English's FFPC Main Event Draft Review
On Monday, I picked 11th in a live, FFPC Main Event draft. Matt and Jared streamed the action on YouTube.
The contest includes a max. of 3,000 entries and a grand prize of $500,000. FFPC brings TE premium scoring (1.5 points per catch) and a starting lineup requiring:
For full results, check out the Main Event draft board.
Now, for my picks …
1.11 — Darren Waller, TE, Raiders
With Waller’s Main Event ADP at 1.09, I figured he’d be gone. The expectation was either Austin Ekeler or Aaron Jones.
So I celebrated a slight fall for the Raider, as he supplies a massive edge over most of the TE field. I do recognize that this pick sets me up to look relatively weak at WR/RB…
2.02 — Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
…especially when I take a RB who’s questionable for Week 1. But you know what? Barkley’s a young, proven back with zero competition for touches. And while he’s not quite a full participant in practice coming off the ACL tear, he’s making progress.
If things break right, a top-5 RB season isn’t unreachable. A 17-week fantasy season also buys me a bit of extra time.
3.11 — Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
Evans, Cooper Kupp and D’Andre Swift were in play here. Team 12 already had 2 RBs, so I figured he’d pass on an RB3. (Nope — he went Kupp and J.K. Dobbins.)
Evans vs. Kupp was a coin flip. I probably take Evans 6/10 times. I’m siding with TD upside in the Buc — plus Evans entering year 2 with Tom Brady vs. year 1 alongside Matt Stafford for Kupp.
4.02 — D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions
I took Swift just before news of his iffy Week 1 status. Not ideal. He probably plays, but there’s a real chance he’s limited.
Still, as with Barkley, I’m thinking long-term. And coming off the board at RB18, the price is certainly fair.
5.11 — Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
I liked getting Jackson at QB4, behind Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray. He supplies an overall QB1 ceiling. Plus, as a weekly starter, Jackson also allows me to pass on a QB2.
Now, in hindsight, I probably would have taken someone else. That’s because QBs dropped more than expected. Some examples: Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa in Round 14. Trevor Lawrence in Round 17.
Three teams total (myself included) took just 1 QB. Nobody took 3. So, the free agent pool will turn up plenty of options once Jackson’s Week 8 bye arrives.
6.02 — Odell Beckham, WR, Browns
Beckham’s made steady progress in his return from November ACL surgery. We’ll see if he’s a full-go for Week 1. A slow start is certainly possible regardless, but the hope is that he hits pre-injury form by midseason.
Ideally, he’s my WR3 … but picking 11th and going TE/QB early made that unrealistic.
7.11 — Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
Apparently I have a thing for players with durability concerns…
Deebo, though, is largely a bet on talent — and a strong 49ers scheme that figures to lean heavily on its top-3 pass catchers.
As a bonus: San Francisco has an excellent late-season schedule that includes Cincinnati (Week 14), Atlanta, Tennessee and Houston.
8.02 — Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
I didn’t see a RB in play here, so I went Gallup over one of my personal favorites, Michael Pittman.
Gallup enters a contract year at only 25 years old. If Dak’s healthy, I can see Gallup finishing safely inside WR3 range. And if Amari Cooper struggles to stay on the field … Gallup just might be a league-winner.
9.11 — Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington
We haven’t seen much of Samuel this summer. But he’s another bet on talent at WR50. And let’s remember that Washington inked him to a deal worth $34.5 million over 3 years. His guaranteed money ($21.5 million) ranks 14th among non-rookie WRs.
He should play a big role once up to speed.
10.02 — Leonard Fournette, RB, Buccaneers
After going WR heavy, it was time to grab some RB insurance.
Fournette isn’t an exciting pick, but he’s at least set up to deliver early on. The Bucs get Dallas and Atlanta — both at home — over the first 2 weeks. Fournette could be an RB2 in those ones.
11.11 — Gerald Everett, TE, Seahawks
Everett sticks out to me in TE2 range. Part of it is his combination of youth and athleticism. Part of it is his relationship with former Rams OC Shane Waldon.
Opportunity, though, looks most attractive — especially when you consider how thin the WR corps is behind D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Even if those guys stay healthy, it’s comforting to know Everett’s playing alongside an ultra-efficient QB.
12.02 — James White, RB, Patriots
If Mac Jones doesn’t start Week 1, I’m betting that it’ll be sometime in September. That’s great news for White, who’s looking to bounce back from a dreadful 2020 alongside Cam Newton.
13.11 — Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was battling an ankle injury at this time. He seems fine now, but Williams is the likely #2 back on a high-powered O.
14.02 — Justin Jackson, RB, Chargers
Jackson’s my pick to be the Bolts’ #2 RB behind Austin Ekeler. We’ll see how the backfield shakes out over the next couple of weeks.
15.11 — A.J. Green, WR, Cardinals
Green stunk last year in Cincinnati. No doubt.
I don’t think a change of scenery totally revives his career, but it’s easy to see improvement. Even in a crowded WR room, there are questions regarding Rondale Moore (durability/target volume) and Christian Kirk (has he plateaued?). There’s a world in which Green finishes 2nd on the team in targets.
And if not … that’s fine. In an ideal scenario, he probably doesn’t reach my starting lineup.
16.02 — Anthony McFarland, RB, Steelers
McFarland looks like Pittsburgh’s RB2 — and the one with the most receiving upside beyond Najee Harris. Playing for his former college coach (OC Matt Canada) probably doesn’t hurt, either.
17.11 — Tony Jones, RB, Saints
I made this pick right after learning of HC Sean Payton’s love for Jones. If he takes Latavius Murray's job, I love the value here. We know Alvin Kamara has never been a true workhorse.
The downside is that Jones is a subpar athlete and a 2020 UDFA. But, you know, opportunity > everything else…
18.02 — Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
Availability is the major concern here; Campbell’s played 9 games in 2 seasons. But he at least appears healthy with Week 1 drawing near. News regarding Carson Wentz’s health is trending up, too.
Recall that Indy took Campbell in Round 2 of the 2019 draft (WR7). Only 24, he’s not someone I’m ready to write off.
19.11 — Matt Gay, K, Rams
20.02 — Chargers Defense