Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Daniel Herrick Sports Editor and David McIntyre Contributor
Fantasy sports are everywhere: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Big Ten, SEC — the list goes on. However, as far as I can tell, the list does not include our very own Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Until now. Welcome to the inaugural season of MIAA fantasy football. My opponent, the eventual loser David McIntyre, and I will be drafting teams consisting of one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, a team defense and a team’s kickers. Each week players earn points based on their statistical output. Our league will follow the standard scoring laid out on ESPN.com fantasy leagues. Whichever team compiles the most points each week wins. So without further ado, the first pick of the MIAA fantasy draft…
Dave: Dimeko Price, RB Kalamazoo. After looking at his stats from last season, coupled with his three performances at the start of this season, he seemed like a pick that will manufacture yards week in and week out. Furthermore, he’s a senior, so he has that experience and is familiar with the system.
Danny: Clinton Orr, RB Albion. Orr may not have Price’s 16 catches, but he’s out-rushed Price thus far, not to mention he’s been to the house ten times already this year.
Danny: Ryan Hargraves, QB Trine. I’m buying into the whole senior thing, too. Hargraves may not be blowing up stat sheets this year, but he threw for 17 touchdowns last year while completing just under 65 percent of his passes. Age is important, but his efficiency is especially impressive.
Dave: Michael Atwell, QB Hope. While I do believe experience gives a player a huge edge, I’m going the opposite way with this young kid from Hope. Last season isn’t helping me out at all with justifying this pick, but I’m buying into his impressive numbers at the start of the season. He leads the league in passing yards per game and passing TDs.
Dave: Adrian College Defense. Switching to the other side of the ball, Adrian’s defense has begun the year well after a strong showing this last year. They’ve only given up 56 points through three games this year and had the best scoring defense last year only surrendering 14.2 ppg.
Danny: Justin Hemm, WR Adrian. I’m pumped to see this guy still on the board. This senior is in the top three in the league in every major receiving statistic this year and is the leader in touchdowns and yards per game.
Danny: Jimmy Frye, WR Kalamazoo. Frye only has one touchdown thus far this year, but he provides Kalamazoo’s young quarterback with a big target who can go up and get the ball in the end zone. He’s also fifth in the league in receptions this year.
Dave: Zachary Brewer, WR Albion. Brewer seems to be the go to guy for the Albion QB with his 6’1” 210 pound frame. His 83.5 yards per game and 2 TDs has him in the top 3 in both categories. Entering his junior year, he seems to be a target.
Dave: Vincent Boddy, WR Hope College. While Boddy is slightly undersized at 5’9” and 170 pounds soaking wet, it hasn’t hindered his production. His three touchdowns have tied for the top spot in the league and his 63 ypg is also top five in the league. I’d rather have Jimmy Frye, but this cat will have to do.
Danny: Albion College Defense. Easy pick here. Albion ranks second in the league in total defense and has caused seven turnovers this year.
Danny: Adrian College Kickers. 5–9 on field goals and 7–7 on XP’s. Adrian should put up points in the league so there should be ample opportunities for the kickers.
Dave: Kalamazoo College Kickers. While the Hornet’s kicking game has had some struggles in the first couple of games this season, I’m not ruling them out yet. I’m hoping that the combination of preseason All-American Travis Braun and University Liggett School prodigy Billy Marx (who stroked them from 50+ yards in high school) will figure it out and live up to the potential.