My Fantasy Football Team


We had our annual Fantasy Football draft on Tuesday. It is a re-draft league, though every year we talk about making it a keeper league. It is hard, because every year it seems there is at least 1 different manager. Below is my team, followed by my favorite Chili recipe.

This year we have 10 teams and here are the settings.



Positions: QB, 2WR, 2RB, TE, W/R/T, K, DEF, 7BN,



League Value

Passing Yards25 yardsper point
Passing Touchdowns6
Rushing Yards10 yardsper point
Rushing Touchdowns6
Reception Yards10 yardsper point
Reception Touchdowns6
Return Yards25 yardsper point
Return Touchdowns6
2-Point Conversions2
Fumbles Lost-2
Offensive Fumble Return TD6
KickersLeague Value
Field Goals 0-19 Yards3
Field Goals 20-29 Yards3
Field Goals 30-39 Yards3
Field Goals 40-49 Yards4
Field Goals 50+ Yards5
Field Goals Missed 0-19 Yards-3
Field Goals Missed 20-29 Yards-2
Field Goals Missed 30-39 Yards-1
Point After Attempt Made1
Point After Attempt Missed-1

Defense/Special Teams

League Value

Fumble Recovery2
Block Kick5
Return Yards50 yardsper point
Kickoff and Punt Return Touchdowns6
Points Allowed 0 points10
Points Allowed 1-6 points7
Points Allowed 7-13 points4
Points Allowed 14-20 points1
Points Allowed 21-27 points0
Points Allowed 28-34 points-1
Points Allowed 35+ points-4


I had the #6 pick in the snake draft, here is the team I drafted.


1. (6) Tom Brady

Rodgers was taken with the #2 overall pick, I was hoping he would fall to me at six. It came down to Brady or Brees once megatron was off the board.

2. (15) Rob Gronkowski

Graham was available, but seeing that I already had tommy boy, why not have the pats pair.

3. (26) DeMarco Murray

I couldn’t believe he fell all the way to #26. Many “experts” had him going in the first round.

4. (35) Doug Martin

Another shocker. He was my best ranked RB left on the board, I took youth over experience and took the rookie over freddy jackson.

5. (46) Dez Bryant

Wow. a cowboy fan was picking right after me and I knew that she wouldn’t pass on Dez. There was no way that he made it back to me, and not too bad getting my WR1 in round 5.

6. (55) Brandon Lloyd

Antonio Brown was selected 2 picks ahead of mine in this round. When it came down to it, I had to grab Lloyd here. He may not match last year’s numbers, but I have this feeling he is going to be a solid WR2.

7. (66) Demaryius Thomas

Another player that fell into my lap. He had a good year with Tebow, let’s see what he can do with Peyton. great WR3

8. (75) Stevan Ridley

My plan was to take him in round 6 or 7, but thomas was there. I was surprised when he fell to me here. Sure, the backfield in N.E. is crazy. but Vereen is hurting allowing Ridley to show he is the better back. Also, Stevan is listed as the goal-line back. I could start him almost every week, and makes for a nice Flex option.

9. (86) Ryan Williams

I am not sure what everyone was thinking passing on this stud in the dessert. This preseason he has shown what he can do, and is looking like the #1. Now I have 3 solid options for the FLEX.

10.(95) Titus Young

He had a decent year in 2011. With all the attention on Megatron, Young will reap the rewards. If he can only stay out of trouble and focus on football. nice WR4! I may not start him most weeks, but if one of my starters goes down, he makes for a nice sub.

11. (106) Kyle Rudolph

I don’t see starting him many weeks, but he is the #2 option in the vikings offense and due for a breakout season.

12. (115) Randall Cobb

I reached here. We count return yards. He may be buried in the Depth Chart in GB, but Rodgers will get him the ball. Plus when/If I if have to start him, I get extra points for KR/PR, you can’t say that for many WR5s!

13. (126) New York Jets

When it comes down to it, if you don’t grab one of the top 3 DEF, pick a team you like to root for.

14. (135) Mark Ingram

He was available. He is listed as the starter/goal-line back. The backfield is crowded in New Orleans, but he is a sold backup and RB5 for my team.

15. (146) Andrew Luck

I had other ideas for my backup QB, but why not take the overall #1 pick in the NFL, and starting QB in Indy. I hope I am not starting him but 1 week this year.

16. (155) Garrett Hartley

kickers are like opinions, every team has one. I could not believe he was available. The Saints offensive is going to score, they play in a dome, what more can you ask for in a kicker?

To summarize: (BOLD = starters)

QB1 Tom Brady
QB2 Andrew Luck

RB1 DeMarco Murray
RB2 Doug Martin
RB3 Stevan Ridley
RB4 Ryan Williams
RB5 Mark Ingram

WR1 Dez Bryant
WR2 Brandon Lloyd
WR3 Demaryius Thomas
WR4 Titus Young
WR5 Randall Cobb

TE1 Rob Gronkowski
TE2 Kyle Rudolph


K – Hartley

I only have time for 1 team this year, and I think I made it count!



John’s Championship Chili


This chili proves that you don’t need tomatoes or beans.  It is great by itself.  When I make it, I double the recipe, and when it is finished, I separate some out with a can of kidney beans and a can of good diced tomato.  This way everyone is happy.



2 1/2 lb Lean ground chuck
1 lb Lean ground pork
1 Cup Finely chopped onion
4 ea Garlic cloves; finely chpd.
1 cn. Guinness Beer (14.5 oz.)
8 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce
1 c Water
3 tb Chili powder
2 tb Ground cumin
2 tb Wyler’s beef-flavor instant-bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 tsp Oregano leaves
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp Ground coriander
1/2 tsp Louisiana hot sauce,to taste
1 tsp Flour
1 tsp Cornmeal
1 tb Warm water


In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat.

Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 Tbsps.

Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender.

Take a big swig of beer, and put the rest in with the meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well.

Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours.

Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well.

Stir into chili mixture.

Cook covered 20 minutes longer.

Makes 2 quarts.



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