"Beat the DS Experts" League - live blog
Bragging right and reputations are on the line, folks.
Five Draft Sharks staffers -- Pappano, Smola, English, Schauf and Phelps -- are squaring off against 7 Draft Sharks Insiders in a Fantasy Football Players Championship Draft Experts league. It's a 28-round best-ball format with the usual FFPC starting lineups and scoring rules.
You can follow along with the draft board. And keep coming back for round-by-round analysis.
1.01 (Cookson) - David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
1.02 (Phelps) - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
1.03 (Schauf) - Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
1.04 (Silver) - Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
1.05 (Williamson) - Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
1.06 (English) - A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
1.07 (Pappano) - Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
1.08 (Reingold) - Mike Evans, WR, Bucs
1.09 (Weiser) - Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
1.10 (Tavss) - Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
1.11 (Wisner) - LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
1.12 (Smola) - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Round 1 Analysis: No major surprises here. The top 5 was status quo. Pappano went and got his guy, taking Freeman 4 spots ahead of ADP. Ditto for Tavss, who scooped up Thomas 3 spots earlier than his average price.
I opened with Gronk, who has the potential to lead all non-QBs in FFPC points. As it stands, we project him behind only 8 guys.
2.01 (Smola) - DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans
2.02 (Wisner) - Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
2.03 (Tavss) - Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
2.04 (Weiser) - Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
2.05 (Reingold) - Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins
2.06 (Pappano) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
2.07 (English) - Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
2.08 (Williamson) - Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
2.09 (Silver) - Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
2.10 (Schauf) - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington
2.11 (Phelps) - Jordan Howard, RB, Redskins
2.12 (Cookson) - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
Round 2 analysis: Including Gronk at 1.12, 4 TEs were selected in a span of 11 picks. TEs are juiced up in this format with 1.5 PPR. And there's a clear drop-off after these top 4 (although Jimmy Graham might have a bone to pick with that).
Pappano took the plunge on Elliott. It's easier to find fill-ins for his suspension with these deep, 28-man rosters.
Two teams started RB-RB: Phelps (Bell and Howard) and Pappano (Freeman and Elliott). And 2 have started WR-WR: Silver (Beckham and Bryant) and Tavss (Thomas and Cooper).
3.01 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
3.02 - Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
3.03 - Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots
3.04 - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
3.05 - Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
3.06 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
3.07 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks
3.08 - Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
3.09 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
3.10 - Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
3.11 - Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns
3.12 - Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers
Round 3 analysis: Phelps continues to gobble up the workhorse RBs, opening the draft with Bell, Howard and Miller. He dug into best-ball lineup construction and found that a RB-heavy start is optimal.
Silver nabbed his 1st RB in McCaffrey, whose ADP is on the rise. Leonard Fournette ended up being the 3rd rookie RB off the board here, also following Cook at 3.05. Mixon rounded out the quartet at 3.10.
Pappano followed his Freeman-Elliott start with Graham, who has a shot to outscore the TEs taken in Round 2.
I don't believe Montgomery would have made it to me at 3.12 if this draft took place last week, before his "soft-tissue" injury. I have some concern but think Green Bay's lead back is worth the risk at this point.
4.01 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
4.02 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
4.03 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders
4.04 - Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
4.05 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
4.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Lions
4.07 - Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
4.08 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
4.09 - Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
4.10 - Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
4.11 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Jets
4.12 - Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Round 4 analysis: This is the 1st time all draft season that I've even considered Hopkins. I think he makes sense here, 8 spots later than ADP and as the 15th WR off the board.
Reingold ended the game of QB chicken with Rodgers at 4.05. Brady went 5 picks later to Schauf, who has a Patriots stack with Brandin Cooks. Schauf is also the only team without a RB through 4 rounds.
Weiser, Pappano and Phelps all nabbed their 1st WRs here.
5.01 - Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
5.02 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders
5.03 - Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens
5.04 - Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers
5.05 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
5.06 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
5.07 - Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
5.08 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
5.09 - Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
5.10 - Doug Martin, RB, Bucs
5.11 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
5.12 - Davante Adams, WR, Packers
Round 5 analysis: You know it's a DS draft when Powell goes at 5.01. It's a reach according to ADP -- but not based on the MVP Board. And there's no way he was getting back to Cookson at the end of the 6th.
Schauf starts his RB corps with Danny Woodhead, who has 60+ catch upside in Baltimore.
Silver surprisingly made Bennett the 6th TE off the board. He's TE10 in ADP.
Pappano has been the biggest Bryant backer at DS headquarters and put his money where his mouth is here. The Steeler is a nice upside play after going relatively safe with Golden Tate back in Round 4.
6.01 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
6.02 - Terrance West, RB, Ravens
6.03 - Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
6.04 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
6.05 - Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins
6.06 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
6.07 - Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
6.08 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Rams
6.09 - Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
6.10 - Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
6.11 - Drew Brees, QB, Saints
6.12 - Jack Doyle, TE, Colts
Round 6 analysis: I learned where I'd draft DeAndre Hopkins back in Round 4. And I learned where I'd take Robinson here. There are volume and QB concerns, but I think the talented 24-year-old is a good bet to beat this WR24 price tag.
Tavvs, English and Cookson added their TE1s in this round with Walker, Ebron and Doyle. Phelps is the only team still without a TE.
Schauf continues to hog all the Patriots, adding Julian Edelman to Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks.
7.01 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
7.02 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
7.03 - Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
7.04 - Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
7.05 - DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
7.06 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
7.07 - Willie Snead, WR, Saints
7.08 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
7.09 - Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants
7.10 - Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
7.11 - Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
7.12 - Frank Gore, RB, Colts
Round 7 analysis: Cookson made Mariota the 5th QB off the board at 7.01. Ryan followed as QB6. And Wisner rolled the dice on Luck late in the round.
Schauf is asking for a lot from Henry as his RB2. We'll see what else he adds to the position.
Williamson has gone WR-heavy, adding Parker to Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Stefon Diggs and Sammy Watkins.
English interestingly paired Sanders with Demaryius Thomas. He's suddenly a big Trevor Siemian fan.
Tavss went back-to-back TEs with Henry here after snagging Delanie Walker in the 6th.
8.01 - Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
8.02 - Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
8.03 - Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs
8.04 - Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
8.05 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Bucs
8.06 - Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots
8.07 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Saints
8.08 - Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
8.09 - Paul Perkins, RB, Giants
8.10 - Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons
8.11 - Pierre Garcon, WR, 49ers
8.12 - Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers
Round 8 analysis: We don't talk enough about drafting teams that "fit" together. Take my last 2 picks, for example: Frank Gore and Kareem Hunt. Gore's the steady veteran; the floor play. Hunt's the exciting upside play. They complement each other well.
Two more teams added their QB1s in this round, leaving English, Pappano, Weiser and myself as the last 4 teams without a QB.
9.01 - Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
9.02 - Coby Fleener, TE, Saints
9.03 - James White, RB, Patriots
9.04 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Ravens
9.05 - Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins
9.06 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
9.07 - Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
9.08 - Cameron Meredith, WR, Bears
9.09 - Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
9.10 - Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys
9.11 - Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
9.12 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Round 9 analysis: Phelps gets his TE1 with Fleener. English, Pappano, Weiser and I all get our QB1s. Every team has at least 1 TE and 1 QB now.
Schauf, meanwhile, keeps drafting Patriots. It's an interesting strategy to load up on 1 of the best offenses in the league. It should raise his weekly floor. But I wonder if it caps his team's ceiling. There are only so many TDs to go around in New England.
Pappano had a shot here to pair McFadden with Ezekiel Elliott but passed. Tavss gets him instead as his RB4 behind, notably, Doug Martin and his 3-game suspension.
Wisner paired Cobb with Jordy Nelson.
10.01 - Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
10.02 - Kenny Britt, WR, Browns
10.03 - Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
10.04 - Eric Decker, WR, Titans
10.05 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Bills
10.06 - Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
10.07 - Matt Stafford, QB, Lions
10.08 - Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots
10.09 - Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
10.10 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts
10.11 - Cameron Brate, TE, Bucs
10.12 - Mike Wallace, WR, Ravens
Round 10 analysis: I went back-to-back QBs at the 9/10 turn for a few reasons ...
1. With 22 picks before my next turn, I have no idea what will be left at the position when it gets back to me.
2. I like how Roethlisberger and Dalton's schedules fit -- particularly Dalton's matchups when Big Ben is on the road.
3. With 2 solid QBs locked up, I can ignore the position for a while and load up elsewhere.
Tavss, English and Silver also grabbed their QB2s in the 10th round.
Wondering where you'll need to grab the ascending Burkhead? He went in the mid-10th here.
11.01 - Jay Cutler, QB, Dolphins
11.02 - Eli Manning, QB, Giants
11.03 - Samaje Perine, RB, Redskins
11.04 - Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
11.05 - Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
11.06 - Charles Clay, TE, Bills
11.07 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Bills
11.08 - Sam Bradford, QB, Vikings
11.09 - Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
11.10 - Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
11.11 - Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins
11.12 - Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
Round 11: Four more QBs came off the board here, bringing the total to 12 over the past 3 rounds. We see this happen a lot in these best-ball leagues. It's important to not wait too long at the position and make sure you lock up at least 2 reliable starters.
12.01 - Corey Davis, WR, Titans
12.02 - Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks
12.03 - Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots
12.04 - Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
12.05 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Texans
12.06 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans
12.07 - Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
12.08 - D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texans
12.09 - Marlon Mack, RB, Colts
12.10 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks
12.11 - Julius Thomas, TE, Dolphins
12.12 - Jared Cook, TE, Raiders
Update: My, how far Eddie Lacy has fallen! Schauf got him here as the 49th RB off the board -- and behind Chris Carson!
Tavss was the lucky team to scoop up Hogan right after the Julian Edelman injury. His ADP is already up into the 9th round.
13.01 - Ted Ginn, WR, Saints
13.02 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks
13.03 - John Brown, WR, Cardinals
13.04 - LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles
13.05 - Shane Vereen, RB, Giants
13.06 - Zay Jones, WR, Bills
13.07 - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills
13.08 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
13.09 - Matt Forte, RB, Jets
13.10 - Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Bucs
13.11 - Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
13.12 - Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Round 13 analysis: Some more strong value in this round. Rodgers will start for the first 3 games of the season, while Rawls and Forte could open the year as their teams' lead backs. C.J. Prosise and Shane Vereen should catch a bunch of balls.
14.01 - Evan Engram, TE, Giants
14.02 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
14.03 - Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
14.04 - Patriots DST
14.05 - Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions
14.06 - Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers
14.07 - O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs
14.08 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos
14.09 - Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots
14.10 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons
14.11 - Kevin White, WR, Bears
14.12 - Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
Round 14 analysis: The 1st DST comes off the board here. (Weiser must be a Pats fan.)
Pappano was pissed that I stole his homeboy Evan Engram, so he sniped my Ty Montgomery handcuff.
Phelps nabbed White a couple of hours after Cameron Meredith's season-ending knee injury. White's ADP is already up to the early 13th.
15.01 - Robby Anderson, WR, Jets
15.02 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Patriots
15.03 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
15.04 - Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys
15.05 - Gerarld Everett, TE, Rams
15.06 - Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
15.07 - Jesse James, TE, Steelers
15.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
15.09 - DeShone Kizer, QB, Browns
15.10 - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jets
15.11 - Kendall Wright, WR, Bears
15.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
Round 15 analysis: After being the last team to take his 1st TE, Phelps becomes the 1st time with 4. His quartet: Coby Fleener, Cameron Brate, Julius Thomas, Dwayne Allen.
Schauf, meanwhile, becomes the last team to grab a QB, pairing Bortles with Tom Brady. Bortles has finished as a top 10 QB in FFPC points in both of the last 2 seasons.