DAY 1 OF PRO BOWL FANTASY DRAFT FORMAT COMPLETED BY RICE, SANDERS - NFL great Jerry Rice is already bucking conventional fantasy football wisdom in a new Pro Bowl format inspired by the popular hobby.
Rice picked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn to anchor his Pro Bowl team on Tuesday, opting for a passer over a runner.
Rice made the selections in Hawaii after winning a coin toss against Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders. Rice called tails.
The decision prompted Sanders to select Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt for Sunday’s game.
The toss and selections started a new process for the NFL in selecting this year’s Pro Bowl teams. Rice and Sanders are serving as captains and general managers in charge of divvying up the NFL stars.
On Tuesday, Rice and Sanders split up interior lineman, punters, fullbacks and special teamers during the first part of the draft, with the 22 picks announced. Rice and Sanders went position by position, skipping the usual fantasy strategy of prioritizing positions — an element that will be in play Wednesday when the rest of the 60 players are divvied up.
Here is the list of Day 1 picks:
TEAM SANDERS: 1. DL Ndamukong Suh (DET) – 2. DL Gerald McCoy (TB) – 3. DL Dontari Poe (KC) – 4. OL Marshall Yanda (BAL) – 5. OL Logan Mankins (NE) – 6. OL Kyle Long (CHI) – 7. C Mike Pouncey (MIA) – 8. C Alex Mack (CLE) – 9. FB Marcel Reece (OAK) – 10. ST Matthew Slater (NE) – 11. P Brandon Fields (MIA). 12. LS J.J. Jansen (CAR)
Team Captains: RB Jamaal Charles (KC) & DE J.J. Watt (HOU)
Head Coach – Chuck Pagano (IND)
TEAM RICE: 1. DL Jason Hatcher (DAL) – 2. DL Marcell Dareus (BUF) – 3. DL Kyle Williams (BUF) – 4. OL Jahri Evans (NO) – 5. OL Ben Grubbs (NO) – 6. OL Evan Mathis (PHI) – 7. C Ryan Kalil (CAR) – 8. C Nick Mangold (NYJ) – 9. FB Mike Tolbert (CAR) – 10. ST Justin Bethel (ARI) – 11. P Johnny Hekker (STL) – 12. LS Matt Overton (IND)
Team Captains: QB Drew Brees (NO) & DE Robert Quinn (STL)
Head Coach: Ron Rivera (CAR
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