The Flint Michigan Megabowl Inaugural Draft

By Dustin Manko
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When I first started fantasy football, I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing. I started in a family league with pretty standard settings. It featured default scoring, head to head matchups, there was no flex player. It was fun, but nothing too complex.

This summer, one of my best friends and I decided it would be a good idea to start our own league. I was moving away, and this would be a good way for me to stay in touch with our inner circle of friends and incorporate friends from my new location with friends from back home.

Thus the Flint Michigan Megabowl Fantasy Football League was born. Last night was the inaugural draft of the FMMFFL, a 10 team league. The Co-Commissioner and I decided that it would be more fun to not know the draft order until we signed in. Owners have 90 seconds to make their pick. Our lineups are as follows:

Two quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs

One tight end, W/R/T flex, kicker

One linebacker, defensive back, defensive end, DB/DLDB flex

Seven bench spots

We allow for fractional and negative points, 0.5 PPR, QB’s need 25 yards per point, rushing/receiving yards are 10 yards per point. All touchdowns are 6 points. Sacks, interceptions and defensive safeties are worth 4 points, there is a three point bonus for WR/RB’s at 100 yards and for QB’s at 350. Most everything else is where you would expect it to be. There are a bunch of others, but I won’t bore you with all that, if you really want to know, send me a tweet and I’ll fill you in.

Wouldn’t you know it? I got the dreaded first overall pick. I could already hear the “conspiracy” talk coming from the gallery. I lamented over this pick until the wire, knowing that my next draft choice would be 20th overall; it was either Adrian Peterson or Drew Brees. Peterson was the winner, and we were off. Alfred Morris went number two (haha, sorry), followed by Aaron Rodgers and Brees. In the first round five running backs, three quarterbacks and two wide receivers were selected with Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant going eighth and 10th.

By the middle of round four, 16 starting quarterbacks were off the board, with nine getting selected from 2.8 through 3.9. The distribution of running backs and wide receivers getting selected from there was pretty even. Most alternated between one and the other, while a few filled up one position before moving to the next position. Tight ends went after the majority of wide receivers and running backs were selected.

Some other high and lowlights:

Some owners were not shy to draft players with injury or suspension issues as Rob Gronkowski was drafted 72nd. When he returns that could be one of the best steals of the draft. Daryl Washington went 104th, ahead of NaVorro Bowman (106) and Le’Veon Bell at 120.

Anthony Spencer was the first defensive player selected (85th), while J.J. Watt went 96th, getting passed over for DeMarcus Ware (90) and Sean Lee (93).

Kicker Justin Tucker was chosen at 52 for reasons beyond me, and the comment box lit up like the Fourth of July.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was selected two spots ahead of Giovani Bernard.

Kenbrell Thompkins, who some are projecting as being worthy of a fourth round choice, fell all the way to round 19, spot 181.

Kyle Rudolph, who is listed on some boards as the fifth best tight end, fell to 138.

I will be recapping my team and draft a little later on. I will also be recapping where I succeeded and where I failed as the season progresses. Look for those articles every Tuesday once the season starts.

As always, I welcome your comments. I’m willing to listen. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is a contributing writer at Rant Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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