Tailgate Therapy has a crazy point system. Essentially I've tried to even out all the positions so no one position dominates on points. Quarterbacks are heavily discounted and only get one point for every 35 pass yards and 3 points for pass TDs. Wide receivers and Tight Ends are PPR, but they only get 1 point for every 20 receiving yards. Running Backs are king in this league getting 1 point for every 10 yards. Defense teams don't get any points from special teams but players do get 1 point for every 20 return yards (which makes kick returners and punt returners more valuable). Also the draft order is randomly selected and you don't know your draft position until 30 minutes before the draft start, which makes it difficult to mock draft. This is a 12 team league with the following positions: QB, 2 WR, 2 RB, TE, Flex (RB, TE, WR), K, DEF and 4 bench slots.
I log in on draft night and lo and behold I am in the worst draft position #12! I am not thrilled but let's see what I can do...
Options: Jeremy Hill, DeMarco Murray, CJ Anderson
First Pick (#12) - Both Jeremy Hill and CJ Anderson are gone by the time my pick arrives. I watch all my most coveted players go off the board but somehow the Gronk is still available. Now that Brady is back, Gronk is worth his weight in gold! I snatch him up with my first pick to secure my dominance of the TE position this season!
Second Pick (#13) - I do like having two picks in a row, so I don't have to gamble or worry whether that second guy will get picked during the interim. I'm happy to see that Demarco Murray is also available and I'm excited to see what the Eagles can do this season. I've got my RB1!
Options: Russell Wilson, Emmanuel Sanders, Alfred Morris
Third Pick (#36) - Russell Wilson is the optimal QB for this league because of his running skills, unfortunately everyone knows this so he goes off the board 26th, which is okay because the team that got him TOTALLY OVERPAID. I end up selecting Emmanuel Sanders as my first Wide Receiver.
Fourth Pick (#37) - There's not a lot of great options at this point in the draft. I'm not interested in grabbing one of the near elite QBs at this point and most of the Running Backs are very risky (Joseph Randle, Melivn Gordon, Carlos Hyde). I end up selecting Alfred Morris because he's on a contract year and he's the only good think on the Washington offense.
Options: Julian Edelman, Keenan Allen, Golden Tate, Amari Cooper, Jarvis Landry
Fifth Pick (#60) - There are some awesome Wide Receivers at this point in the draft. Keenan Allen and Amari Cooper are picked before me, but I'm able to grab Julian Edelman, who I also own in my other league. His value is substantially higher than his current draft position (value 36th overall).
Sixth Pick (#61) - I get my best pick of the draft when I grab Jarvis Landry! Jarvis is going to have a great season anyway but he also is a punt returner. He's projected to have 1200 return yards this season which if true will earn me 60 points. His value is 17th overall. Of course he could pull a Coradelle Patterson this season, but I'm hoping that doesn't happen. Plus his risk is much lower than Corradelle's was last year (Corradelle was a 4th round pick). This is why it's important to use the MyCFD app because the list will be customized to how your league scores points!
Options: Defense, Quarterback
Seventh Pick (#84) - I need a quarterback and Cam Newton is still available. I consider Cam a poor man's Russell Wilson. I know there are issues with his receiving corps but I'm hoping to get 500+ rush yards and maybe 4 rush TDs out of him to make this pick worth it.
Eighth Pick (#85) - I've been targeting getting a defense at this point in most of my drafts. On Saturday, I was thwarted as the defense rush started early, but I find that no one has taken a defense yet. I select Seattle. Now, last year Seattle burned me, they earned a total of like 23 points in the first 6 weeks. I ended up dumping them, and of course they totally turned it on in the second half of the season, but I'm hoping they are worth the pick this year.
Options: Ryan Matthews, Shane Vereen, Joique Bell, Kendall Wright
Ninth Pick (#108) - I was shocked when someone grabbed Shane Vereen in the 4th round (that player, by the way, has the worst rated draft in this league). I need some more running backs and there are some good options at this point. I take Ryan Matthews first, as he is my handcuff for Demarco Murray, but I've also been reading about how they are going to be using him creatively in this offense, so he may have value as a flex play during the year.
Tenth Pick (#109) - I got burned on Joique Bell before so I end up taking him at this point. His health status does have me concerned but his is the RB1 on this team.
Options: Michael Floyd, Bishop Sankey, QB2
Eleventh Pick (#132) - As I said before, Running Backs are king in this league so I grab one more in Bishop Sankey. This is a totally disposable pick but I want to see if he can do anything to start this season.
Twelveth Pick (#133) - I make an error here when I select Teddy Bridgewater. It's not that I think Teddy is going to be a bust, but his bye week is the same as Cam Newton! Stupid mistake considering that other QBs are still available like Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariotta were available. I'm going to keep them both for the first 4 weeks to see who is doing better and then find another QB for week 5.
Thirteenth Pick (#155) - Final pick is a kicker. I get Matt Bryant from Atlanta.
Wow! Yahoo loves my team, they give me an A+ and a projected first place finish. This may finally be my year on this league as I have been a perennial bridesmaid in this league. I'm kind of shocked that I did so well given my horrible draft position but this goes to show you there is value all over the draft board and you just have to be able to target the right players that will be available around your pick.