“That is my partner, Sh’Dynasty. It’s spelled S, H, Comma-to-the-top, Dynasty.” – Shawn
“Comma-to-the-top?” – Jordan
“That’s a God’s Comma.” – Gus
These draft wrap-up columns are an attempt to help readers find all Banana Stand-related content on the recent NFL Draft. The following are the teams ranking between 11 and 22 in the grades I issued for RotoViz. Consider it flip-flopping or waffling or what-have-you, but as far as the draft day execution for these franchises goes, a decent argument could be made in either direction.
As the other Shawn would say, I’ve heard it both ways. (Just don’t get Other Shawn confused with Other Barry.)
Tyler Eifert is the clear cut top TE prospect, but is he an upgrade on Jermaine Gresham? Gio Bernard profiles as the second coming of Kendall Hunter, which might make it difficult to hold off Rex Burkhead.
Christine Michael was the top-rated running back in my pre-draft Banana Stand rankings. He looks a lot like a more powerful version of Matt Forte. Most see his path blocked by Marshawn Lynch, but Skittles may not be long for the roster. Don’t sleep on Michael in dynasty drafts.
Jon Moore didn’t like Keenan Allen even before the pro day debacle, but I’m more impressed by his high impact 2011 in a bad offense. Philip Rivers desperately needs a true intermediate threat. Allen should beat out Malcom Floyd in the battle to start opposite Danario Alexander.
Nobody is going to be the next Rob Gronkowski, but Travis Kelce is a real sleeper. Knile Davis was better than Marcus Lattimore in 2010, just don’t tell that to those selecting the S. Carolina star in rookie drafts. If Jamaal Charles goes down, heaven forbid, the Chiefs finally have a guy who could step in.
16) Chicago Bears C
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According to the RotoViz composite QB rankings, the Giants’ play for future draft value would have worked better with Tyler Bray than Ryan Nassib. Eli Manning might have preferred a different skill position sleeper.
Although a tantalizing athlete, Justin Hunter’s SEC comparables aren’t very strong. After sandbagging for two years, the Titans are finally ready to let Jake Locker air it out to Kendall Wright and company.
The Falcons could have used an upgrade on Jacquizz Rodgers, and Kenjon Barner would have been perfect for the role. Tony Gonzalez should have one more good season in him, but Levine Toilolo is a disappointing attempt at filling the eventual hole.
The last time Denver drafted a high profile back with suspect athleticism they got stuck with Knowshon Moreno. Ronnie Hillman is the contrarian play for fantasy value in the Broncos’ backfield if he can grasp how to protect Peyton Manning.
* For those teams about which no dissembling was possible, check out 2013 Draft – Return to the Darkest Timeline.
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Shawn Siegele has finished in the Top 10 of the NFFC’s Main Event Classic for two consecutive seasons and is one of only a handful of players to own three or more Main Event league titles. He also contributes to Rotoviz and works as the Lead Redraft Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy.