Pro Bowl Teams 2014: Day 1 Fantasy Draft Results for Team Rice vs. Team Sanders

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 Pro Bowl Teams 2014: Day 1 Fantasy Draft Results for Team Rice vs. Team Sanders
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Drew Brees and Robert Quinn are the two most valuable 2014 Pro Bowl captains—at least in the opinion of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.

The former San Francisco 49ers great selected Brees and Quinn as his two captains for Team Rice at Sunday's Pro Bowl after winning a predraft coin toss, per Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer:

Deion Sanders, the other captain for the NFL's All-Star game, selected Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for his two spots. As part of the structure of the event, Sanders will also have the first pick of the draft, a two-day affair that began Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.   

In an effort to reinvigorate interest into the Pro Bowl—an oft-criticized and mostly staid affair—the NFL enlisted Rice and Sanders as captains and gave them some level of autonomy in selecting their dream teams. The structure is similar to that of a fantasy draft, with Rice and Sanders alternating picks while having to fill certain position quotas.

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It's essentially a melding of the NBA's Rising Stars Challengewhere TNT analysts Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley draft the teamsand the NHL's All-Star Gamewhich has had actual All-Stars serving as team captains. 

"I love it," Sanders told Nate Davis of USA Today, discussing the new format. "I think the innovativeness of it will transcend and change other sports. This is how it should be—backyard football."

Sanders and Rice have gone on the offensive trying to create a fun atmosphere, with the former even teasing that he would suit up for the appropriately titled Team Sanders. Neon Deion has also gone about antagonizing the more reserved Rice, boastfully teasing a dominant performance from his team. 

"I think it is going to be a blowout," Sanders said, via Oskar Garcia of the Associated Press. "I don't think Jerry has strategized."

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By taking Brees and Quinn, it looks like Rice is focused on the passing game. Quinn is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate after putting up 19 sacks and proving a stellar force against the run as well—in just his third season in the NFL.

Brees, a yearly staple at the Pro Bowl, recorded his NFL-record fourth 5,000-yard passing season in 2013 and helped the Saints to a playoff berth. The 35-year-old signal-caller is making his eighth Pro Bowl appearance. 

Here is a look at how the rest of Team Rice played out following Day 1, which saw offensive and defensive linemen, fullbacks and special teamers go off the board, per NFL Communications:

 

Team Rice Day 1 Roster
Player Position Team
Jason Hatcher DT Dallas Cowboys
Marcell Dareus DT Buffalo Bills
Kyle Williams DT Buffalo Bills
Jahri Evans OG New Orleans Saints
Ben Grubbs OG New Orleans Saints
Evan Mathis OG Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Kalil C Carolina Panthers
Nick Mangold C New York Jets
Mike Tolbert FB Carolina Panthers
Justin Bethel ST Arizona Cardinals
Johnny Hekker P St. Louis Rams
Matt Overton LS Indianapolis Colts
Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints
Robert Quinn DE St. Louis Rams

NFLCommunications.com

Sanders won't be without players to chase Brees around the field, though—not by a long shot. Watt, also in his third year, didn't quite repeat his DPOY effort of 2012, but he was still one of a few positives for a woebegone Texans team. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 80 tackles en route to his second straight All-Pro selection.

"Don't think we forget Jerry picked them first," Watt said, playfully indicating being second fiddle will prove as motivation, per Garcia

And though the running game is a rarity in Pro Bowls, having Charles on hand and ready to explode is never a bad thing. The Chiefs back finished with 1,980 total yards (rushing and receiving) and 19 touchdowns in 2013, setting career highs while leading Kansas City to the postseason. 

Here is a look at how Team Sanders wound up shaking out:

Team Sanders Day 1 Roster
Player Position Team
Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit Lions
Gerald McCoy DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dontari Poe DT Kansas City Chiefs
Marshal Yanda OG Baltimore Ravens
Logan Mankins OG New England Patriots
Kyle Long OG Chicago Bears
Mike Pouncey C Miami Dolphins
Alex Mack C Cleveland Browns
Marcel Reece FB Oakland Raiders
Matthew Slater ST New England Patriots
Brandon Fields P Miami Dolphins
J.J. Jansen LS Carolina Panthers
Jamaal Charles RB Kansas City Chiefs
J.J. Watt DE Houston Texans

NFLCommunications.com

 

Rice and Sanders will continue selecting players Wednesday, when the players selected on Day 1 will be joined by skill-position guys. Whereas Tuesday's proceedings were taped, Wednesday's will be a three-hour live special on NFL Network.

 

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