Fantasy Draft Recaps

FFPC Draft Recap - Starting with a TE and QB

By Kevin English 8:15am EDT 7/16/14

This summer, we’ve been providing round-by-round recaps 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 first installment went round-by-round and looked at picks that either garnered a thumbs up or a thumbs down. The second installment examined how a team fared starting TE-TE. Both articles highlighted a DraftMasters format – otherwise known as a “best-ball” league. 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 another uncommon strategy – starting TE-QB. Because the FFPC awards just 4 fantasy points per passing TD, it’s a risky way to kick off your draft. Did it pay off this time? Examine the draft results below, then scroll to the bottom of the page to find out.

Round 1

Team 1: 1.01 – Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
Team 2: 1.02 – Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Team 3: 1.03 – Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
Team 4: 1.04 – LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
Team 5: 1.05 – Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Team 6: 1.06 – Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Team 7: 1.07 – Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
Team 8: 1.08 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
Team 9: 1.09 – Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
Team 10: 1.10 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Team 11: 1.11 – Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Team 12: 1.12 – Montee Ball, RB, Broncos

Round 2

2.01 – DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
2.02 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
2.03 – Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
2.04 – Arian Foster, RB, Texans
2.05 – A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
2.06 – Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
2.07 – Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
2.08 – Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
2.09 – Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
2.10 – Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
2.11 – Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
2.12 – Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

Round 3

3.01 – Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
3.02 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
3.03 – C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
3.04 – Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
3.05 – Drew Brees, QB, Saints
3.06 – Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
3.07 – Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
3.08 – Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
3.09 – Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
3.10 – Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
3.11 – Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
3.12 – Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

Round 4

4.01 – Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
4.02 – Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
4.03 – Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
4.04 – Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
4.05 – Chris Johnson, RB, Jets
4.06 – Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
4.07 – Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars
4.08 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
4.09 – Roddy White, WR, Falcons
4.10 – Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
4.11 – Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
4.12 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

Round 5

5.01 – Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
5.02 – Joique Bell, RB, Lions
5.03 – Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
5.04 – Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
5.05 – Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
5.06 – Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
5.07 – Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks
5.08 – Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
5.09 – Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
5.10 – Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
5.11 – DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
5.12 – Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens

Round 6

6.01 – Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
6.02 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
6.03 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
6.04 – Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
6.05 – Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
6.06 – Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
6.07 – Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
6.08 – Marques Colston, WR, Saints
6.09 – Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
6.10 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
6.11 – Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
6.12 – Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

Round 7

7.01 – Eric Decker, WR, Jets
7.02 – Ben Tate, RB, Browns
7.03 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
7.04 – Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
7.05 – Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
7.06 – Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
7.07 – Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
7.08 – Golden Tate, WR, Lions
7.09 – Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
7.10 – Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
7.11 – Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
7.12 – Nick Foles, QB, Eagles

Round 8

8.01 – Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
8.02 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
8.03 – Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
8.04 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
8.05 – Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
8.06 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
8.07 – Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
8.08 – Seattle Defense
8.09 – Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
8.10 – Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
8.11 – Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
8.12 – Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers

Round 9

9.01 – Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
9.02 – Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys
9.03 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
9.04 – Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
9.05 – Tavon Austin, WR, Rams
9.06 – Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins
9.07 – Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
9.08 – Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
9.09 – Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
9.10 – Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
9.11 – Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers
9.12 – Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

Round 10

10.01 – Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
10.02 – Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
10.03 – Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
10.04 – Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
10.05 – Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
10.06 – Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
10.07 – Kenny Stills, WR, Saints
10.08 – Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
10.09 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
10.10 – Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
10.11 – Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
10.12 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

Round 11

11.01 – San Francisco Defense
11.02 – Terrance West, RB, Browns
11.03 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins
11.04 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
11.05 – Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
11.06 – Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
11.07 – Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
11.08 – Jared Cook, TE, Rams
11.09 – Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
11.10 – Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
11.11 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, Colts
11.12 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers

Round 12

12.01 – Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
12.02 – Garrett Graham, TE, Texans
12.03 – Andre Brown, RB, Texans
12.04 – Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
12.05 – Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
12.06 – Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
12.07 – Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
12.08 – Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
12.09 – Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
12.10 – Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
12.11 – Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
12.12 – James Jones, WR, Raiders

Round 13

13.01 – Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers
13.02 – Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
13.03 – Tre Mason, RB, Rams
13.04 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
13.05 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots
13.06 – Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
13.07 – Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
13.08 – Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins
13.09 – Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
13.10 – Levine Toilolo, TE, Falcons
13.11 – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
13.12 – Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys

Round 14

14.01 – Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
14.02 – Jake Locker, QB, Titans
14.03 – Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns
14.04 – Eli Manning, QB, Giants
14.05 – Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints
14.06 – Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
14.07 – Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
14.08 – Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
14.09 – Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs
14.10 – New England Defense
14.11 – St. Louis Defense
14.12 – Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens

Round 15

15.01 – Carolina Defense
15.02 – Robert Woods, WR, Bills
15.03 – Denver Defense
15.04 – LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers
15.05 – Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks
15.06 – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
15.07 – Bryce Brown, RB, Bills
15.08 – Cincinnati Defense
15.09 – Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts
15.10 – C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
15.11 – Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears
15.12 – Matt Prater, K, Broncos

Round 16

16.01 – Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons
16.02 – Dan Bailey, K, Cowboys
16.03 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers
16.04 – Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
16.05 – Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers
16.06 – Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
16.07 – Justin Tucker, K, Ravens
16.08 – Chicago Defense
16.09 – Arizona Defense
16.10 – Phil Dawson, K, 49ers
16.11 – Matt Bryant, K, Falcons
16.12 – Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

Round 17

17.01 – Nick Novak, K, Chargers
17.02 – Kansas City Defense
17.03 – David Wilson, RB, Giants
17.04 – Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
17.05 – Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Panthers
17.06 – Houston Defense
17.07 – Cleveland Defense
17.08 – Pittsburgh Defense
17.09 – Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
17.10 – Kenny Britt, WR, Rams
17.11 – Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
17.12 – Jace Amaro, TE, Jets

Round 18

18.01 – Mason Crosby, K, Packers
18.02 – Robbie Gould, K, Bears
18.03 – Nate Washington, WR, Titans
18.04 – Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
18.05 – Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts
18.06 – Dexter McCluster, WR, Titans
18.07 – Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
18.08 – Lance Moore, WR, Steelers
18.09 – Blair Walsh, K, Vikings
18.10 – Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars
18.11 – Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams
18.12 – Donald Brown, RB, Chargers

Round 19

19.01 – Shayne Graham, K, Saints
19.02 – James Starks, RB, Packers
19.03 – Shaun Suisham, K, Steelers
19.04 – Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
19.05 – Zach Miller, TE, Seahawks
19.06 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans
19.07 – Matt Schaub, QB, Raiders
19.08 – Dri Archer, RB, Steelers
19.09 – Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals
19.10 – Alex Henery, K, Eagles
19.11 – Scott Chandler, TE, Bills
19.12 – Tampa Bay Defense

Round 20

20.01 – Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
20.02 – Tennessee Defense
20.03 – New York Jets Defense
20.04 – Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
20.05 – EJ Manuel, QB, Bills
20.06 – Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
20.07 – Geno Smith, QB, Jets
20.08 – Chris Givens, WR, Rams
20.09 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
20.10 – New Orleans Defense
20.11 – Baltimore Defense
20.12 – Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots

Round 21

21.01 – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
21.02 – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
21.03 – Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots
21.04 – Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers
21.05 – Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders
21.06 – Buffalo Bills
21.07 – Ryan Succop, K, Chiefs
21.08 – Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
21.09 – Miles Austin, WR, Browns
21.10 – Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers
21.11 – Detroit Defense
21.12 – Green Bay Defense

Round 22

22.01 – Nick Folk, K, Jets
22.02 – Indianapolis Defense
22.03 – Nate Freese, K, Lions
22.04 – Miami Defense
22.05 – Jay Feely, K, Cardinals
22.06 – Dan Carpenter, K, Bills
22.07 – Jermichael Finley, TE, UNS
22.08 – Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
22.09 – Philadelphia Defense
22.10 – Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears
22.11 – Caleb Sturgis, K, Dolphins
22.12 – Stevie Johnson, WR, 49ers

Round 23

23.01 – Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
23.02 – Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders
23.03 – Mike Williams, WR, Bills
23.04 – Chris Polk, RB, Eagles
23.05 – Brent Celek, TE, Eagles
23.06 – Graham Gano, K, Panthers
23.07 – New York Giants Defense
23.08 – Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
23.09 – Minnesota Defense
23.10 – Atlanta Defense
23.11 – Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
23.12 – Washington Defense

Round 24

24.01 – Davante Adams, WR, Packers
24.02 – David Ausberry, TE, Raiders
24.03 – Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns
24.04 – San Diego Defense
24.05 – Oakland Defense
24.06 – Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
24.07 – Dallas Defense
24.08 – Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers
24.09 – Josh Brown, K, Giants
24.10 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Giants
24.11 – Andre Williams, RB, Giants
24.12 – Tim Wright, TE, Buccaneers

Round 25

25.01 – Brandon Myers, TE, Buccaneers
25.02 – Chad Henne, QB, Jaguars
25.03 – Mike Nugent, K, Bengals
25.04 – Jacksonville Defense
25.05 – Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
25.06 – Billy Cundiff, K, Browns
25.07 – Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks
25.08 – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals
25.09 – Rian Lindell, K, Buccaneers
25.10 – Kai Forbath, K, Redskins
25.11 – Randy Bullock, K, Texans
25.12 – James White, RB, Patriots

Round 26

26.01 – Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
26.02 – Jordan Todman, RB, Jaguars
26.03 – Donnie Avery, WR, Chiefs
26.04 – Josh Scobee, K, Jaguars
26.05 – Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos
26.06 – Nate Burleson, WR, Browns
26.07 – Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
26.08 – Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens
26.09 – Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
26.10 – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Cardinals
26.11 – John Brown, WR, Cardinals
26.12 – Michael Vick, QB, Jets

Round 27

27.01 – Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals
27.02 – Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets
27.03 – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens
27.04 – John Carlson, TE, Cardinals
27.05 – Dion Lewis, RB, Browns
27.06 – Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
27.07 – Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings
27.08 – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals
27.09 – Joseph Fauria, TE, Lions
27.10 – Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens
27.11 – Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars
27.12 – Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys

Round 28

28.01 – Ryan Griffin, TE, Texans
28.02 – Lache Seastrunk, RB, Redskins
28.03 – Jason Avant, WR, Panthers
28.04 – Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks
28.05 – Gavin Escobar, TE, Cowboys
28.06 – Mychal Rivera, TE, Raiders
28.07 – Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
28.08 – Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers
28.09 – Matt Cassel, QB, Vikings
28.10 – Jeff Cumberland, TE, Jets
28.11 – Kyle Orton, QB, Cowboys
28.12 – Ted Ginn, WR, Cardinals

Team 1 Roster

QB: Peyton Manning, Josh McCown, Michael Vick

RB: Doug Martin, Ray Rice, Danny Woodhead, DeAngelo Williams, Donald Brown

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, James Jones, Doug Baldwin, Kenbrell Thompkins, Stevie Johnson, Ted Ginn

TE: Jimmy Graham, Delanie Walker, Owen Daniels, Brandon Pettigrew, Tim Wright, Brandon Myers, Rob Housler

K: Nick Novak, Shayne Graham, Sebastian Janikowski

DEF: San Francisco, Carolina

Team Analysis

-- If you’re gonna start TE-QB, you better nail both picks. Graham and Manning are certainly the high-percentage selections. They’re highly durable players coming off of big seasons. Both remain strong bets to lead their positions in scoring. Last year, Manning outscored the #2 QB (Drew Brees) by 3.8 fantasy points per game (FFPC scoring). Graham outscored runner-up Tony Gonzalez by a healthy 5.7 points per game.

-- We prefer Andre Ellington to Doug Martin for the reception upside, but the gap isn’t significant. Martin remains a candidate for 300 touches despite constant talk of a timeshare. Yes, new OC Jeff Tedford has spread touches around in the past. He’s even been the source of the timeshare chatter this offseason. But Tedford’s use of multiple RBs came at the University of California – a place where he could recruit and stockpile talented RBs. By our estimation, Martin’s far and away the top RB on Tampa Bay’s roster. Tedford’s epiphany could come as soon as training camp.

-- Fitzgerald brings stability to the WR corps. He’s averaged 84 catches over the past 5 years, while he hasn’t missed a game since 2007. Welker’s obviously a reception machine, but durability is a clear concern. The 2 concussions he suffered last year – within a 1 month span, no less – are a key reason why he sits well below his ADP in our 2014 rankings. There’s still undeniable upside here. The format also allows any prolonged absence to be covered up by strong drafting.

- Round 6 is where things get dicey. Ray Rice would be fine as a RB2 – if he wasn’t facing an impending suspension. That ban could be just 2 games, but we’re guessing it’ll be 4-6, even though it’s Rice’s first run-in with the law. The NFL will take on a PR nightmare if they don’t seriously tackle domestic abuse.

Perhaps the biggest issue here is a lack of depth. Having the top RBs – Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown – behind a fragile starter captures the majority of the production if Ryan Mathews misses time. But with DeAngelo Williams as the only other RB, the margin for error with this group is thin. We fully expect a committee backfield in Carolina. Williams, now 33, isn’t a prominent receiver, either.

With just 5 total RBs and a whopping 7 TEs ... this roster certainly isn't balanced.

-- Despite a risky approach, this squad has a chance to contend. QB and TE are locked up with elite players. Delanie Walker provides another potential top 10 TE, while this owner was wisely patient in addressing his QB2 spot (landing Josh McCown in Round 13). Those strengths should help make up for a lack of RB and WR depth. Besides, there could be a breakout star somewhere on his roster. (Doug Baldwin? Even in a run-heavy offense, someone will have to catch passes with Golden Tate gone and Percy Harvin likely to miss games.)

-- For this drafter, our primary recommendation would be to wait longer before taking a kicker and defense. You’ve probably heard that one before. The point differential between the #1 defense (Kansas City, not Seattle) and the #12 defense (Cleveland) was just 3.6 fantasy points per game. And that was in a season where the Chiefs scored a ridiculous 11 TDs between defense and special teams. The difference between the #1 kicker (Stephen Gostkowski) and #20 kicker (Jay Feely) was only 2 points per game.

When you start TE-QB, it’s paramount that you don’t reach for a K or DEF. Picking at the turn makes it even more vital, as you’re subject to missing out on a run. In general, you’re missing out on higher upside fantasy talent for low-margin “assets.”

Consider this. Taking San Francisco’s D in Round 11 cost this team a shot at rookie RBs Terrance West, Jeremy Hill and Devonta Freeman. You can follow the draft above to see the players that went after the picks of the Panther defense (Round 15), Nick Novak (Round 17) and Shayne Graham (Round 19). Robert Woods, Harry Douglas and Charles Sims are some of the notables. And while it’s easy to examine the draft in hindsight, this belief still rings true: When kickers and Ds are abundant, always invest in the higher-upside positions over those low-ceiling specialists.

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