With the preseason schedule completed, it’s time for the annual fantasy football draft. Some even pick their squads before the last games are played. That’s what my league did.
My fantasy football draft took place on Friday, Aug. 27, just as the last week’s games were taking place. We have 12 teams and all the team owners seem to have a pretty good perspective on how to run a draft. No one took a kicker or a defense in the first round … like has happened in the past.
I could go over how my draft was rated as No. 1 among our league, how I had the ninth position and ended up with the top wide receiver pick (Davante Adams) and the top tight end (Travis Kelcie). But this is a Vegas sports website, so I’ll just go over the Raiders who were selected.
The Raiders have a what should be a high-powered offense with lots of weapons and while their defense wasn’t all that great last year, a lot of changes were made for improvement.
Waller first Raider picked in fantasy football draft
Tight end Darren Waller was the first Raider picked in my fantasy football draft. He was taken in the second round with the 18th overall pick. He was the second tight end selected, two spots after Kelcie. I was actually hoping to take Waller at some point, but when my turn came up Kelcie was there. In a lot of drafts, Kelcie is a first-round pick, so I couldn’t pass on the value.
By comparison, I looked up an ESPN-league mock draft, Waller was picked with the fourth pick in the third round, so my league wasn’t too far off the mark.
Jacobs picked in third round of fantasy football draft
I was all set to pick Josh Jacobs in the third round of my draft with the 32nd pick, but the team just before my pick took him. I ended up with Joe Mixon, but I was disappointed not to have Jacobs on my squad. In the mock ESPN fantasy football draft, Jacobs went with the first pick in the fourth round, again pretty close to how it ended up in my league.
Drake is first pick in ninth round
New Raider Kenyan Drake was chosen with the first pick in the ninth round (97th) of my draft. A lot of backup running backs go around this time in drafts and my league was no different with Nyheim Hines, J.D. McKissick, Zach Moss and Leonard Fournette all picked in this round. The ESPN mock had Drake as the third pick in the ninth round (99th).
Ruggs goes at the end of 10th round
Henry Ruggs III didn’t have a great rookie season, but in our fantasy football draft, he was the fourth Raider to be picked. He went with the last pick in the 10 round (120th pick). Ruggs was expected to go a bit earlier, as the ESPN mock had him going as the last pick in the ninth round (108th)
Carlson picked in final round of fantasy football draft
Daniel Carlson was chosen in the 16th and final round of our fantasy football draft. He was the 11th kicker chosen overall. He wasn’t chosen in the ESPN mock draft.
Guys not chosen in fantasy football draft
My league had only five Raiders picked while the the ESPN mock draft had only four. Left out were quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. I didn’t pick Carr, choosing to go with Matthew Stafford and, with my last pick, Ben Roesthisberger.
At least I went with guys with a lot of experience. Other teams decided to pick Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Zach Wilson, all guys who went in the first round of the real NFL draft but haven’t even thrown an NFL pass. A couple of them aren’t even starters yet. Also picked in lieu of Carr were Tua Tagovialoa, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Baker Mayfield.
One of the team owners told me after the draft that he had met Carr a couple of times and that he’s a really nice guy. But that didn’t stop him from drafting Tagovialoa instead.
But the ESPN mock draft didn’t pick Carr, Renfrow or any other Raider either, so maybe they’re on to something.