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    Things I learned from my latest draft

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - What lasted 15 days and took 180 strong, athletic men to complete?

    No, it wasn't the pyramids at Giza, it was my most recent fantasy draft. Fantasy drafts are suppose to be fun, but this one was like an annoying headache that just wouldn't go away no matter how many aspirins I popped.

    But I did learn a few things from this draft that I can take to my next one (I'm in five leagues this season).

    Two quarterback leagues or leagues that allow quarterbacks at the wildcard slot force everyone to change their normal routine as there is immediate position scarcity.

    With the 12th- and 13th-picks in a 12-team league, my strategy was to select two quarterbacks in the first two rounds, thereby exasperating an already limited field and forcing others to follow my lead. It allowed me to have better running back and wide receiver options when I chose my third- and fourth-round picks.

    Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, a fantasy superstar in his first season went ninth overall, despite a number of red flags which indicate that he won't be able to reproduce last season's fantasy total in 2012-13.

    There are two primary reasons I think the Newton pick was too early.

    The first is the addition of Mike Tolbert to the Panthers roster. Tolbert is a red zone touchdown specialist who will eat away at Newton's record 14 rushing touchdowns of a year ago. Secondly, Newton jumped out of the gate quickly, but the second half of the season was "ordinary" as he threw for 1,658 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final eight games for a 207.25 ypg average. Add in 387 yards on the ground in that same span (48.37 ypg) and it's a pedestrian total of 255.6 ypg compared to other first round quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning all of whom threw for over 308 ypg.

    As expected, tight ends Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski went very early (second round) and the third tight end wasn't selected until round four (pick No. 47 Antonio Gates). I suspect they will be selected together in every draft as they are head and shoulders above the rest of the players at the position.

    This group of fantasy owners, all in the fantasy business, weren't scared of players coming off injury or already dealing with injuries. Jamaal Charles (knee), Adrian Peterson (knee) and Michael Vick (ribs) were second rounders while Fred Jackson (fibula) and Ryan Mathews (collarbone) were third round selections.

    Cardinals superstar receiver Larry Fitzgerald still earned plenty of respect as the third receiver off the board despite a truly ugly display from quarterbacks John Skelton and Kevin Kolb this preseason. He went ahead of the likes of Julio Jones, Wes Welker and Victor Cruz.

    The "Peyton Effect" was certainly apparent as Peyton Manning's arrival in Denver boosted the value of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker through the roof.

    Expectations are high for the third-year wideout Thomas. Coming off a great two-game playoff season in which he caught 10 balls for 297 yards and a touchdown, from Tim Tebow no less, Thomas was selected at No. 56. That's quite a jump after being ranked No. 420 by fantasyfootballnerd.com in 2011-12. Peyton's influence didn't stop there as Eric Decker's value jumped from No. 213 in 2011 to No. 78 this season.

    The Colts new starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, apparently looked good enough in preseason to have him picked ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel, Andy Dalton, Alex Smith and Carson Palmer. Keep in mind this isn't a keeper league.

    Guys who were picked surprisingly low, in the final four rounds of a 15-round draft, included: Nate Washington, Denarius Moore, Mark Sanchez, Sidney Rice, LeGarrette Blount and Santana Moss. There might be a couple of decent values among those six guys. I particularly like Washington and Moore.

    I hope this helps you in your upcoming draft. Good Luck!

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

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      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

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      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

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      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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