Porter: My Completely Irrelevant, But Highly Anticipated Preseason Analysis

Give the people what they want, right?

Every year I continue to churn out my meaningless preseason rankings, but without fail, after every draft, you nitwits continue to beg for them. So here I am, on a hot summer Sunday afternoon, sitting in my house typing irrelevant preseason rankings for my Fantasy Football League. Call me crazy if you please—I cannot object.

As always, I’ll start with my team and go down the list. For the record, there are no standout dominant teams and no really bad teams.

Let’s hit it!

Porter

The Commish
Budget $200
1. (1) Ryan Tannehill (Mia – QB) $7
2. (13) Arian Foster (Hou – RB) $28
3. (25) Andre Ellington (Ari – RB) $12
4. (37) Randall Cobb (GB – WR) $39
5. (49) Mike Evans (TB – WR) $38
6. (61) Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE) $52
7. (73) Anquan Boldin (SF – WR) $7
8. (85) Cleveland (Cle – DEF) $1
9. (97) Joique Bell (Det – RB) $8
10. (109) DeAngelo Williams (Pit – RB) $2
11. (121) Allen Hurns (Jax – WR) $1
12. (133) Marvin Jones (Cin – WR) $2
13. (145) Theo Riddick (Det – RB) $1
14. (157) Jameis Winston (TB – QB) $1
15. (169) Leonard Hankerson (ATL – WR) $1

Grade: B

Strength: Starting pass catchers (Cobb, Evans, Gronk)

Weakness: Depth

X-Factor: Arian Foster

Best value pick: Andre Ellington for $12

My strategy was to snag Tannehill for cheap ($7 a little more than I wanted), get two top-12 WRs, get value on Foster— potentially top-5 fantasy player for under $30, and dominate at TE. I believe I did all that. Problem was, I had no money to bid on some bench guys I loved (Charles Johnson, Danny Woodhead, Jarvis Landry, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Coleman, to name a few).

Jason

GoodmansGreatGuesses
Budget $200
1. (2) Matt Ryan (Atl – QB) $4
2. (14) Lamar Miller (Mia – RB) $31
3. (26) C.J. Anderson (Den – RB) $41
4. (38) T.Y. Hilton (Ind – WR) $40
5. (50) Keenan Allen (SD – WR) $18
6. (62) Greg Olsen (Car – TE) $12
7. (74) Ryan Mathews (Phi – RB) $10
8. (86) Miami (Mia – DEF) $5
9. (98) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) $3
10. (110) Charles Johnson (Min – WR) $16
11. (122) Ronnie Hillman (Den – RB) $8
12. (134) Javorius Allen (Bal – RB) $1
13. (146) Cody Latimer (Den – WR) $2
14. (158) DeVante Parker (Mia – WR) $4
15. (170) Cameron Artis-Payne (Car – RB) $1

Grade: B+

Strength: Well balanced, PRR RB’s

Weakness: Elite scoring

X-Factor: Charles Johnson

Best value pick: Greg Olsen, $12

Another strong draft for Jason, which is becoming a staple. Nothing fancy either. He gets the guys he wants and doesn’t mess around, and there’s certainly something to be said for that.

T.Y. Hilton could become a No. 1 wideout, but volume may be an issue in Indy—a lot of mouths to feed.

RB is a strong position for Jay, who boasts two pass catching big-play backs, in Miller and Anderson.

Goodman

A.Goodman
Budget $200
1. (3) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB) $11
2. (15) Adrian Peterson (Min – RB) $62
3. (27) Latavius Murray (Oak – RB) $26
4. (39) Julian Edelman (NE – WR) $16
5. (51) Davante Adams (GB – WR) $20
6. (63) Martellus Bennett (Chi – TE) $8
7. (75) Golden Tate (Det – WR) $22
8. (87) St. Louis (StL – DEF) $1
9. (99) Philip Rivers (SD – QB) $1
10. (111) Jarvis Landry (Mia – WR) $22
11. (123) Charles Sims (TB – RB) $2
12. (135) Jerick McKinnon (Min – RB) $3
13. (147) Dorial Green-Beckham (Ten – WR) $3
14. (159) Chris Polk (Hou – RB) $1
15. (171) Kyle Rudolph (Min – TE) $1

Grade: C

Strength: Adrian Peterson, upside

Weakness: High-floor WR, depth

X-Factor: Davante Adams

Best value pick: Julian Edelman, $16

After drafting Adrian Peterson, Goodman waited and waited, and waited at WR, and it may have cost him. However, it could work out. A lot of high-ceiling, but low-floor WRs.

Davante Adams is a huge upside play and could certainly end the season with something like 75-1000-8. Edelman is another upside WR play, who always catches balls. And I love Jarvis Landry in Miami, huge upside there.

However, after Landry, not much worth writing about on Goodman’s bench.

Scott

Kret
Budget $200
1. (4) Peyton Manning (Den – QB) $10
2. (16) DeMarco Murray (Phi – RB) $44
3. (28) Joseph Randle (Dal – RB) $11
4. (40) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR) $53
5. (52) Emmanuel Sanders (Den – WR) $31
6. (64) Travis Kelce (KC – TE) $15
7. (76) Amari Cooper (Oak – WR) $17
8. (88) Philadelphia (Phi – DEF) $2
9. (100) Michael Crabtree (Oak – WR) $1
10. (112) Devin Funchess (Car – WR) $8
11. (124) David Cobb (Ten – RB) $1
12. (136) Marcus Mariota (Ten – QB) $1
13. (148) Phillip Dorsett (Ind – WR) $1
14. (160) Tyler Lockett (Sea – WR) $1
15. (172) Matt Jones (Was – RB) $1

Grade: B+

Strength: Pass catchers, upside on bench

Weakness: #2 RB

X-Factor: Joseph Randle

Best value pick: Peyton Manning, $10

Strong all the way around from Scott. However, while Peyton is certainly a value at $10, he’s one Geno Atkins sneeze away from ending his career—but I’ve been writing that for three years now and he’s still here!

On the flip side, if he’s healthy, Peyton can win leagues.

Personally, I don’t love Joseph Randle on a team I expect to regress in 2015-16, but he certainly has upside. For Scott, if Randle doesn’t pan out, he’ll need to add RB depth.

Tepel

Tepel
Budget $200
1. (5) Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) $13
2. (17) Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB) $61
3. (29) C.J. Spiller (NO – RB) $22
4. (41) Jordan Matthews (Phi – WR) $25
5. (53) Brandon Marshall (NYJ – WR) $17
6. (65) Jordan Cameron (Mia – TE) $4
7. (77) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou – WR) $29
8. (89) Denver (Den – DEF) $1
9. (101) Giovani Bernard (Cin – RB) $7
10. (113) Michael Floyd (Ari – WR) $3
11. (125) Danny Woodhead (SD – RB) $5
12. (137) Reggie Bush (SF – RB) $4
13. (149) Stevie Johnson (SD – WR) $7
14. (161) Jordy Nelson (GB – WR) $1
15. (173) Kenny Stills (Mia – WR) $1

Grade: B

Strength: Balance, depth

Weakness: Elite pass catcher

X-Factor: C.J. Spiller

Best value pick: Michael Floyd, $3

Another guy who doesn’t play games. Since we’ve switched to auction draft, Tepel has been one of our best draft day managers. He does his research, knows who he wants, and executes.

While his WRs all have upside, in Matthews, Hopkins, Marshall, and even Floyd and Johnson, with a risky Cameron at TE, Tepel does not have a solidified elite pass catcher.

If Spiller is healthy, look out though. Spiller could see 80+ receptions in New Orleans’ high-octane offense…and that’s Tepel’s RB2. His RB1, is last year’s best overall fantasy player.

Damien

AP Wilmer
Budget $200
1. (6) Drew Brees (NO – QB) $10
2. (18) Justin Forsett (Bal – RB) $38
3. (30) Mark Ingram (NO – RB) $30
4. (42) Brandin Cooks (NO – WR) $48
5. (54) Jeremy Maclin (KC – WR) $27
6. (66) Julius Thomas (Jax – TE) $5
7. (78) Kendall Wright (Ten – WR) $5
8. (90) Houston (Hou – DEF) $2
9. (102) Todd Gurley (StL – RB) $7
10. (114) Pierre Garcon (Was – WR) $3
11. (126) Charles Clay (Buf – TE) $1
12. (138) Rashad Jennings (NYG – RB) $9
13. (150) Marques Colston (NO – WR) $10
14. (162) Percy Harvin (Buf – WR) $1
15. (174) Khiry Robinson (NO – RB) $3

Grade: B-

Strength: PPR friendly WRs

Weakness: Too many saints?

X-Factor: Saints offense

Best value pick: Todd Gurley, $7

Damien’s draft was filled with perplexity, stubbornness, and electricity (as always). And I think I really like it, but I keep coming back to FIVE SAINTS (Brees, Cooks, Colston, Ingram, and Robinson)!

Certainly, Damien has a lot riding on New Orleans, but it’s not a bad team to gamble on. Also, with Cooks, Maclin, Kendall Wright, Colston, and Forsett…Damien is riding the PPR train. Could be dangerous for opponents.

Snake

Snake
Budget $200
1. (7) Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB) $30
2. (19) Matt Forte (Chi – RB) $50
3. (31) Melvin Gordon (SD – RB) $20
4. (43) Julio Jones (Atl – WR) $52
5. (55) Vincent Jackson (TB – WR) $7
6. (67) Delanie Walker (Ten – TE) $3
7. (79) Torrey Smith (SF – WR) $1
8. (91) Buffalo (Buf – DEF) $2
9. (103) Mike Wallace (Min – WR) $10
10. (115) Daniel Herron (Ind – RB) $1
11. (127) Devonta Freeman (Atl – RB) $7
12. (139) Duke Johnson Jr. (Cle – RB) $5
13. (151) Roy Helu Jr. (Oak – RB) $3
14. (163) Knile Davis (KC – RB) $3
15. (175) Markus Wheaton (Pit – WR) $6
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About Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter is the creator and editor-in-chief for theschoolphilly.com. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, he currently works for Sportsradio94WIP and contributes to CBSPhillysports.com. Porter graduated from Penn State University in 2012.

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