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Shuffle Up and Draft

Shuffle Up and Draft by Utter-Fantasy Writer and Illustrator Doug “the Vet” Bowles

On May 8th, 2014, New York City will again host the NFL Draft where all teams will buy in and come to the table ready (and hoping) to hit the jackpot as they select their favorite NFL prospects.

* For the record, I want to say that a couple thousand hands ago, I was a cub scout, and later a boy scout. In college I was a beaver scout, and in 1994 I saw a movie called The Scout (which was like someone calling my queen high, crap hand fluff…it sucked) I am NOT an NFL scout nor do I do consider myself an NFL scout. Not “sort of” an NFL scout, not remotely an NFL scout. Not an NFL scout! All I am is a professional football enthusiast, who has an opinion, no more valid than your own.

That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college….but…I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers.

(Perhaps a team will catch a card on the river with one of the 2014 QB prospects, but I think you’re probably drawing dead. If I am on the big blind and have to play, I think the best starting hand is with Derek Carr. He’s fourth on most scout’s lists, but I like him at the top, with Blake Bortles. Carr is a decent 6-2 and 215 pounds, he has great accuracy and do not under-estimate the advantage he has being mentored by his older brother David Carr. With some of the others, I don’t like the accuracy problems, and I am just not a believer in small, scrambling QBs who come with a circus. Names like B Weeden, B Gabbert, B Quinn, J Russell, M Leinart and V Young remind GMs and head coaches that it’s already risky to gamble your first round pick on a QB in any year, because the odds of them panning out, is the same as a red or black card coming up…..50-50.)

This group of wide receivers on the other hand, are the real deal.…
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is another NFL ready WR like Julio Jones and A J Green were, and I am “All In ” on this guy pre-flop. He’s 6-1, 200 pounds, very fast and here’s the kicker, he’s smart. (I know the Detroit Lions have made some bad sucker bets in the past on first round wide receivers…i.e. Charles Rogers 2003, Roy Williams 2004, and Mike Williams 2005…but if you are a Lions fan like I am, wouldn’t you love to see this guy opposite Calvin Johnson!)

The other wide receivers I’m betting heavy on are…( and you should as well )

Texas A & M Mike Evans (Height 6-5 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.55)
Florida State Kelvin Benjamin (Height 6-5 Weight 234 and Project 40 time 4.55)
LSU Odell Beckham (Height 6-0 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.40)
USC Marquise Lee (Height 6-0 Weight 190 and Project 40 time 4.40)
Vanderbilt Jordan Matthews (Height 6-3 Weight 212 and Project 40 time 4.46)

As for the RBs in this year’s draft, I would have no problem check-raising with…

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde (Height 5-11 Weight 230 and Project 40 time 4.66)
LSU Jeremy Hill (Height 6-0 Weight 233 and Project 40 time 4.66)
They are big, fast and would help a weak hand like Oakland or Tennessee right away.

Houston has the first pick this year, and trading away Matt Schaub may be a “tell” that Houston is looking at the draft for a franchise QB, and that Oakland isn’t!

Update 4/22/2014:

Earlier we wrote, “That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college”…but I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers. In the past few weeks, the 2014 class of QBs are spiraling out of the 1st round even, proving that:

1) No team is likely willing to risk an early 1st round pick on any of them.
2) That teams are taking a lesson from Seattle, who took Russell Wilson in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft and won a Super Bowl with him. They are willing to wait.

I hereby, and happily, remove any and all QBs from my top 10. Bump up Mack, and after that, it’s just quality picks, and there are good ones in the first round.