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TALENTED MR. ROTO: Roster cut-downs
I have been doing fantasy drafts for a long time my friend. Many drafts over many years. And in that time - I've seen a lot of dumb stuff. But for start-from-scratch fantasy football, it's hard to beat what happened in one of my local 12 team start-from-scratch leagues last week.
Standard scoring, you play 1 QB, 2 RB and can play a 3rd RB in a RB/WR Flex position.
Okay, I get pick No. 1. I take Tomlinson. Thought about Portis, but I just like LT a smidge more. Either way, no complaints.
Pick No. 2: The guy takes McNabb.
Now don't get me wrong. McNabb is terrific - the best QB out there in my opinion. But at No. 2?! In a league where you play one QB and three - count 'em - three RB? What?
Okay, the rest of round one the draft without any big shocks. Williams, Holmes, Faulk and then Portis at No. 6 (aargh! Why am I not at 6?) and so on. RB are the big commodity, of course. Before it swings back to our side, all RB plus Harrison, Owens and Moss go. We now come to team No. 2. With McNabb. Needing three RB. And they have just seen a ton of RB go.
And he says - brace yourself - "I'll take Vick."
Okay, now when I goto a draft I'm fairly quiet. Almost always, at least someone knows I write for Rotoworld, FoxSports.com and do a bunch of radio. With my picture on the first page of the Rotoworld magazine and the title of "executive editor" - it's even worse. I am already a target. "What's this guy know that I don't?" The answer, frankly, is not a lot. So I try to just draft and keep a low profile. There will plenty of time to be a pompous prick later, I figure.
But I was so stunned I could not help myself. Before I can think, I blurt out "What!? Are you serious?!"
He calmly looks at me and says "You'll see - when Vick explodes in week four, I'll be able to trade him."
There are so many things wrong with that statement I don't know where to begin. First, in a 12 team league - EVERYONE will have a good QB. Who are you gonna trade with? Second, it's a little early to be drafting trade bait, you know? Third - there is no guarantee Vick comes back that soon and is that effective. Yes, he has enormous upside. And if he's stll there in round five - go for it. With my blessing. But in round two? When you have McNabb? What?!
I grabbed Garner and
BUFFALO: Well, the just traded
BALTIMORE: Rookie QB
HOUSTON: Bleah. You already know about
DENVER: Nothing really of note here, although if Portis gets hurt,
ATLANTA: Jon Loomer, my esteemed former colleague, IMed me the other day asking if I was still pimping
ARIZONA: If you find yourself in a bar and the trivia question comes up, "Who are the starting WR in Arizona this year?" you can answer