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In August, we challenged columnists Dan Richman and Alex Quigley to give us their perfect fantasy football draft. Well, the season's almost over and we're not letting them off the hook. In their own words, here's how they fared.
I gotta say, I wish I had been in a draft position in one of my four leagues where I could've executed my strategy! Remember, my goal was to pick the No. 1 performer at each position and draft them in a realistically plausible order.
1st round: Drew Brees, QB
After 15 weeks, he's either the No. 2 overall scorer if your league counts TDs as four points or No. 1 if six. Only scored fewer than 14 points once (Week 13). Crushed it.
2nd round: Adrian Peterson, RB
Leading second-place (and Dan's pick) Arian Foster by 20-plus points, and leading fourth-place Marshawn Lynch by almost 60. I told you his knee was fine. Nailed it.
3rd round: Brandon Marshall, WR
I wrote "Cutler will target Marshall 200 times this year" back in August. He's at 165 with two games left. Marshall leads Detroit's Calvin Johnson by seven fantasy points through 15 weeks. Boom, 3-for-3.
4th round: Antonio Gates, TE
Ugh, when I missed, I missed BIG. He's sitting at 15th overall among TEs, so I hereby dub him Antoniogate for his scandalous performance this year. You killed me at TE, Richman.
5th round: San Francisco, D
Depending on your scoring system, the Niners are anywhere from second to fifth among D/STs. Should followed my heart and picked Da Bearssss. Gore was safe, Dan, but I wanted to draft all the No. 1s in style.
6th round: Anybody, K
I *swear* I had Stephen Gostkowski in this spot and changed it to "Anybody" because I thought it would be funny! Darnit, I'd have four out of six No. 1s. Yeah, yeah, Greg Olsen is better.
Next August, I'mma gonna charge alla y'all 10 bucks each for my draft advice. Dan, better luck next year!
Alex Quigley can be heard on 720 WGN. @alexquigley
Alex, I have to say, some of your picks were amazing. Quite frankly, if we played each other every week, you would beat me most of the time. However, my picks in rounds four through six were pretty good. The great thing is, we aren't afraid to stick our necks on the line and be accountable for our picks.
1st round: Arian Foster, RB
Another great year for Foster. The Texans star has more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. Foster is worthy of his top draft status. And Alex, though Drew Brees has been good, he's slightly off from previous years and has thrown 18 picks.
2nd round: Eli Manning, QB
A total bust from a fantasy perspective. I had great hope for Manning, but unfortunately for me my hopes were pinned to the wrong brother. Alex, your choice of Adrian Peterson was simply amazing. He's better now than before tearing his ACL. I didn't see AP having this type of immediate impact.
3rd round: Antonio Brown, WR
If any of my picks were worse than Eli Manning, it was Antonio Brown. However, he did miss a bunch of games with an ankle injury and did look good last week against Dallas. Everything I thought Brown would be, Brandon Marshall is and more. Great pick, Alex.
4th round: Wes Welker, WR
Welker has been a solid choice, redeeming me somewhat for Manning and Brown. Welker has been especially amazing for points-per-receptions leagues with 100 catches, over 1,000 yards and four scores. Alex, I think it is safe to assume in this spot Welker is a better choice than Antonio Gates?
5th round: Frank Gore, RB
Gore continues to be the pulse for San Francisco and a good fantasy player. Gore, with over 1,100 yards and seven scores, is not bad for a No. 2 running back in any fantasy league. The San Francisco defense has been outstanding, but it's been negligible in terms of scoring on interceptions and special teams.
6th round: Greg Olsen, TE
Olsen is having a great year, with just under 750 yards and five touchdowns. Olsen is also becoming Cam Newton's go-to guy, which bodes well for his fantasy future. I'd take him over any kicker, Alex.
Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl.
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