Results From CLB Fantasy Football League Draft

by Jamison Koehler on August 3, 2010

Yahoo ran the draft last night for the Criminal Law Blog Fantasy Football League.  Participants can see the results on the siteProbable Cause used the number one draft pick to select Chris Johnson.  Austin Criminal Defense took Adrian Peterson with the second pick, and Gamso – For the Defense used the third pick to select Maurice Jones-Drew.

Chandler Criminal Defense drew the short straw and selected last at number 18.  This wasn’t too bad, considering he used this pick to select QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.  Selecting last in the first round also gave Chandler Criminal Defense the first pick in the second round.  In other words, he had two picks in a row.  He used his second pick to select WR Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Brees and Fitzgerald were both number one at their respective positions in last year’s draft.

I am committed to making this fun and easy for everyone, so please feel free to email or call me with any questions.  I have already received a few questions.  For those of you who are new to this, here are a few things that might be helpful to know.

How did the draft work?

While some leagues use a live draft in which participants sit around in person or on the computers to make their selections, I thought that might be too ambitious for this very busy group of lawyers.  So, like most leagues, we used an autodraft.  This means that everyone selected desired draft orders upon signing up the team.  Yahoo then ran the draft based on these orders.  In other words, Yahoo looked for the top unclaimed player on your list to select your pick during each round.

Participants were randomly assigned a draft order.  The list reversed during each round so that the player who selected last in one round selected first in the next, the players who selected third to last in the first round had the third pick in the second round, and so on.

Those of you who did not change your team’s draft rankings were assigned a default order by Yahoo.  Based on my experience, unless you know more than the combined wisdom of the thousands of other people who have participated in this league or unless there is a player that you just have to have, it is usually not a good idea to tinker too much with the default order.  My niece used the default ranking to win a family league last year. I tell you, there is nothing humbling than to be beaten by a team named “Pink Prancing Ponies.”

How do I manage my team?

There are 15 players on each team.  Your starting line-up – the only players who will count toward your score each week – consists of a quarterback, three wide receivers, two running backs, a tight end, a team defense, and then a swing spot that can be used for either a wide receiver or running back.  You want to make sure that the players who will earn the most points – measured in terms of yards rushing, receptions, TDs, etc – are in your starting line-up each week.  You also want to make sure that you substitute for any starting players who might be injured that week or, later in the season, whose team might have a bye week.  During the season, you should also monitor the waiver wire for players who might have been released by another team or look for unclaimed players who might be performing better than expected.

What do I need to do between now and the start of the season?

There is not a lot to do between now and the beginning of the season.  There may be some trade proposals.  You might check to see if there are any unclaimed players you might want to pick up.  And don’t be afraid to post some “smack” talk to intimidate the other participants. We have chosen a very serious profession. I’m glad people are willing to having a little fun.

12 Comments on “Results From CLB Fantasy Football League Draft

  1. You make it all sound so intentional, like I “used the third pick to select Maurice Jones-Drew.” I didn’t. I have no idea who that is. (But he can beat the rest of your guys at whatever it is he does, I’m sure.) Yahoo did it all. And what Yahoo doesn’t do, won’t get done.

    Having read Gulliver’s Travels, I have qualms about relying on Yahoos. But having no idea about any of the rest of this, I have no alternative.

  2. Gamso: You shouldn’t be so modest. It was a brilliant pick. History’s greatest leaders have always known their limitations. They have known how to delegate. There is clearly Fantasy Football greatness in your future, something people will be talking about for years in NFL circles. It’s only a matter of time before Roger Goodell is calling you up for advice. Let’s just hope Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t get injured.

  3. Very funny, Gamso. And that’s the right approach. Pretend like you don’t know who he is when he calls. That will give you that extra advantage you need in negotiating your compensation.

    But I am glad you asked, because that gives me the opportunity to say a little something about the NFL Commissioner. His greatest claim to fame is that he was a good friend of mine at summer camp many years ago in Chautauqua, New York. I’m sure he remembers. I’m sure he recalls our friendship fondly every single day.

  4. That section called “How do I manage my team?”, with all those sentences like “You want to make sure” and “You also want to make sure” and “you should also monitor” seems like a lot of work. And like I would have to pay a lot more attention to football than I do. You realize I’m not planning to do any of that, right?

  5. Windy: I realize that and, again, you’ll probably do much better than people like me who will be doing all the “making sure” and monitoring.

  6. sheeit. I didn’t give any instructions at all. Who’d I get?

  7. The draft was last night?? And set on auto-pilot?? Niiice….can’t wait to see the lame players the computer took for me.

  8. Don’t flatter yourself, Bruckheim. You probably did much better with the autodraft than you would have done had you made the picks yourself. 🙂

  9. Whew! I would have picked Peterson first never mind second. Not completely sold on Johnson as a first pick. Now lemme go log into yahoo and see who else “I” picked. (Darnit, I tried to remember to go adjust the rankings before the auto draft, but I forgot.)

  10. I have to agree with you on Adrian Peterson. Johnson had a pretty good season last year particularly toward the end, but he is still an unknown quantity. You know what you are getting with Peterson. The problem might be that without a better quarterback to open up the passing game this season, defenses will be able to concentrate more on shutting Peterson down.

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