I’m experimenting with using trivia as a draft prep tool. Here are some quizzes below. (Had to start a second thread because the first one filled up and wasn’t displaying the early quizzes:)
Sure, I felt like I was crashing a party at the Mount Rushmore of fantasy football when I found myself at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Gold Jacket lounge with the members of the Jim Brown division. But hey, I wasn’t about to let that stop me from enjoying every second and having one of the most fun experiences of my fantasy football career at the King’s X Classic. Not only was the incredible knowledge of football at the table extremely apparent, but that was easily equaled by the huge personalities and humor that filled the air with a tangible electricity. Of course, everyone at that table had been in more industry leagues than they care to remember, but this one had the prehistoric element of 12 people sitting around a table, which was always one of the highlights of any fantasy campaign before online drafts became the norm- but again, those personalities were setting me up to experience something special.
I teased at the start of this column that we would explore other ADP’s throughout the fantasy season and today’s the day where we explore new horizons, starting first with ESPN’s. I might as well make this a PSA, but identifying the ADP ranking of your fantasy site is important if only so you could stumble upon some hidden gems. Here’s a handful of players I believe present value currently on ESPN.
Melvin Gordon: ADP 15/RB 10
Gordon represents a sort of cut off in standard leagues as the next four RBs – Christian McCaffrey, Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Jerick McKinnon – all have their obvious warts. A multi-dimensional threat on offense, Gordon could very well see an uptick in red zone looks with TE Hunter Henry (knee) out for the season. That coupled with his same production from last year would easily vault Gordon among the top-8 fantasy RBs, and given I’m not a huge fan of any of the four aforementioned backs slotted to go after Gordon, it’s easier to take the former Wisconsin product a bit higher than his ADP suggests as opposed to risk entering the third round with the Freeman’s-of-the-world as your No. 1 RB.
Former LSU standout Derrius Guice is now planted on injured reserve with a torn ACL and the Redskins are back in the market for a running back. Headlining the list of visitors who will reportedly make a trip to Washington in the near future is 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, two-time first-team All-Pro Jamaal Charles, and the Giants’ reigning rushing leader, Orleans Darkwa.
Tonight was the second “Beat Chris Liss” draft, a 12-team NFFC Online Championship with the standard rules: 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-FLX, 1-TE, 1-K and 1-D. It’s full PPR and with 10 bench spots. It’s a $350 entry league, $1500 for first place, and $110,000 for first in the overall competition. I drew the first pick (with third-round reversal.)