Post Fantasy Football Mock Draft Breakdown: Team Rennie


If nothing else, Rennie’s squad features a pair of strong fantasy QBs, including Russell Wilson. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Matt Rennie’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Rennie held the No. 5 pick in the draft.

(Editor’s note: It should also be mentioned that this is Rennie’s first-ever fantasy football draft.)

QB Peyton Manning, Den QB Rd. 1
RB Le’Veon Bell, Pit RB Rd. 2
RB Reggie Bush, Det RB Rd. 3
WR Vincent Jackson, TB WR Rd. 4
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR Rd. 5
TE Jason Witten, Dal TE Rd. 6
FLEX Percy Harvin, Sea WR Rd. 7
D/ST 49ers D/ST Rd. 12
K Mason Crosby, GB K Rd. 13
Bench Knowshon Moreno, Mia RB Rd. 8
Bench Russell Wilson, Sea QB Rd. 9
Bench Reggie Wayne, Ind WR Rd. 10
Bench DeAngelo Williams, Car RB Rd. 11
Bench Josh Gordon, Cle WR Rd. 14
Bench Greg Jennings, Min WR Rd. 15
Bench Denard Robinson, Jac RB Rd. 16

Self-Analysis: Best pick — Denard Robinson

Hail. — Rennie (Michigan Man)

Self-Analysis: Worst pick — Josh Gordon

While some saw this as a worthwhile gamble at this stage of the draft [Note: Gordon is awaiting what could likely be a season-long suspension], I saw it as having lost track of time and being handed an “auto-selection” by the Web site. — Rennie

Draft Chatter: Suspended disbelief on Josh Gordon pick

It’s a brilliant pick perhaps in a keeper league, but in a redraft, what’s the point of taking a guy who has all the talent in the world but shows no signs of getting on the field anytime soon? Auto-pick or not, might as well roll the dice on someone who’s going to play this year instead. — Keith McMillan

Bieler’s Breakdown

Starters: B- | Bench: C- | Overall: C

As noted, this was the first-ever fantasy draft for Matt, one of our senior editors. And he made some classic newbie moves, most notably springing for a superstar QB the first chance he got. Drafting Manning is certainly defensible, but he is now relying on Peyton to produce a season close to 2013’s unprecedented campaign, while passing up a rock-solid RB in Matt Forte. Matt then proceeded as if he was literally filling out positions as indicated by the draft software, going QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, with his first six picks. It’s not out of the question to start a draft this way, but let’s just say it’s probably not advisable for most, either. Ultimately, Matt came away with a few too many boom-or-bust types (Bush, Jackson, Harvin), leaving the likes of DeMarco Murray and Julio Jones on the table, to have a truly imposing lineup.

Matt’s bench picks were less defensible. He took Moreno just two spots after Lamar Miller was drafted, even though all the news out of Miami indicates a much wider gulf between the two at the moment. Going with Russell Wilson next reflects a misunderstanding of resource allocation typical of neophytes. Even in draft (as opposed to auction) leagues, you can think of your team as having a salary cap, with each successive round representing a decreasing portion of that cap. By taking Manning No. 5 overall, Matt devoted a huge chunk of his resources to the QB position, meaning that if he was going to take a second QB at all, it needed to be one that came at a very cheap price. In general, a good rule of thumb is that the sooner you take a QB (relative to your teammates), the longer you should wait until you grab another one.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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