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
|Michael Crabtree||WR||3||13||Slight Reach||Keenan Allen?|
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.
|Sterling Shepard||WR||10||116||Slight Reach|
|Breshad Perriman||WR||11||124||Reach||Zay Jones?|
|Marqise Lee||WR||15||146||Reach||Cameron Brate?|
|Bills D/ST||D/ST||16||167||Slight Reach|
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).
|Darren McFadden||RB||5||36||Reach||Paul Perkins?|
|DeSean Jackson||WR||6||45||Slight Reach||Paul Perkins?|
|Torrey Smith||WR||8||77||Reach||Gio Bernard?|
|Mohamed Sanu||WR||15||153||Reach||Devontae Booker?|
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.
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||2||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?|
|Will Fuller V||WR||16||158||Reach|
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.
|Emmanuel Sanders||WR||3||14||Slight Reach||Keenan Allen?|
|Danny Woodhead||RB||4||19||Reach||Ty Montgomery?|
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.”
p.s. that felt harsh. I still ❤ you.
|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?|
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.
|Jacquizz Rodgers||RB||7||67||Reach||Gio Bernard?|
|Robby Anderson||WR||9||99||Slight Reach||Austin Hooper?|
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.
|Christian McCaffrey||RB||1||2||Slight Reach||Dalvin Cook?|
|Sammy Watkins||WR||2||6||Slight Reach||Joe Mixon?|
|Ted Ginn Jr.||WR||8||86||Slight Reach|
|Robert Woods||WR||12||134||Slight Reach|
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).
|Matt Ryan||QB||5||32||Slight Reach|
|Kenny Stills||WR||7||64||Reach||Adam Thielen?|
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.
|John Brown||WR||7||62||Reach||Adam Thielen?|
|Bengals D/ST||D/ST||15||147||Slight Reach||Giants D/ST?|
|Malcolm Mitchell||WR||17||170||Reach||Chris Hogan?|
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.
|Terrelle Pryor Sr.||WR||2||8||Slight Reach|
|Brandon Marshall||WR||6||44||Slight Reach|
Ebad was completely autodrafted, so I won’t be grading his draft. Hajj Mubarak!
Mubarakstan U of Mubaraks
|Randall Cobb||WR||6||43||Reach||Desean Jackson?|
|Kenny Britt||WR||7||70||Slight Reach||Corey Coleman?|
|James Conner||RB||11||129||Slight Reach||Dion Lewis?|
|Chris Ivory||RB||15||155||Slight Reach||Devontae Booker?|
|Laquon Treadwell||WR||16||160||Reach||Chris Hogan?|
“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
|Isaiah Crowell||RB||1||3||Dalvin Cook?|
|Cameron Meredith||WR||6||48||RIP||Jeremy Maclin?|
|Cooper Kupp||WR||10||112||Reach||Kenny Golladay?|
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.
Old Tappan J-E-T-S
|Duke Johnson Jr.||RB||7||69||Value|
|Mike Williams||WR||13||138||Reach||Devin Funchess?|
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.
|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|
Haroon did not stick to our script and I did not like his draft.
Waco White Walkers
|Martavis Bryant||WR||3||10||Michael Crabtree?|
|Donte Moncrief||WR||5||33||Reach||Stefon Diggs?|
|Tyrod Taylor||QB||11||122||Reach||Carson Wentz?|
|Lance Dunbar||RB||17||173||Reach||Joe Williams?|
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.