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Shuffle Up and Draft: Starting over at midseason

Scott Pianowski
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With the NFL ostensibly at its halfway point, we felt it was a good time to put the shuffling theme to the test with a midseason draft. I rounded up a group of 12, comprised mostly of Yahoo! readers, and we hammered out a 20-round, 240-pick war of attrition on Tuesday night. The ranks below reflect how the players were selected at each position.

There are a few tweaks to our league rules - it's a no-maintenance league, with no pickups or free agents. Most of the scoring is standard but we threw in a point for every two receptions and we ignored team defenses. We're using total points only (not head-to-head) and best-ball scoring (no lineup setting; your post-facto "best lineup" is what counts). We're counting Week 17 too. For more on the specs of this league and the people in it, head to the bottom of this post; for now, let's get to the good stuff, the results by position. (Also, feel free to look at the full draft A to Z, and the breakdown of the rosters.)

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Quarterback

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Kurt Warner
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Tony Romo
  6. Donovan McNabb
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Jay Cutler
  9. Eli Manning
  10. Brett Favre
  11. Jake Delhomme
  12. Matt Ryan
  13. Ben Roethlisberger
  14. Jason Campbell
  15. Sage Rosenfels
  16. Joe Flacco
  17. Matt Schaub
  18. David Garrard
  19. Trent Edwards
  20. Chad Pennington
  21. Marc Bulger
  22. Gus Frerotte
  23. Brady Quinn
  24. Jeff Garcia
  25. Kyle Orton
  26. Matt Cassel
  27. Matt Hasselbeck
  28. Tyler Thigpen
  29. Kerry Collins
  30. Rex Grossman
  31. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  32. Seneca Wallace
  33. Daunte Culpepper
  34. JaMarcus Russell
  35. Carson Palmer
  36. Shaun Hill
  37. Dan Orlovsky

Comments: I'm the guy who selected Manning over Warner, something I would not do in a more traditional format (and in my personal Shuffle Up ranks that come out later today, look for Warner to be higher). In a no-maintenance league, Manning gets the check mark for durability . . . Favre didn't really slip even with his recent slump, and Pennington's his stretch didn't buy any fans, either, surprisingly . . . The Flacco slot looks lofty to me, but I suppose there's something to be said for job security.

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Running Back

  1. Brian Westbrook
  2. Ladainian Tomlinson
  3. Adrian Peterson
  4. Clinton Portis
  5. Frank Gore
  6. Matt Forte
  7. Michael Turner
  8. Ronnie Brown
  9. Steven Jackson
  10. Marion Barber
  11. Willie Parker
  12. Chris Johnson
  13. Joseph Addai
  14. Reggie Bush
  15. Marshawn Lynch
  16. Steve Slaton
  17. Tim Hightower
  18. Maurice Jones-Drew
  19. Brandon Jacobs
  20. Ryan Grant
  21. Thomas Jones
  22. DeAngelo Williams
  23. Jamal Lewis
  24. LenDale White
  25. Cedric Benson
  26. Earnest Graham
  27. Darren McFadden
  28. Jonathan Stewart
  29. Willis McGahee
  30. Kevin Smith
  31. Jamaal Charles
  32. Ray Rice
  33. Ryan Torain
  34. Felix Jones
  35. Justin Fargas
  36. Deuce McAllister
  37. Larry Johnson
  38. Derrick Ward
  39. Warrick Dunn
  40. Selvin Young
  41. Le'Ron McClain
  42. Pierre Thomas
  43. Sammy Morris
  44. Julius Jones
  45. Leon Washington
  46. Ricky Williams
  47. Fred Taylor
  48. Jerious Norwood
  49. Kevin Faulk
  50. Rudi Johnson
  51. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
  52. Chester Taylor
  53. Darren Sproles
  54. Correll Buckhalter
  55. Mewelde Moore
  56. Brandon Jackson
  57. Quinton Ganther
  58. Dominic Rhodes
  59. Maurice Morris
  60. Fred Jackson
  61. Antonio Pittman
  62. Edgerrin James
  63. Aaron Stecker
  64. Ahmad Bradshaw
  65. Jason Wright
  66. Leonard Weaver
  67. Carnell Williams
  68. Lamont Jordan
  69. Peyton Hillis
  70. Ladell Betts
  71. Ahman Green
  72. J.J. Arrington
  73. Clifton Smith

Comments: Westbrook is a PPR overlord so it's no shock to see him go first . . . Tomlinson's big Week 9 and cushy schedule help calm fears over the condition of his toe . . . I thought Torain might go a little higher in a best-ball format where you don't have to guess along with Shanahan, you can just accept the big numbers when they come. I also thought Hightower might go a spec higher, I'll surely rank him favorably later today . . . Look at the names at the bottom of the running back list. Yep, when you go 240 players deep and ignore the team defense position, it's a deep draft.


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Wide Receiver

  1. Brandon Marshall
  2. Larry Fitzgerald
  3. Andre Johnson
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Reggie Wayne
  6. Anquan Boldin
  7. Greg Jennings
  8. Roddy White
  9. Calvin Johnson
  10. Marques Colston
  11. Lee Evans
  12. Terrell Owens
  13. Randy Moss
  14. Braylon Edwards
  15. Dwayne Bowe
  16. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  17. Santana Moss
  18. Plaxico Burress
  19. Antonio Bryant
  20. Bernard Berrian
  21. Laveranues Coles
  22. Eddie Royal
  23. Santonio Holmes
  24. Donald Driver
  25. Jerricho Cotchery
  26. Donnie Avery
  27. DeSean Jackson
  28. Vincent Jackson
  29. Chad Johnson
  30. Hines Ward
  31. Anthony Gonzalez
  32. Derrick Mason
  33. Chris Chambers
  34. Wes Welker
  35. Marvin Harrison
  36. Kevin Walter
  37. Kevin Curtis
  38. Torry Holt
  39. Lance Moore
  40. Devery Henderson
  41. Muhsin Muhammad
  42. Greg Camarillo
  43. Roy Williams
  44. Nate Washington
  45. Shaun McDonald
  46. Steve Breaston
  47. Isaac Bruce
  48. Sidney Rice
  49. Joey Galloway
  50. Michael Jenkins
  51. Rashied Davis
  52. Steve Smith
  53. Reggie Brown
  54. Ted Ginn Jr.
  55. Patrick Crayton
  56. Bobby Engram
  57. Devin Hester
  58. Matt Jones
  59. Amani Toomer
  60. Antwaan Randle El
  61. Josh Morgan
  62. Reggie Williams
  63. Robert Meachem
  64. Jerry Porter
  65. Mark Bradley
  66. Justin Gage
  67. Mark Clayton
  68. Deion Branch
  69. Brandon Lloyd
  70. Brandon Stokley
  71. Bryant Johnson
  72. James Hardy
  73. Mike Walker
  74. Malcom Floyd
  75. Bobby Wade
  76. Koren Robinson
  77. Michael Clayton
  78. James Jones
  79. Donte' Stallworth
  80. Jason Avant

Comments: It looks like we have a Fab Four at the top of the position, it's just a matter of what order you prefer them . . . I was hoping to slide Roddy White in the middle of the third round but he didn't get to me. Please, no more "underrated" talk on this guy, the word is out . . . That looks like an expectant price on Colston, but we can't ignore the upside (and the presence of Brees). I wouldn't have paid that much for Houshmandzadeh . . . Can Bryant and Berrian keep it up? I cut the check on the latter, trusting the recent results and the schedule to come . . . Do any of the bottom 20 names jump out at you? Who's your pet WR sleeper for the second half?


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Tight End

  1. Jason Witten
  2. Antonio Gates
  3. Dallas Clark
  4. Owen Daniels
  5. Tony Gonzalez
  6. Chris Cooley
  7. Kellen Winslow
  8. Kevin Boss
  9. Tony Scheffler
  10. Greg Olsen
  11. Visanthe Shiancoe
  12. Bo Scaife
  13. Jeremy Shockey
  14. Vernon Davis
  15. Zach Miller
  16. Ben Watson
  17. Donald Lee
  18. Anthony Fasano
  19. John Carlson
  20. Marcedes Lewis
  21. Alex Smith
  22. L.J. Smith
  23. Heath Miller
  24. Todd Heap
  25. Alge Crumpler
  26. Dustin Keller

Comments: I'll have Witten lower in the Shuffle ranks, he probably won't be 100 percent until 2009 . . . Splinky, I expect you to come on here and defend the Boss pick . . . Shiancoe has turned into a sneak-valuable play as the year has gone along . . . Good values on Fasano and Carlson, valuable support guys in this format.


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Kicker

  1. Rob Bironas
  2. David Akers
  3. Adam Vinatieri
  4. Matt Prater
  5. Nick Folk
  6. Ryan Longwell
  7. Nate Kaeding
  8. Jason Elam
  9. Stephen Gostkowski
  10. Josh Scobee
  11. John Kasay
  12. John Carney
  13. Rian Lindell
  14. Mason Crosby
  15. Matt Bryant
  16. Kris Brown
  17. Robbie Gould
  18. Neil Rackers
  19. Dan Carpenter
  20. Sebastian Janikowski
  21. Jeff Reed
  22. Shaun Suisham
  23. Josh Brown
  24. Joe Nedney

Comments: Our field goal scoring is length of kick/10 (three-point minimum), so longer legs get a boost here . . . Only three of the top 11 PKs are in cold-weather, outdoor cities . . . Miami's recent run puts Carpenter on the map.

The Owners and the Scoring: Here's our banana convention: Duane Davis (Y! commenter flatstick96); Enrique Vasquez (Y! commenter Stilgar); Blake Hansen (Y! commenter Blake H); Eric Sandberg (Y! commenter LeeVanSpleef); Mark Stopa (Rotowire); Kevin C. Payne (Rotowire); Matthew Bills (Y! commenter fluffdaddy9); Mark Salvoo (FOP); Pete Johnson (Y! commenter pj20); Yoshi Katagiri (Y! commenter Y2); Michael Hoffman (Y! commenter Senior Beisbol); and yours truly.

Framework of Scoring: 1/20 passing, 1/10 rushing and receiving, TD pass 4 points, all other TDs 6 points, 1 point per 2 receptions, field goals scored yards/10. Best-ball scoring, filling these weekly spots: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 PK, and 2 Flex (RB or WR).

Have at it. We're looking for respectful and intelligent disagreement.

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