The Ultimate Draft: RDU Football 2017

2017 Real Deal Ultimate Football Draft Recap

Alright gents! It’s that time of year! We finally finished nearly two weeks of drafting and now I have to break down all of the madness and hope I don’t lose my hair in the process. While I wrote this more than 4,000-word breakdown, pre-season games happened and situations changed greatly. I make mention to a few but, for the most part, take this as a snapshot of where things stood immediately following the last pick.

The 2017 draft was a deep one, both in the NFL and in Real Deal. Starters were still being drafted in the 5th round, so most teams came away with guys that will help them now and in the future. You don’t have to squint too hard and see this draft as being a massive turning point in the league, especially with some teams working hard to consolidate as much of the talent available now as possible. If this draft turns out to be an all-timer, as some pundits have predicted, the fortunes of this portion of our game could have changed for all of us.
Without further ado, I present my draft grades and evaluation for Real Deal Ultimate Football 2017. I was going to do awards too, but this is already like 4,100 words.
Feel free to agree and email me praises. If you disagree, save it for the chat board ;).

Arizona Cardinals: B-

Best Move: Trading 1.11, 2.11, and 4.11 for Doug Martin, 2.1, and CHI 2018 1st and 3rd round picks

The Cards draft will be ultimately judged by Doug Martin. AZ got very good value in the future picks, not to mention a legitimate starter at a key position. Many are down on Martin this season, and this trade reflects his depressed value. But if Martin returns anywhere near to form once he is reinstated, Zona’s draft will be looked upon very favorably. Kamara at 2.1 could prove to be a good value and several later picks have great upside, but this draft was about Martin.

Atlanta Falcons: A

Best Move: Dalvin Cook at 1.8

I love this draft. I’m super jealous. Getting Dalvin Cook at 8th overall is an unbelievably steal. I would have never expected it to fall that way, but I’m sure ATL is happy it did. And if that wasn’t good enough, Derek Barnett as the 5th pass rusher off the board, Marshon Lattimore and Budda Baker in the 3rd round, and Isaiah McKenzie in the 6th. The pieces are there to build a very successful team in the near future. Well done.

Carolina Panthers: D

Best Move: Malik Hooker could be good enough to make us forget CAR gave up a 5th rounder to move up one spot to get him.

Sorry bruh, but when you go into a draft with 5 picks and come out with only Malik Hooker, a 7th round wideout, and a 2018 3rd, you get a D.

Chicago Bears: B-

Best Move: Tre’Davious White at 3.1

I’m going to keep the commentary on Chicago’s effort to the draft itself, although special mention has to be made to basically compiling a standout defensive unit overnight by dealing 1.1 to TOR. Beyond that move, this is one of the bigger “upside” drafts. That can be said thanks to dealing Doug Martin and future premium picks for what ended up to be Patrick Mahomes, Jamaal Martin, and Dalvin Tomlinson, none of whom will likely make a start in 2017. And David Njoku is the biggest question mark of all, a physical freak who could blossom into the next great TE or fall into the same pit as Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert, and all the other failed Browns first rounders. Tre’Davious White in the 3rd was a great value, and there is a metric ton of talent here. But with all that talent comes one of the more risky drafts in the league.

Cincinnati Bengals: B+

Best Move: Deshaun Watson at 1.13

(I’ll keep it brief since this was my draft, but I’m overall happy with how it turned out) Moving up to grab their guy in Watson, especially with Alex Smith living on borrowed time in KC, may turn out to be an inspired move. Allen and Shaheen represent good value where they went, and talented players like Sidney Jones (despite the redshirt season), Tim Williams, and Fabian Moreau further bolster the future prospects of a team looking to compete.

Cleveland Browns: B-

Best Move: Haason Reddick at 2.7

Cleveland was one of the few squads that went chalk, keeping and using all their picks. No future draft capital, but no lost capital this season. CLE used those picks to get solid players up and down the lineup. John Ross is already making waves in Cincinnati, Chris Wormley figures to receive good workload in BAL, and Jordan Willis was a great value in the 4th round. My favorite was the Haason Reddick pick, the rare guy who will provide value in coverage and in the pass rush, was a steal at 2.7. Knocked them down from a “B” to a “B-“ only because they tried to draft CJ Spiller like fourteen times!! LM was very forgiving.

Dallas Cowboys: C

Best Move: Acquiring Sammy Watkins and Alshon Jeffrey (although the cost was huge)

The draft was not a draft for Dallas. The picks that they held for this year and the next two years were deemed of lesser value than the chance to win today. No criticism here, but that’s the truth of the matter. The Cowboys came out of this year’s draft a markedly better team than they were going in. I hate the cost of Sammy Watkins, but they ended up with two big time WR and the top RB in the draft. They will rank highly in the coming season outlook article. But if bad luck strikes, Dallas won’t have the ability to retool in the next two seasons. Championship or bust!

Denver Broncos: C-

Best Move: Ahkello Witherspoon at 4.19

Without a first or second round draft pick, it was going to be tough to make too much noise. But IMO, Denver didn’t end up with a lot of help. Marcus Williams is a talented guy, but isn’t projected to play much early on and may have been a bit of a reach. Ahkello Witherspoon was good value at 4.19. The fact that Denver didn’t come away with a DE, even just for depth, loses them a half grade for me.

Detroit Lions: B-

Best Move: Reuben Foster at 1.16

The Cardiac Cats had an interesting draft. They made a few deals to net them additional draft capital, moving down in the 1st and grabbing two 4s for a 3rd next year. They used that capital to throw a few darts at the board, using the two 4s they got from Carolina to add not one but two QBs. Foster at 1.16 and Rivers at 2.13 were very solid picks and, while he may have been a slight reach, Taylor has a real chance to have an impact in San Francisco. Anzalone is a nice later round pick, and Donnel Pumphrey may be working his way into reps sooner than later. All in all, a nice collection of talent that fits nicely with the rest of the roster, and the PS guys represent a mixed bag of talent without much current opportunity.

Green Bay Packers: C

Best Move: Vince Biegel at 5.10

The Pack went all D with their draft, starting off with Marcus Maye with their first pick at 3.18. They ended up with two safeties, two corners, a linebacker, and a defensive tackle late. No offense, but I wasn’t a fan of their first pick. Marcus Maye certainly has a chance to produce, but safety was the lowest position of need on that side of the ball. Starting corners, including Gareon Conley and GB’s own Kevin King, were still available. They addressed the need in the 4th with Quincy Wilson, but there is less upside there. The Pack didn’t miss entirely though, nabbing a great value in pass rushing LB Vince Biegel in the 5th. Biegel was a value in the real draft as well, and fills a need for depth at the position.

Houston Texans: B-

Best Move: Acquiring Washington’s 2018 1st and 4.17 in exchange for 2.3 and their own 5th in 2018.

Houston’s draft is defined by the decision to deal the third overall pick for CJ Prosise and, most crucially, Blake Bortles. It’s the kind of trade that we’ll be looking at in two or three years and either lauding the Texans for such a bold move… or shaking our heads. There’s not really an in-between. Headliner aside, there were some really savvy moves here (curiously all with the Skins). Trading away 2.3, 4.3, and a 2018 5th for 4.17, Washington’s 2018 1st,3rd, and 2019 5th in two separate deals are the stuff Belichick’s wet dreams are made of. As far as actual players go, there was good value in Taywon Taylor at 3.3, Jake Butt at 4.17, and Tarell Basham at 5.17. All of these players should make an impact immediately, and Taylor even has a chance to make a push for HOU’s flex spot in the near future. I dinged him a half grade because I’m not a fan of Bortles, but if you are a believer consider this a “B+”.

Indianapolis Colts: B+

Best Move: Obi Melifonwu at 2.15

Say this about the Colts’ draft: they were all about this year. Before the draft was over, the Blue Horseshoe had sent two 2018 2nd and 4th rounders, a 2019 3rd , and Rishard Matthews for 1.24, 2.15, 3.9, 3.16, and another five later round picks. That’s quite a haul, and they flexed that muscle. Perine figures to be starting in Washington before long, Taco Charlton is a dynamic talent, and Obi Melifonwu could be the best pick of them all. I also loved getting Kendall Beckwith at 4.9, who enters the season the starting SAM on a dynamic defense in Tampa. Nabbing Teez Tabor all the way at 5.16 feels like icing on the cake. I don’t typically like trading away so many future assets, and I could whine about the value of some of the early rounders, but this is a very solid haul and gives Indy a very talented defense.

Los Angeles Rams: D

Best Move: Acquiring 2015 3rd rounder Chris Conley for 6.18, 6.21, and 7.21… I guess.

No offense to LAR, but this draft looked like it was run by the Rams’ real life brain trust. Granted, there wasn’t a lot to work with here, only coming into the draft with six picks total and just one before the 4th round. But coming away from what looks to be a deep draft with a 3rd string TE, and 3rd string RB, and a pair of 2015 draftees that have yet to look like anything more than rotational players is a tough sell. There were good players with starting roles left on the board, and LAR didn’t come away with any of them. Don’t mean to be rude, but… dude.

New England Patriots: A

Best Move: Myles Garrett at 1.21 (damn it)

I hate New England’s draft. And by “hate it”, I really mean “I love it and wish I did it”. Getting top overall pick Myles freaking Garrett at the 21st overall pick is such a steal it almost makes me mad. That pick going in reminds me of Tampa Bay’s GM telling the story of how every other team was trying to get their pick but they said “screw off” and nabbed O.J. Howard (go Bucs). On top of that killer pick, New England just cherry-picked great value picks. D’Onta Foreman might take the job from Lamar Miller’s corpse as soon as mid-season. Malik Hooker looks like the real deal*. And everyone let out an audible groan when Adoree’ Jackson was finally sniped at 3.5, ending all our dreams of him falling into our laps. Well done (I hate you).

*Note: Doesn’t account for Hooker’s season ending injury. Still a great pick.

New Orleans Saints: C+

Best Move: Cooper Kupp at 2.14

It may not have been a massive need, but New Orleans ensured they’ll run out a good set of WR for the foreseeable future. Mike Williams at 14th overall was a stretch for me, considering it’s possible he’ll miss most of if not all of the season; not to mention that I hate messing with back injuries. But if Williams becomes the guy the Chargers hope, it’ll be the worth the high pick and the redshirt season. Cooper Kupp at 2.14 was a great value, and he’ll likely end up the no. 2 wide out across from Sammy Watkins. Malik McDowell is extremely talented and only fell due to an offseason ATV injury, but he’s great value in the 5th. Evans and Walker didn’t represent good value for me. The biggest problem here is just that most of these guys won’t play much in 2017. Good talent, but will they play enough to be valuable to NO?

New York Giants: B

Best Move: Duke Riley at 4.20

The G-Men needed depth more than anything in this draft. They run out one of the more complete starting lineups in the league. Behind those starters leaves a bit to be desired. So it was pretty clear from 1.20 one that their goal was to find talented guys to fill out the roster at a couple of particularly shallow positions. Curtis Samuel and Carlos Henderson may have both been a little bit of a reach, but they walk into good situations that could improve their stock in a hurry. Jonnu Smith is blocked by Delanie Walker, but if he is as good as advertised could force TEN into two TE sets that would give him a chance to do some damage. It was a tough choice for best move, but I went with Duke Riley over acquiring DRC and a future 3rd. Riley expects to play frequently for a good Falcons D, and LB was one of the greater needs for the Blue. Dawaune Smoot and Trey Hendrickson were also some of my favorite late rounders.

New York Jets: B

Best Move: Evan Engram at 1.10

Jersey picks up TE (but really slot receiver if we’re all being honest with ourselves) Evan Engram with the 10th overall pick and top safety Jamal Adams at 15th. It’s a solid pair of potential playmakers that figure to be heavily involved immediately. Engram figures to hold a little more value than other TE prospects in our game as no expects him to block much. His job will be to line up near the line and be a sort of under slot receiver. To have a guy like that at TE could be very valuable. Gang Green gave up a third 1st to TOR, netting a 2018 4th, a 2019 1st and 3rd, rotational DE Kasim Edebali, and buy low Adrian Peterson. With guys like Myles Garrett still on the board, this was a risk. But if AP turns in a surprise season and that 2019 1st ends up being high, we might have a much more positive opinion of this draft.

Philadelphia Steel Men: B+

Best Move: T.J. Watt at 2.24

Philly gets a huge bump from making one of my favorite picks in the draft: T.J. Watt. To get a guy that brings that much athleticism to the table at 2.24 is beyond a steal. I’m probably playing my hand because I’d love to trade for him, but this was one of the better picks, fits, and values in the whole draft. The rest of the work done by the franchises of the state of Penn was good but not stand out. James Conner is a talented guy but a bit of a reach. Xavier Woods at 3.24 will likely compete for playing time in a weak Dallas secondary. Kittles was a big reach and has to play with Brian Hoyer. All in all, this draft is all about Watt. Philly did end up with some good future draft capital with minimal value lost as well, which bumps this draft up for me.

San Diego Chargers: A

Best Move: Solomon Thomas at 2.5

The Chargers earned their old moniker “Super” with this draft. The fact that they were able to earn one of my few A’s while also reaching for O.J. Howard at 1.4 is a testament to how many great talents and great values they picked up. Solomon Thomas is another one of my favorite picks, and that he was the 4th DE off the board is unreal. Thomas is projected to be a great all-around DE, able to produce points without big sack days. That level of consistency in our game is extremely valuable. To pair him with a guy like Takkarist McKinney, who’ll be more boom or bust, was really smart. Down the draft, Tyus Bowser should be in the running for playing time soon, DeDe Westbrook could be a spark plug for a Philly team that just lost Jordan Matthews, and Rasul Douglas was great value in the 7th. This was solid draft from top to bottom with no wasted picks.

San Francisco 49ers: B-

Best Move: Trading 1.23 in exchange for 2.19, TOR 2018 2nd, and TOR 2019 2nd

The Gold Diggers’ best moves were securing value for future years. In a trio of moves, Frisco came away with an additional 1st and 2nd in 2018, and two more 2nd rounders in 2019. It wasn’t cheap, but those moves were all about building more future value. For a team that expects to compete, this is smart. To a certain extent, the actual picks made were in this line of thinking. There was a clear priority to snag guys that don’t have a clear role now, but are expected to run with the job once they get their hands on it. Joe Williams at 1.12 is the most obvious example, playing behind a sometimes injury-riddled, sometimes ineffective Carlos Hyde. ArDarius Stewart currently has Christian Hackenberg throwing at him, so there’s precious little 2017 value to be had. Chris Godwin was never expected to be any more than the 4th wideout in Tampa. And Charles Harris, although he was a great value pick, will likely be a situational pass rusher ala’ Noah Spence in 2016 and Vic Beasley in 2015. This lack of present value knocks the draft down overall, but this is one of those grades that change big time by the end of 2020.

Seattle Seahawks: B+

Best Move: Christian McCaffery at 1.2

There may have been no bigger need met in this draft than McCaffery going to the largely RB-less Seahawks. The versatile back was in play for the 1st overall pick, and many of us even expected him to be gone before 2. But Seattle happily scooped up one of the most dynamic talents to come into the league. He walks into a fabulous situation too, with a former MVP quarterback and an option/short pass driven offense that is money in our game. Seattle followed that up by trading back into the first round and snagging potential stud linebacker Jarrad Davis from Detroit. Jabril Peppers, the positionless dynamo, went 2.2. This is a tough pick to evaluate, since we really don’t know where he’s going to settle. Right now, he’s a utility player in the truest sense. This pick may end up being brilliant, as Peppers has the speed and athleticism to produce whenever he’s on the field. He also may end up like a pitcher who hits really well: great for the real team, but not helpful for fantasy. In the meantime, I’m choosing to look at it as a smart pick. He’ll eventually settle somewhere on the field, and watch out when he does.

Tennessee Titans: C+

Best Move: JuJu Schuster-Smith at 2.9

I adjusted this write-up after learning of Spencer Ware’s likely season ending knee injury on Friday. I won’t be redoing my grade or evaluation much, but the massive swing in opinion on Kareem Hunt has to be addressed. When the once and future Oilers made this pick, I didn’t like it. A backup RB, even one who has a shot to take the job by midseason from a largely effective veteran, at 1.9 isn’t a great pick. But now that Hunt likely walks into the starting lineup, the pick looks pretty good. I maintain that I didn’t like the pick, but I can’t deny that Tennessee is sitting pretty with their 1st rounder. Schuster-Smith, whom the Steelers love and will get time in the slot next two Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, was a great value at 2.9. He’s the kind of the guy that can have a bonkers year and take home the rookie crown. The rest of the Titans’ draft was ok, but no one really got me or their home team’s fan base excited.

Toronto Bills: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Best Move: Ummm… Mixon at 1.5? King at 3.22? I don’t know really.

I could write 3,000 words on this draft and still not have time to address everything that happened. I simply can’t break down this whole draft. I think one of the best summaries of what Toronto did here is by looking at their remaining picks in 2018 and 2019. Go ahead and look! I’ll wait. You’ll see there is one, single, lonely first rounder in 2018. Only the late Al Davis knows what it’s like to go this all-in on anything (those things by the way were speed in the draft and well done prime rib). We should’ve all known that this was going to be different right from the jump, when Corey Davis became the surprise 1.1. I had about seven guys I thought could go 1, and Davis wasn’t on the list. Mixon at 1.5 wasn’t a big reach considering how he’s viewed in fantasy circles, but if you say you expected Zay Jones to go in the top 10, you’re either lying or your Toronto’s owner. Trubisky at 18th, Marlon Mack at 23rd, Everett at 2.6, there were so many picks that I didn’t see coming. What compounds on the confusion is that the whole future was leveraged for these picks. All that said, there were some great values here. Kevin King and Gareon Conley in the back of the 3rd were great picks. And building a team in this way may have cost a ton in draft capital, but Toronto should have close to the most salary space going into the season and next off-season, giving them a huge leg up in acquiring big contracts and signing free agents. It seems to me that Toronto felt their team needed a systemic overhaul, and boy did they get it. I didn’t get it, but I’m routinely wrong. This could be mad, this could be genius, I don’t know. I do know this was easily the most fun draft of them all.

Washington Redskins: B(?)

Best Move: Acquired 1.3 in exchange for Blake Bortles and C.J. Prosise

Ok, deep breath. There’s a lot to break down here. Washington had the second busiest draft of the year, just behind our friends north of the border. The R-Words brought in a lot of talent, some I liked, some I didn’t, and some that will never actually score points for them. I’ll start with their best move, and that was acquiring 1.3 for Bortles and Prosise. Bortle’s struggles in the preseason make this look even better, and potential 1st overall pick Leonard Fournette being there makes it look unreal. But then Fournette was dealt along with Vontae Davis and Thomas Rawls for a Reshad Jones, Duke Johnson Jr., Zach Brown, and Xavier Rhodes. Turning around and dealing a selection he got just a week prior for more value was impressive, but time will tell if the haul it brought will have been worth a potential franchise player at a position that seems to always be in demand. Beyond these deals, the D.C.s brought in big talents in Golladay and Gallman, and strong values like Tanoh Kpassagnon, Shaq Griffin, and Larry Ogunjobi. They also ended up dealing a number of future picks, including next year’s 1st and 2nd rounders. I wish I had the time to break down each and every move, but all in all Washington used assets they deemed expendable to completely rebuild a much nastier defense, making them a team to fear in 2017.

Well, that’s all I have for this season’s football rookie draft. We’ll be doing season predictions soon. The moral of the story is: rejoice, for football has returned!

Real Deal Ultimate 3 Sport League Recruiting New Owners

If you are a dynasty sports nut…

we have a year around league that might interest you. Real Deal Ultimate features 3 sports in 1 league. Each sport has their own page where you manage your rosters but you complete against the same owners/GMs in all 3 sports as you own one team from each sport that is or has been historically associated with a city/metro area. This is 24 City League with a $200 yearly buy-in. It may seem like a lot but it includes all three sports as well as bonuses awarded to the top performers overall. Only $100 is due up front to get started as the 2nd half is due this Summer. Our calendar year runs from Jan 1st thru Dec 31st and we have a few open cities heading into 2017, our 3rd season, starting with Baseball. 

 

If there is a sport that you don’t know as well, we have several cities that are co-owned that split up the GM duties as well as the buy-in. If you don’t have anyone to go in with, we can connect you with GMs that can manage a sport for you as the sole owner if needed. The Constitution is currently under review, but I would be happy to send the 2016 document to anyone that inquires. Just a warning, the Constitution is no joke, it spans 57 pages of reading enjoyment. 

Real Deal (Ultimate) Report: Week #2 Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings

Rank Team W L T Win% Div FPtsF FPtsA Streak
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 534 210.167 2 (W)
2 Toronto Blue Jays 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 345.833 194.167 2 (W)
3 Atlanta Braves 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 344.333 289 2 (W)
4 New York Yankees 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 306 157.833 2 (W)
5 Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 289.5 251.667 2 (W)
6 Memphis Redbirds 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 266.667 162.667 2 (W)
7 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 317 412.833 1 (L)
8 Cincinnati Reds 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 317 273.667 1 (L)
9 Seattle Mariners 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 206.333 372.167 1 (W)
10 Charlotte Knights 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 344.667 247.333 1 (W)
11 Indianapolis Pirates 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 344.333 409.333 1 (W)
12 Washington Nationals 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 294.667 322.333 1 (W)
13 Cleveland Indians 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 269.333 212.167 1 (W)
14 Texas Rangers 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 196 270.333 1 (L)
15 Boston Red Sox 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 178.833 190 1 (L)
16 Detroit Tigers 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 452.667 378.5 1 (L)
17 Colorado Rockies 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 327 281.833 1 (L)
18 San Diego Padres 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 240.5 180 1 (W)
19 Houston Astros 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 250.667 278.167 2 (L)
20 New York Mets 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 234.5 346.667 2 (L)
21 Chicago Cubs 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 230.5 378 2 (L)
22 San Francisco Giants 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 148.667 316.5 2 (L)
23 New Orleans Zephyrs 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 147.833 302.667 2 (L)
24 Philadelphia Phillies 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 89.833 238.667 2 (L)

 

Top Hitter

Nelson Cruz (SEA)

FPts FP/G Con GP AB H HR SO NSB TB+BB+HBP GIDP RP2 LOB
48 8 2017 6 24 12 6 6 0 33 0 17 10

 

The stats say it all. Cruz dominated the league last week averaging one HR, 5 1/2 TB andimages just under 3 RP per game played. This outburst gave Seattle the offense they needed to bounce back after a tough opening week. We knew he could hit home runs after a career high of 40 in 2014. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to sustain the production for the season, especially in a pitcher’s park in Seattle.  For now, Seattle Owner, Tim Watson, will take the win and look for another big week coming up.

 

Top Pitcher

Jacob deGrom (NYM)

FPts FP/G Con GP GS QS IP H ER BB K NS+H ERA IRS BRA
33.67 16.83 2017 2 2 2 13.1 13 0 1 11 0 0.00 0 14

 

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has his work cut out for him in 2014. Team Ace, Mattimages-1 Harvey is returning from TJ surgery, Zach Wheeler goes down in Spring Training for the year and Bartolo Colon can’t possible be effective another year at the age of…old! Well, deGrom responds by dominating his first few starts. Week 2 featured a 11:1 K-BB Ration and Zero ER over two starts. With this production, along with the Dark Knight’s return, NY Mets Owner, Steve Peterson has as good a 1-2 punch in the rotation as any team in the league. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have enough Major League hitters on his roster to compliment the pitching.

 

Hottest/Coolest Teams

Not sure we need to spend a lot of time here. The LA Dodgers have opened up a significant lead for the top spot in the Power Rankings. The have scored a staggering 215 Fpts more than the 2nd highest team, Toronto Blue Jays. At the bottom end, the “Fighting” Phillies have another forgettable week. This might be a rebuilding year in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

Matchup of the Week

#4 New York Yankees vs. #2 Toronto Blue Jays

Two Undefeated teams square off this week with Divisional bragging rights on the line in this early season tilt. Will the heavy hitting Jays overcome the balanced Yankees? Jays Owner, Michael Seraphim, has some important decisions to make as his teams is projected to have 9 starts this week. Which two pitchers will he sit? Will he live to regret his decision? We can hope…er…I mean…We shall see as the week unfolds.

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Real Deal (Ultimate) Report: Week 1 Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings

Standings

Rank Team W L T Win% Div FPtsF FPtsA Streak
1 Detroit Tigers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 270 164.667 1 (W)
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 247.833 78.333 1 (W)
3 Cincinnati Reds 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 205 141.5 1 (W)
4 Colorado Rockies 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 198.167 116.833 1 (W)
5 Atlanta Braves 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 189.167 160.333 1 (W)
6 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 185.167 126.667 1 (W)
7 Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 175.333 137.333 1 (W)
8 New York Yankees 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 161.833 81.5 1 (W)
9 Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 157.333 139.667 1 (W)
10 Texas Rangers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 124 114.167 1 (W)
11 Boston Red Sox 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 122 19.5 1 (W)
12 Memphis Redbirds 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 110.5 90.667 1 (W)
13 Charlotte Knights 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 167.833 192 1 (L)
14 Chicago Cubs 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 165.667 248.667 1 (L)
15 Washington Nationals 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 143.333 197 1 (L)
16 Cleveland Indians 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 140 147.333 1 (L)
17 Indianapolis Pirates 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 130.5 226.667 1 (L)
18 Houston Astros 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 122 123 1 (L)
19 San Francisco Giants 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 115 186.167 1 (L)
20 San Diego Padres 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 110.167 146.333 1 (L)
21 New York Mets 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 109.167 195.333 1 (L)
22 New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 92.5 125.833 1 (L)
23 Seattle Mariners 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 41.333 243.333 1 (L)
24 Philadelphia Phillies 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 13.5 94.5 1 (L)

 

Week #1 Top Team Offense

Real Deal Rookie, Chris England, starts off with a “bang.” His Colorado Rockies lead the league in hitting points this week by taking 1st in HRs and 2nd in Total Bases (TB) and Runs Produced (RP). He narrowly beat out fellow rookie, Kyle Snyder, and his Detroit imagesTigers club. The Tigers actually slightly edged out the Rockies in the TB and RP categories, but stranded 21 more players on base (LOB) which proved to be difference. The Tigers were led by perennial MVP candidate, Miggy Cabrera with his staggering 25 TB and 2 HRs. Ian Kinsler also had a strong start with 17 RP. The Rockies had several players get off to a hot start but were led by a resurgent, Joey Votto (3 HRs, 21 TB, 17 RP), and my pick to by the top scoring fantasy 3B in 2015, Nolan Arenado (2 HRs, 21 TB, 17 RP). There were strong performances from Corey Dickerson and CarGo, but Votto and Arenado set themselves apart by limiting the guys on LOB. The next highest offensive output was more than 30 points less, so these two have set the bar pretty high going forward.

 

Week #1 Top Team Pitching

Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner, Matt Minelli, is either a genius or extremely lucky. It’s a little too early in the season to determine which, but his team provided a balanced images-1performance across the board to take home the top team pitching ranking for Week 1. This team overcame two duds (-2.333 Fantasy Points) by reigning NL Cy Young and MVP, Clayton Kershaw, and brutal debut by Kendal Graveman (-23.333 Fpts) to take 2nd Place in the initial Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings. The Dodgers were led by craft veteran Aaron Harang, two superb starts by Zach Greinke and an impressively deep bullpen. Not sure what is up with Kershaw up his putrid 22 Base Runners Allowed (BRA) accounted for 37% of the entire teams penalty in that category.

 

Longest Road Ahead

Looking up at everybody after Week 1 is original Real Deal owner, Pedro Canteiro, andimages his Philadelphia Phillies. Not unlike the real life Phillies, his team let him down with the bats. Overall, he had some bright spots in the pitching staff. Unfortunately, a few bad outings by Bud Norris, Jake Diekman and David Buchanan negated any of the positive performances. There is definitely something to build on in the pitching staff, but Real Deal Phillies fans are already chanting for Maikel Franco and JP Crawford to be promoted.

 

Pitching Penalties

Only two teams were assessed penalties in Week #1 for failure to adhere to the pitching component of the Constitution. Seattle decided not to pull their last 4 starters and exceeded 7 maximum Games Started (GS) by a staggering 4 GS. Fortunately forimages-1 owner, Tim Watson, his team was never in contention this week as he ran into the LA Dodgers juggernaut. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Indians and owner, Gary Megibben, took a loss because Corey Kluber took the mound Saturday night and thus cost the team 10 Fpts. The other 22 teams were within the 5-7 GS criteria which is an excellent start. I would imagine it may get more difficult to reach those 5 GS as the injuries pile up over the course of the season. This should lead to more trading and part of the fabric of what makes Real Deal Dynasty leagues so great. In fact, Seattle already shipped off one of his extra Starters for a 1st round pick next year.

 

Final Thoughts…

It’s been an exciting first week as we finally breathe after a break-neck pace in building our initial rosters. There are still 21 Weeks left so any can and probably will happen. In order to make sure you don’t miss out of the Real Deal Report and other Real Deal Dynasty Sports happenings, take a moment and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty: City Draft Recap

It’s been a crazy two days. Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty has started out with some drama out of the gates as owners often saw two cities come off the board in one pick. Owners agonized over this selection as the ramifications span all three sports. Here are the highlights…

 

Pre-Season Favorite — This would have to be Seattle. It’s good to have the first pick and owner, Tim Watson, felt Seattle was worthy of that pick. Strong Franchise Keepers in NBA and NFL and solid enough baseball pitching staff and middle of the order to set up a competitive franchise in all sports.

 

Biggest Homer Pick — The Commish was a finalist, but owner, John Keniley, taking Boston with the fifth pick has to be the winner. Franchise keepers for fantasy are not as strong as the actual teams in baseball and football. Basketball is just a mess anyway you look at it. Red Sox rotation has had a complete makeover. Outside of Brady, Gronk and Chandler Jones, there isn’t much to get excited about. At five this was a reach, but sometimes you have to go with your “boys.”

 

Best Value Pick — Picking 22 out 24 is a daunting task. Fortunately, for owner, Matt Minelli, Los Angeles slipped to him at the bottom of the draft. Once you come to grips with punting basketball, the Dodgers have a strong prospect pipeline with arguably three of the top 10 prospects (Urias, Seager, Pederson) and top line pitching staff. Puig and AGone along with a top 3 pick in the roster draft, should give the Dodgers a great present and future. With the recent upgrades to the Rams roster, they should have a scary defense and a respectful enough offense to go with a Top 3 pick in the roster draft.

 

Best Drama — A strong Toronto city surprising dropped to 16. Of course our two resident Canadians sat at 16 and 17 respectfully. After an hour of so of what we can only imagine was intense wheelin’ and dealin’, owner, Mike Seraphim, takes Toronto at 16. I guess you had to be there to appreciate it. Tony Cavezza had a pretty decent consolidation prize with Chicago as a great value at 17.

 

Unclaimed Teams (All players available in Roster draft)

 

MLB — Orioles, Rays, Royals, Twins, Angels, Athletics

NFL — Eagles, Ravens, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Chiefs, Vikings, Raiders,

NBA — Jazz, Heat, Magic, Mavericks, Timberwolves, Trailblazers

 

We are officially off and running…Up next MLB roster draft!!!

Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty — New Three-Sport League Launching

Real Deal Dynasty Sports is excited to launch our brand new league that features MLB, NFL and NBA all in one league. Over a year in the making, we are now taking applications to be the Owner of one of the 24 Cities/Metro areas in this league. As an owner, you are entitled to GM all three sports associated with your city. Not strong in one of these sports? An owner can “hire” a GM to run one of the sports to give them a better chance of taking home the title.

 

We offer payouts in each individual sport as well as bonus payouts to the top overall cities in the Three Sport performance. The buy-in for the entire year is $200 and that covers all three sports. You can pay in two payments of $100 or pay in full up front. We have partnered with Sports Vault to create a custom payment page for this league where the funds will be secure yet still flexible to fit our specialized buy-in and payout schedule. We payout winnings at the conclusion of each sport’s season. There is truly NO OFF-SEASON in this league.

 

Please read our extensive League Constitution for all the details. If you are interested in becoming an owner in this new start up dynasty league, you MUST fill out this application for consideration. You still must fill it out even if you are in other leagues within the Real Deal Community. Once we receive your application, we will review it and contact you with next steps to joining.

 

We expect to fill up quickly, so don’t delay or you may have to settle for the waiting list. Baseball is upon us, so we will begin the lottery for the city selection as soon as we have 24 owners committed with at least $100 paid deposit.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further info…

 

Bryan Luhrs

Real Deal Dynasty Sports
League Developer & Executive League Commissioner

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