Postmortem: TR’s Peepers

Last year, my first in a football auction league, I wrote this about my state-of-mind heading into that searing crucible of fantasy sports:

“I was terrified. In all my years doing fantasy football drafts, I never once participated in an auction. And of my 11 fantasy football leagues, this entry fee ($120) was an Andrew Jackson more than my other most expensive league. (The others nine ranged from $33-$55). Prepping myself for the stress that was sure to come when the first player came up for auction, I told myself only two maxims mattered: Don’t overrate (or overpay) for running backs. And don’t fuck up.

Miraculously I managed not to do either.”

This season I was much more confident but also had another huge issue to contend with: those I selected to join TR’s Peepers would forever determine the direction of the franchise. What was once re-drafted every year now had entered the rare air of a keeper league. The pressure was back.

But I handled it with aplomb.

Going into the draft, my goal was to acquire three players: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Eddie Lacy—the Green Bay Packers triumvirate which virtually guaranteed that any points my favorite team scored on offense, I would accumulate. Normally not a fan of the QB-RB combo, in this instance—and with the inclusion of Mr. Nelson—I thought it quite sage.

And the point totals bore it out: I finished second of the 10 teams in total production. Yet—thanks to the ininmity of fantasy football—I didn’t manage to make the six-team playoff field.

Editor’s Note: For those who missed previous installments of the Postmortem Series, feel free to check out how Valley Forge did this season and my other teams fared in 2013.

Team Name: TR’s Peepers
Record: 6-7-0 (7 of 10)
Points: 1,413.38 (2 of 10)

History: Second season
Championships: None
(Other) Top 3 Finishes: None
Previous Year Results: Lost in the third place game last season

Standings

Standings

Schedule

Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Roster

Auction Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auction Results 

Pick Player Cost Team
1. LeSean McCoy (Phi – RB) $59 Rice Told Her Twice
2. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB) $57 #HotSportsTakes
3. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB) $62 Pancakes with Butter
4. Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB) $53 TR’s Peepers
5. Robert Griffin III (Was – QB) $17 True Grit
6. Matt Forte (Chi – RB) $55 Next Man Up
7. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB) $53 TR’s Peepers
8. Calvin Johnson (Det – WR) $55 True Grit
9. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB) $50 Leroy Brown
10. Arian Foster (Hou – RB) $45 Pancakes with Butter
11. Roddy White (Atl – WR) $23 True Grit
12. Doug Martin (TB – RB) $39 Luck Dynasty
13. Nick Foles (Phi – QB) $16 Rice Told Her Twice
14. Jimmy Graham (NO – TE) $52 #HotSportsTakes
15. Alshon Jeffery (Chi – WR) $38 Luck Dynasty
16. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR) $45 hut1hut2hut3HUT
17. Drew Brees (NO – QB) $52 #HotSportsTakes
18. A.J. Green (Cin – WR) $46 hut1hut2hut3HUT
19. DeMarco Murray (Dal – RB) $43 Next Man Up
20. Peyton Manning (Den – QB) $59 Leroy Brown
21. Montee Ball (Den – RB) $42 True Grit
22. DeSean Jackson (Was – WR) $14 True Grit
23. Cam Newton (Car – QB) $14 Pancakes with Butter
24. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR) $46 Luck Dynasty
25. Reggie Bush (Det – RB) $16 hut1hut2hut3HUT
26. Bishop Sankey (Ten – RB) $23 Luck Dynasty
27. Brandon Marshall (Chi – WR) $37 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
28. Andre Ellington (Ari – RB) $29 hut1hut2hut3HUT
29. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB) $33 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
30. Wes Welker (Den – WR) $19 Rice Told Her Twice
31. Percy Harvin (NYJ – WR) $23 Pancakes with Butter
32. Julio Jones (Atl – WR) $39 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
33. Alfred Morris (Was – RB) $27 Rice Told Her Twice
34. Matt Prater (Det – K) $3 True Grit
35. Julius Thomas (Den – TE) $24 Rice Told Her Twice
36. Giovani Bernard (Cin – RB) $33 TR’s Peepers
37. Jordy Nelson (GB – WR) $31 TR’s Peepers
38. Zac Stacy (StL – RB) $28 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
39. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR) $27 #HotSportsTakes
40. Chris Johnson (NYJ – RB) $14 hut1hut2hut3HUT
41. Toby Gerhart (Jax – RB) $8 Leroy Brown
42. C.J. Spiller (Buf – RB) $16 Leroy Brown
43. Keenan Allen (SD – WR) $21 Leroy Brown
44. Stephen Gostkowski (NE – K) $1 TR’s Peepers
45. Ryan Mathews (SD – RB) $25 True Grit
46. Pierre Garcon (Was – WR) $18 hut1hut2hut3HUT
47. Randall Cobb (GB – WR) $24 Pancakes with Butter
48. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB) $22 Luck Dynasty
49. Vincent Jackson (TB – WR) $19 Rice Told Her Twice
50. Rashad Jennings (NYG – RB) $17 Next Man Up
51. Mike Wallace (Mia – WR) $8 Rice Told Her Twice
52. Victor Cruz (NYG – WR) $18 Next Man Up
53. Andre Johnson (Hou – WR) $13 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
54. Seattle (Sea – DEF) $5 Leroy Brown
55. Frank Gore (SF – RB) $9 Leroy Brown
56. Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) $18 Next Man Up
57. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE) $20 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
58. Vernon Davis (SF – TE) $11 Leroy Brown
59. Michael Floyd (Ari – WR) $9 Leroy Brown
60. Fred Jackson (Buf – RB) $4 Pancakes with Butter
61. Matt Ryan (Atl – QB) $5 hut1hut2hut3HUT
62. Ray Rice (Bal – RB) $10 TR’s Peepers
63. Josh Gordon (Cle – WR) $6 Rice Told Her Twice
64. San Francisco (SF – DEF) $2 True Grit
65. Cordarrelle Patterson (Min – WR) $9 Luck Dynasty
66. Lamar Miller (Mia – RB) $9 Next Man Up
67. Joique Bell (Det – RB) $8 Luck Dynasty
68. Jordan Cameron (Cle – TE) $6 True Grit
69. Tom Brady (NE – QB) $8 hut1hut2hut3HUT
70. Greg Olsen (Car – TE) $5 Pancakes with Butter
71. LeGarrette Blount (NE – RB) $2 Leroy Brown
72. Ben Tate (Pit – RB) $9 Rice Told Her Twice
73. Steven Jackson (Atl – RB) $8 Next Man Up
74. St. Louis (StL – DEF) $1 TR’s Peepers
75. T.Y. Hilton (Ind – WR) $10 Next Man Up
76. Trent Richardson (Ind – RB) $6 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
77. Michael Crabtree (SF – WR) $5 Leroy Brown
78. Shane Vereen (NE – RB) $5 Luck Dynasty
79. Adam Vinatieri (Ind – K) $1 Leroy Brown
80. Sammy Watkins (Buf – WR) $9 TR’s Peepers
81. Matthew Stafford (Det – QB) $7 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
82. Zach Ertz (Phi – TE) $5 hut1hut2hut3HUT
83. Mason Crosby (GB – K) $1 Luck Dynasty
84. Kyle Rudolph (Min – TE) $2 Next Man Up
85. Jay Cutler (Chi – QB) $4 Next Man Up
86. Khiry Robinson (NO – RB) $2 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
87. Torrey Smith (Bal – WR) $5 Pancakes with Butter
88. Carolina (Car – DEF) $1 hut1hut2hut3HUT
89. Chris Ivory (NYJ – RB) $1 Leroy Brown
90. Terrance Williams (Dal – WR) $4 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
91. Tony Romo (Dal – QB) $2 True Grit
92. Jeremy Maclin (Phi – WR) $6 Next Man Up
93. Kansas City (KC – DEF) $1 Luck Dynasty
94. Jason Witten (Dal – TE) $3 True Grit
95. Maurice Jones-Drew (Oak – RB) $4 hut1hut2hut3HUT
96. Markus Wheaton (Pit – WR) $3 Next Man Up
97. Julian Edelman (NE – WR) $2 True Grit
98. Brandin Cooks (NO – WR) $4 Rice Told Her Twice
99. Knowshon Moreno (Mia – RB) $2 #HotSportsTakes
100. Stevan Ridley (NE – RB) $3 Pancakes with Butter
101. Golden Tate (Det – WR) $2 Leroy Brown
102. Jordan Matthews (Phi – WR) $3 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
103. Philip Rivers (SD – QB) $3 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
104. Kendall Wright (Ten – WR) $2 Pancakes with Butter
105. Bernard Pierce (Bal – RB) $2 hut1hut2hut3HUT
106. Marques Colston (NO – WR) $2 Pancakes with Butter
107. Brian Hartline (Mia – WR) $1 Rice Told Her Twice
108. Carlos Hyde (SF – RB) $2 Next Man Up
109. Eric Decker (NYJ – WR) $2 Pancakes with Butter
110. Pierre Thomas (NO – RB) $3 Next Man Up
111. Colin Kaepernick (SF – QB) $2 Pancakes with Butter
112. Cincinnati (Cin – DEF) $1 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
113. Dennis Pitta (Bal – TE) $2 TR’s Peepers
114. Reggie Wayne (Ind – WR) $2 True Grit
115. Jordan Reed (Was – TE) $3 True Grit
116. Andy Dalton (Cin – QB) $1 Next Man Up
117. Andre Williams (NYG – RB) $1 Rice Told Her Twice
118. Emmanuel Sanders (Den – WR) $1 hut1hut2hut3HUT
119. Brandon LaFell (NE – WR) $1 Leroy Brown
120. Cleveland (Cle – DEF) $1 Pancakes with Butter
121. Darren McFadden (Oak – RB) $1 #HotSportsTakes
122. Christine Michael (Sea – RB) $1 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
123. Heath Miller (Pit – TE) $1 Luck Dynasty
124. Terrance West (Cle – RB) $2 TR’s Peepers
125. Riley Cooper (Phi – WR) $1 True Grit
126. DeAngelo Williams (Car – RB) $1 Rice Told Her Twice
127. Ladarius Green (SD – TE) $1 hut1hut2hut3HUT
128. Nate Freese (Det – K) $1 Pancakes with Butter
129. Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) $1 #HotSportsTakes
130. Shayne Graham (NO – K) $1 CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
131. Kelvin Benjamin (Car – WR) $1 Luck Dynasty
132. Rueben Randle (NYG – WR) $5 hut1hut2hut3HUT
133. Justin Hunter (Ten – WR) $3 Rice Told Her Twice
134. Mike Evans (TB – WR) $1 #HotSportsTakes
135. Martellus Bennett (Chi – TE) $1 Luck Dynasty
136. Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
137. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR) $1 Rice Told Her Twice
138. Tavon Austin (StL – WR) $1 #HotSportsTakes
139. Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB) $1 Luck Dynasty
140. Darren Sproles (Phi – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
141. Dwayne Bowe (KC – WR) $1 #HotSportsTakes
142. Mark Ingram (NO – RB) $1 Luck Dynasty
143. Devonta Freeman (Atl – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
144. Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB) $1 #HotSportsTakes
145. Johnny Manziel (Cle – QB) $1 TR’s Peepers
146. Jarrett Boykin (GB – WR) $1 #HotSportsTakes
147. Davante Adams (GB – WR) $1 TR’s Peepers
148. Hakeem Nicks (Ind – WR) $1 #HotSportsTakes
149. Shonn Greene (Ten – RB) $1 #HotSportsTakes
150. New England (NE – DEF) $1 #HotSportsTakes

Final Roster

Final Roster

Smartest Move(s): Love that I have the three most potent Packers locked up for however long I want them, but with their projected 2015 prices (a $5 increase per player over this season) the trio will account for 76% of my budget. More modestly, the $1 spent on Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was money extremely well spent.

Also picking up potential keepers Brandin Cooks (for $4 off waivers) in addition to Montee Ball, C.J. Spiller, and Vincent Jackson as free agents will prove very valuable heading into next season.

Dumbest Move: Spending any money—let alone five percent of my allotted auction funds—on Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice.

Best Value: A-Rodg: Worth. Every. Penny.

Worst Value: Giovanni Bernard, the other Bengals running back, who cost me $33. The way I look at it I got both of them for a total of $34, so this decision didn’t hurt me nearly as much as it could have.

Auction Grades ($200 budget) 

A Aaron Rodgers $53
A Eddie Lacy $53
D+ Giovani Bernard $33
A Jordy Nelson $31
A Stephen Gostkowski $1
F Ray Rice $10
B St. Louis $1
B- Sammy Watkins $9
Inc Dennis Pitta $2
C- Terrance West $2
A+ Jeremy Hill $1
C Darren Sproles $1
D Devonta Freeman $1
D- Johnny Manziel $1
B Davante Adams $1

Trades: None

Transaction Number: 35

Total Money Owed: $80 ($120 entry plus minus four weeks—at $10 per—where I led the league in scoring)

Turning Point: Losing my Week 12 matchup, 129.94-118.56, in a stunning comeback fueled by CHIP ON MY SHOULDER’s recent addition, C.J. Anderson, and his 25.50 fantasy points. My boys never recovered and I fell again in Week 13 to prematurely end my star-crossed season.

Lesson Learned: I honestly wouldn’t change anything. One more win and I’m in the playoffs. And going forward I have the best quarterback, the best young running back, and an elite wide receiver I could keep. I also have three young studs—Sammy Watkins, Cooks, and Hill—signed to very favorable contracts. Depending on the trade market, I could make a flurry of moves before next season or I could stand pat and let my three Packers loose again on this league. Either way, I’m set up very well to succeed.

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