My season-long fantasy football draft took place. Want to hear something funny? I didn't even draft my team! Sure, I picked up plenty of players on waiver, but during my draft, I watched a movie. I didn't mean to not draft. I had looked forward to drafting my own team even down to deciding if I should take my quarterback with the final pick in my draft.
I had my lists. The excitement was there. I even told my wife about the date and time so that she didn't make plans for us. I had organized my life. I planned on being efficient. I planned on putting together an NFL Fantasy Football winning team, and then?
I forgot. Check out my season-long fantasy football team for this season. I added the word “waiver” next to the players I grabbed after my draft.
NFL Fantasy: Auto-Draft Picked Me This Team
QB Tom Brady, Patriots
Surprised? I was! I had no intention of drafting Tom Brady. I thought someone might draft Brady too early. That someone turned out to be me. Now that Brady's on my team, though, I must admit, auto-draft did me a solid.
The reigning NFL MVP should post similar numbers, 32 TD passes, 4,577 passing yards, this season that he did last season. Terrific Tom also got a solid left tackle in ex-49'ers right tackle Trent Brown. Brown should have no issue making the switch from right tackle to left tackle.
RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers
I've never drafted Melvin Gordon. I've sort of been a Melvin Gordon hater when it comes to season long fantasy football drafts. Now? Yep, I love Melvin Gordon! Here's the thing: even I must admit that Gordon is a straight up football player. He gives it his all every time he steps onto the field. I never thought he'd be a good pick for any of my teams, but he's a great pick this season.
There's a football reason why. Coach Anthony Lynn said that because TE Hunter Henry is out for the season, the Bolts plan on throwing more too Gordon. The Chargers made Melvin the focal point of the offense his rookie season. He hasn’t taken a step back since. Now he's an even bigger part? Drafting Melvin means I owe auto-draft another pat on the back.
RB Devonta Freeman, Falcons
Freeman's a great fantasy football player, but I detest the Falcons. I'm a big Saints' fan. It goes against better judgement, but I might bench Devonta when the Dirty Birds battle the Saints. I understand why auto-draft went with Devonta, though. He can rumble with the ball, he's got enough speed to get to the end zone 30 yards out, and he can catch the ball.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland
Up until four days ago, or whenever Gordon showed up to Cleveland's training camp, I thought this might be a bad pick. Now that he's in camp, I can't argue with the pick. Josh Gordon might be the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. For all his issues, Gordon’s only 27-years-old. He's got plenty of football playing days left.
Not only that, but Cleveland finally signed a real quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. Taylor will throw to Josh. Hopefully, he throws to him starting in Week 1.
WR Golden Tate, Lions
I've never been a Golden Tate fan. I think he's a good wide receiver. He's just not the type of wide receiver I look for when I put together my season long NFL Fantasy Football team. I'm on the fence if I should start him or not.
TE Jordan Reed, Redskins
If the 2015 Jordan Reed shows up, auto-draft committed a theft. If the 2016 or 2017 Reed shows up, I must scramble for a tight-end. There aren’t many left. Not even Indianapolis Colts’ tight-end Jack Doyle is available. I might be stuck with Virgil Green, the L.A. Chargers signed him after Henry went down.
I understand the pick, though. It’s feast or famine with Jordan Reed. I hope this year it’s a big feast.
RB-WR Tevin Coleman, Falcons
I can’t argue with auto-draft picking Tevin Coleman to be my flex player. Also, Coleman should be a much bigger part of Steve Sarkisian’s offense this season. So, I get it. But…really, auto-draft? Really? Two Falcons on my team?
DST Packers (waivers)
Okay, so auto-draft decided to stick me with Atlanta’s defense. You already know how I feel about Falcons players on my fantasy football team. I had no desire to keep the Falcons’ defense because when they play the Saints, I’d have to root for my fantasy defense to allow 50 points.
I waived the Dirty Birds’ D. I picked up the Giants’ D on waivers. Why didn’t I keep the Giants’ D? I didn’t keep the Giants’ D because I saw that someone had waived the Packers’ D.
I do believe the Giants’ defense gels into a great unit this season. It should take a few weeks. I don’t think someone will stand in my why if I decide to forego the Packers’ defense for the Giants’ defense.
K Chris Boswell, Steelers (waivers)
Chris Boswell plays for one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL. Nobody drafted Boswell. Not even auto-draft. I think I had Matt Bryant, another Falcon. Easy decision waiving Bryant for Boswell.
RB Peyton Barber, Buccaneers (waivers)
Buccaneer players do nothing for me. But, my auto-draft bench RB was Patriots’ runner James White. I decided to rid my team of White and look for a starter. Barber should start because he’s outplayed rookie Ronald Jones II during the preseason.
RB Chris Thompson, Redskins
I also thought about dumping Thompson. I’m glad I didn’t. Washington’s thin at running back. Just last week, they signed Adrian Peterson. AP should run the ball on first and second down. Thompson should be Washington’s go to back on every third down this season.
I’m glad auto-draft got Thompson for me. He could post decent fantasy points this season even if AP does his thing.
RB Jonathan Williams, Saints (waivers)
The NFL suspended starter Mark Ingram for the first four games. Coach Sean Payton said that things won’t change that much, meaning whomever plays with Alvin Kamara should get carries and targets in the passing game. Williams has been the top running back of Ingram’s likely replacements.
I also believe you must have at least one player on your team that you can trade for filler position players. When Terrific Tom heads to the Bahamas with Giselle during New England’s bye week, who do I drop for my filler quarterback? Williams.
WR Kenny Stills, Dolphins (waivers)
Someone should have drafted Kenny Stills. Nobody did. DeVante Parker might not play Week 1 due to a wrist injury. Stills could turn out as my savviest waiver pickup this season.
WR Robert Woods, Rams
Even when the Rams had wide receiver Sammy Watkins, coach Sean McVeigh called Woods’ number. Robert Woods could have a huge season if the Rams score as many points per game as I suspect they will.
Overall, auto-draft impressed me. I had an entirely different plan. Instead of complaining about myself for missing my draft, I decided to think half fully. I haven’t come close to sniffing a season-long fantasy football championship in 10 years. If I do this season, I’ll become the biggest auto-draft believer out there.
Oh, you might wonder what film took my attention away from my draft. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane. Great movie. Check it out when you get a chance.