Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks along the sidelines during the game with the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Vikings win 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

It's Almost Time for Fantasy Football, Toronto Sports Fans

For those of us, among Toronto sports fans, who’ve been impatiently watching the preseason while waiting for our turn on the fantasy football clock, the time is undeniably here.

The final week of draft season for fantasy is upon us. If you’re like me, and you wait until after the preseason to hold your draft, the anticipation is almost unbearable.

This week I will run you through a series of mock drafts so you can see what your team will look like when it’s all said and done. Hopefully, mulling over my thoughts on each team can keep you focused, while also giving you the advantage that we’re all looking for on draft day.

Let’s begin with a couple of mock drafts that sit on the opposite end of the turn from each other, picks 1 and 10. I’ll analyze each team’s strengths and weaknesses, and tell you which of the two stands the best shot of winning it all.

Pick 1 – 10 team standard league

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This team is well stocked at every position, and will be a virtual lock to reach the playoffs. With proper in-season management, and it will be the heavy favourite to bring home the title.

You’ve got high-end RB talent with Peterson, complimented by upside players in Bernard and Spiller. Ryan Mathews provides solid depth as well.

Wide receiver is led by soon-to-be Pro-bowler Julio Jones and proven performer Marques Colston. Upside plays in Patterson, Williams, Maclin, and Randle provide nice depth to draw from week in and week out.

QB is also covered by proven producer Tony Romo, who’s backing up 2013 darling Nick Foles. As with the other positions, it’s about pairing proven success with high-upside to maximize value.

The team looks good at TE with Jordan Cameron, who ranks as a top-5 across the board, and will have plenty of success this season.

Kicker and Defense are always a coin-flip, but the team looks solid at these positions as well.

Pick 10 – 10-team standard league

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This team, while balanced, doesn’t offer near as much upside as the previous one. Injuries to just a couple of players will derail the season. That being said, it will still be a playoff team.

Wide receiver depth looks nice with Demaryius Thomas, Randal Cobb and Mike Wallace offering sure-fire production, while Keenan Allen and Kelvin Benjamin offering nice upside plays.

Running back depth is good as well. DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Rashad Jennings (who I’m bullish on this season) will produce well, but with only 4 players at the position the team will be susceptible to injuries.

QB again will be solid with a committee of Matt Ryan and Romo offering players who are routinely flirting with top-10 at the position by seasons end.

Tight End will be a committee approach with Rudolph and Bennett getting the match-up plays.

Same story with Defense and Kicker here.

 

It's fantasy football time!

It’s fantasy football time!

Landing the first overall pick does a couple of things for your team that, if taken advantage of, can really set the tone for a successful season.

The obvious one is getting the best player available. While many rankers this season have gone with LeSean McCoy at No. 1, there’s no reason to bypass Adrian Peterson. This is a pick you must get right.

The next benefit is getting 3 of the top 21 players available. That is a substantial part of your team, and you can earn yourself a definitive weekly advantage at multiple positions.

There you have it Toronto fantasy players. Next time out we’ll look at positions 2 and 9. Until then, good luck with your drafts.

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