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I've finally plucked up the courage to set-up an online blog. I'm going to endeavour to blog as often as possible to share my thoughts, to share some articles and news i find interesting, and also use it for my private reflections (you guys won't get to see that!). Also i hope people will read and comment on some of my posts.

The spur for deciding to set-up a blog has been my studies through the Open University. They encourage learning and reflection, and collaborating with others.

Monday, 3 September 2012

my 1st NFL fantasy draft

So aside from having to get up at 4am to participate, and also figure out controls etc. I really enjoyed my first NFL fantasy draft. Like i say, i wasn't really sure on tactics, and i saw a lot of strange movement in the early rounds. I sort of just assumed that everyone would pic their QB first, but there were people picking out their 1 allowed TE starter and some premier running backs going too.

Story of my draft:

#1 Cam Newton, QB, Car- Had a good year last year, and i my view will only get better. They've strengthened his offensive line and improved the D. But don't get me wrong, with 6th pick i was hoping Brady would still be on the table. Not surprised that Brees took so long to go, i think people are worried about no Payton on the sidelines

#2 Wes Welker, WR, NE- Obvious, Brady's pet receiver, a points monster in the last few seasons, expecting the same from him again

#3 Frank Gore, RB, SF- the 49ers don't tend to air it out, Gore is their 1st down back, and he is coming off a good season. I was hoping Turner would still be available, he breaks tackles

#4 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE- I think NE are gonna have a good year, would've preferred Gronkowski, but that was never going to happen, I think Jimmy Graham was still available at this point aswell, but again nervous about the impact of the bounty programme.

#5 David Akers, K, SF- this was a risk, picking him early. But more often than not the 49ers don't convert in the red zone, and Akers won them a couple of games last year on points alone. the alternative was picking Dan Carpenter (Mia) but i can't guarantee the Fins will be getting out of their own half this year!

#6 Demaryius Thomas, WR, Den- Peyton has gotta throw to someone, i just hope it is this guy

#7 Houston defence- Moved from ranked 31 to top 5 in the league last year. All of the parts are still in place. Alternative was to pick Baltimore, but they've got big names that are getting old and banged up 

#8 Randall Cobb, WR, GB- Rogers spreads his passes around, as 3rd receiver on my draft, i figured he would generate regular points, rather than a big name that could be shut out of a game.

#9 Jonathan Stewart, RB, Car- Badly wanted Redman, as Pit are a run first offence (not sure Haley is going to change that), plus i though Mendenhall was still out with an injury. What i got as my 2nd RB was Stewart.

#10 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF- so i obviously think the 49ers are going to have a good year. I'm not sold on Thomas and so having Crabtree is a good back-up option
#11 Heath Miller, TE, Pit- Finally showed some love to the city i spent 5 months in. If Hernandez isn't get the receptions then i'll swap Heath in
#12 Nate Burleson, WR, Det- Figured that Stafford had to throw to someone other than Johnson, and maybe some D's have figured out how to play Detroit
#13 LaGarratte Blount, RB, TB- i agonized over whether to make him my 2nd RB, sadly i remembered that TB have drafted a franchise RB, and so Blount might not get a lot of rushes.
#14 Matt Flynn, QB, Sea- I don't think i'll need to bench Cam, but Flynn should be a confirmed a starter by the time Cam has his bye week
#15 Jerome Simpson, WR, Min- have no idea who this kid is, might Wikipedia him later. Simply the highest ranking WR in the final round.

First game is this weekend, looking forward to it.

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