The past four days here on the Daily Chicago Sports Tab, we've looked at a unique fantasy football format: drafting teams based on college conferences. In the series, we have already looked at four of the Big 5: the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC.
In college football over the last 15 years or so, the SEC has run the show. We've seen plenty of amazing individual players come from other conferences (see QBs in the B1G and receivers in the ACC). But the championship teams in the SEC have produced, predictably, some of the better professionals in the game today.
Here is your SEC fantasy football team.
QB: Peyton Manning, Tennessee
QB: Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt
RB: Eddie Lacy, Alabama
RB: Ben Tate, Auburn
WR: AJ Green, Georgia
WR: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR: Julio Jones, Alabama
TE: Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M
K: Blair Walsh, Georgia
DEF: New Orleans Saints
BENCH: Matthew Stafford, Georgia
BENCH: Percy Harvin, Florida
BENCH: Trent Richardson, Alabama
Notables not drafted: Cam Newton (Auburn), Phillip Rivers (NC State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), Riley Cooper (Florida), Rex Grossman (Florida)
Think, for a second, about the quarterbacks who didn't make this roster. Newton and Manziel are Heisman Trophy winners, and Rivers is annually in/near the league's top ten in passing yards. It's crazy to think there are three quarterbacks worthy of more fantasy consideration than those guys, but in the SEC anything is possible. Yes, there's a bit of Bears homerism in play in selecting Cutler, but the weapons around him in Chicago are good enough to merit consideration in any starting fantasy conversation this summer.
Undoubtedly there will be a point of contention with Richardson getting the final roster spot in front of the talented receivers that were left off the board. However, given the injury history of Lacy and Tate being in a new environment in Cleveland, we needed a third running back. I think Richardson will get an opportunity to bounce back (albeit behind an awful line) in Indy this year.