Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Round 5 of the 2011 fantasy sports boss fantasy football PPR money league draft was shaping up as a critical one for me as I zeroed in on my old friend TE Jason Witten.  I have drafted Witten for four straight seasons and took a risk this season in not taking him in round 4 like usual as I instead went with Wes Welker.  At this point I have Welker and Andre Johnson at WR and LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore at RB.  I still need a QB but not this round as me and one other team are the only ones without a QB.  So its Witten followed by Jermichael Finley as the backup choice there.  Lets see how things went in the round.

41. Anquan Boldin: Boldin has an up and down 2010 season as it appeared he struggled to get on the same page as QB Joe Flacco.  Boldin has been a PPR weapon for years but he has to show this season that he can get back to the 90 catch plateau which will be tough in this run-dominated offense. 

42. Jason Witten:  Son of a.....!  There it is.  Oh well.  It hurts not to get Witten since he is the best PPR fantasy football tight end in my mind but now its Finley or bust who I think is sitting on a monster season.  Great pick here.

43. Ahmad Bradshaw:  Great value here.  Bradshaw slipped through the cracks in this draft for some reason.  He is coming off a big time 2010 season where he showed he could be an every down back.  The Giants will give Brandon Jacobs more carries as Bradshaw seemed to wear down as the season went along in 2010 and he also will take goal-line duties which hurts.  Still Bradshaw will get his numbers and in round 5 its a steal.

44. Jeremy Macklin:  Too early for Macklin who has a lot of competition for catches in the Eagles offense.  Better choices would have been Dez Bryant or Stevie Johnson.  Macklin is the better PPR guy over teammate DeSean Jackson however.

45. Mark Ingram:  Talk about a reach.  Ingram is the hot rookie running back name but fantasy football owners have to do their research when it comes to his name.  He didnt catch passes in college so he wont be much of a PPR guy and he plays in an offense that doesnt emphasize any one player whether catching or running the ball.  DeAngelo Williams, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Matthews, and Knowshon Moreno were all still on the board.  For me its still Jermichael Finley all the way.

46. DeAngelo Williams:  This is an interesting choice.  Up until last season, Williams was a guy who put up round 1 fantasy football numbers.  Everyone has had a bad year and he could easily get back on track this season at a nice price.  Still Moreno would have been a better pick since he wil get goal-line carries.

47. Ryan Grant:  Many are forgetting about Grant which would be a mistake.  James Starks' performance last season was overrated and this is the same guy who rushed for over 1,200 yards for two straight seasons before getting hurt in the opener last season.  Good value.

48. Fantasy Sports Boss Pick:  Jermichael Finley:  I got my man in Finley who if he can only stay healthy could be in line to post a big season.  We saw how great he could be before the injury last season and although he wont be the PPR guy that is Witten, Finley could hit 10 TD's.  With this taken care of, I will now look for a third RB or my third WR.  Looking hard at Moreno who I like as a PPR back and also am looking at Dez Bryant or Stevie Johnson at WR. 

49. Stevie Johnson:  Johnson had one of the better breakout seasons in fantasy football in 2010 as he went on a tear midway through the season all the way through the championship game.  The Buffalo passing game is perennially bad but Ryan Fitzpatrick actually seemed like he could get the job done last season.

50. Knowshon Moreno:  Damnit.  I really liked Moreno and wanted him as my third back since its always a good idea to be stacked up there with bye weeks and injuries being issues.  Now I am looking at receiver only as I dont like the better backs left like Ryan Matthews or Joseph Addai at this point in the draft.

So that five rounds in the book and I still need a third receiver and a QB.  Tony Romo and Matt Schaub are still there and I will grab one of them after my next pick which will be a receiver.  Dez Bryant, rookie Julio Jones, and Kenny Britt are entering my mind.  I wont touch Santonio Holmes or Sidney Rice who are also in that value group since they arent great PPR guys.  On an on we go.

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