Football is in the finally in the air and updates are coming out hourly, it feels like. People are scouting NFL preseason games for their mock (and eventually real) fantasty drafts, reading Phil Steele’s college football preview magazines to catch up on what prospects they need to look out for this coming season.
We love to celebrate the MAC and its eccentricities around here. And what better way to do that than conduct a MAC fantasy draft?
For the fourth year in a row, we return to the Hustle Belt Fantasy League, the only virtual gridiron league that features your favorite MACletes! Dizzle will look to defend his virtual MAC Championship in 2017 after upsetting heavy favorite Brown and Gold in the title game 122-104.
This year, we bring back Keith Schessele to replace the outgoing Kaleb Carter, who recently retired from contributing at Hustle Belt.
The draft itself is a 14-round, serpantile-style draft, with each roster holding one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, one FLEX, one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams minumum.
The draft order is as such:
- Alex Alvarado, editor emeritus
- James H. Jimenez, assistant site manager
- Keith M. Schessele, contributor
- Justin Coffin, contributor
- Mike Karpinski, editor emeritus
- Matt Hammond, contributor
- Brandon Fitzsimons, commissioner
- Dizzle, champion of the HBFL, contributor/columnist
Without further ado: the results of the 2017 Hustle Belt Fantasy League Draft, with keepers from 2016 marked with an asterisk.
|Round (direction of round)||Alex||James||Keith||Justin||Karp||Matt H.||Fitz||Dizzle|
|1 -->||Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo||Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo||Jarvion Franklin, RB, WMU||Jamauri Bogan, RB, WMU||Shaq Vann, RB, EMU||Gus Ragland, QB, Miami||Scott Miller, WR, BGSU||Jordan Huff, RB, NIU|
|2 <--||Terry Swanson, RB, Toledo*||Shane Morris, QB, CMU||Papi White, RB, Ohio||Jon'Vea Johnson, WR, Toledo||James Gardner, WR, Miami||Corey Willis, WR, CMU||Warren Ball, RB, Akron||James Morgan, QB, BGSU|
|3 -->||Sergio Bailey, WR, EMU||Nick Holley, QB, Kent State||Justin Rankin, RB, Kent State||Thomas Woodson, QB, Akron||Quinton Maxwell, QB, Ohio||AJ Ouellette, RB, Ohio||Riley Neal, QB, Ball State||Datrin Guyton, WR, BGSU|
|4 <--||Elijah Ball, WR, Ohio||Kenny Young, RB, Miami||Jared Murphy, WR, Miami||Donovan Wilson, RB, BGSU||Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo||Devon Spaulding, RB, CMU||Mark Chapman, WR, CMU||Jonathan Hawkins, RB, UB|
|5 -->||Alonzo Smith, RB, Miami||D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, WMU||Cory Lacanaria, WR, Ball St||Anton Curtis, WR, WMU||Chad Beebe, WR, NIU||Ian Eriksen, RB, EMU||Josh Cleveland, RB, BGSU||Danzel McKinley-Lewis, WR, UT|
|6 <--||Ohio D/ST||Diuely Aristilde, WR, EMU||Johnnie Niupalau, WR, EMU||Dorian Brown, RB, Ohio||Antoine Porter, WR, EMU||Akron D/ST||Ryan Smith, TE, Miami||WMU D/ST*|
|7 -->||Jon Wassink, QB, WMU||Miami D/ST||Darian Greene, RB, Ball St||Jordan Hogue, WR, Ball State||Toledo D/ST||DJ Brown, WR, NIU||Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo||Shane Winmann, TE, NIU|
|8 <--||Dan Buschmann, TE, EMU||Romello Ross, RB, CMU||Raekwon James, WR, Kent St||NIU D/ST||James Gilbert, RB, Ball State*||Teo Redding, WR, BGSU||Donnie Ernsberger, TE, WMU||Kwadarrius Smith, WR, Akron|
|9 -->||LeVante Bellamy, RB, WMU||Deric Phouthavong, WR, BGSU||Kamathi Holsey, WR, Buffalo||Tyler Mabry, TE, Buffalo||Travon Chapman, WR, Akron||Troy Mangen, TE, Ohio||CMU D/ST||Art Thompkins, RB, Toledo|
|10 <--||Brendan Cope, WR, Ohio||Mykel Traylor-Bennett, TE, Akron||Brandon Childress, WR, CMU||Christian Blake, WR, NIU||Kyle Shrank, TE, Ball State||Eddie Daughtery, WR, EMU||Jacob Martinez, WR, Buffalo||Sam Martin, WR, Miami|
|11 -->||Kent St D/ST||Paul Fricano, K, EMU||Tony Poljan, QB, CMU||Van Edwards, RB, Akron||Jauan Wesley, WR, NIU||Tommy Mister, RB, NIU||EMU D/ST||Jake Suder, K, BGSU|
|12 <--||Morgan Hagee, K, Ball St||Myles Washington, RB, Kent State||Buffalo D/ST||Keishawn Watson, WR, WMU||Matt Domer, RB, BGSU||Austin Wolf, WR, Akron*||Rodney Graves, WR, WMU||Devin Reese, WR, Ball State|
|13 -->||Nick Dowd, K, Miami||Tyler Conklin, TE, CMU*||Tom O'Leary, K, Akron||Malik Dunner, RB, Ball State||Jameson Vest, K, Toledo||Christian Hagan, K, NIU||Louie Zervos, K, Ohio*||Breck Turner, RB, EMU|
|14 <--||Spencer Tears, WR, NIU||Adam Mitcheson, K, Buffalo||Brogan Roback, QB, EMU*||Josh Grant, K, WMU||Luke Mayock, WR, Miami||Kameron Pickett, RB, Buffalo||Andrew Parchment, WR, NIU||Jarret Doege, QB, BGSU|
We also recorded our draft live if you’re interested in watching the insanity that is putting a bunch of bloggers with bad internet connections together. At one point, there’s a breakfast sandwich and a story about an outdoor surprise: