It's always the same old story when it comes to the draft in the NFL Fantasy league I am a member of.
I go in with an idea. Or, on most occasions, having studied a bit from the magazines I've purchased ahead of the draft. However, as soon as I am on the clock, I throw all my plans aside and just act like a kamikaze.
Yesterday's draft was no different.
I had the second pick in this year's draft. That, I would guess, is because my team was abysmal in 2020.
The first rule I had was to pick a few running backs in the earlier rounds. Then worry about wide receivers before I even considered picking up a quarterback.
It started off well.
With the second overall pick, I chose the Tennessee Titans' running back, Derrick Henry. From there, I saw a lot of players I wanted picked by other teams in my league. It was here where the game plan to start off with running backs went awry.
My second pick was Atlanta's wide receiver - Calvin Ridley. I followed that up by taking the second-best ranked quarterback on the board - Arizona's Kyler Murray.
To punctuate just how far my game plan had deserted me - or vice versa! - I went with the third best quarterback on the list - Buffalo's Josh Allen.
I figured I might get some trade value with either he or Murray if I needed it during the season.
I played it as straight as I could from there. Once the draft had completed, I awaited the email from the NFL which rated how I did. The mail arrived this morning. This is what it wrote:
\AFTER SOME EARLY-ROUND VALUE PICKS, (MY TEAM) LOOKS TO MAKE A STATEMENT THIS YEAR.
My draft grade was a C. They then went on to project that I will go 0-15 in 2021!
I'm going to prove them wrong.
Here are the players I chose in order:
- Derrick Henry (RB) Tennessee
- Calvin Ridley (WR) Atlanta
- Kyler Murray (QB) Arizona
- Josh Allen (QB) Buffalo
- Josh Jacobs (RB) Las Vegas
- D.J. Moore (WR) Carolina
- Chase Claypool (WR) Pittsburgh
- Robert Tonyan (TE) Green Bay
- DeVonta Smith (WR) Philadelphia
- Devin Singletary (RB) Buffalo
- A.J. Dillon (RB) Green Bay
- Indianapolis Colts (DEF)
- Corey Davis (WR) New York Jets
- Zack Moss (RB) Buffalo
- Jason Sanders (K) Miami