FF Webmasters 14-Team Experts Draft Recap
Theis old school. Real old school.
This league’s been around since 2002 — and the scoring settings show it. This is a non-PPR league (14 teams) that requires you to start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs 1 TE, 1 Kicker and 1 Defense.
With some high profile sites competing, this is always 1 of my favorite industry drafts. How’d this unfold for Team Draft Sharks? Let’s take a look…
1.12: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Gronkowski recently. We don’t yet know what ailed Gronk, but it seemed precautionary.
Ideally, I would have taken Lamar Miller or Adrian Peterson. But I’m happy to get Gronk in a scoring-dependent format. Of course, he leads the league in TDs since 2011.
2.03: Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
I’m higher on Evans than my DS cohorts. This guy showed off his 6’5 frame as a rookie with 12 TDs on 68 grabs. Evans took a step back in 2015, a year plagued by drops. Fortunately, poor hands weren’t an issue in college or his rookie season.
Year 2 with Jameis Winston should produce a stronger connection, while targets will remain plentiful given a lack of proven weapons beyond Vincent Jackson.
3.12: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
Rawls is practicing fully, but the Seahawks areof Thursday’s game. That means we might not see him until Week 1. Despite some risk, I’ll take a shot on the upside Rawls flashed last season. Among 50 RBs with 96+ carries, Rawls led the group with 5.6 YPC on 147 attempts.
4.03: Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
Murray was a workhorse last year, handling 266 carries and snagging 41 passes. I’ll concede that he won’t match the reception total, especially with rookie DeAndre Washington in the mix. But Murray will. And behind an O-line that added LG Kelechi Osemele, Murray’s efficiency numbers should rise.
5.12: Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles
Critics can throw jabs at Mathews all they want; he’s still Philly’s Week 1 starter. He’ll lose some receiving work to Darren Sproles. But I’m happy to land the 28-year-old as an RB3/matchup play.
6.03: Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
The Stafford-to-Jones connection has looked strong this summer. They’ve connected on several timing passes in preseason, and in total, the former Bengal has notched 5 grabs for 81 yards. One Lions observer even believesfrom Golden Tate.
7.12: Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
Diggs ranked 2nd among rookie WRs in yards last season. Not bad for a 5th-round pick.
His momentum understandably slowed with the addition of Laquon Treadwell, but the rookie has yet to grasp the #2 gig. Despite the Vikings' low-volume attack, Diggs carries a WR3 outlook with upside.
8.03: Willie Snead, WR, Saints
Brandin Cooks … Michael Thomas … Coby Fleener … Mark Ingram. The Saints’ passing game looks crowded, no doubt. So it’s a good thing this team threw 625+ pass attempts in 7 of the past 8 seasons. Snead managed to post a 69-984-3 line last year as a 2nd-year undrafted free agent, and camp reports suggest he’s remained a top target of Brees.
9.12: Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins
Once a potential high-end RB2, Ajayi’s now destined for a committee role. The good news? His committee mate is Arian Foster, who carriesinto September. As an RB4, he’s an upside stash.
10.03: Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
Pittsburgh’s latest depth chart lists Wheaton as a starter opposite Antonio Brown. There’s a real opportunity for him to stick there given Sammie Coates' up-and-down preseason. The Steelers are already without Le’Veon Bell for 3 games … and it’s anyone’s guess as to when Ladarius Green returns.
11.12: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Jets
Fitz projects as my QB1 most weeks. He’s unlikely to match the 2015 output (3,905 yards, 31 TDs), but the nucleus of the Jets offense returns for 2016. And the backfield clearly has more pass-catching talent after adding Matt Forte.
12.03: Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
In hindsight, I’d have taken Alfred Morris here. But Ware looks like a high-end non-PPR handcuff to Jamaal Charles. Of course, Charles carries some risk coming off his 2nd career ACL tear.
13.12: Jared Cook, TE, Packers
Here’s my Gronk insurance. Cook missed some offseason practice time with a foot injury, but he’s reportedlyon the practice field.
14.03: Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
I know … a Ryan Fitzpatrick/Alex Smith tandem isn’t appealing. But I think I can get by here playing the matchups each week. Smith just enjoyed his best year with the Chiefs, posting a 65.3% completion rate, 498 rushing yards and 2 rushing scores. Jamaal Charles’ return only supplies Smith with another weapon.
15.12: Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
Wright certainly carries a rosier outlook in PPR settings. And he has battled a hamstring injury of late. I’ll settle for a guy with a 1,000-yard season on his résumé, though. He also enters a contract year locked into Tennessee’s slot role.
16.03: Eagles Defense
Philly gets a home date with Cleveland to open the season.
17.12: Ty Montgomery, WR, Packers
The Packers’ 3rd WR spot remains fluid. Montgomery, who arrived in Round 3 of the 2015 draft, could step into that role if he’s over
18.03: Mason Crosby, K, Packers
Green Bay heads to Jacksonville for Week 1.
The final roster is listed below. QB, without question, looks weakest. And figuring out a weekly WR3 might be tough early in the season…
So what do you think … contender or pretender?
QBs: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith
RBs: Thomas Rawls, Latavius Murray, Ryan Mathews, Jay Ajayi, Spencer Ware
WRs: Mike Evans, Marvin Jones, Willie Snead, Stefon Diggs, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Ty Montgomery
TEs: Rob Gronkowski, Jared Cook
Kicker: Mason Crosby