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By big_guido1983
7/15/2017 6:02 am
It's been an interesting draft so far. With the beginning of the final draft day upon us, I'm sure that some owners will be making some questionable depth choices while trying to find the gems that might've snuck by. I know that some of my final picks will not be playing at the positions that they'll be drafted at.

Re: Draft

By raidergreg69
7/15/2017 3:37 pm
The AI drafting for the Sun has now sniped me twice. Once was just now in the 43rd round but it's still frustrating being all happy your pick fell to you then after the zeros clear, poof he's gone and it's on to plan B.

This was my 3rd allocation draft and of the 3, this one seemed to be the toughest. The first 2, in MFN 79 and 85, there were several teams that really had no business drafting and had bad drafts. Now in our 3rd seasons, several franchises have constant turnover in ownership, mostly those bad teams.

Those other drafts had 1 team take WR with something like their first 7 picks (Seattle-85), many aging vets were taken long before players with upside, some had no queue clue and ended up with kickers very early. This resulted in many players falling farther than they should and despite me drafting a bust QB with my 2nd pick I had a pretty good draft in both leagues.

Our draft seemed to have very little of that but to be honest I haven't had time to pay much attention to what other teams are doing yet, been focusing on my own drafting. I think I learned a couple of things about volatility in this draft where my boom/bust guesses will be more educated guess than coin flip, time will tell.

No matter how anyone feels about their draft at this point, our work is just beginning.

Re: Draft

By Booger926
7/15/2017 3:48 pm
I'm still waiting for my AI to draft DB's

Re: Draft

By big_guido1983
7/15/2017 3:52 pm
Booger926 wrote:
I'm still waiting for my AI to draft DB's


Sorry Booger, I heavily drafted dbs and lbs so that I can have more speed on my defense and don't have to worry about having my depth challenged by teams that run spread offenses.

Re: Draft

By raidergreg69
7/15/2017 4:07 pm
big_guido1983 wrote:
Booger926 wrote:
I'm still waiting for my AI to draft DB's


Sorry Booger, I heavily drafted dbs and lbs so that I can have more speed on my defense and don't have to worry about having my depth challenged by teams that run spread offenses.


In this game one can never have enough good DB's. I wanted a stud or 2 early but the available ones seemed like a reach then. That's why I took several a few rounds later, if I can't have a stud I want solid starters at least.

Re: Draft

By Booger926
7/15/2017 4:16 pm
big_guido1983 wrote:
Booger926 wrote:
I'm still waiting for my AI to draft DB's


Sorry Booger, I heavily drafted dbs and lbs so that I can have more speed on my defense and don't have to worry about having my depth challenged by teams that run spread offenses.

that's ok...I overly drafted RT

Re: Draft

By tribewriter - League Admin
7/15/2017 5:23 pm
As I wrote in the blog, a lot of teams drafted young players heavily in the first 10 rounds. I think that turned out to be good strategy, because trying to find young players in the middle rounds was really difficult ... they were mostly gone.

Re: Draft

By raidergreg69
7/16/2017 6:03 am
tribewriter wrote:
As I wrote in the blog, a lot of teams drafted young players heavily in the first 10 rounds. I think that turned out to be good strategy, because trying to find young players in the middle rounds was really difficult ... they were mostly gone.


That's the approach I took in my other 2 allocations (79, 85) and it seems to have worked out well as we hit season 3. Especially my Dayton RiverBandits(79). I drafted so many young players there, they started out good and have grown together nicely as a unit. Not every player had a rating increase and I didn't resign everyone I wanted after year 2, but most. The defense has been especially good during the current season.

My San Francisco team has been just as good on the field as DRB, both teams have a division title, a wildcard, and a loss in a conference championship. Off the field almost but not quite as I took a few more free agency hits and really had to scramble to find a QB in the middle of season 2.

https://mfn85.myfootballnow.com/player/1222 I took this guy with my 2nd pick because he was supposed to be accurate. I knew there was a bust chance with that volatility but I mistakenly thought he wouldn't drop so much. Our season 1 was before the new game engine and he threw for over 5000 yds and had 40 TD's, still league records. Season 2 we switched and Tim Whatley turned into Walter White (I named a good portion of that team after Seinfeld characters). He sucked so bad I turned to both of my backups and they were just as bad so I traded for not 1 but 2 qb's. Why 2? Because I still had an awesome running game and defense and was around .500, all I needed was a QB who could consistently move the chains. The first guy I tried was accurate when he had time but he was Peyton Manning slow and had the ball security of early career Tiki Barber so he had to sit.

The second guy I got was from Gustoon who told me he thought this QB he had would fit my system well. I wasn't thrilled with his ratings but the price was right and I was desperate enough to try anyone. I resisted playing Timothy Cate at first because Ralph Pitts had better ratings for the most part, and cost me more. Like I said above, Pitts had to sit. I eased Cate in by playing all 3 qb's during 2 games trying to play to strengths. I didn't like that approach and still didn't like Whatley or Pitts so I figured I would see what I had in Cate before his contract expired at the end of the season.

Wouldn't you know it, my team went on a roll once I gave Cate the keys to the offense. Earned a wildcard and lost in the conference championship. I have since signed Cate to an extension and traded Whatley and Pitts while drafting a young QB who showed some promise during preseason. Season 3 is just starting Opening Week and I lost my starting SS Todd Gack during preseason, out 10 weeks but I'm not worried. Defensive backfield is my strongest/deepest position group.

Looks like I went off on a tangent there, I tend to do that.

Re: Draft

By raidergreg69
7/16/2017 6:10 am
On a side note, I have no clue why Tim Whatley is livid with me just because I traded him. He is currently listed as QB1 for Dallas and he would have been QB2 at best for me and that's only because he can kick hold. If he'd really rather hold kicks and clipboards than game balls no wonder he folded when the going got tough. Maybe he should pursue that career in dentistry, otherwise he'll just end up in a dead end job with 5 ungrateful kids and a screaming wife or cooking meth or something.

Re: Draft

By raidergreg69
7/17/2017 12:10 am
One other difference I found in our draft is how fast good kickers went, if there were any. I usually take kickers for granted, a fantasy football bias I still have, so long as they make kicks and aren't hurt. I didn't even look at kickers until day 2 I think, and I didn't like what was left.

Previous 2 allocations I got a kicker late, 1 I still have and he's 17 for 17 this season. Now watch him miss in my next game now that I jinxed him. https://cust79.myfootballnow.com/player/499