Previously: We drafted teams.
As is tradition, in lieu of a short hot-takey preseason all-conference list, this past offseason the MGoBlog staff drafted entire teams from the pool of Big Ten players. This provided interesting content to those who tend to watch the rest of the league, and generated ire from those who’ve convinced themselves these are fantasy teams.
We check in at the midpoint to see how our expectations have fared.
1. MGoBlog’s Mid-Season All-Big Ten team:
|RB||Barkley (PSU)||Barkley||Samuel (OSU)||Barkley|
|WR||Darboh (M)||Carr (NW)||Godwin (PSU)||Godwin|
|TE||Butt (M)||Butt||Kittle (IA)||Kittle|
|OT||Gates (NE)||Ramcyzk (WI)||Ramcyzk||Ramcyzk|
|OG||Price (OSU)||Price||Feeney (IN)||Price|
|OG||Kalis (M)||Roos (PU)||Price||Kalis|
|DT||Replogle (PU)||McDowell (MSU)||Replogle||GodinHurst (M)|
|RUSH||Watt (WI)||Watt||Watt||Charlton (M)|
|MLB||McMillan (OSU)||Gedeon (M)||McMillan||Gedeon|
|WLB||Cichy (WI)||Cichy||Cichy||McCray (M)|
|SAM||Scales (IN)||Peppers (M)||Peppers||Peppers|
|CB||Conley (OSU)||Lewis (M)||Lewis||Lewis|
|FS||Hooker (OSU)||Hooker||Hooker||Hill (M)|
|Honorably mentioned: Godwin Igwebuike (S-NWern), Josiah Price (TE-MSU), Jerome Baker (LB-OSU)|
Seth: It seems we mostly agree on things. In choosing between Godwin and Darboh I knocked Darboh for some badly timed drops, though his Wisconsin TD is Michigan's most important catch of the season. I wanted to include so many more TEs: Kittle added scary downfield threat to his great blocking, Josiah Price is playing like an All-American, and Troy Fumagalli is Wisconsin's best offensive weapon. McDowell or Replogle was a tough decision for everyone.
Ace I take it you put Peppers at safety to get out of splitting hairs between Igwebuike, Travis, and Delano Hill. But I'm surprised you put Scales above Jerome Baker, who's been a huge part of Ohio State's tough run D.
Ace: I put Peppers at safety more because there are a bunch of linebackers I’ve liked so far. I seriously considered Baker, Ben Gedeon, and Josey Jewell. What I’ve seen from Scales has been really impressive, though. He leads the conference in solo tackles to go with 7.5 TFLs, two sacks, a pick-six, a forced fumble, and a couple pass breakups. The Indiana defense has improved quite a bit, and he’s the player that leaps out to me from that unit.
Brian: I regret nothing.
BiSB: You hired Ace.
Seth: Godin over Hurst?
Ace: I’ll admit I tried not to come off as too homery and the defense made that exceptionally difficult.
Seth: I mean I'd argue but Mathlete just put this in our slack chat:
If you're standing on Michigan and use a telescope you might be able to make out an average Top 10 defense.
Ace: @brian just saying, you’ve got some honorable mention slots for D-linemen 6-9.
Brian: Seriously though
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