby Anderson pick because he’ll get a lot of volume. The only questionable selection from my perspective was Jacquizz, I don’t believe he can hold off Doug Martin, rendering him obsolete. With Elder Usmani having a terrific draft and Ayman’s average draft, I think Ayman may finally have a serious challenge to his division crown.

Franklin Raekwons

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Christian McCaffrey RB 1 2 Slight Reach Dalvin Cook?
Sammy Watkins WR 2 6 Slight Reach  Joe Mixon?
Tom Brady QB 3 11
Mike Gillislee RB 4 22 Value
Adrian Peterson RB 5 26 Value
Giovani Bernard RB 8 80
Ted Ginn Jr. WR 8 86 Slight Reach
Eric Ebron TE 9 91 Steal
Matt Prater K 10 118
Panthers D/ST D/ST 11 123
Robert Woods WR 12 134 Slight Reach
Devin Funchess WR 13 139 Value
Charles Sims RB 14 142
Jesse James TE 18 181 Value

Grade: C+

It’s hard to blame HSid for this draft because he was on auto draft for most of it. He started off on the right foot by going with the rebuild. I do believe, he should have taken Dalvin Cook instead of McCaffrey. His team’s mix of youth and veteran leaders should help him win some games while giving him some talent to keep in future years (McCaffrey, Watkins, and maybe Gillislee).

Lexington Mughals

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Marshawn Lynch RB 1 K
Lamar Miller RB 2 K
Brandin Cooks WR 3 K
Jamison Crowder WR 4 K
Matt Ryan QB 5 32  Slight Reach
Matt Forte RB 6 49
Kenny Stills WR 7 64 Reach Adam Thielen?
D’Onta Foreman RB 9 96
Austin Hooper TE 10 106 Value
Adam Vinatieri K 10 113
Jaguars D/ST D/ST 15 149
Devontae Booker RB 16 165 Steal
Allen Hurns WR 17 171 Value
ArDarius Stewart WR 18 182

Grade: C+

The Mughals are gambling on Matt Ryan duplicating last year’s MVP season. By reaching for him in the fifth round, they gave up the chance to solidify their FLEX positions which will be manned by Matt Forte and Kenny Stills, instead of the likes of Tevin Coleman and Eric Decker. Cuffing Lamar Miller was a smart move given that Foreman’s pedigree and Lamar Miller’s disappointing FF performance last season (RB16, 4.0 YPC). Allen Hurns and Devontae Booker were excellent late round finds and could help strengthen those weak FLEX positions.

Lowell Panthers

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Jay Ajayi RB 1 K
Dez Bryant WR 2 K
Jordan Reed TE 3 K
Theo Riddick RB 4 K
Larry Fitzgerald WR 5 30
Darren Sproles RB 6 51
John Brown WR 7 62 Reach Adam Thielen?
Derek Carr QB 8 83
Alvin Kamara RB 9 94
Dan Bailey K 10 115
Bengals D/ST D/ST 15 147 Slight Reach Giants D/ST?
Antonio Gates TE 16 166 Steal
Malcolm Mitchell WR 17 170 Reach Chris Hogan?
Joe Williams RB 18 183 Steal

Grade: B-

Abubakr needed a solid draft after a selecting a weak group of keepers. Larry Fitz and Dez Bryant give him one of the better WR combos in the league. Sproles may be an underrated pick as he’s the only constant in that Eagles running attack and may get a heavier workload than previous seasons. The John Brown pick was highly questionable given (1) his previous selection of Larry Fitz and (2) the other pass catchers that were available at the time. In the later rounds, going Malcolm Mitchell over Chris Hogan might end up haunting Bakr as well, but his final pick of Joe Williams is a potential deep sleeper if/when Carlos Hyde goes down with a boo boo.

Malden Cavaliers

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Devonta Freeman RB 1 K
Terrelle Pryor Sr. WR 2 8 Slight Reach
Kelvin Benjamin WR 3 9 Reach
Greg Olsen TE 5 25 Value
Brandon Marshall WR 6 44 Slight Reach
Andrew Luck QB 6 56
Corey Davis WR 8 76 Reach
Samaje Perine RB 8 88 Steal
Seahawks D/ST D/ST 9 89
Dustin Hopkins K 10 120
John Ross WR 11 121 Reach
Chris Thompson RB 12 136 Steal
Tavon Austin WR 13 137 Reach
T.J. Yeldon RB 14 144 Reach

Grade: N/A

Ebad was completely autodrafted, so I won’t be grading his draft. Hajj Mubarak!

Mubarakstan U of Mubaraks

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Michael Thomas WR 1 K
Travis Kelce TE 2 K
Frank Gore RB 3 15
Mark Ingram RB 4 16 Value
Pierre Garcon WR 5 38
Randall Cobb WR 6 43 Reach Desean Jackson?
Kenny Britt WR 7 70 Slight Reach Corey Coleman?
Kirk Cousins QB 8 75 Value
Chiefs D/ST D/ST 9 102
Stephen Gostkowski K 10 107
James Conner RB 11 129 Slight Reach Dion Lewis?
Rex Burkhead RB 12 130 Steal
Chris Ivory RB 15 155 Slight Reach Devontae Booker?
Laquon Treadwell WR 16 160 Reach Chris Hogan?

Grade: B-

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and Frank Gore as an RB2.”  – Benjamin Franklin

With his early rounder picks, Aasim drafted an RB2 (Frank Gore) and a potential RB1 or RB4 (Mark Ingram). He then proceeded to put together one of the stronger group of WRs in this league by consecutively taking Garcon, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Britt. Each has the potential to be a 1,000+ yards receiver. Aasim next snagged last year’s QB4, Kirk Cousins in the 8th round! A lot of Aasim’s success will hinge on whether Ingram is able to garner enough touches in the Saints running game and with a WR-focused draft, he’s been left vulnerable at the RB position.

New England Double Terriers

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Isaiah Crowell RB 1 3  Dalvin Cook?
Julio Jones WR 2 K
DeAndre Hopkins WR 3 K
Demaryius Thomas WR 4 K
Doug Martin RB 5 27 Value
Cameron Meredith WR 6 48 RIP  Jeremy Maclin?
Derrick Henry RB 6 54
Zach Ertz TE 7 59 Value
Thomas Rawls RB 7 65 Value
Philip Rivers QB 9 97
Cooper Kupp WR 10 112 Reach Kenny Golladay?
Giants D/ST D/ST 15 150 Steal
Jalen Richard RB 16 164 Steal
O.J. Howard TE 17 172 Value

Grade: A-

I’m not on the Isaiah Crowell hype train. Is he a solid RB2? Most definitely. I’m surprised that the Double Terriers did not select a future RB1 keeper by taking either Dalvin Cook or Joe Mixon (though the Derrick Henry pick in the 6th semi-addresses that). However, you can clearly see that they’re built to win this season and they’re likely all in on this season (I’m guessing Areeb is itching to opt-out post championship win). The Midget Hamster pick was gold and gives them a potential RB1 in the second half of the season. Didn’t like the Cam Meredith pick at the time, seemed out of character for the risk averse Double Terriers. Ertz (TE2), Rawls (potential RB2), and Rivers (QB2) were fantastic mid-round picks in an overall solid draft.

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Old Tappan J-E-T-S

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
Leonard Fournette RB 1 1
Antonio Brown WR 2 K
Aaron Rodgers QB 3 K
Keenan Allen WR 4 17
Spencer Ware RB 4 24 RIP
Willie Snead WR 5 37
Kareem Hunt RB 7 57 Steal
Duke Johnson Jr. RB 7 69 Value
Justin Tucker K 9 101
Kevin White WR 10 108
Jason Witten TE 11 128 Value
Mike Williams WR 13 138 Reach Devin Funchess?
Marlon Mack RB 17 175 Steal
Jared Cook TE 18 179

Grade: B+

I have mixed feelings about this draft. On one hand, I feel like I wasted a 4th round pick on Spencer Ware (should’ve taken Martin). But the Ware pick prompted me to take Kareem Hunt, so I’m happy about that. I’m surprised Snead and Duke Jr. fell to me (thanks for passing on them Oak!), I think they’re good value picks. I definitely reached for Justin Tucker and had to settle for Kevin White in the 10th round, but the Cam Meredith injury makes that pick look better than it actually was. At the end of the day, it all comes down to whether Fournette will materialize into an RB1, which is the price I paid for him.

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Pepperell Patriots

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Shahzad wanted…
Rob Gronkowski TE 1 K
Drew Brees QB 2 K
Tyreek Hill WR 3 K
Eddie Lacy RB 4 K
Terrance West RB 5 28  C.J. Anderson
Jeremy Maclin WR 6 53  Jonathan Stewart
Martellus Bennett TE 7 60  Adam Thielen
Jamaal Charles RB 8 85  Eric Ebron
Tyler Lockett WR 9 92  Robby Anderson
Cardinals D/ST D/ST 10 117  Zay Jones
Cairo Santos K 15 145  Evan Ingram
Jerick McKinnon RB 16 168 O.J. Howard
Braxton Miller WR 17 169 Slight Reach Chris Hogan
Aaron Jones RB 18 184

Grade: C-

Haroon did not stick to our script and I did not like his draft.

Waco White Walkers

Players Pos Round Pick Notes Do Over?
DeMarco Murray RB 1 K
Carlos Hyde RB 2 7
Martavis Bryant WR 3 10 Michael Crabtree?
Julian Edelman WR 4 23 RIP
Donte Moncrief WR 5 33 Reach Stefon Diggs?
Kyle Rudolph TE 6 55
Jonathan Stewart RB 7 58 Value
Corey Coleman WR 8 74
Broncos D/ST D/ST 8 87
Tyrod Taylor QB 11 122 Reach Carson Wentz?
Shane Vereen RB 12 135 Value
Caleb Sturgis K 14 143 Reach
Evan Engram TE 15 152
Lance Dunbar RB 17 173 Reach Joe Williams?

Grade: B

Mani had a solid draft, but given his high draft position, I think he could have done a better job setting himself up for the future while remaining competitive for this season. Some of that criticism goes back to the DeMarco trade which ultimately became DeMarco/Donte Moncrief for Isaiah Crowell/Doug Martin. He then went with an oft-injured Carlos Hyde (he has played in 14-7-13 games in his first three seasons) over a potentially transcendent talent (Joe Mixon). I really like his Martavis pick, if he can stay out of trouble, he could be a WR1 keeper for years to come. Mani’s round 4-8 picks were all solid and if Edelman had not gone down, Mani would’ve had an excellent set of WRs.

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