Fanex: Ian goes off board, selects Spiller
Posted May. 19 at 03:16 PM
One of the theories you hear kicked around is that C.J. Spiller won’t be successful because Buffalo’s offensive line isn’t good enough. He won’t have anywhere to run.
I don’t buy it. Buffalo may have a lesser line, but it’s not necessarily as good-awful as you might think. I remember Fred Jackson having some big games behind that line last year.
And the great backs, as history has shown time and time again, don’t need blocking – great blocking, anyway. Think of Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk and LaDainian Tomlinson. All three of those backs were drafted by teams that were far worse than the Bills, yet all three of those guys were stars right away – not only in their first year, but in their very first games.
Not that Spiller is necessarily quite in that class, but he’s supposed to be something special. If he is, I think he’ll do just fine this year. That’s why I’ve selected him with my fifth-round pick in the Fanex draft. He should translate well to this system. He won’t get credit for the 1-2 TDs he’ll score on kick returns, but he might catch 40 passes, and he would get a point for each of those.
Spiller, by the way, wasn’t quite the highest-ranking player on my board. But I figured I’d sacrifice a little production to get the running back position finished. If I hadn’t gone running back at 5.04, I might have had to force a pick on a crappy back around the 10th round. Now I can focus on getting another oar in the water at that spot.
2010 FANEX DRAFT
1.01 RB Chris Johnson (Cahill)
1.02 RB Adrian Peterson (Pitzer)
1.03 RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Cannon)
1.04 RB Ray Rice (Cahill)
1.05 RB Frank Gore (Rito)
1.06 RB Steven Jackson (Harmon)
1.07 WR Andre Johnson (Davis)
1.08 RB Ryan Mathews (Dolfi)
1.09 WR Calvin Johnson (Holm)
1.10 RB Michael Turner (Hickerson)
1.11 RB Jamaal Charles (Kellogg)
1.12 RB DeAngelo Williams (Nazarek)
2.01 WR Randy Moss (Nazarek)
2.02 WR Reggie Wayne (Kellogg)
2.03 WR Larry Fitzgerald (Hickerson)
2.04 WR Brandon Marshall (Holm)
2.05 WR Miles Austin (Dolfi)
2.06 WR Roddy White (Davis)
2.07 WR Sidney Rice (Harmon)
2.08 RB Ryan Grant (Rito)
2.09 RB Rashard Mendenhall (Allan)
2.10 QB Drew Brees (Cannon)
2.11 WR Vincent Jackson (Pitzer)
2.12 RB Cedric Benson (Cannon)
3.01 RB Knowshon Moreno (Allan)
3.02 QB Peyton Manning (Pitzer)
3.03 QB Aaron Rodgers (Nazarek)
3.04 QB Tony Romo (Allan)
3.05 WR Marques Colston (Rito)
3.06 WR DeSean Jackson (Harmon)
3.07 RB Beanie Wells (Davis)
3.08 RB Shonn Greene (Dolfi)
3.09 RB LeSean McCoy (Holm)
3.10 RB Ronnie Brown (Hickerson)
3.11 RB Jahvid Best (Kellogg)
3.12 WR Steve Smith (Allan)
4.01 WR Steve Smith (Allan)
4.02 WR Anquan Boldin (Kellogg)
4.03 WR Chad Ochocinco (Hickerson)
4.04 TE Dallas Clark (Holm)
4.05 WR Greg Jennings (Dolfi)
4.06 RB Felix Jones (Davis)
4.07 RB Matt Forte (Harmon)
4.08 RB Joseph Addai (Rito)
4.09 RB Pierre Thomas (Nazarek)
4.10 RB Jonathan Stewart (Cannon)
4.11 WR Hines Ward (Pitzer)
4.12 WR Michael Crabtree (Cahill)
5.01 QB Tom Brady (Cahill)
5.02 RB Brandon Jacobs (Pitzer)
5.03 WR Pierre Garcon (Cannon)
5.04 RB C.J. Spiller (Allan)
5.05 QB Philip Rivers (Rito)
Fanex is an experts league that’s been around since the mid-‘90s. Participants include Matt Pitzer (USA Today), Mike Harmon (foxsports.com), Craig Davis (fantasyfootball.com), Tony Holm (fantasysharks.com) and others.
This is a no-moves, best-ball league. Starting lineup includes 3 WRs and one flex player that can be a RB, WR or TE. Scoring system includes 1 point per reception. There are no head-to-head games in this league; it’s based strictly on the most points compiled over 17 weeks. To read the reasoning behind the picksclick here.
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