My favorite time of the year for Football is back again, and its getting even more stressful than ever. I’m in a total of four different leagues once again, and the first draft of the season was for my long time, high school friends, All VETO n NO TRADE league. Its our 9th year together and while i might have won the 1st year of the league, I haven’t been able to repeat that success since.
12 team league, 6pts for passing TD, and 1/3 point per reception $300 auction draft
This year i put in a lot of time putting together my draft sheet, and a basic strategy for how much i wanted to spend per position. My normal strategy is getting an elite QB, and two strong RBs. This year I adapted my strategy to include focusing on at least one top 10 WRs.
Once the draft got started I had to adapt my initial budgets to accommodate for the money flying off the board for all the super elite talent. After five RBs, five QBs, two WRs, and Jimmy Graham went for 10-20% more than expected i picked up Stevan Ridley for less than i was willing to pay, and went back to back with LeSean McCoy who i used the extra money i saved from the Ridley draft pick to go up a few extra dollars. I’m really hoping that New England leans on Ridley now with their receiving core gone, and Chip Kelly’s high octane offense to get McCoy into the end zone more regularly than Andy Reid’s offense.
For my elite wide receiver I picked up Larry Fitzgerald on a discount as well, and i’m hoping that Carson Palmer will do a WR good, and bring him back to being a top 3 WR after having to deal with the likes of Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.
The hardest position that i had to deal with was my quarterback. I did my best to grab Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, others but everyone else wanted them just a little bit more. The QBs were starting to get thin and as I started putting in my bids for RGIII, I realized that the commish (who already drafted Drew Brees for 30% of his budget) was bidding me up. I thought it was worth it to drop an extra QB onto his roster just to get a laugh, and to basically eliminate him from getting anything more than a $1 player.
With Russell Wilson the last top 12 QBs left i got into a little bidding war with last year’s league winner. I’m hoping that the trend that Wilson had towards the end of last year continues on for the entire season which would put him towards the very top of the scoring leaders.
I eventually got him for 12% (where i earmarked 25%) of my budget which allowed me to have some money left over to play with to fill out the rest of my roster. I grabbed a bunch of tier 2/3 WRs who are their team’s primary receiver and grabbed another starting RB in Daryl Richardson. Three hours later, I’m really hoping this team sets me up for a championship run in December.
- 1. (17) Stevan Ridley (NE – RB) $57
- 2. (18) LeSean McCoy (Phi – RB) $87
- 3. (43) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) $49
- 4. (55) Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) $36
- 5. (67) Mike Wallace (Mia – WR) $17
- 6. (74) Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR) $13
- 7. (75) Cecil Shorts (Jac – WR) $5
- 8. (81) Antonio Brown (Pit – WR) $11
- 9. (110) Blair Walsh (Min – K) $2
- 10. (113) Daryl Richardson (StL – RB) $6
- 11. (115) Fred Jackson (Buf – RB) $5
- 12. (129) Vincent Brown (SD – WR) $3
- 13. (141) Michael Vick (Phi – QB) $1
- 14. (153) NaVorro Bowman (SF – LB) $1
- 15. (156) Richard Sherman (Sea – CB) $2
- 16. (164) Brandon Pettigrew (Det – TE) $1
- 17. (175) Sean Lee (Dal – LB) $1
For the actual Super Bowl i was invited to attend the Fantasy Food Blogger Football League’s BBQ at the Ravenous Couple‘s house. It was a good opportunity to meet more of the blogging community and to test out some of my cooking skills. We ended up not staying till the end because we were so tired from the 10K in the morning that we headed home with the lights went out after half time. I did end up winning the Final Super Bowl Square score with the safety, and put those winning towards next year’s Food Blogger Bowl.
I wanted to get a little creative and went into my mind to find something Thai-centric to make for the BBQ and came up with some Crying Tiger Tacos. I figured it was the perfect combination of something simple and authentic. I started off with 3lbs of flap meat marinated overnight in some soy sauce and black pepper. For the toppings we made the pickled cucumber salad and Nam Jim Jeaw all wrapped in a corn tortilla. (Looking back i shouldn’t used ice berg lettuce instead of the tortillas). This recipe fed something where between 10-14 people along with other main dishes served at the party.
Crying Tiger Beef (carne asada)
- 3lbs of flap or skirt steak
- Soy Sauce
- Black Pepper
Picked Cucumber Salad
- 3 large Cucumbers Peeled and Julienne
- 1 Red Onion Julienne
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup rice wine vinegar, sub red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
- 2 teaspoon salt
The Fantasy Football season has come to an end and in the two leagues that count, i came in third in my high school league (The All VETO n NO TRADE League) and missed the playoffs in my food bloggers league.
As far as the The All VETO n NO TRADE League went, it was an interesting season and i’m pretty happy that i made a mid-season trade to get Calvin Johnson and Darren Sproles for Alfred Morris, WIllis McGahee, and DeSean Jackson, but i really needed an elite wide receiver to go along my depth of running backs (Forte, Charles), but the MVP of my team was Drew Brees who scored the most points in the league, and always scored when it counted.