BeastOrBust is participating in an Industry Dynasty Startup League. The initial draft for the Gridiron Classic, sponsored by Dynasty Football Warehouse, started on Friday, June 22nd and we'll be updating you on all of the picks with our thoughts. Not only will this give you a great idea on average draft position for a new Dynasty league, but you'll also see how industry experts value specific players. Check back regularly as the draft will be ongoing and our coverage will include all 22 rounds.
Basic league settings are as follows: 12 teams, head to head, 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving, 1 point for 25 yards passing, 1 point per reception, -2 per interception and fumbles lost, 2 points per rushing 2 point conversion, 1 point per receiving/passing 2 point conversion. Start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (WR, TE, RB), 1 DEF, 1 K
The kickoff round was dominated by running backs, not a surprise give the lack of depth at the position. All of the backs selected are active in the receiving game, adding to their attractiveness in a PPR format. In addition to the 8 RB's taken, 2 receivers and 2 QB's came off the board.
1.1 Fake Football selects Ray Rice, RB, Ravens - In a new Dynasty PPR league you really can't go wrong with Rice, who is the best receiving back in fantasy.
1.2 Draft Calc selects Arian Foster, RB, Texans - Foster has over 1,200 receiving yards and 30 total TD's in the past 2 seasons. He has legitimately elite talent and his situation plays to his strengths.
1.3 Fantasy Knuckle Heads select LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles - You can make a case for any of the top 3 picks as the No. 1 overall. He'll play this season at just 24 years old.
1.4 Fantasy Taz selects Chris Johnson, RB, Titans - CJ has something to prove after a mediocre 2011. Active in the passing game and running with a purpose could put him back on the top of the RB mountain. This is his age-27 season.
1.5 BeastOrBust selects Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions - Megatron will enter the 2012 season at the age of 27, coming off of one of the best seasons from a WR in NFL history. Our strategy here was to get an elite talent and while Ryan Mathews has that kind of potential, there is still some risk there. In a Dynasty format, we like the potential longevity of a wide receiver like Calvin Johnson.
1.6 Fantasy Football Xtreme selects Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers - Mathews is poised for a breakout season, just as long as he can keep himself on the field.
1.7 Second City Fanatics selects Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers - The first QB goes off the board and although a case can be made for Cam Newton based on youth and upside, Rodgers is the "safer" option. Longevity of an elite QB means Second City will likely not need to think about the position much for the next 5+ years.
1.8 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects Trent Richardson, RB, Browns - Has their been a more hyped fantasy rookie? Richardson has all the makings of a fantasy Beast and has potential to be at the top of a Draft like this by 2013.
1.9 Pro Football Focus selects Cam Newton, QB, Panthers - What he did as a rookie was unheardof. Most assume a regression in 2012, but we all remember the last time people doubted Cam. With 4 points for passing TD's and 6 for rushing, Cam gets another bump over his competition.
1.10 Fantasy Football Help Desk selects A.J. Green, WR, Bengals - Arguably the 2nd most attractive combination of youth and upside at the receiver position behind Calvin Johnson, Green has flashed elite skills in his only NFL season.
1.11 Fantasy PPR selects Matt Forte, RB, Bears - A PPR asset at the RB position, Forte was enjoying a monster 2011 before an injury forced him out of the final 4 games. Solid RB1 that is still relatively young at 26.
1.12 Do A Wild Thing selects Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars - As the running backs continue to fly off the board, Wild Thing grabs a seasoned veteran in MJD. Fresh off of a season where he literally was the entire Jags offense, MJD still has some juice left in the bottle. The question is - How much?
This round was lead by young receiving options coming off the board, along with elder statesman and still just 29 year old Larry Fitzgerald. The last of the potential 2012 RB1's are off the board as well.
2.1 Draft Calc selects Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders - Run DMC is one of the most talented backs in the league and still young at 25 this season. Could be a great value pick if he can remain relatively healthy.
2.2 Fantasy PPR selects Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings - Coming off of an ACL tear drops All Day to the 2nd round. He's a Beast, but has 1,400+ carries and is entering his age 27 season.
2.3 Fantasy Football Help Desk selects Demarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys - The most talented back in Big D could be in for a monster season. High ceiling prospect if he can stay off the trainers table.
2.4 Draf Calc selects Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons - Jones has the size, speed and physicality to be the no. 1 overall WR
2.5 Draft Calc selects Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys - All of the tools, what about the desire? Still just 24 years old, if Dez matures, he could dominate and give Draft Calc a scary duo at WR.
2.6 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants - A great value here in the middle of the 2nd, could easily be the 2nd WR off the board.
2.7 Fantasy Football Xtreme selects Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals - Yes, he will be 29 years old, but other than Megatron, he is the most dominating WR out there. Imagine if he had a real QB?
2.8 BeastOrBust selects Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints - In a 12 team league, there is plenty of depth at TE, but two players are way ahead of the rest. While we recognize Gronk's dominance and youthfulness, we believe Jimmy Graham's upside may actually be higher. Having only played the position for 3 years, there is room in his game for growth. Sky is the limit to his fantasy upside, even after finishing Top 15 overall in the league settings last season. He's more WR than TE, which could add to his longevity as well.
2.9 Fantasy Taz selects Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions - He finally stayed healthy for the first time and the results were draw dropping. Oh, and he's only 24 years old so he could lock down the QB1 position on a team for the next decade.
2.10 Fantasy KnuckleHeads selects Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots - Brady turns 35 this summer but has showed no signs of slowing down. Plus, he's surrounded by elite offensive weapons. A great win-now option at QB.
2.11 Pro Football Focus selects Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - Will the explosiveness be there a year removed from an ACL tear? Charles has the potential to be a steal if he's back to 2010 form.
2.12 Fake Football selects Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots - A great value for the end of the second round, Gronk is just 23 years old with 28 TD's in 32 career regular season games.
3.1 Fake Football selects Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints - Much like Brady, except two years younger. Still an elite Dynasty QB.
3.2 Dynasty Football Warehhouse selects Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears - A change of scenery and reuniting with Jay Cutler could make Marshall a PPR monster once again.
3.3 Fantasy Knuckleheads selects Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots - Wes has been a PPR dynamo since he landed in New England and last year he outscored Megatron in this format. There are more mouths to feed in the passing game, but he should still get his. Dynasty value closely tied to whether he remains with the Patriots long term.
3.4 Fantasy Taz selects Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants - Put up WR1 numbers in a breakout sophomore season. Even if he takes a backseat to a more physically gifted Hakeem Nicks, Cruz should be a reliable WR2.
3.5 BeastOrBust selects Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - An elite deep threat, Wallace showed last season that he could be more than that. Will be 26 this season and has motivation to put up major numbers in a contract year. Early favorite to lead the league in receiving.
3.6 Fantasy Football Xtreme selects Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans - Beastly potential but coming off of an ACL tear and a "clean-up" surgery last month. Long term, as long as he stays out of trouble, he could contend annually for the top fantasy WR.
3.7 Second City Fanatics selects Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks - Can Beast Mode continue to produce at a high level? The Seahawks are going to give him the carries and at least for the next couple years, he should be a solid production by volume type.
3.8 Do A Wild Thing selects Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans - AJ might be 31 years old, but has 2-3 WR1 seasons in him if he can stay healthy.
3.9 Fantasy Football Xtreme selects Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - An enticing fantasy prospect, Martin lands in a great Dynasty situation. RB1 potential.
3.10 Fantasy Football Help Desk selects Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers - A consummate low end WR1, Jennings is in a competitive situation that should keep him fantasy relevant for the next 4-5 seasons. Will get tough competition from younger and more explosive Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
3.11 Fantasy PPR selects Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - An excellent PPR asset that will start getting overshadowed by a younger and more physically gifted Julio Jones. Has another 2-3 seasons of at least WR2 value.
3.12 Do A Wild Thing selects Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints - He's 29 years old, but can excel in limited touches. In the perfect situation for his skillset, should continue to produce at least RB2 numbers in a PPR league.
4.1 Do A Wild Thing selects Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams - SJax is on the way down, but can still be productive as long as he's on the field. The Rams are going to ride him into the ground the next two seasons.
4.2 Fantasy PPR selects Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers - His 2011 season was inflated by an unsustainable TD rate, but Nelson has big time skills. Should be the 1a to Greg Jennings this season and
4.3 Fantasy Football Help Desk selects Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos - He showed what he can do once healthy and now he has an all time great throwing him the ball. Dynasty upside is sky high and his 2012 could be huge, great risk in the 4th.
4.4 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings - A PPR asset that is just starting to tap into his full potential. With the headaches seemingly behind him, he is a high upside WR2 that is just 24 years old.
4.5 Draft Calc selects Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles - A massive 2010 season put Vick back on the Dynasty map in a big way. He struggled a bit in 2011, but he has the weapons to rebound this season. Longevity is a question.
4.6 Second City Fanatics selects Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - A WR3 at the moment, Maclin is on the verge of a breakout. He's young and the most complete receiver in a potentially explosive offense.
4.7 Fantasy Football Xtreme selects Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys - Although Austin may end up the WR2 for the Cowboys, but it's a potent offense with plenty to go around. He's 28 years old and firmly entrenched as a high upside WR3 at the moment.
4.8 BeastOrBust selects Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants - A QB2 for most of his career, Eli took a major leap in 2011. He is just 31 years old and is surrounded by elite offensive weapons.
4.9 Fantasy Taz selects Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants - Bradshaw has been hampered by foot injuries and now that he has to compete with 1st round talent David Wilson for carries. He's still got RB2-3 value however.
4.10 Fantasy KnuckleHeads selects James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers - With Ryan Grant out in Green Bay, Starks will get a shot at the starting gig. Can he hold up? That remains to be seen, but he have a slightly above average skillset.
4.11 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs- Bowe has been remarkably consistent with the exception of his 15 TD 2010 season. He's a WR2, but there is solid upside here.
4.12 Fake Football selects Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens - Is Smith more than a deep threat? He's got the skillset of a explosive WR2 and a QB with the arm to hit him deep.
5.1 Fake Football selects Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers - Top 5 talent is a steal in the 5th round of a Dynasty startup, even if you have to wait a year for his situation to clear up.
5.2 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills - CJ showed his versatile talents last season after Fred Jackson broke his leg. While the two will split time this year, Spiller is the future and a high upside RB2.
5.3 Fantasy Knuckleheads selects Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers - The third TE off the board, Davis is a freakish talent and solid TE1 entering his age 28 season.
5.4 Fantasy Taz selects Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots - May take a back seat to Gronk, but Hernandez is a versatile Beast. More WR than TE, he lines up all over the field and is a PPR asset. Doesn't turn 23 until November.
5.5 BeastOrBust selects Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins - Impressed as a rookie, but he's in a Shananan backfield and there are questions about his toughness. What he does bring is one cut ability and high upside as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
5.6 Pro Football Focus selects Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills - A solid WR2, Johnson should see enough targets to keep him productive despite only slightly above average skills.
5.7 Second City Fanatics selects Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints - The knee surgeries are scary, but he continues to be a solid WR2 in an explosive offense.
5.8 Second City Fanatics selects Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers - He could fall off the cliff at any moment, but an RB2 until he does.
5.9 Pro Football Focus selects Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions - The biggest injury risk in Dynasty, Best brings exciting upside if he can stay healthy, especially in a PPR league.
5.10 Fantasy Football Help Desk selects Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals - A big bodied RB, Beanie scored 10 TD's last season on his way to 1,000 yards for the first time. He's only 24, but offers little in the passing game and has to deal with a talented Ryan Williams.
5.11 Fantasy PPR selects Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers - Had a down year and then lost his WR1, but Rivers is still a QB1 in Dynasty formats. Should bounce back.
5.12 Do A Wild Thing selects Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - Had a breakout 2011 season. If he can continue to improve his game and find the endzone more (2 career TD's), he could be a long term WR2.
6.1 Do A Wild Thing selects Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys - Say what you want about Romo as an NFL QB, he's a fantasy starter with major upside. Young, beastly weapons surround him.
6.2 Fantasy PPR selects Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills - Was beasting until he broke his leg last year, which opened the door for CJ Spiller to shine. Should still be the lead back for another season or two.
6.3 Fantasy PPR selects Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers - He's 33 years old, but still a productive WR with a cannon armed QB under center. As long as he keeps his speed, he's got a few more years of WR2/3 production.
6.4 Pro Football Focus selects Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos - Does not offer the ceiling that Demaryius Thomas possesses, Decker is no slouch. He should be a PPR gem and could even outscore Thomas because of his route running and rapport with Peyton Manning.
6.5 Second City Fanatics selects Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A dominant deep threat, VJax gives Josh Freeman a big downfield target.
6.6 Second City Fanatics selects Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets - Set career highs in rushing yards, TD's, receptions and receiving yards last year, but Greene is an average talent. Should get the lion's share of carries though for a running team.
6.7 Dynasty Football Warehouse selects Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons - On the verge of becoming elite, can he take the next step?
6.8 BeastOrBust selects Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders - An explosive talent, Moore has been drawing rave reviews since last summer. Could be in line for a major breakout once he works through inconsistencies in his game.
6.9 Fantasy Taz selects Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Reunited with Josh McDaniels and with an elite QB for the first time in his career, Lloyd could be in for a big season.
6.10 Fantasy Knuckleheads selects Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers - Ever the fantasy tease, Meachem gets a change of scenery and opportunity to be a true WR1. As a fantasy WR3, he's a worthwhile risk.
6.11 Do A Wild Thing selects DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - An explosive deep threat, Jackson's stock is down over the past few seasons. Could provide excellent value late in the 6th round.
6.12 Fake Football selects Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns - Little can be a PPR machine if he can improve on his drops and focus on honing his after the catch ability.
Check out Part 2 here!