This coming Thursday is a Holy Day of Observation in the Patrick household, as the NFL kicks off the 2010 season with a great match up between the defending Super Bowl champion Saints and Brett "Okay, one more year" Favre's Vikings. Along with the real NFL, it's the season for goofy nerds like myself to while away some time with fantasy football. Now last year, as you many (bazillions?) dedicated readers of my blog may know, was my first time drafting a fantasy football team and the Peyton Manning-led Sun Runners struggled to a 4-9 record in the regular season before winning both their playoff games in the consolation bracket to earn the # 7 spot out of 10 teams.
This time around I have a much better idea of how the game works, and an extra year's knowledge of which players are productive and which ones tend to be streaky. I quite like who I ended up with, and I can pretty much guarantee the new and improved Accelerated Sun Runners are going to be competitive.
But wait, there's more!
The Wife wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was about, and decided to draft a team in the same league as me. She doesn't know much about football beyond the names of handsome starting quarterbacks, but she'll probably end up beating me anyway!
Regardless, here's my team for 2010:
QB Tom Brady Not my first choice, but still one of the top five QBs in the league . . .
RB Ryan Mathews A little bit of a gamble here, but everything points to him getting a lot of carries for the Chargers.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw He looked great in the preseason, and I'm pretty sure he's edged out Brandon Jacobs for the starting role in New York
RB/WR Donald Driver Yes he's getting older, but with Aaron Rogers behind center, he's going to get some catches . . .
WR Wes Welker As long as he stays healthy, he will rack up some yards.
WR Terrell Owens He and Ocho will be so much fun to watch, I just had to have one of them.
TE Jermichael Finley Again with the Rogers effect.
D/ST Jets All that hype on Hard Knocks better pay off.
K Ryan Longwell Operative theory being that the Vikings will move the ball well, but have to settle for a lot of field goals.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey This guy has worked incredibly hard during the off-season and has a much more accurate QB, so I figure he's worth a look.
QB Matt Ryan The Falcons are a dark horse prediction for the Super Bowl, and Ryan could have a very big year.
RB Laurence Maroney I'm not real happy here, as the Patriots aren't a great running team and Maroney might not get many carries, but he was the best available. I'll probably drop him to waivers if an undrafted back starts to surprise people.
TE Visanthe Siancoe He's a big producer.
D/ST Falcons A pure shot in the dark here, as there weren't many good choices left.
RB Peyton Hillis A sentimental choice, as he looked awesome in the Browns' preseason games and I have to have at least one Browns' player on the squad.
K Garrett Hartley With the Saints offense, he'll be kicking a lot of extra points.