The Flint Michigan Megabowl: The Thurman Murmans

By Dustin Manko
Adrian Peterson
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Earlier today, I covered some details of the inaugural Flint Michigan Megabowl Fantasy Football League. As promised, here’s how my team, the Thurman Murmans, fared.

As I mentioned in my previous article, I had the first overall pick, and had some lament over if I should choose Adrian Peterson or Drew Brees. Had it been a standard one quarterback league, it would have been Peterson, however, the fact that our league starts two made me think for a bit. I ended up going with Peterson, and hoping a top-tier quarterback would be available to me at the end of round two.

Before my second pick, Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson were all drafted. With a few of my higher ranked running backs also taken, I chose to wait on adding to my RB pool, and selected Matt Ryan. I turned right around and grabbed Matt Stafford to kick off round three.

I wrote recently about how much I like Darren Sproles, and he got picked up on the pick before I was going to take him as my number two RB. So, I reviewed who else was taken, and grabbed Roddy White and Reggie Bush with picks 40 and 41.

I wanted to shore up my WR2 spot, and was really regretting having to take the inconsistent Vincent Jackson, but he was drafted two spots ahead of my next pick, leaving me Marques Colston at 60. After seeing Jimmy Graham (34) and Jason Witten (55) get drafted prior to my Colston pick, I grabbed Tony Gonzalez with 61. I don’t like going that heavy on one team, and that left me with three Atlanta Falcons in my first seven picks, but I needed a top-tier tight end, and Gonzalez is just that.

My next task was to shore up my flex. I had my eye on Rob Gronkowski, but he got drafted eight picks before I had the next chance to take him. I ended up grabbing Antonio Brown, who I think will benefit from Mike Wallace’s departure. With the bye week in mind, I might have reached for Jay Cutler at 81, but it was either Cutler or Brandon Weeden, so I opted for Cutler.

With the majority of my offensive starters set, I turned to the IDP’ers. Finishing the 10th and starting the 11th round, I grabbed Luke Kuechly (100) and Charles Tillman (101). In what could be considered my second reach of the draft, I opted for Le’Veon Bell at 120. My running backs are solid, and Bell has a high ceiling. Six weeks on the bench will be tough, but I felt it was worth a roll of the dice. In hindsight, I’m regretting passing on Giovani Bernard. I used 121 to grab Chad Greenway (profiled here).

I had my eye on Jared Allen for my next pick, but he was picked at 126, so I opted to look at a backup tight end. I was all set to take Kyle Rudolph, but he got selected at 138, so I took Jared Cook at 140 and Jason Pierre-Paul at 141.

I wanted another WR next, and after Miles Austin, Greg Jennings and Cecil Shorts got taken, I was left with Malcom Floyd (160). It was almost Vincent Brown, but Floyd won out as the clock expired (Brown went three spots later). I wanted a backup linebacker, so I chose D’Qwell Jackson (161).

Ben Tate was next on my board; he got picked at 177, so I opted for Randy Bullock at 180, and Kenbrell Thompkins (181). It ended by drafting Bernard Pierce, because you can never have too many RB’s.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my team. I got the best draft award and an A+ from the computers. There were a few things I might have done differently given another chance, but space won’t allow for that here.

How do you think I did?

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. 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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