Ah yes, the mock draft continues. It is a slow go due to some long stretches of down time, but we are close to finishing off Round 11 of 16. This was called the “May” mock draft with plans by FF Toolbox to do one each month until the start of the season. We might as well roll off this one and right into the next or the August one is going to start in November.
Before I get to my last few picks in the mock though, it is time for a quick update on the Compiler & Draft Buddy, for football of course. The planned release date was and still is, June 8th – next Monday! To that end, I’m locked in my office/basement/cave, cut off from the rest of the world until this thing is ready for public consumption. We’re pretty close!
There aren’t a lot of different new things this year, but a couple pretty big things, should you choose to use them. The first is in the Compiler. Remember the custom fields on each position tab where you can input whatever you want, via Projection Pal or manually? Those are much more robust and flexible this year. For one, you can apply the data input in them, assuming it is numbers, to the projected fantasy points. Say you want to include return yards to your league scoring? No, we still don’t project return yards, but you can input return yards for any player you want in the custom fields, add that field to your scoring, hit Compile and your cheatsheets will reflect return yards. Cool!
The second thing is just a straight custom ranking. Say you want to bypass the projected fantasy points used to rank players on the cheatsheets. Instead, you import rankings from somewhere else, or input your own, choose to sort the cheatsheets by the custom fields, hit Compiler and voila, cheatsheets ranked just the way you want. As if this thing wasn’t customized enough before, now it is truly just limited by your imagination.
As for Draft Buddy, there is some functionality to do direct import of rankings from FF Today instead of copying the cheatsheets over from the Compiler. We’ll have to see how this works out, but it opens the door that someday, we may be able to use Draft Buddy on its own without the Compiler. I mean, of course a lot of you would still want to use the Compiler to get completely customizable cheatsheets, but others prefer to skip the detail of the projections and go right to rankings which they can adjust. For now, you’ll still need the Compiler to pull over the settings specific to your league. To kick this off though, we’re debuting options to import re-draft, dynasty and rookie-only rankings. Dynasty league players should be very keen on this new feature.
7.09 QB Matt Schaub – I held out hope Donovan McNabb would fall to me, but with an unexpected twist Fantasy Sharks grabbed him to backup their starter Drew Brees. While Schaub does rank a notch below McNabb and others, I will grab him here because I saw a lot of improvement from him, and the entire Texans team last year which has me very optimistic about Schaub this season.
8.04 RB Julius Jones – While there are a number of backup/3rd down/relief RBs that could pan out well if they get enough rushes and recepts in their limited role, lets play the probabilities and go with a current starter. Didn’t it take brother Thomas 6 seasons before breaking out and becoming a force in the league? Er… or was it 5 seasons for Thomas and I used that same line last year re: Julius…?
Cedric Benson was a consideration at the 8.04 pick, but looking back I don’t think he was really as impressive last season as people perceive. It was more like, “hey, Cedric is actually doing something” so he got some props in the fantasy community. Fred Taylor and Jamal Lewis were also available amongst starting RBs. Donald Brown is likely the biggest risk-reward of the backup RBs, and LenDale was still there for the taking too.
9.09 WR Domenick Hixon, NYG – Anyone still believe in the 3rd year WR theory? Didn’t think so, but it may work here. As Hixon has been asked to do more in his short career, he’s done pretty well. We have him as WR1 on the Giants as of today. If that sticks through training camp, this could be a bargain. Nice potential breakout candidate.
10.04 RB Chester Taylor, MIN – Talented player, playing behind a stud. Not a flashy or upside pick, barring injury to said stud, but steady reasonable backup and bye week filler.
11.09 QB David Garrard – Not entirely sure who is going to catch the ball with any consistency, but hey, the Jags’ receivers have never been good and he still churns out decent points, especially for a late drafted backup. Run, Garrard. Run!