The Bartelstein Blog: Back to School, Don't Forget Your Drills, the League is here!

Aug. 25, 2011

Junior guard Josh Bartelstein will give an inside look all season at the 2011-12 version of the Wolverines.

What's up everyone? I hope you are all having a great summer. It is amazing just how fast it flies by.

A year ago today we were in Belgium practicing and play games. That trip proved to be an extremely important experience both on and off the court for us. It set up what some would say was the most exciting season of Michigan men's basketball in recent history. Now the hype for this season is outrageous. We are excited to get back and get started.

For now, the entire team has the next 10 days or so off, before we report to campus on Thursday, Sept. 1, for our first team meeting. After that we can officially start working out on the Sept. 7, which will be the first time we work with our coaches since April AND the first time we get to see what has been done to Crisler Arena. We just cannot wait. We have heard so many good things.

These workouts are all about skill work with a huge emphasis on shooting and dribbling. This is when you can really start to get into a routine and focus on the upcoming season. We all know about the drills coach Beilein has. All I can say is I continue to practice them every day!

Now as promised. The U-M League is ready!

As I have said before, there is no entry fee or prizes; this is being done for just pure fun! We had the 2011 Michigan men's basketball fantasy football draft last week. Posted below are the teams. Overall we will have a round-robin format season of competition -- which I will make sure you are all updated -- with the top four teams making the playoffs. Then in the end someone will be the inaugural champion!

However ... what I want from you all is to vote on who you think has the best team at I will post who the fans preseason picks are as soon as I get back to campus.

Team Bartelstein
Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
Mario Manningham (NYG - WR)
Miles Austin (Dal - WR)
Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
Peyton Hillis (Cle - RB)
Jimmy Graham (NO - TE)
Knowshon Moreno (Den - RB)
Marques Colston (NO - WR)
Beanie Wells (Ari - RB)
Kyle Orton (Den - QB)
Tim Hightower (Was - RB)
Robert Meachem (NO - WR)
Lee Evans (Bal - WR)
Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
Pittsburgh (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: I believe I have the best running back combination in the league. Also, my sleeper pick is Jimmy Graham, who will be a key target for Drew Brees. I have to have a Michigan man in Super Mario, who is due for a big year with the departure of Steve Smith.

Team Morgan
Drew Brees (NO - QB)
Hakeem Nicks (NYG - WR)
Brandon Marshall (Mia - WR)
Steven Jackson (StL - RB)
Marshawn Lynch (Sea - RB)
Dallas Clark (Ind - TE)
Stevie Johnson (Buf - WR)
Matt Schaub (Hou - QB)
Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
Mike Tolbert (SD - RB)
Kellen Winslow (TB - TE)
Plaxico Burress (NYJ - WR)
Pierre Garcon (Ind - WR)
David Akers (SF - K)
Detroit (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: J Mo has great depth at quarterback, but you have to question his running backs. Steven Jackson peaked three years ago and Marshawn Lynch had one good run in the playoffs. J Mo for some reason is a big Plaxico fan as well.

Team Novak
Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
Greg Jennings (GB - WR)
Mike Williams (Sea - WR)
Chris Johnson (Ten - RB)
LeGarrette Blount (TB - RB)
Jermichael Finley (GB - TE)
Shonn Greene (NYJ - RB)
Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)
Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
Ryan Grant (GB - RB)
Steve Smith (Car - WR)
Chris Cooley (Was - TE)
Emmanuel Sanders (Pit - WR)
Mason Crosby (GB - K)
New England (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: Novak drafted as many Packers as possible with Rodgers, Grant, Jennings, Finley and Crosby. As much as I hate to admit it he actually has a pretty good team as long as Chris Jonhson doesn't hold out all year. His sleeper pick in Shonn Greene, which is a good one. He just better hope the Packers put up some points.

Team McLimans
Rashard Mendenhall (Pit - RB)
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac - RB)
Mike Wallace (Pit - WR)
Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE - RB)
Roy Williams (Chi - WR)
Joe Flacco (Bal - QB)
Tony Gonzalez (Atl - TE)
Matt Cassel (KC - QB)
C.J. Spiller (Buf - RB)
Lance Moore (NO - WR)
Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
New York (Defense)
Minnesota (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: An interesting mix of talent on this team. At one point I said to Blake, "You know you have taken Steelers three out of your first four picks," and he had no idea. So I just hope I'm playing his team when the Steelers have a bye week. He had to sneak one Bills pick in there, but I guess it is hard to have many Bills players on a fantasy team since they aren't exactly the greatest show on turf.

Team Vogrich
Josh Freeman (TB - QB)
Dwayne Bowe (KC - WR)
Vincent Jackson (SD - WR)
Michael Turner (Atl - RB)
Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
Owen Daniels (Hou - TE)
Daniel Thomas (Mia - RB)
Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
Joseph Addai (Ind - RB)
Sidney Rice (Sea - WR)
Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
Devin Hester (Chi - WR)
Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
Neil Rackers (Hou - K)
San Diego (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: Team Chicago. With Cutler, Hester, and Forte, Vogrich has a nice stable of Bears. I think he got a steal in Vincent Jackson because no one realizes how good he is due to the fact he held out almost all of last year. He takes a big risk with rookie running backs in Ingram and Thomas, but Matt is a fantasy football veteran.

Team Tummala
Peyton Manning (Ind - QB)
Andre Johnson (Hou - WR)
Santonio Holmes (NYJ - WR)
Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG - RB)
Marcedes Lewis (Jac - TE)
Anquan Boldin (Bal - WR)
Jeremy Maclin (Phi - WR)
Cedric Benson (Cin - RB)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buf - QB)
Mike Sims-Walker (StL - WR)
Brandon Pettigrew (Det - TE)
Danny Woodhead (NE - RB)
Alex Henery (Phi - K)
Chicago (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: Sai pretty much picked the best player left on the board each time he was up. It was easy to figure out who to cross of the board. I like the Maclin pick as long as he is healthy. Andre Johnson is a beast, but he is very thin at running back and I don't think Jamaal Charles is all that he is built up to be.

Team Smotrycz/Hardaway Jr.
Tom Brady (NE - QB)
Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR)
Jahvid Best (Det - RB)
Dustin Keller (NYJ - TE)
Brandon Lloyd (Den - WR)
Mike Williams (TB - WR)
Santana Moss (Was - WR)
Braylon Edwards (SF - WR)
A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
Brian Robiskie (Cle - WR)
Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
Felix Jones (Dal - RB)
Donovan McNabb (Min - QB)
Robbie Gould (Chi - K)
New Orleans (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: I'm going to try and be nice, but this team just doesn't make a lot of sense. You have eight wide receivers and two running backs. Not real good balance. I see some major trades being made. However, this team does hold the rights to Randy Moss if he ever comes back. Evan made/wasted a draft pick on the rights to Randy Moss.

Team Dumars
DeSean Jackson (Phi - WR)
Frank Gore (SF - RB)
Chad Ochocinco (NE - WR)
Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)
Reggie Bush (Mia - RB)
Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
Sam Bradford (StL - QB)
Davone Bess (Mia - WR)
LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ - RB)
Michael Vick (Phi - QB)
Vernon Davis (SF - TE)
Nate Kaeding (SD - K)
Philadelphia (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: Team Dumars is all about the big play and I like it. DeSean Jackson is a highlight waiting to happen along with Vick. Reggie Bush is going to surprise people in Miami and Ochocinco will come back from the dead in New England. The real question for JD is can Vick stay healthy and can he manage a team all year long? This is Jordan's first fantasy football league.

Team Douglass
Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
Wes Welker (NE - WR)
Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
DeAngelo Williams (Car - RB)
Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
Fred Jackson (Buf - RB)
Percy Harvin (Min - WR)
Kevin Kolb (Ari - QB)
Tony Moeaki (KC - TE)
Thomas Jones (KC - RB)
Mike Thomas (Jac - WR)
Brandon Jacobs (NYG - RB)
Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)
Green Bay (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: My favorite team besides mine. Great balance and you know Larry Fiztgerald will have a huge year after getting a new QB and a nice new contract. Foster is a stud, but he lost his starting all-pro fullback. Maybe the favorite before the season starts.

Team Bielfeldt
Mark Sanchez (NYJ - QB)
Roddy White (Atl - WR)
Austin Collie (Ind - WR)
Ray Rice (Bal - RB)
LeSean McCoy (Phi - RB)
Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
Darren McFadden (Oak - RB)
Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
Kenny Britt (Ten - WR)
Ryan Mathews (SD - RB)
Hines Ward (Pit - WR)
Zach Miller (Sea - TE)
Garrett Hartley (NO - K)
New York (Defense)
Baltimore (Defense)

The Bartelstein Analysis: I have to give Max credit, he did draft well. He is loaded in the backfield, but his big question will be can Romo have a big year? If he does, Max has as good of a team as anyone.


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