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FFPC Draft Recap - July Draft Experts League

By Kevin English 8:17am EDT 7/2/14

Throughout the summer, we’ll provide round-by-round recaps of a variety of drafts from the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). Their format awards 1 PPR for RBs and WRs and 1.5 PPR for TEs. The starting lineup requirements are as follows: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 2 FLEX, 1 kicker and 1 defense.

Our second installment breaks down another DraftMasters league, otherwise known as a “best-ball” format. Drafters went 28 rounds (because there are no in-season pickups) and will have their optimal lineups set after the conclusion of each week’s games.

This go-around, we’ll examine how 1 unique strategy worked for an owner in the 4 hole. (View the draft results below, then skip to the bottom for the analysis.) But first, let’s go over what stood out during the 1st half of the draft.

Round 1

Team 1: 1.01 – Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Team 2:
1.02 – LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
Team 3: 1.03 – Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
Team 4:
1.04 – Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
Team 5:
1.05 – Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Team 6:
1.06 – Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Team 7:
1.07 – Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
Team 8:
1.08 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Team 9:
1.09 – A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Team 10:
1.10 – Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Team 11:
1.11 – Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
Team 12:
1.12 – DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

What Stood Out

Not much, really. We’ll continue to see the “Big 3” RBs come off the board among the first 3 picks. I’ll take Shady and Peterson over Charles, though. The turnover along Kansas City’s O-line is something to take seriously.

Green and Marshall aren’t typical 1st-round names, but you can make the case for either guy as a “safe” pick. Both are ticketed for a boatload of targets, affording them obvious PPR upside.

Round 2

2.01 – Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
2.02 – Arian Foster, RB, Texans
2.03 – Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
2.04 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
2.05 – Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
2.06 – Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
2.07 – Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
2.08 – Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
2.09 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
2.10 – C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
2.11 – Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
2.12 – Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

What Stood Out

Lynch at 2.06 looks odd on the surface. But he’s a 28-year-old RB who’s racked up 300+ touches in each of the past 3 seasons. There’s been talk of more of a committee backfield in Seattle this year. And Lynch’s lack of receiving action doesn’t help in a PPR league, either. It’s a fine landing spot.

Round 3

3.01 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
3.02 – Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
3.03 – Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
3.04 – Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
3.05 – Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
3.06 – Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
3.07 – Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
3.08 – Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
3.09 – Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
3.10 – Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
3.11 – Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
3.12 – Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

What Stood Out

Witten seems like a reach, but he hasn’t missed a game since 2003 and hasn’t dipped below 73 catches since 2006. The veteran is a top 5 staple in the FFPC’s scoring.

All the talk about Martin entering a timeshare figures to hurt his draft stock. Here’s a prime example. Getting him at 3.05 – as a RB2 – means he doesn’t have to post top 10 numbers. I’ll buy him as a strong RB2.

Manning’s in for some serious regression in 2014. He lost a top WR (Eric Decker) and a rock solid receiver/pass blocker in Knowshon Moreno. But in the mid-to-late 3rd, it’s hard to label #18 a “bad” pick.

Round 4

4.01 – Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
4.02 – Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
4.03 – Drew Brees, QB, Saints
4.04 – Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
4.05 – Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
4.06 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
4.07 – Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
4.08 – Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
4.09 – Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars
4.10 – Roddy White, WR, Falcons
4.11 – Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
4.12 – Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

What Stood Out

Fitz and Floyd going back-to-back shows how close they are projections-wise. Playing in HC Bruce Arian’s aerial attack, they’re both fine picks at this point.

Morris is a poor man’s Marshawn Lynch – a sturdy, physical RB with limited reception upside. At 4.08, though, there’s nothing wrong with adding his potential volume. And Washington’s offense has the firepower to be elite, giving Morris plenty of TD upside.

Round 5

5.01 – Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
5.02 – Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
5.03 – Eric Decker, WR, Jets
5.04 – Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
5.05 – Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
5.06 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
5.07 – Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks
5.08 – Joique Bell, RB, Lions
5.09 – Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
5.10 – Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
5.11 – Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
5.12 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings

What Stood Out

Decker’s set up to see a ton of targets. But are those quality targets? And can he be a legit #1 receiver? Maybe, but I’ll take the rest of the Round 5 WRs over a player in transition.

Thomas went at an aggressive 5.09. It’ll be tough to repeat his career-high 77 catches from last season, but with Darren Sproles in Philly, he’s a fairly reliable PPR bet. We’ll see how the carries are broken down between the triumvirate of Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.

Round 6

6.01 – Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
6.02 – Ben Tate, RB, Browns
6.03 – Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
6.04 – DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
6.05 – Chris Johnson, RB, Jets
6.06 – Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
6.07 – Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
6.08 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
6.09 – Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
6.10 – Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
6.11 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
6.12 – Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

What Stood Out

Tate has questions surrounding his durability. There’s also a chance that hotshot rookie Terrance West steals significant touches at some point this season. In the 6th, though, Tate is a steal if he maintains a 15+ touch-per-game role.

This round’s also loaded with the big-play talent you look for in a best-ball format (Jackson, Hilton, Wright, Smith).

Round 7

7.01 – Marques Colston, WR, Saints
7.02 – Matt Stafford, QB, Lions
7.03 – Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
7.04 – Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
7.05 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
7.06 – Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
7.07 – Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
7.08 – Golden Tate, WR, Lions
7.09 – Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
7.10 – Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
7.11 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
7.12 – Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens

What Stood Out

Something has gone terribly wrong when Rice falls to Round 7. Indeed, he’ll likely miss a few games due to suspension. Upon returning, though, he’ll carry RB1 PPR upside. He’s reportedly dropped weight in an attempt to regain his quickness. A revamped O-line only helps his case.

Seeing Luck and Stafford come off the board in Round 7 shouldn’t deter anyone from waiting on a QB. Given their talent and supporting cast, there’s no denying the top 5 upside they carry.

Round 8

8.01 – Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
8.02 – Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
8.03 – Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys
8.04 – Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins
8.05 – Nick Foles, QB, Eagles
8.06 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
8.07 – Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
8.08 – Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
8.09 – Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
8.10 – Sammy Watkins, WR, Bears
8.11 – Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
8.12 – Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

What Stood Out

More wait-on-a-QB goodness. Six went this round, including 5 in a row. Griffin’s my favorite pick as a dual-threat QB with 3 dynamic pass-catchers. But any of these QBs make for a fine value in the 8th.

Round 9

9.01 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
9.02 – Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
9.03 – Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
9.04 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
9.05 – Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
9.06 – Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
9.07 – Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
9.08 – Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
9.09 – Terrance West, RB, Browns
9.10 – Kenny Stills, WR, Saints
9.11 – Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
9.12 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

What Stood Out

You can clump Kaepernick in with the Round 8 crew. A full season with Michael Crabtree allows for intriguing upside, so there’s certainly nothing wrong with paying this price.

Stills has the big-play talent and situation to provide a few monster fantasy lines. His 5 TDs last year came from an average of 54.6 yards out.

Round 10

10.01 – Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
10.02 – Tavon Austin, WR, Rams
10.03 – Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
10.04 – Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
10.05 – Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
10.06 – Ladarius Green, Chargers, TE
10.07 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, Colts
10.08 – Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
10.09 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
10.10 – Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
10.11 – Tre Mason, RB, Rams
10.12 – Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

What Stood Out

With Antonio Gates still in the mix, Green doesn’t have a cemented role. And no one should be expecting the youngster to be a consistent fantasy starter this season. That’s fine. In this format, you’ll reap the rewards of Green’s top fantasy lines. Ultimately, he’s an explosive young talent on a team that needs playmakers. San Diego’s WR corps still looks shaky behind Keenan Allen.

Round 11

11.01 – Roy Helu Jr., RB, Redskins
11.02 – Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
11.03 – Andre Williams, RB, Giants
11.04 – Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
11.05 – Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
11.06 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins
11.07 – Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
11.08 – Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
11.09 – Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
11.10 – Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
11.11 – Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
11.12 – LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers

What Stood Out

Williams enters the NFL fresh off a 355-carry, 2,177-yard senior season at Boston College. He caught just 10 balls over his career, though. And with Rashad Jennings firmly entrenched as the starter – plus another potential roadblock in David Wilson – the upside here is limited. The rest of the Round 11 (and 12) RBs have rosier outlooks.

Round 12

12.01 – Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys
12.02 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
12.03 – Seattle Defense
12.04 – Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints
12.05 – Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins
12.06 – Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
12.07 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
12.08 – James Jones, WR, Raiders
12.09 – Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
12.10 – Stevie Johnson, WR, 49ers
12.11 – Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
12.12 – James Starks, RB, Packers

What Stood Out

Seattle’s defense has gone even higher in some drafts. Still, Round 12 is too early.

Dunbar is an intriguing RB value. Beyond his #2 spot on the depth chart – behind a fragile DeMarco Murray – Dunbar’s also been talked up by the coaching staff this offseason.

Round 13

13.01 – Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs
13.02 – Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
13.03 – Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
13.04 – Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
13.05 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers
13.06 – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
13.07 – Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
13.08 – Jared Cook, TE, Rams
13.09 – Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
13.10 – Garrett Graham, TE, Texans
13.11 – Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
13.12 – Eli Manning, QB, Giants

What Stood Out

Boykin looks like a solid value as the likely #3 WR in Green Bay’s potent passing game. Hunter, a 2013 2nd-round pick, is a breakout candidate despite the unknown in Tennessee’s offense. We’ll see what new HC Ken Whisenhunt can do with a (hopefully) healthy Jake Locker.

Round 14

14.01 – Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
14.02 – Andre Brown, RB, Texans
14.03 – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
14.04 – Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers
14.05 – Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
14.06 – Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
14.07 – Kenny Britt, WR, Rams
14.08 – Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
14.09 – Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
14.10 – Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
14.11 – Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
14.12 – C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

What Stood Out

Palmer is one of our favorite value picks at a deep position. He enters year 2 with HC Bruce Arians and has the weaponry to thrive. Palmer’s also coming off a season that saw him average just 1.2 fewer fantasy points per game than Tom Brady. Meanwhile, Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington are clearly on the upswing.

Britt could surprise some if he rediscovers his early-career form. And in the mid-14th, he’s certainly a low-risk pick. Still, the Rams offense is built to run the ball often, especially after drafting G/OT Greg Robinson.

Round 15

15.01 – Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons
15.02 – Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
15.03 – Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers
15.04 – Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
15.05 – Denver Defense
15.06 – Carolina Defense
15.07 – Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts
15.08 – Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
15.09 – St. Louis Defense
15.10 – David Wilson, RB, Giants
15.11 – San Francisco Defense
15.12 – New England Defense

Round 16

16.01 – Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
16.02 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans
16.03 – EJ Manuel, QB, Bills
16.04 – Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
16.05 – Cincinnati Defense
16.06 – Jake Locker, QB, Titans
16.07 – Levine Toilolo, TE, Falcons
16.08 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots
16.09 – Kansas City Defense
16.10 – Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
16.11 – Matt Prater, K, Broncos
16.12 – Cleveland Defense

Round 17

17.01 – Justin Tucker, K, Ravens
17.02 – Arizona Defense
17.03 – Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks
17.04 – Phil Dawson, K, 49ers
17.05 – Robert Woods, WR, Bills
17.06 – Dan Bailey, K, Cowboys
17.07 – Pittsburgh Defense
17.08 – Matt Bryant, K, Falcons
17.09 – Donald Brown, RB, Chargers
17.10 – Mason Crosby, K, Packers
17.11 – Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars
17.12 – Robbie Gould, K, Bears

Round 18

18.01 – Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts
18.02 – Nick Novak, K, Chargers
18.03 – James White, RB, Patriots
18.04 – Tim Wright, TE, Buccaneers
18.05 – Blair Walsh, K, Vikings
18.06 – Tampa Bay Defense
18.07 – Nate Freese, K, Lions
18.08 – Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
18.09 – Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns
18.10 – Chicago Defense
18.11 – Jace Amaro, TE, Jets
18.12 – Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders

Round 19

19.01 – Mike Williams, WR, Bills
19.02 – Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
19.03 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers
19.04 – Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
19.05 – Buffalo Defense
19.06 – Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots
19.07 – Shayne Graham, K, Saints
19.08 – Green Bay Defense
19.09 – Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos
19.10 – Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
19.11 – Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams
19.12 – Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears

Round 20

20.01 – Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens
20.02 – Baltimore Defense
20.03 – Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals
20.04 – Nick Folk, K, Jets
20.05 – Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears
20.06 – Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals
20.07 – Houston Defense
20.08 – New Orleans Defense
20.09 – Indianapolis Defense
20.10 – C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Texans
20.11 – Alex Henery, K, Eagles
20.12 – New York Jets Defense

Round 21

21.01 – Ryan Succop, K, Chiefs
21.02 – John Brown, WR, Cardinals
21.03 – Caleb Sturgis, K, Dolphins
21.04 – Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
21.05 – Shaun Suisham, K, Steelers
21.06 – Graham Gano, K, Panthers
21.07 – Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers
21.08 – Jay Feely, K, Cardinals
21.09 – Dan Carpenter, K, Bills
21.10 – New York Giants Defense
21.11 – Kai Forbath, K, Redskins
21.12 – Mike Nugent, K, Bengals

Round 22

22.01 – Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
22.02 – Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
22.03 – Josh Brown, K, Giants
22.04 – Billy Cundiff, K, Browns
22.05 – Donnie Avery, WR, Chiefs
22.06 – Geno Smith, QB, Jets
22.07 – Matt Schaub, QB, Raiders
22.08 – Randy Bullock, K, Texans
22.09 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
22.10 – Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
22.11 – Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys
22.12 – Chris Polk, RB, Eagles

Round 23

23.01 – Chad Henne, QB, Jaguars
23.02 – Tennessee Defense
23.03 – Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
23.04 – Davante Adams, WR, Packers
23.05 – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
23.06 – Jordan Todman, RB, Jaguars
23.07 – Michael Vick, QB, Jets
23.08 – Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Panthers
23.09 – Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens
23.10 – Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
23.11 – Lance Moore, WR, Steelers
23.12 – Bryce Brown, RB, Bills

Round 24

24.01 – Jacksonville Defense
24.02 – Scott Chandler, TE, Bills
24.03 – Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots
24.04 – Philadelphia Defense
24.05 – Minnesota Defense
24.06 – Chris Givens, WR, Rams
24.07 – Vance McDonald, TE, 49ers
24.08 – Matt Cassel, QB, Vikings
24.09 – Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
24.10 – Dallas Defense
24.11 – Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
24.12 – Detroit Defense

Round 25

25.01 – Maikon Bonani, K, Titans
25.02 – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens
25.03 – Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
25.04 – Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
25.05 – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
25.06 – Brandon Weeden, QB, Cowboys
25.07 – Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
25.08 – Colt Lyerla, TE, Packers
25.09 – De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Chiefs
25.10 – Miles Austin, WR, Browns
25.11 – Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
25.12 – David Ausberry, TE, Raiders

Round 26

26.01 – Mychal Rivera, TE, Raiders
26.02 – Miami Defense
26.03 – Josh Scobee, K, Jaguars
26.04 – Ryan Griffin, TE, Texans
26.05 – Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers
26.06 – Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
26.07 – Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars
26.08 – Brent Celek, TE, Eagles
26.09 – Oakland Defense
26.10 – Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets
26.11 – Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
26.12 – Washington Defense

Round 27

27.01 – Zach Miller, TE, Seahawks
27.02 – Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
27.03 – Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings
27.04 – Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
27.05 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Giants
27.06 – Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
27.07 – Nate Washington, WR, Titans
27.08 – Andre Roberts, WR, Redskins
27.09 – Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers
27.10 – San Diego Defense
27.11 – Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams
27.12 – Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns

Round 28

28.01 – Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Giants
28.02 – Jeff Cumberland, TE, Jets
28.03 – Joseph Fauria, TE, Lions
28.04 – Mike Glennon, QB, Buccaneers
28.05 – Dexter McCluster, WR, Titans
28.06 – Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seahawks
28.07 – Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars
28.08 – Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
28.09 – Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
28.10 – Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins
28.11 – Dri Archer, RB, Steelers
28.12 – Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots

Team Breakdown

Team 4 went TE-TE. Did the bold strategy pay off?

QB: Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater

RB: Shane Vereen, Toby Gerhart, Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, Latavius Murray, Theo Riddick

WR: Kendall Wright, Dwayne Bowe, DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Matthews, Markus Wheaton, Andrew Hawkins, Josh Gordon, Davante Adams, Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry

TE: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski

Going TE-TE is the ultimate risk/reward start in an FFPC draft. After all, your TEs net you an extra half-point per reception. Landing 2 guys with 100-catch upside gives you a chance to corner the market and exploit the scoring system.

If you whiff on one guy, though, it could spell disaster. Gronk’s the obvious candidate to torpedo Team 4’s chances at a title given his exhaustive injury history. And I can’t help but wonder if this owner would have taken Julius Thomas – who went 1 pick ahead of Gronk – had he still been on the board. Fortunately, the risk associated with this start is mitigated in a Draftmasters format. Well, at least it should have been.

Team 4 doesn’t have any TEs beyond the 2 studs. And while you only need to start 1 per week, grabbing a decent #3 would have been a good move. Gronk’s a solid bet to miss games, while Graham’s high volume will always put him in harm’s way. I’d have snagged an established TE like Marcedes Lewis in Round 17 – instead of kicker Phil Dawson. Of course, that’s easy for me to say in hindsight.

I do like how Team 4 attacked the RB position after going TE-TE. Wait too long on RBs, and you’ll be left with fringe RB2/flex options. You can be patient with a deep crop of QBs/WRs, though. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. Few RBs have Vereen’s reception upside, or the potential to see 300 touches like Gerhart and Richardson do. Miller in the 7th feels a bit early, but if Knowshon Moreno’s injury woes persist, the holdover will be poised to see a decent workload. Don’t forget, he’s an explosive rusher who should run behind an improved O-line this season (despite C Mike Pouncey’s recent hip surgery). Hyde and Murray are intriguing backups on talent alone.

WRs areplentiful throughout the draft. It’s a matter of pin-pointing the right ones. I think Team 4 did well, especially considering they didn’t take a WR until the 6th (every other team had at least 1 WR by Round 5). Intentionally or not, they maximized their value by taking real life #1 WRs with reception upside (Kendall Wright and Dwayne Bowe). They’re not sexy names, but remember, you only have to start 2 WRs. DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Matthews and Markus Wheaton will make their way into the lineup, while Andrew Hawkins is a PPR sleeper who should benefit from the absence of Josh Gordon. Anything Team 4 gets from Gordon this season is a bonus.

We preach waiting on a QB. When you start TE-TE, it becomes a near must. As noted, there’s a ton of depth at the position – depth that could easily turn into top-flight fantasy plays. Jay Cutler is one of those options, and getting him in Round 8 is an ideal scenario. Adding Philip Rivers 3 rounds later – plus Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater later on – arms Team 4 with ample depth.

Team 4 went with a strategy that might produce a top 3 – or the bottom 3 – finish. But you gotta like the boldness. A DraftMasters format allows for an aggressive approach. It simply puts more of an emphasis on your mid-to-late round picks. So if there’s 1 major takeaway from this draft, it’s to not shy away from loading up on 1 position early. You can still field a contender by attacking the value later in your draft.

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