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While out the other night, I happened across a fantasy draft party at Velocity Five in Arlington, complete with a draft board for all to see and a jolly group of owners clearly enjoying the camaraderie that comes with insulting one another's fantasy acumen.

Imagine my sheer disbelief upon learning Peyton Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in this league. Fantasy Check felt obliged to investigate further, and it turns out the gentleman who selected Manning has been one of the league's winningest owners.

"This guy does something shocking every year," another owner told me, "but he he's won a bunch of times."

For the record, pick No. 2 was Adrian Peterson, and it's highly improbable I'll see him lower than the first overall in any other draft this season. It's also no surprise this particular owner had the makings of a strong squad, with Steven Jackson as his No. 2 back, Reggie Wayne as a wide receiver and Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback.

Another significant head-scratcher came when the owner who selected Manning chose the Washington Redskins defense in the fourth round. Adding a defense that early is a peculiar decision, but even more befuddling was chosing one that finished 28th in sacks and 26th in forced fumbles.

CBSSports.com ranks the Redskins' defense/special teams 12th, Fantasy Football Today has them 16th, and Fantasy Football Toolbox puts them at 31.

Fantasy Check did come across one Web site -- Fantasy-Info.com -- that was bullish on Washington's defense, but make no mistake, that's the rarest of exceptions in the industry.

Fantasy Check is hoping to get details on how the rest of this draft turned out, so come back soon.

By Gene Wang  |  August 17, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The Owner that picked the Skins D in the 4th does wild stuff every year but it somehow works. Nobody can explain it. I am in love with my backfield of A. Peterson and S. Jackson.

Posted by: Ron | August 17, 2009 4:08 PM

How did Jackson slip to the 2nd round? That's crazy

Posted by: What? | August 17, 2009 5:31 PM

It had to be an 8 man league, but that would still make Jackson the #15 pick. There's got to be some sort of whacky scoring system to explain all the madness!

Posted by: Darrell | August 18, 2009 10:43 AM

It's a 10 man league, and Manning and Skins D were indeed stunners! Thanks for stopping by our draft Gene. Here's my team's break down. Not spectacular, but hopefully a contender...if Tomlinson shows up -- 1. Forte RB, 2. Tomlinson RB, 3. Rivers QB, 4. Owens WR, 5. Marshall WR, 6. Pittsburgh D, 7. Bush RB, 8. Bryant WR, 9. Z. Miller TE, 10. Hasselbeck QB, 11. Moore WR, 12. Gostkowski K, 13. Crabtree WR, 14. Stewart RB, 15. Green Bay D

Posted by: jdlieb | August 18, 2009 12:14 PM

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