Friday, September 2, 2011
The SEC blogger fantasy draft
By ESPN.com staff
The SEC blog has obviously grown, which means our projects are going to grow, too.
This season, we're taking our shot at fantasy football and have created teams in ESPN's College Football Challenge.
We're an SEC league exclusively and held our draft on Thursday. We'll track our teams all season and see who's truly general manager material. The loser has to pick up the tip all season when we're on the road, and that's bad news for the waitresses because I've seen you tip, Edward Aschoff.
Either way, this ought to be fun as we manage our teams from Week 1 through the final week of the regular season.
First, we introduce our team names.
Edward Aschoff: Young Guns
Chris Low: Over The Hill
Edward got the first pick in the draft. I thought it was only fair. After all, his idea of an old-school SEC player is Tim Tebow.
Here's how the draft went down:
No. 1 (Edward): South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore
Rationale: When it comes to fantasy drafts I’m all about taking stud running backs first and Lattimore racked up a ton of yards last season and found the end zone 19 total times.
No. 2 (Chris): Alabama RB Trent Richardson
Rationale: The Crimson Tide are going to feed him the football, and Richardson will rack up a lot of bonus points with all of his longer touchdown runs and catches.
No. 3 (Edward): Ole Miss RB Brandon Bolden
Rationale: Again, I like to go running back heavy early and Bolden was Ole Miss’ top pass catcher, he’s shifty and he runs with power. He had nearly had 1,000 yards rushing and scored 17 times in 2010.
No. 4 (Chris): South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery
Rationale: Jeffery is one of the toughest matchups in college football, and he gets you points with his catches, yards and touchdowns. He's the epitome of a stat stuffer.
No. 5 (Edward): Arkansas WR Greg Childs
Rationale: You always want to get a high-flying wide receiver and Childs should be Tyler Wilson’s top passing target this fall. In that offense he’ll touch the ball plenty of times.
No. 6 (Chris): Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson
Rationale: With all the great receiving talent around him, Wilson's a good bet to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He's also going to be better at extending the play than Ryan Mallett was.
No. 7 (Edward): Georgia QB Aaron Murray
Rationale: Murray is the best quarterback in the SEC and he has the ability to make those around him better. He could throw for 3,000-plus and 30-plus touchdowns in his second year.
No. 8 (Chris): LSU RB Spencer Ware
Rationale: With Jordan Jefferson suspended, the Tigers are going to be even more of a tailback-centered team, and Ware has the speed, moves and toughness to be a 1,200-yard rusher.
No. 9 (Edward): Tennessee WR Justin Hunter
Rationale: Sure, he only caught 16 passes last season, but he totaled 475 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s a deep threat and has a nose for the end zone. Don’t mind if I do.
No. 10 (Chris): Arkansas WR Joe Adams
Rationale: Adams is the most dynamic player in the SEC after the catch. He turns short passes into big gains and is also one of the league's most dangerous threats in the return game.
No. 11 (Edward): Mississippi State QB Chris Relf
Rationale: I can’t believe he lasted this long! Relf is a guy who can run and has improved his passing ability. I’m getting points for rushing touchdowns and passing ones, which is so money.
No. 12 (Chris): Alabama defense
Rationale: I thought about taking the Alabama defense with my fourth pick. That's how disruptive the Crimson Tide are going to be this season. I see lots of sacks and interceptions in my future and not many points scored on my 'D.'
No. 13: (Edward): LSU defense
Rationale: I’m looking for an aggressive defense with a strong front seven and a knack for generating turnovers. I think I just found it.
No. 14: (Chris): Tennessee QB Tyler Bray
Rationale: The Vols are going to throw the ball a ton this season, and Bray has one of the strongest arms in the league. He threw 18 touchdown passes as a freshman a year ago and started in just five games. Do the math over 12 games.
No. 15: (Edward): Georgia kickers
Rationale: Kicker Blair Walsh is one of the best in the country at his job and he hit 46-of-47 extra-point attempts and connected on 20-of-23 field goals last season. He might have more field goal attempts this season.
No. 16: (Chris): Ole Miss kickers
Rationale: Bryson Rose made 16-of-18 field goals as a sophomore and was 43-of-44 on extra-point attempts. With so much inexperience at quarterback, the Rebels might end up kicking even more field goals this season.
Here's what the teams look like:
QB: Aaron Murray, Georgia
QB: Chris Relf, Mississippi State
RB: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
RB: Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss
WR: Greg Childs, Arkansas
WR: Justin Hunter, Tennessee
OVER THE HILL
QB: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
QB: Tyler Bray, Tennessee
RB: Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB: Spencer Ware, LSU
WR: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR: Joe Adams, Arkansas
Kickers: Ole Miss
Who do you think has the team to beat?