Fantasy Files: Rookie Draft Post Mortem Part Deux

Let’s continue with the draft recap, shall we?

Here’s Part One in case you haven’t read it. I’m going to post the tight ends and individual defensive players selected in this year’s 2013 Zealots 34 rookie draft.

Tight ends:

1.09 Tyler Eifert: Darn those Germans! I hoped to add to my AARP tight ends with Eifert but Manfred grabbed him two picks before I selected.
2.02 Zach Ertz: I’ve heard enough bad reports on Ertz to not be blown away by the pick. The Eagles’ offense will be interesting to watch.
2.09 Travis Kelce: Nobody thought the Germans had another fight in them after World War I. I’m sorry, Manfred, that’s a cheap shot almost 70 years too late. Kelce got talked up in a way that wouldn’t have happened before Twitter blew up. A third-round tight end doesn’t go in the second round of a rookie draft.
5.08 Jordan Reed: There was a slight drop-off after three guys. Reed’s being compared to Aaron Hernandez, another new-age tight end who doesn’t have time to bleed or block.
6.07 Gavin Escobar: The last guy the Cowboys drafted to back up Jason Witten, he needed a few years to become a useful fantasy guy.

Time for the IDPs.

DE:
3.04 Dion Jordan: The only time defensive ends go this high in a rookie draft is when they go this high in an NFL draft. Jordan’s part of my ongoing very quiet soapbox moment to make fantasy defenders like fantasy baseball players, in that they can be eligible at two positions. Jordan’s more fantasy-valuable as a DE.
3.08 Ezekial Ansah: Imagine if Jules Winfield pulled out “Ziggy 25:17” before he popped a cap in a guy’s behind. Nobody’s scared of a guy named Ziggy. Watch him become a 20-sack guy in two years.
4.04 Bjoen Werner: I’m not sure if he’s going to stay a defensive end for the Colts’ new-look 3-4 or if he will be a 3-4 end, which is fantasy irrelevance unless you are JJ Watt.
4.08 Datone Jones: It’s another 3-4 end. The same guy took the previous two players, and yes, Paul won the title two years ago. I think taking Patrick Peterson in the third round in 2011 got to his head.
6.09 Cornelius Carradine: It’s hard to say what position he will play, but the 49ers look like someone playing dynasty fantasy football in that they’re taking top talent without that talent having a spot to play at the moment.

LB (or the IDP version of running backs)

2.06 Arthur Brown: That’s Josh Norris, Rotoworld draft guru and newest member of the league. A 2nd round linebacker doesn’t come often, but sometimes you get Patrick Willis. We won’t talk about the time that Aaron Curry went 1.12, and the guy traded up to get that slot.
2.10 Kevin Minter: It’s another middle linebacker prospect and Daryl Washington’s busy trying to end his career, so good pick.
3.11 Manti Te’o: The drafter calls him the “best player on the board”. Again, this is the guy who won the title two years ago and IDPs do have a better shot of hitting in the end of the second round. I suppose Te’o can develop into a three-down guy and he is the kind of gritty player who should be in the league for 5-10 years.
4.05 Alec Ogletree: I was trying to trade up to 3.03 to take him, if that’s any indication. Off the field, he’s the next Rolando McClain. On the field, he could be Keith Bulluck.
4.07 Jarvis Jones: The next James Harrison? Harrison’s one player from my initial 2005 draft who was on my team until a recent release. 3-4 backers are tough to gauge because they get more value from sacks which are the defensive version of touchdowns instead of tackles.
4.10 Jon Bostic: Could be the next Ulracher, but is he a three-down guy?
4.11 Kiko Alonso: Could be the next Kelvin Sheppard, who was traded for a first-round bust to save the Colts the embarrassment of releasing a former first-round pick. Where was I again? The Bills change from 4-3 to 3-4 every year, which as we know is what the last 27 Super Bowl champs have done.
5.09 Sio Moore: In rookie linebackers, you’re looking for a potential middle linebacker or weak inside linebacker or the weakside guy in a 4-3. Moore looks like the latter. The Raiders need help everywhere.
5.10 Barkevious Mingo: See, this is where rookie drafts get interesting. Mingo was the 6th overall pick but the 16th overall IDP. That happens when a collegiate athletic freak who didn’t have a set position moves from DE to outside LB. It’s a Josh Norris pick.
5.12 Khaseem Greene: It’s a Rutgers guy not selected by the Patriots. You don’t often take a linebacker who doesn’t have an immediate starting gig. He could be the guy to take over for Lance Briggs.

DB:
5.01 Kenny Vaccaro: Maybe I was a bit rash in taking Mark Barron in the early 3rd last year. The Saints have approximately 1.5 good defensive players, so good pick.
5.02 Matt Elam: Yes, Ozzie Newsome is the Adrian Peterson of general managers. I’m not sure that Elam is going to take the Ed Reed gig and run.
5.04 Dee Milliner: He’s the only rookie cornerback taken, and if anyone’s going to be living la vida rookie corner rule, it’s Milliner. The rookie corner rule, which I think is a Jene Bramel term, states that rookie cornerbacks get targeted a lot, therefore they rack up tackles and interceptions. Casey Heyward last year is a good example.
5.06 Jonathan Cyprien: I think he’s the best safety in the class and I probably should have traded my 5.11 and 6.11 to get him instead of taking two running backs who have a .2% chance of being fantasy useful.
5.07 Eric Reid: There are a lot of interesting safeties in the class. The 49ers traded up to get him, and because they’ve been good lately, all of their draft decisions are automatically worthy of Mensa status. It’s hard to differentiate all of these SEC safeties.

That is it, but as a special bonus for being such a loyal reader, here are the current players up for post-draft auction. I’ll just show the rookies, as veterans are eligible too.

Landry Jones (550 zbucks)
Tavarres King (50 zbucks)
Spencer Ware (350 zbucks)
Rex Burkhead (100)
William Gholston (50)
Michael Mauti (100)
Vance McDonald (200)
Dustin Hopkins (50)
Earl Wolff (50)
Chris Gragg (150)
Dennis Johnson (50)
DJ Swearinger (150)
Sharmarko Thomas (350)
Marquess Wilson (750)
Justin Brown (50)
Dion Sims (300)
Levin Toilolo (50)
Caleb Sturgis (100)

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