Too busy this season to set up a league with friends and family, but I managed to jump into a league with total strangers at the last minute. Coming off of last year's championship, I couldn't let a good thing go to waste! Here's my starting team after the draft:
QB Cam Newton I always like a QB who can get some rushing yards to make up for down passing days, and Cam has done great for me in the past.
RB LeSean McCoy Theory: Chip Kelly's new fast-paced offence is going to result in a lot of touches and a lot of yards for McCoy.
RB Reggie Bush Going to be a major rushing and receiving threat for the Lions
WR Randall Cobb Picked him because I really need a WR and he was the highest ranked one left on the board.
WR DeSean Jackson Same theory as for LeSean McCoy
TE Jared Cook Picked him solely because of Peter King's recommendation . . .
FLEX Bilal Powell I liked what I saw in preseason
D/ST Bears They were the # 1 ranked defence, so I went against my instincts and took them.
K Sebastian Janikowski I always draft Janikowski because he has the strongest leg in the league . . .
I also got some great back-ups:
TE Rob Gronkowski Amazing in past years; I didn't start him since he's been banged up
RB Montee Ball Not sure about this one; could be big, but Broncos seem to want a committee-style approach
WR Josh Gordon Suspended for the first two games of the season, but he's the Browns best WR
QB Michael Vick Same theory as for LeSean McCoy; I'm all in on Chip Kelly!
D/ST Browns Solid last year, hoping they'll be great with Ray Horton coaching
K Phil Dawson Really wish the Browns wouldn't have let him go . . .
QB Terrell Pryor Predicting big things from this guy's legs (and he can throw too!)
Before the draft, The Wife told me I should pick one of her favourite players: Peyton Manning or Darren McFadden. Well, after Week 1, I really should of listened about Manning--it's hard to beat 7 TD passes in one game!
Still, I did quite well in my first outing, winning 133-102 and scoring the highest total in the league. Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy, and Jared Cook each scored 24 points or more, and everybody else scored in double-digits except for Janikowski, the Bears D/ST, and Bilal Powell (who I've since cut and replaced with Brian Hartline).
Repeating is hard, but the Champion SunRunners are on their way . . .