Stephen Holloway

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  1. A little bit on the strategy, be that as it may. As I said, I wanted to large roster because I saw an abundance of value picks. You have to balance a load of value guys though with some probably consistent high scorers. I tried, like all of you to establish a solid foundation of players that I expect to have solid floors and add a lot of guys that were value picks, based on cost per production. Another reason that I like to go large roster is you typically can continue to advance with an injury or three if you hit on scorers often enough. In this contest, I am a firm believer in NOT putting a lot of eggs in a single basket. Always enjoy the banter in here and look forward to checking in often during the season. QB: 3 @ $27 total - Winston (6), Griffin (13) and Wentz (4) - I came into the off-season with low regard to Winston and his play and demeanor on the field have swayed me. I agree with many that the Tampa Bay offense expands greatly this year. I can still remember Griffin's rookie season and am hoping that he is a changed quarterback in Cleveland. He has a plethora of weapons and should be an excellent best ball guy, which is the essence of this contest. Wentz was highly regarded before the NFL draft and he should get to play all season so he's a guy on the lower end of the price scale with opportunity. RB: 8 @ $72 total - McCoy (10), J. Hill (9), Ware (5), D. Henry (13), Booker (11), Jms White (9), C. Michael (5) and Morris (7) - A couple of guys that should get a lot of carries and a boatload of players that might get a chance. Mostly spread out bye weeks and fairly low cost for a lot of darts. WR: 10 @ $97 total - Mike Evans (6), D. Thomas (11), Shepard (8), M. Thomas (5), Ted Ginn (7), W. Fuller (9), Funchess (7), K. Kearse (5), Q. Patton (8) and Stills (8) - love the scatter shot plan for wide receivers in best ball leagues. Several of these guys are deep targets and several are on high volume passing attacks. Hoping that the big crew does an excellent job of brother-in-lawing. I expect Evans and D. Thomas to out-produce draft position (cost) and I have another eight guys to post scores. Hoping for a lot of high flex scores from this group. TE: 4 @ $31 total - I never go as deep at tight end as I plan in the beginning. I had Ertz forever, but swapped him close to the end for Walker when I had a fairly low cost outlay in week 13. Love the Mariota -Walker connection. I value Bennett in New England even if Gronk plays all 16 and really few folks expect Gronk to play all 16. Green and James are low cost starters that could have big weeks occasionally. PK: 3 @ $9 total - went with a little more costly guys this year. I am usually a three $2 PK guy, but grabbed three at $3 each this year. Sturgis (4), Prater (10) and Aguayo. TD: only 2 @ $14 - Changed my strategy here as well. I usually go three bottom cost teams, but increased the cost and went with only two, Arizona nd Seattle. Hoping for a lot of special team touchdowns and turnovers from these two teams. Money tied up in Bye Weeks: 4: $9 5: $33 6: $41 - really wanted Doug Martin, but he had to go to lower my week 6 $ with only two teams on bye 7: $15 8: $22 9: $42 10: $24 11: $31 13: $33 Good Luck to all and hope to be able to hang around a long while and enjoy the conversation here.
  2. Love the various strategies employed for this contest and hearing people discuss their team's make-up and choices. I am going with 30 players - found a lot of inexpensive value players and could not go all stud (high cost this year) Money & # players per position: QB: 3 @ $27 total RB: 8 @ $73 total WR: 10 @ $95 total - always seem to favor a lot of wide receivers TE: 4 @ $33 total PK: 3 @ $8 total TD: only 2 @ $14 Money tied up in Bye Weeks: 4: $27 5: $31 6: $66 - this is a high risk week - I may review all these guys once more for a shift 7: $15 8: $22 9: $42 10: $0 11: $33 13: $14 I am going to take a break and eat dinner and then revisit week 6 to see if I can shift some $ elsewhere...
  3. Team rzrback77 - I have always struggled in this format and this effort is not much better, if any. 1.9 - A. J. Green WR5 - Loved getting Green who I believe in as a go-to wide receiver. He will get more targets this year and I believe he will produce similarly to his past production on a per target basis. He will likely see more coverage, but the extra opportunities will overcome the increased coverage. Chance at playoffs. 2.8 - Alshon Jeffery WR11 - I suspect that the Bears will throw more than a year ago and like Jeffery's chances IF he can get and stay healthy. I caught myself reaching a little in the early rounds getting the guys that I liked more, rather than studying comparison to ADP. You must be the top of the top projector to benefit using the best method against an army of excellent drafters and hope to be competitive in a 16-teamer.Do not expect playoffs. 3.9 - Kelvin Benjamin WR21 - Another slight reach, but I like Benjamin quite a bit and he gets the extra bounce from hopefully being on a play-off team. 4.8 - Doug Martin RB10 - My expectations for him are an outlier as I expect him to be top five. He can catch well and although I am not a fan of Winston, hopefully he can improve some in year two and allows his weapons more opportunities in goal to go situations. Not much playoff chance. 5.9 - John Brown WR35- Actually my third favorite Arizona wide receiver, but he is really good. Hope he can shake the cobwebs off and stay on the field. Good chance of playoff run. 6.8 - Oakland QB12 - Derek Carr has plenty of targets and I am not a huge fan of L. Murray so they may throw more than many expect. better chance at playoffs than Oakland has had in a while. 7.9 - Bernard Giovani RB26 - Expect a lot from the Bengals running game and Bernard adds potential yardage as a receiver with many options gone or injured in Cincinnati. Chance at playoffs and with two Bengals, I will be pulling for them. 8.8 - Kyle Rudolph TE25 - At this point, my drafting turned south and although I am a southerner, I mean they turned bad. Although I really liked all of my players to this point, the tight end pool was terrible and I jumped in twice. I have expected more from Rudolph than he has provided and not expecting much more this year. Another good shot at playoffs, but no value here. 9.9 - Jared Cook TE27 - Consistent underperformer twice in a row at tight end. Another good shot at playoffs. but not a value pick at all. 10.8 - Marcus Mariota QB19 - Mariota is a hawk screech from stardom and he could be very productive in the exotic smashmouth. The Titan wide receivers should be better than expected and D. Walker can continue to be targeted often. The Titans's defense could force their offense to lean more on the passing game than expected. Very little chance at playoffs and no value here although I expect him to top his ADP. 11.9 - Patriots DST6 - Not a top defense, but high expectations of extra games. 12.8 - Graham Gano PK7 - fairly good kicker on very good team. 13.9 - Jerrick McKinnon RB54 - After my two terrible tight ends, I saw a huge deficit for my squad to overcome and began to look for players that could be game changers if things happened just right and I continued to stack players on the same team, even if their playoff chances were not the best. 14.8 - Breshad Perriman WR69 - If Perriman ever gets on the field, maybe he can be all that. I did say if. 15.9 - Jaguars DST15 - I am all in on the star power that has been assembled in Jacksonville for their defense and give them a shot at the playoffs. 16.8 - Kendall Wright WR78- Hoping that Wright figures out that he must play hard all the time and takes advantage of opportunities with lots of short targets from Mariota. 17.9 - Jonathan WIlliams RB64 - Loved watching this guy play at Arkansas and think that he is healthy. With the other Williams dismissed, perhaps he can get the second call in Buffalo. He is a gamer and could come through, if given the chance. Low playoff shot 18.8 - Cody Parkey PK31 - When healthy, he has been the best Eagle kicker. He is in a battle and I hope that I am a good guesser on who wins the first shot and Parkey plays well early so that he can hang around. Not much playoff chance and better chance at zero points, but I had to take two and he was my pick. It is a pleasure to draft in this league with this group of folks. All quality drafters and solid posters. Thanks to David for setting all of these leagues up and best of luck to all.
  4. Good pace so far on the draft. Its great that we have so many return to this year after year. It is good to get together to really kick off the re-draft season. Started out WR - WR - WR , was not the intention although over the years, I have decreased my focus on early RBs. A.J. Green at WR5 and #9 overall - seems like he should see a large target jump with the departures of Jones and Sanu and injuries to two tight ends. Pretty solid floor. A. Jeffery - Minor injuries again bothering him and that makes me a little anxious, but as WR11 and already has finished at WR9 and WR12 in his two injury free seasons, I'll take it. If healthy, he should threaten career high in targets. Kelvin Benjamin at WR21 probably about right for him returning from missing all last year. The Panthers seems a very high likelihood of advancing far so getting his rookie production here (or close to it) would be great! He finished at WR16 in 2014.
  5. Thanks for your service KH!
  6. In for League 2 once again, thanks for running these leagues David!
  7. Apologies for picking out of order, but I got an email that told me I was up, so I just went and made the selection without noticing that people were skipped. Final Team Holloway QB - Brees (5.08)(5) and Brady (6.09)(9) - Dynamic duo at quarterback, particularly if Brady again avoids suspension. Even so, I suspect that Brees will do well enough in the first four weeks while Brady is potential missing to keep me alive till Brady returns. No bye week issues, just the possible suspension which if it happens hopefully will be the first four weeks of the season. RB - Lacy (3.08)(4), Duke Johnson (7.8)(13), Riddick (8.9)(10) and C.J. Spiller (16.9)(5) I like Lacy to play much better than a year ago and really like my next two drafted relatively late to be main bogs in their team's passing games and also get some rushes. C.J. Spiller is much more talented than he showed a year ago. I am hoping that either he was injured or just had issues taking in the offensive game plan or a combination of both. He also is a good receiver (until last year). Better group than I expected waiting as late to draft them. No bye week issues. WR - Dez Bryant (1.8)(7), D. Thomas (2.9)(11), Fitzgerald (4.9)(9), Wallace (10.9)(8) and B. Coleman (17.8)(5) I have never gone with just five guys here and strongly considered adding another in the final round. I really, really am glad I got the first three. So I need all my WRs to stay healthy and just get two to three weeks of scoring from Wallace, who seems to be a good fit for Flacco and Coleman, who has not shown much progress but should at least get targets in a great passing offense. I am much more bullish on Thomas than most and expect him to outperform his draft position. I am counting on Dez Bryant being healthy from the first game and also that Romo can stay on the field. I am also higher on Fitzgerald than most. TE - Walford (9.8)(10), Amaro (15.8)(11) and Higbee (18.9)(8) Very weak here and forced me to add Higbee in the final round, even after needing another wide receiver body. Walford should get chances in an up and coming offense, but Amaro is probably down to his last chance and we still don't know for sure who his QB will be. Higbee is a talented pass catcher, but he is a rookie and rookies do not usually play well in their initial NFL season. No bye week issues, but really need some brother-in-law scoring by this bottom tier group. PK - Hauschka (11.8)(5) and Graham (12.9)(7) Spent a lot of draft capital here and if I don't gain an advantage on most weeks, I lost the gamble. No bye week issues and early byes at that. DST - Eagles (13.8)(4) and Raiders (14.9)(10) Two defenses that I like to improve from last year, but not nearly a strong point for my squad. Good luck to everyone and look forward to running commentaries all season long.
  8. 15 of our 16 teams have either 2 or 3 running backs and it is almost evenly split. The other team has 6.
  9. Team Holloway through seven rounds QB - Drew Brees (5) and Tom Brady (9) RB - Eddie Lacy (4) and Duke Johnson (13) WR - Dez Bryant (7), D. Thomas (11) and L. Fitzgerald (9) TE - PK - DST - Very strong quarterback position and very strong wide receiver first three. Running back counting on solid come-back season for Lacy and lots of catches for Duke Johnson.
  10. Makes sense and glad to have you on board!
  11. We are blazing through the first round.
  12. I took several wide receivers with talent and was blessed with excellent landing spots. Awesomeness made my wide receiver position look very nice.
  13. I thought that once you modified your password that was protected, but not sure.