Fantasy Football 2016 Season Preview

I don’t talk about fantasy football much on here. It’s just…well, I’m not super-rabid about it like some people. I enjoy it, it’s fun, it makes me more invested in football than I otherwise would be. It’s Dungeons & Dragons for jocks, when you get right down to it. Whatever the case, this is going to be my one annual post on the topic.

Disclaimer: I may make passing references to the subject throughout the year, and maybe have a recap post.

Last Year

Last year was a pretty weird year. My team, PASSWORD IS TACO, squeaked into the playoffs with a 5-8 record, their season salvaged by Blake Bortles. And then they went on a tear in the playoffs and played for the championship against Romo Says What (who entered the playoffs at 10-3 and were strongly favored to win it all).

League Settings

Start: QB, 2x WR, 2x RB, TE, W/R/T flex, K, DEF
Bench spots: 9
Draft: non-serpentine, no auction

Passing
1 point per 20 yards, 1 at 200 yards
Passing TD: 6 points
Interceptions and sacks both are -1 points.
40+ yard pass completion: 2
40+ yard passing touchdown: +2
Rushing
1 point per 10 yards, 1 at 100 yards
Rushing TD: 6
40+ yard Run: 1
40+ yard Running TD: +2
Receiving
1 point per 10 yards, 1 at 150 yards
Receiving TD: 6
40+ yard Reception: 1
40+ yard Receiving TD: +2
Special Teams
1 point per 40 yards, 1 at 90 yards
Return TD: 6
General Offense
2pt Conversion: 2
Fumbles lost: -2
Offensive Fumble Return TD: 6
Throw a Pick Six: -2
Kicking
FG 0-19 yards: 3
FG 20-29 yards: 3
FG 30-39 yards: 3
FG 40-49 yards: 4
FG 50+ yards: 5
PAT made: 1
Defense/Special Teams
Sack: 1
Interception: 2
Fumble Recovery: 2
Touchdown: 6
Safety: 2
Block Kick: 2
Return Yards: 1 per 50 yards, 1 at 90 yards
Kickoff/Punt Return TD: 6
Points Allowed 0: 10
Points Allowed 1-6: 71 Points Allowed 7-13: 4
Points Allowed 14-20: 1
Points Allowed 21-27: 0
Points Allowed 28-34: -1
Points Allowed 35+: -4
Tackles for Loss: 1
Forced Three and Out: .5
Extra Point Returned: 2

Welcome to 2016

Obviously, I’m hoping to defend my title, but the chances of that are slim to non-existent. This year, I did step up my research game a bit, so that I was better-informed at draft time — last year, my research was on-the-fly and I bailed after the 7th or 8th pick and let autodraft take over, which was dumb. This year, I resolved to be better.

With the 10th pick overall (serpentine), here’s who I wound up with:

RoundPickOverall PickPosNameTeamByeNotes
11010RBAdrian PetersonMIN6Taken him first three years in a row now.
2111QBAaron RogersGB4Fuck the Pack.
31030WRAmari CooperOAK10
4131RBLeSean McCoyBUF10
51050WRJulian EdelmanNE9
6151TECoby FleenorNO5Had this guy last year and he sucked.
71070DEFDenverDEN11
8171WRJarvis LandryMIA8
91090KJustin TuckerBAL8
10191QBDerek CarrOAK10Decent QB2, provided his ascent continues.
1110110RBRashad JenningsNYG8Was highlighted when the timer ran out, autodraft choice.
121111WRMichael CrabtreeOAK10Be interesting to pair this guy with Carr against soft pass defenses.
1310130RBAmeer AbdullahDET10Probably an RB2.
141131QBDak PrescottDAL7TBD. QB3 role.
1510150WRCharles JohnsonMIN6Taking a flyer.
161151RBJerick McKinnonMIN6Handcuffed to Adrian Peterson.
1710170RBAlfred MorrisDAL7Filler.
181171WRSteve Smith, Sr.BAL8Filler.

All in all, not a terrible draft (the Yahoo! grader gave me a solid B, with the highest grade in the league getting a B+). This could have been worse. Having last pick in a serpentine is both good and bad, but all in all,

Summary

I definitely was not used to having the later pick. My first year in the league (2014), I had the first overall, and last year, I had number two overall. Both times I picked Adrian Peterson. In 2014 that bit me in the ass like getting beat with a switch.2 I was hoping that he’d be available again this year, and he was. Getting Aaron Rogers with the number eleven pick overall was better than I’d hoped for. Beyond that, I’m not completely pleased with my draft. There’s a few good gets in there, though, and I’m hoping that that’ll carry me to a respectable season. I think the only chance I have of making the championships is to be an absolute shark on the waiver wire.

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