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Beat DVR League Recap

Last year, it was easy.

In addition to cash prizes for the top-two teams in the league, eight of the 12 teams in the 2013 edition of the Beat DVR League won free RotoWire subscriptions for having a better team than mine.

It’s hard to believe that a roster built around MJD (3.1), Hakeem Nicks (4.12) and Greg Jennings (7.1) would fail, especially with the wait-on-a-QB combo of Russell Wilson (6.12) and Josh Freeman (12.12).

It makes me wish that I had written about my picks and the poor logic behind them as they happened in order to avoid the same mistakes again this season.

Compound the draft-day failure with the lack of valuable in-season pickups (Nick Foles, Zac Stacy, Keenan Allen, ¬†and Julius Thomas all found their way to other rosters), and you’ve got a roster bathing in mediocrity all year long.

Last season, I ended up with the 12th position in the draft order, which in the NFFC-style leagues (third-round reversal, where the third-round order mirrors the second) returns the 12th, 13th and 25th overall picks before following a traditional snake order after the end of Round 3.

My KDS preferences in 2014 were simple, I ranked 1 through 4 as my first four choices,  flipped 12 through 10 as my next three selections, and that went back to 5 through 9 as my last five. Even with the 3RR format, I valued getting an elite receiver or one of the top three running backs more than the earlier selection in Round 3. As it turned out, I was assigned the third overall pick, leaving me with the 3rd, 22nd, 34th, and 39th overall picks.

It played out as follows.