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Beat Chris Liss 2
The second Beat Chris Liss, a 12-team PPR league, took place this afternoon (July 30 at 2 pm ET.) I drew the eighth pick (my second choice per KDS.)
Here are the results. (Beat Chris Liss 1 is here.)
1.8 Dalvin Cook — I like Saquon Barkley and Cook as my RBs 2 and 3, respectively, but I went with Cook because I thought there was a small chance even in a “Beat Chris Liss” league Barkley would come back to me in Round 2. In fact, I chose the eighth pick because I thought it was one of the few slots where I’d have that chance. I love Cook this year as he’s proven reasonably durable and is one of the league’s few do-everything backs.
2.5 Saquon Barkley — I was as surprised as anyone, but Barkley fell. Shockingly I had my No. 2 and 3 overall picks. The stone cold nuts as far as I’m concerned.
3.5. Travis Etienne — Another bit of luck as Etienne had been going 28 overall the past week, and this was pick 29. Think Austin Ekeler, but in Round 3.
4.8 Diontae Johnson — I missed DK Metcalf by one pick, but I was actually on the fence between him and Johnson. I also considered Allen Robinson, but had second thoughts he might be over the hill.
5.5 Elijah Moore — Another target in my drafts. I would have taken Juju Smith-Schuster ahead of him and hoped to get Moore in Round 6, but JSS went two picks ahead of me, so Moore was the easy call.
6.8 Antonio Gibson — This was a mistake. I missed out on Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes by one pick, and I was kind of in no man’s land. My top receiver was Christian Kirk, but I thought Kirk might make it back to me (I got greedy, since everything else had fallen to me.) So I took Gibson (a bench player) because you can never have too much running back depth. But I should have secured Kirk who is the clear WR1 on a team that might have a decent passing game.
7.5 Rashaad Penny — Once Kirk went, I didn’t love any of the receivers, so I took yet another bench back. Penny was a monster down the stretch last year — health is the only issue for him, and he’s 100 percent as of now. There were so many good QBs left, and all the top tight ends were gone. But now I had five backs in my first seven picks.
8.8 Allen Lazard — I don’t know if he’s good, but who else does Aaron Rodgers trust? Rhamondre Stevenson went with the next pick, and I realized I probably should have gone Kirk/Stevenson instead of Gibson/Lazard. I like the running backs in these rounds betters than the receivers.
9.5 Tyler Lockett — I love Metcalf, but Lockett is still a good player who should see targets, no matter who the QB is. But I’m not really on Lockett, just needed WR depth at this point
10.8 Chase Claypool — He’s a little bit of Diontae Johnson insurance and a big, physical receiver. Even if Mitch Trubisky is bad, he should be able to get the ball farther down the field than the corpse of Ben Roethlisberger.
11.5 Pat Freiermuth — A hamstring injury has him sidelined right now, but that also caused him to slip. I didn’t mean to get a monopoly on the Steelers’ passing game, but someone has to buy Baltic and Mediterranean.
12.8 Aaron Rodgers — I was the last person to draft a QB, and I was happy to land Rodgers, especially after I backed into Lazard as my No. 3 WR. Lots of upside for this team with my running backs and cheap Packers stack.
13.5 Mecole Hardman — I think the ship has probably sailed on him, but if it hasn’t he’s in the right situation.
14.8 Noah Fant — I needed a second tight end with Freiermuth nursing the hamstring. Seahawks and Steelers stacks are not what I planned, but I like the prices, and Drew Lock has some 2019 Jameis Winston, 30-30-type upside should he win the job.
15.5 Alec Pierce — I really don’t know who this is, other than he’s a rookie the Colts took in the second round, T.Y. Hilton is gone and Parris Campbell can’t stay healthy.
16.8 D’Ernest Johnson — I got snaked on Trevor Lawrence by two picks, so I took Johnson who passed the eye test last year in the Thursday night game. With Lawrence gone, I figured I’d just take Danny Dimes with my last pick.
17.5 Broncos Defense — I like them for two reasons: (1) They get the Seahawks in Week 1; and (2) Russell Wilson will keep them fresher and also allow them to play with leads, which is typically when defenses tee off and score fantasy points.
18.8 Cole Beasley — If he signs with the Cowboys, he could be the main slot receiver and catch another 80 balls. I didn’t set out to get Rodgers and Beasley, but it’s pretty funny I landed them. Not taking PDDs is the new PEDs.
19.5 Rams Kicker — The Rams have a good offense, play in a dome and are mostly in good weather venues. I’m not targeting Justin Tucker (who went in Rd 16) as much as I used to because the Ravens go for two too often.
20.8 Rob Gronkowski — I can’t believe I got snaked on Daniel Jones! Who drafts Danny Dimes in a 12-teamer? You don’t really need a backup QB before Week 1 anyway, so I took Gronk, just in case he un-retires late in training camp.
Roster By Position
QB Aaron Rodgers
RB Dalvin Cook/Saquon Barkley
WR Diontae Johnson/Elijah Moore/Allen Lazard
TE Pat Freiermuth
FLEX Travis Etienne
K Matt Gay
BENCH Antonio Gibson/Rashaad Penny/Tyler Lockett/Chase Claypool/Mecole Hardman/Noah Fant/Alec Pierce/D’Ernest Johnson/Cole Beasley/Rob Gronkowski