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Evaluating the Bog's Picks


Dan Steinberg, better known as the D.C. Sports Bog, was unsure about his fantasy team. I know this because he told me so the other day.

"I went into the draft with like five minutes of preparation," he said.

As a colleague and friend, I felt it my responsibility to offer comfort. After all, the Post sports department is a better place with a happy Bog.

So I asked who his first pick was. "Matt Forte," he said while revealing he had the No. 4 overall selection in a 12-team league.

I told him most fantasy experts would consider Forte at No. 4 a solid choice. He's ranked No. 2 by and third by

He didn't seem convinced. Then he told me he picked Dwayne Bowe in third round. There was nothing positive I could say about this choice. Bowe is a fourth-rounder at best, and we both agreed he reached for a player that should be a No. 2 wideout on most teams.

Then he asked me about his second-round pick, Marion Barber. Not bad at all, I told him. Most experts have Barber among the top 15 overall picks, so the Bog selecting him at No. 21 was a good move.

"But my quarterbacks are horrible," he said.

Soon I learned he had drafted Matt Schaub, who most experts say could be in store for a monster season. The Bog's backups are David Garrard and Chad Pennington, whom he picked "extremely late just to have another," he said.

To which I said Garrard was an exceptional value pick, according to the experts, and it doesn't hurt to have two backups if Schaub is your starter.

We discussed his tight ends too. He had taken Tony Gonzalez, a fantastic choice and ranked among the top three by pretty much every fantasy expert.

"You've made me feel better just by talking to you," he said.

By Gene Wang  |  August 18, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Can anyone tell me why it's called the DC Sports Bog & not BLOG? On a fantasy relevent note, Gene how about a top 100 list, with explanations on anyone who you have much higher or lower than the norm.

Posted by: Darrell | August 18, 2009 10:52 AM

If it makes Steinz feel any better, I usually cold-draft too, and it tends not to have all that much bearing on how I do.

I think you can overthink things sometimes. As long as you're staying current with the news, and, uh, reading Fantasy Check every day, you can walk right into a draft without cramming and do fine.

Posted by: Keith McMillan | August 19, 2009 1:26 AM

Posted by: Keith McMillan | August 19, 2009 2:06 AM

Thanks Keith! I've been wondering for a few years now. Pretty much what I expected, but it's a load off my mind to know for sure!

Posted by: Darrell | August 19, 2009 12:28 PM

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