Out with the old

Around this time last year our league manager and TND contributor,
Kent, brought up the idea of starting a dynasty league. Nine keepers, PPR scoring, return yards, etc. I had always been intrigued by the dynasty format and was very much in favor of the idea. It’s made up of a core group of people from our area who have been managing teams for years. While some are more proficient than others it’s inaugural season was fairly comparative. I had the honor of participating in the first ever Botdorf-Hill bowl (don’t ask. I’ll explain sometime) and got the thrashing of a lifetime. Seriously, I lost by almost 80 pts.
Two Sundays ago our first keeper draft took place in the familiar confines of the ESPN draft center.

QB: Matt Ryan
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Marshawn Lynch
WR: Percy Harvin
WR: Randall Cobb
WR: Pierre Garcon
WR: Stevie Johnson
WR: Wes Welker
Def: Seattle

So there’s no confusion in regards to the strategy our league follows the one QB, two RB, two WR, one TE, flex, special teams, and kicker format. The only non keeper of note that I was forced to cut ties with was Fred Jackson.
The decline of the aforementioned running back is what led to my first issue. The gaping hole in my RB 2 slot. I’m not even going to try to defend the keeping of the Seahawks defense but it’s admittedly borderline bush league. But I digress. I watched in horror as every RB I had targeted fell of the board one by one.
I ended up taking DeAngelo Williams with my first pick, which isn’t the worst pick in the world but beggars can’t be choosers when the season is on the line . Even with Cam Newton hawking an assload of touchdowns Williams still had enough upside that I can live with the pick.
Things got a little hairy in the later rounds. The halfback pool is about as shallow can be after the top 8 or 9. It’s astounding. I pieced together a decent running back corps from what was left (it’s also worth nothing I was not able to draft a WR or QB.) A reasonable selection of Vick Ballard, a high risk probably low reward risk in Ronnie Hillman, and pray and hope for production grab with Bernard Pierce.
Somewhere in the middle of that mess Jermichael Finley was also added. Sure to be an upgrade
over Gates, who was abysmal at time last year. Round it all off with a few post draft waver picks and the first dynasty draft was completed.
It’s going to be a hell of season. Finding a running back at some point during the season almost has to be a priority. Having Percy Harvin land on the IR is a huge blow that will no longer allow me to hide the holes in that position, though trade partners are scarce in a league as competitive as this one but due diligence and all that crap.
Lastly, we’re currently working on many improvements to our site as well as the podcast that will hopefully see the light of day before the end of the season. We’re lazy, we drink to much, we suck. We’d also like to do some giveaways so keep an eye out for that.
As always thank you for your readership and open a cold one for another year of agony and tears.

Your favorite blogger with love always
-Wes

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