Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Big 12 fantasy football: Draft recap
By Max Olson
Following in the footsteps of our brethren over at the Big Ten Blog, we held our inaugural Big 12 fantasy draft on Saturday. And yes, it was pretty awesome.
We drew names out of a hat for draft order. Brandon Chatmon won and wisely chose Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk first overall. Jake Trotter was second and chose Seastrunk’s teammate, QB Bryce Petty. I went with Kansas RB James Sims and Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart with picks No. 3 and 4.
Jake followed that by selecting Oklahoma State RB Jeremy Smith. Brandon went with a surprise move for the sixth pick, TCU QB Casey Pachall. And it was all downhill from there.
We drafted out a full 15-team roster, will follow standard fantasy scoring and are allowing up to two free-agent pickups each week. The guy whose team puts up the most points in a week gets a ‘W.’ The season title goes to whoever wins the most weeks.
The reward? Believe me, immeasurable bragging rights are on the line. So stay tuned, because we’ll be posting weekly updates here.
Take a look at the teams we put together and be sure to let us know who has the best roster starting off. Let the (friendly) trash talk begin.
Chatmon: Landing the preseason player of the year with the first pick was a no-brainer. Lache Seastruck seems ready for a superb season and matching him up alongside Johnathan Gray is a terrific 1-2 punch at running back. That duo coupled with Jalen Saunders and Mike Davis at receiver gives me a group of runners and pass catchers that is second to none. I decided to take a chance on Casey Pachall at quarterback and should have one of the conference’s top scorers in Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt. Add in Kansas’ Tony Pierson and I’m ready to light up the scoreboard.
Trotter: In Bryce Petty, I have a quarterback who is guaranteed his starting job and is going to put up monster numbers. In Jeremy Smith and Damien Williams, I have the primary running backs from two of the league's most explosive offenses. In TCU, I have -- by far -- the best defense. And in Eric Ward, Tracy Moore, Jaxon Shipley, Sterling Shepard and Kevin White, I have a deep collection of wide receivers who could all have huge years. If Charles Sims blows up like I expect him to, my fantasy team is going to be rather formidable. Sorry boys, this might be over before it begins.
Olson: I had the third pick and got a lineup that features the supposed next Johnny Manziel, two 1,000-yard rushers and two of the Big 12’s three best receivers. Yeah, I’ll take that. Carter was my favorite pick, don’t know how he slipped to the seventh round. I love pairing Baylor’s best WRs. In the past two years, BU’s two best have combined for an average of 2,700 yards and 23 TDs. I wouldn’t do this in regular fantasy football, but taking this trio of QBs felt right because Knight has never played. Chelf could lead the Big 12 in passing, and Sams’ rushing talents might make him a fantasy stud (if he wins the job).