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'NFL Fan League' fantasy football draft results

During Fantasy Draft Week, we put a call out on Twitter to find 10 entrants to play against Marcas Grant and Alex Gelhar in the first ever "NFL Fan League." The winners were chosen, and the draft was held last week. Below are the results for the 12-team standard scoring league, with analysis from Grant and Gelhar in between. You can view the whole league and follow along all season RIGHT HERE.

Alex Gelhar: So, after a long, grueling selection process, we finally found our 10 competitors for the NFL Fan League, and I'm not going to lie, I think we got a pretty good group. You?

Marcas Grant: Can I reserve judgment until the end of the season? If we get stomped in this, I won't be feeling so great about this group.

A.G.: That is a valid point. Speaking of, let's jump into the draft, shall we?

M.G.:begins jumping

Draft order

  1. "Le'Veons Bells" - Henry, NFL fan
    1. "Straight Outta Arkansas" - Kevin, NFL fan
    2. "Whiz Kids" - Alex Gelhar, Fantasy writer/editor
    3. "Bet On It" - Brad, NFL fan
    4. "Adams Rank" - Sean, NFL fan
    5. "Smokin Jays" - Josh, NFL fan
    6. "1st and Julio" - Lukas, NFL fan
    7. "I Put On Pants For This" - Joey, NFL fan
    8. "The Real Slim Shady" - Ryan, NFL fan
    9. "12Pack" - Joseph, NFL fan
    10. "Odell's Bells" - Matthew, NFL fan
    11. "Gord-ians of the Galaxy" - Marcas Grant, Fantasy editor


  1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - "Bet On It"
    4. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks - "Adams Rank"
    5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - "1st and Julio"
    7. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills - "12Pack"
    10. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Round 1, not many surprises. Clearly, these guys have been doing their homework.

M.G.: Nine of the first 10 picks were running backs. Somewhere, Michael Fabiano shed a tear.

A.G.: As any proud fantasy poppa would.


  1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts - "12Pack"
    3. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions - "1st and Julio"
    6. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers - "Smokin Jays"
    7. DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles - "Adams Rank"
    8. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins - "Bet On It"
    9. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: Does that make me the rebellious fantasy teen who takes Aaron Rodgers at the end of Round 1 and Rob Gronkowski at the start of Round 2?

A.G.: I think that just makes you a savvy, but maybe progressive, drafter. As per usual, WRs went in a hurry in this round, but I liked Straight Outta Arkansas grabbing Mark Ingram. In a 12-team league, RBs go FAST as we saw in Round 1.

M.G.: I guess I have to accept that DeMarco Murray is a second-round pick. I feel like I'm shouting into the wind about his numbers falling big time this year.


  1. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens - "Bet On It"
    4. Alfred Morris, RB, Washington - "Adams Rank"
    5. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts - "1st and Julio"
    7. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers - "12Pack"
    10. Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: While Fabiano would have been proud to see all the RBs in Round 1, I shed a (proud) tear when I saw Jonathan Stewart get drafted in the third round.

M.G.: I know how much you love Stewart this year. I also know that by that point in the draft, RBs were getting as scarce as rain in LA.

A.G.: True. Personally, I think you committed Grant Theft WR by nabbing Jordan Matthews at the end of the third round.


  1. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers - "12Pack"
    3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins - "1st and Julio"
    6. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers - "Adams Rank"
    8. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints - "Bet On It"
    9. Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: Grant Theft WR?! I love that! I also couldn't help but notice that Drew Brees went in the fourth round. Much earlier than all of our mock drafts this summer.

A.G.:Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley went in Round 4, also a surprise. And then some fool took Chris Ivory in ... oh wait, that was me! Crazy or not crazy?

M.G.: I'm a big proponent of "go get your guy." You got your guy. Can't be mad at that.


  1. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers - "Bet On It"
    4. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders - "Adams Rank"
    5. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - "1st and Julio"
    7. LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills - "12Pack"
    10. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants - "Odell's Bells"
    11. C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Round 5 was the IR round, with a number of injured players having their names called. Which ones were you the most OK with?

M.G.: I would have said C.J. Spiller. But after the Arian Foster news, he looks like a value pick in this round.

A.G.: Yeah, the Smokin' Jay (Cutlers) should light a celebratory cigarette after that pick.


  1. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions - "12Pack"
    3. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars - "1st and Julio"
    6. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets - "Adams Rank"
    8. Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - "Bet On It"
    9. Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: Are we still okay with Martavis Bryant in the sixth round? Or did that pick go up in smoke?

A.G.: His upside is tremendous, but that four-game suspension is a huge blow. I know some might say it's a reach, but I like Nelson Agholor and Charles Johnson in the sixth.

M.G.: I keep targeting Agholor but I keep having Jordan Matthews fall in my lap. Yep, I know that's a #humblebrag. Don't care. #sorrynotsorry


  1. Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - "Bet On It"
    4. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers - "Adams Rank"
    5. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams - "1st and Julio"
    7. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars - "12Pack"
    10. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons - "Odell's Bells"
    11. David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Now, I know I should expect this given how much we talk about fantasy together and hang out, but COME ON! DAVID COBB IN THE 7TH!?! I didn't even get a chance to reach for him.

M.G.: You have only yourself to blame here. Enjoy John Brown.

A.G.: I will enjoy his breakout season. Hopefully that fills the void in my fantasy heart. Hopefully.


  1. Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - "12Pack"
    3. Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys - "1st and Julio"
    6. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams - "Adams Rank"
    8. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons - "Bet On It"
    9. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: I liked a lot of what went on in Round 8. But Brian Quick might have been my favorite selection from this round. You?

A.G.: I'd have to agree with you. Many people scoff at the mention of Quick, but he should have a solid season.

M.G.: Not sure what I loved more: how gritty your team got in Round 8 or how everyone in the chat room was so on board with it?


  1. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants - "Bet On It"
    4. Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens - "Adams Rank"
    5. Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints - "1st and Julio"
    7. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants - "12Pack"
    10. Stevan Ridley, RB, New York Jets - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Hard to not be inspired by a guy like Woodhead. Also inspiring was Ryan Tannehill AND Jordan Cameron hanging around until Round 9.

M.G.: Those two picks were solid. But I felt a like a lot of the picks in this round were speculative. Some for the good, some ... not so much.

A.G.: I for one had to speculate on Duke Johnson because the available running backs were about as enticing as a mid-day jog in Death Valley.


  1. Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals - "12Pack"
    3. Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Steve Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys - "1st and Julio"
    6. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants - "Adams Rank"
    8. Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - "Bet On It"
    9. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: That take. So fiery. Just like a lot of these WRs who went off the board in Round 10.

A.G.: Very true. There was some pretty nice value hanging around this late in a 12-team draft.

M.G.: It's making me feel pretty awful about taking Charles Sims at the top of the round.


  1. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers - "Bet On It"
    4. Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles - "Adams Rank"
    5. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos - "1st and Julio"
    7. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Seattle Seahawks D/ST - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Buffalo Bills D/ST - "12Pack"
    10. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: If I remember right, the Kevin White pick was "on accident." Otherwise, my favorite picks would be the quarterbacks or the Michael Crabtree selection. You?

M.G.: I applaud your Teddy Bridgewater pick. He's become a QB I've targeted in more and more drafts.


  1. Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos - "12Pack"
    3. Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Matt Jones, RB, Washington - "1st and Julio"
    6. Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings - "Adams Rank"
    8. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys - "Bet On It"
    9. Roy Helu, RB, Oakland Raiders - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: We've reached Round 12 and Joe Flacco finally comes off the board. I feel like that's answered the question of whether or not he's elite.

A.G.: You can't spell elite without ... Flacco really doesn't have a good name for this gag.


  1. Houston Texans D/ST - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans - "Bet On It"
    4. St. Louis Rams D/ST - "Adams Rank"
    5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals - "1st and Julio"
    7. Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Cody Parkey, K, Philadelphia Eagles - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts - "12Pack"
    10. Dan Herron, RB, Indianapolis Colts - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Round 13. Several young wide receivers with upside get taken. Would you have opted for Dorsett had he not been selected earlier?

M.G.: Definitely. This turned out to be a very AFC South-heavy round.


  1. Green Bay Packers D/ST - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"
    1. Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills - "Odell's Bells"
    2. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears - "12Pack"
    3. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks - "The Real Slim Shady"
    4. Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks - "I Put On Pants For This"
    5. Cincinnati Bengals D/ST - "1st and Julio"
    6. Arizona Cardinals D/ST - "Smokin Jays"
    7. Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers - "Adams Rank"
    8. Miami Dolphins D/ST - "Bet On It"
    9. Minnesota Vikings D/ST - "Whiz Kids"
    10. Cecil Shorts III, WR, Houston Texans - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    11. Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts - "Le'Veons Bells"

M.G.: The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to believe Cecil Shorts could be one of the steals of the draft in Round 14.

A.G.: Agreed. People are sleeping on him as the No. 2 option in Houston. He could get a ton of targets.


  1. Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers - "Le'Veons Bells"
    1. Carolina Panthers D/ST - "Straight Outta Arkansas"
    2. Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers - "Whiz Kids"
    3. Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens - "Bet On It"
    4. Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots - "Adams Rank"
    5. Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears - "Smokin Jays"
    6. Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons - "1st and Julio"
    7. New York Jets D/ST - "I Put On Pants For This"
    8. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers - "The Real Slim Shady"
    9. Dan Carpenter, K, Buffalo Bills - "12Pack"
    10. Philadelphia Eagles D/ST - "Odell's Bells"
    11. Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys - "Gord-ians of the Galaxy"

A.G.: Round 15. No Seabass. This league is officially a joke.

M.G.: Burn it all down.

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