Huddlegeeks.com Fantasy Football: The Art of the Value DraftWritten by Jason Clarke
Many fantasy owners believe that key to having a good year in your respective league is to hit on your first few picks in your draft. While it’s true that you have to make those first few picks count to have a chance to compete in a league, real great teams are probably built deeper in draft, in rounds five or later. This is area of draft where you learn who has done their homework and prepared and who just picked up a fantasy magazine on their way to draft.
This method is almost an art form of knowing not only what player to pick, but when to pick them. To be informed and have a great feeling about a guy, but blowing that homework and picking him in round 3 negates all work and preparation. Get your studs and stand-bys in first several rounds, then start picking your spots to take guys you feel, or you have been informed about, that should have great years. Take for instance a couple of receivers from this years crop of value players like Andre Davis (CLE) and Terry Glenn (DAL). These players have been, for most part, very consistent performers in this young season. These two receivers have been outperforming many players taken, in most drafts, rounds ahead of them.
Put Andre Davis’ numbers next to Koren Robinson or Chris Chamber’s statistics. You’ll see that Davis has outperformed both of these receivers who were picked higher in most leagues this year. Davis has advantage on these two in yards and draws even with Chambers in TD’s with two. In one of my leagues, Chambers was drafted in round five and Davis in round ten. And Koren Robinson, who Davis out performs in yards and TD’s, he was taken in fourth round. How’s that for value in a tenth round pick??
Croquet CourtingWritten by Peter Jay
Is Croquet a good courting or dating activity? In eighteen-hundreds, youth in British Empire and colonies used croquet as a means of courting. It was a chance for young men and young ladies to spend time together out on playing field without their ever watchful and over protective bourgeois parents looking over their shoulders and observing everything they do and say. But is it still a good dating activity today? I thought so, until I played with “Mallet Girl.” I do not recall Mallet Girl’s real name, so I will just refer to her as Mallet Girl. So, anyway, Mallet Girl and I went on a group date to a park to play some pleasant and casual American backyard poison croquet. Everything was going fine, until half way through game when it was Mallet Girl’s turn to hit her ball. She was several wickets behind me and about thirty feet away. I was a safe distance from Mallet Girl, and I was in lead, and thought that I did not have anything to worry about. The sun was shining brightly in partly cloudy but mostly blue sky. A cool breeze rattled leaves in trees. Indeed, I was in a world of nearly perfect tranquility. From my safe distance I calmly stood there peering out of corner of my eye as Mallet Girl pulled her club back to take a swing. It looked more like a swing to hit a baseball than a croquet ball, or a drive swing in golf. Anyway, Mallet Girl swung at full force. Her ball went rolling across grass as intended, but suddenly, and before I could react, yet in slow motion, I beheld end of her mallet floating across grass toward me. It was going so fast it traveled entire thirty feet without losing any altitude. The end of her mallet streamlined toward me, a foot above grass, slamming into my shin… Whack! leaving me scarcely enough time to jump.