The experts draft was last night and the results can be seen here
As you can see it’s probably the best collection of the so-called experts.
Each day I will be publishing the experts reactions to their draft based on questions that I asked them. Today we feature defending champion, Chris Liss from Rotowire.com (see his team here.
Me: You decided to take two TE (Keller and Gates)? What was your thinking here?
Liss: It was the 13th round, so I just took the best player available. We can also use TE at the flex during bye weeks, so maybe if I’m desperate, and Keller has a good matchup, I’ll do that. Or maybe I’ll drop him.
Me: You took Schaub and Cutler on back to back picks? How much of this was done with trading in mind? What was your thinking?
Liss: I was going to take Schaub and Ahmad Bradshaw, who I like a lot. But I have Bradshaw in three other leagues, so if he does well, I’ll be happy anyway. And I thought it would be fun to fuck everyone over who was still waiting on a quarterback. Maybe some trades will come out of it, but just as likely one of those guys will get hurt or be terrible, and I’ll be glad I had two. Actually, it won’t matter because at least 3-5 waiver wire QBs will probably finish in the top 10.
Me: Including your team, what players were the steal of the draft and reach of the draft?
I hope people call my picks the reach of the draft. Last year someone called Michael Turner who I drafted with the last pick of the second round the reach of the draft, so it’s a huge blessing to be tabbed for that, given how clueless everyone in expert leagues is. Hopefully, that’s not the case here because I think Berry reached for Roddy White at 18. I like White just fine, but where’s the upside? It’s a run-heavy team that just added an elite red-zone target in Tony Gonzalez. Greg Jennings, Steve Smith, Kevin Smith and Pierre Thomas, who were still on the board, were better choices in my opinion. Berry doesn’t deserve the benefit of my calling out his reach, but I had to pick someone.
As for the steal, I like Rashard Mendenhall in Round 9 by Erickson. Mendenhall’s essentially in the same situation as Donald Brown who went three rounds earlier.