Thursday, September 8, 2011
Draft day: Round 2 of state's best
By By Mike Grimala
Yesterday, we introduced the 1st Annual ESPNHS Massachusetts Mock Fantasy Football Draft. It was a momentous event in the history of (fake) fantasy sports. There was laughter, there were tears. Armani Reeves went No. 1 overall. Nick LaSpada picked Nick LaSpada fourth overall. Jonathan DiBiaso opted for rival Andrew Coke at No. 7. It was sheer insanity!
Well, that wasn't the end of it. Here, for your enjoyment, is the second (and final) round of the 1st Annual ESPNHS Massachusetts Mock Fantasy Football Draft. Picks were made in reverse order.
*Note: For entertainment purposes only. This is not a real fantasy league.
1st Annual ESPNHS Massachusetts Mock Fantasy Football Draft
Round 2, Pick 1
GM: Jon Mahoney, ESPNHS senior editor
Selection: RB/LB Vondell Langston — Everett, Sr.
Strategy: Every team is focused on stopping Crimson Tide QB Jonathan DiBiaso — and rightfully so. But when teams turn all their attention on the Everett passing game, this 6-foot, 220-pound monster is going to put up big numbers on the ground. Round 1 selection: Catholic Memorial QB A.J. Doyle
Round 2, Pick 2 GM: Mike Grimala, ESPNHS associate editor
Selection: QB Doug Crook Jr. — Barnstable, Sr.
Strategy: After taking Hudson RB Karl Sery in Round 1, I knew I wanted to go quarterback here. It came down to Crook or North Andover senior Brandon Walsh, and the deciding factor was Barnstable’s wide-open offense. Crook tossed 33 TD passes in 2010, and he’s basically guaranteed to throw the ball 30 times each game. Sign me up. Round 1 selection: Hudson RB Karl Sery
Round 2, Pick 3 GM: David Auguste, ESPNHS associate editor
Selection: QB Brandon Walsh — North Andover
Have to thank my boy Mike for leaving me with Walsh. Everyone knows fantasy football is all about touchdowns, and Walsh produces them in bunches. Last year, he accounted for 36 scores with a Division 2-best 23 coming through the air.
Round 1 selection: BC High RB Preston Cooper Round 2, Pick 4
GM: Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett QB
Selection: WR Canaan Severin — Worcester Academy, Sr.
Strategy: At 6-3, 220 pounds, Canaan is a nightmare for any cornerback. He’s got the strength to create separation on any route, and he has very soft hands catching the ball. His speed and size makes it very difficult to tackle him in the open field, and with the athleticism of a basketball player he can go up and catch any jump ball. There’s a reason why he’s rated one of the top athletes in New England for the Class of 2012, and the numbers he puts up this season will show it.
Round 1 selection: Andover RB Andrew Coke
Round 2, Pick 5 GM: Brendan Hall, ESPNBoston editor/reporter
Selection: RB Casey DeAndrade — East Bridgewater, Sr.
Strategy: Let's go inside the numbers with his junior season of 23 touchdowns: 10 rushing, four receiving, one passing and eight — yes, that's right EIGHT — on returns. The ultimate flex position pick.
Round 1 selection: Brockton QB Paul Mroz
Round 2, Pick 6 GM: Scott Barboza, ESPNBoston reporter/editor
Selection: QB Mike Walsh — Swampscott, Sr.
Strategy: After going defense in the first round, I’m looking for my franchise quarterback and someone who can bring some versatility to the roster. Walsh combined for over 3,000 offensive yards (roughly 60-40 split between passing and rushing) last year. He’s not only a top-flight signal-caller, he’s also committed to playing safety at Brown and will contribute to the Big Blue ‘D’ this year. Killing two birds with one stone.
Round 1 selection: Chelmsford LB Tim Joy
Round 2, Pick 7 GM: Nick LaSpada, Billerica QB/2009 Gatorade POY
Selection: LB/RB Camren Williams — Catholic Memorial, Sr.
Strategy: Williams is the top-rated player in the state, and he’s a linebacker headed to Linebacker U. And Penn State will be lucky to have him — he’s very quick to the ball and makes the ball carrier think twice about coming back through his gap.
Round 1 selection: Billerica QB Nick LaSpada Round 2, Pick 8
GM: Chris Parish, ESPNHS associate editor
Selection: TE Jameson McShea — BC High, Sr.
Strategy: LaSpada, you broke my heart and stole my pick. Fortunately my backup pick is equally good. I’m picking Jameson McShea out of BC High. He’s got great size at 6-3, 225 pounds, and he’s an absolute steal for the Temple Owls.
Round 1 selection: Concord-Carlisle RB George Craan
Round 2, Pick 9 GM: Brandon Parker, ESPNHS associate editor
Selection: RB Vincent Burton — Blue Hills, Jr.
Strategy: That guy Dave Auguste says he’s all about touchdowns, but I’m calling his bluff. Between DiBiaso and now Burton, my two picks combined for 73 TDs last season! Burton scored 30 as a sophomore to go with 1,549 rushing yards, meaning he’s the epitome of productivity. Go ahead and hand over the crown now because my squad is just too nice.
Round 1 selection: Everett QB Jonathan DiBiaso
Round 2, Pick 10 GM: Matt Remsberg, ESPNHS senior editor
Selection: QB Paul Montalto — Dennis-Yarmouth, Sr.
Strategy: Another reason I stayed away from a QB in Round 1 is that this year’s crop of Bay State signal-callers is crazy deep. You’re telling me I can get a guy who went over 1,000 yards passing and rushing last year while combining for 37 TDs with the last pick of the second round? Sold.
Round 1 selection: Catholic Memorial WR/RB Armani Reeves