Sherpa Tackles Political (Fantasy) Football (Fri 9/4/09)

Yahoo! Sports recently hosted a fantasy football draft for the mayors of 11 well-known cities (a league commissioner from Yahoo! is also participating to give the league 12 teams).  Each team is required to start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST.  The scoring system is fairly standard (4 pts per passing TD, 1 pt for every 25 yds passing, no points for a reception, etc.)

This contest is for a great cause - the winning mayor gets $15K to donate to the charity of his/her choice!  At the risk of receiving hate mail from 11 Chambers of Commerce, I decided it would be fun to predict the results of this contest using my projections from FantasyFootballSherpa.com.

Here are the participants (City, Mayor):

  1. Buffalo (Byron Brown)
  2. Green Bay (Jim Schmitt)
  3. Kansas City (Mark Funkhouser)
  4. Minneapolis (R.T. Rybak)
  5. Oakland (Ron Dellums)
  6. Oklahoma City (Mick Cornett)
  7. Orlando (Buddy Dyer)
  8. Pittsburgh (Luke Ravenstahl)
  9. Sacramento (Kevin Johnson)
  10. San Francisco (Gavin Newsom)
  11. Tampa Bay (Pam Iorio)
  12. Yahoo! (Oz?)

Pittsburgh is the defending Super Bowl champion - does that give Mayor Luke Ravenstahl an edge?  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is a former NBA star - would that knowledge of what it takes to be a successful pro athlete give him an edge?  8 of the 11 cities in the contest currently have NFL franchises - would that give their mayors an edge?

Here’s how I see the contest playing out (cities listed alphabetically by tier):

Leaders of the Pack

  1. Buffalo
    • Strengths
      • starting RBs (LaDainian Tomlinson & Willie Parker)
      • starting WRs (Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Lance Moore)
      • D/ST (Philadelphia)
    • Causes for Concern
      • RB depth (Beanie Wells, LeSean McCoy)
    • Homer picks
      • QB Trent Edwards
  2. Kansas City 
    • Strengths
      • starting RBs (Clinton Portis, Brian Westbrook)
      • starting WRs (Roddy White, Wes Welker, Jerricho Cotchery)
    • Causes for Concern
      • RB depth (Earnest Graham, Willis McGahee)
      • WR depth (Jeremy Maclin, Nate Burleson, Amani Toomer)
    • Homer picks
      • QB Matt Cassel
      • WR Amani Toomer (since cut)
      • K Ryan Succup
  3. Oklahoma City 
    • Strengths
      • starting QB (Matt Schaub)
      • starting WRs (Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Torry Holt)
      • RB depth (Donald Brown, Felix Jones, Darren Sproles)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting RBs (Ronnie Brown, Darren McFadden)
    • Homer picks (N/A)
  4. Sacramento
    • Strengths
      • starting QB (Matt Ryan)
      • starting RBs (Michael Turner, Adrian Peterson)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting TE (Zach Miller)
      • WR depth (Deion Branch, Isaac Bruce)
    • Homer picks (N/A)

With a Little Bit of Luck

  1. Orlando
    • Strengths
      • starting TE (Antonio Gates)
      • RB depth (Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Julius Jones)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting D/ST (Arizona)
    • Homer picks (N/A)
  2. Pittsburgh
    • Strengths
      • starting WRs (Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, Hines Ward)
      • WR depth (Kevin Walter, Donnie Avery)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting QB (Donovan McNabb)
    • Homer picks
      • WR Hines Ward

Stuck in the Middle

  1. Green Bay 
    • Strengths
      • starting RB (Ryan Grant, Pierre Thomas)
      • starting WR (Steve Smith (Car), Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall)
    • Causes for Concern
      • WR depth (Steve Breaston)
    • Homer picks
      • RB Ryan Grant
      • K Mason Crosby
      • Green Bay D/ST
  2. Oakland
    • Strengths
      • starting RBs (Brandon Jacobs, DeAngelo Williams)
      • starting TE (Tony Gonzalez)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting WR (Santonio Holmes, DeSean Jackson, Donald Driver)
      • QB depth (Joe Flacco)
      • RB depth (Justin Fargas, Ricky Williams)
    • Homer picks
      • RB Justin Fargas
      • WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

Help

  1. Minneapolis
    • Strengths
      • starting QB (Phillip Rivers)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting TE (Visanthe Shiancoe) 
      • QB depth (Matt Hasselbeck) 
      • RB depth (Cedric Benson)
    • Homer picks
      • WR Bernard Berrian 
      • TE Visanthe Shiancoe
      • K Ryan Longwell
      • Minnesota D/ST
  2. San Francisco 
    • Strengths
      • starting QB (Peyton Manning)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting RBs (Frank Gore, Knowshon Moreno) 
      • starting WRs (Chad Ochocinco, Santana Moss, Percy Harvin) 
      • WR depth (Domenik Hixon)
    • Homer picks
      • RB Frank Gore
      • TE Vernon Davis
      • K Joe Nedney
  3. Tampa Bay 
    • Strengths
      • starting TE (Chris Cooley)
      • starting D/ST (Pittsburgh)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting QB (Ben Roethlisberger) 
      • starting WRs (Terrell Owens, Greg Jennings, Devin Hester) 
      • WR depth (Michael Clayton, Hakeem Nicks)
    • Homer picks
      • WR Michael Clayton
  4. Yahoo!
    • Strengths
      • starting QB (Drew Brees)
      • starting TE (Owen Daniels)
      • WR depth (Anthony Gonzalez, Steve Smith (NYG), Joey Galloway)
    • Causes for Concern
      • starting RBs (Steven Jackson, Kevin Smith)
      • starting WRs (Roy Williams, Ted Ginn, Derrick Mason)
    • Homer picks (N/A)

In case you’re curious, you can view the rosters and current standings.

So, which mayor will be presenting an oversized check to their favorite charity when the champion is crowned?  With the usual caveats about the unpredictable nature of injuries and their ability to wreak havoc on the strongest of fantasy football rosters, my predicted winner is Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.  Let the games begin!

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