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FFPC Draft Recap: Main Event

By Kevin English | Updated on Wed, 30 Aug 2023 . 4:27 PM EDT

One draft … for 1 million bucks.

That’s the shot I took last Friday in the FFPC Main Event.

Here are the specs:

12 teams, PPR scoring, with 1.5 PPR for TEs.

20-round drafts with a starting lineup of:

  • 1 QB
  • 2 RBs
  • 2 WRs
  • 2 Flex
  • 1 K
  • 1 DST

No trades. Only adds/drops in-season via blind-bid waivers.

So, does Team Draft Sharks have a shot at the top prize? You be the judge …

*Visit the FFPC to see the full Main Event draft board.

1.05 – Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins

I figured either Hill or Cooper Kupp would be available. It’s certainly a close call, but I went with the guy sitting higher in our WR rankings (and ceiling projections).

2.08 – Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints

Mark Andrews went just ahead at 2.07. My Draft War Room ranked Andrews ahead of Olave in this TE-premium format, although I wasn’t disapointed to land the Saint.

Despite shaky QB play last year, Olave posted an elite 2.42 yards per route run. That mark ranks fifth among all rookie WRs since 2013, per Pro Football Focus.

3.05 – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts(?)

This draft took place on Aug. 25. 

I didn’t know JT’s 2023 team then … and I'm not sure I know it now.

At that point, I was willing to take a 24-year-old, top-end talent with an RB1 and an RB6 finish on his resume.

Of course, that was before I knew he'd open the season on the PUP list and miss at least four games.

Today, I'd choose someone else.

4.08 – Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Always be aware of how teams are constructed around the turn …

At this pick, I wanted either Pitts or Justin Herbert. Among teams 1-4, one needed a TE; two needed a QB.

I went with Pitts thinking Herbert might fall, given the availability of Joe Burrow. Despite the down 2022, I’m just looking to chase Pitts’ rare ceiling at TE.

Well, Herbert went around the turn, leaving me to pivot in the fifth …

5.05 – Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers

I considered reaching for J.K. Dobbins, whose FFPC Main Event ADP (6.07) made it 50/50 he’d stick around.

Instead, I settled for an upside swing at WR. We’ve heard nothing but positives on Watson this summer. Jordan Love is mostly a mystery, but he has generated more buzz than criticism.

We’ll also see if Romeo Doubs’ hamstring injury lingers.

6.08 – Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers

Again, I hoped to land Dobbins, one of my favorite league-winning players. He went as part of a mini run on RBs early this round.

So, I pivoted to grabbing Sanders. If he can dodge injuries, I think he’ll be fine as an RB2. His familiarity with the coaching staff (namely HC Frank Reich and RB coach Duce Staley) helps. So does a lack of competition for touches and targets.

But is he any sort of steal/value at RB24? 

Probably not.

7.05 – Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Addison stands out as a ceiling play, and it’s not just because of his Round 1 skill set. The Vikings project as one of the highest-volume pass offenses in the league.

Sure, he’ll compete with Justin Jefferson and T.J. Hockenson for targets. But the coverage on Addison should help present favorable matchups. We’ll also need to keep an eye on the health of Hockenson following back trouble.

8.08 – Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears

Herbert looks like Chicago’s lead back. I’m not expecting much in the receiving game. But on the run-happy Bears, he fits well as my RB3. 

9.05 – Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

I liked Bateman’s game coming out of Minnesota. He’s a smooth mover with no glaring flaws. 

If the 23-year-old stays healthy, I think it’s possible he delivers as a post-hype WR3.

10.08 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns

Teams 1-4 already selected a QB, so I could have waited until Round 11 for Watson.

But here’s the thing: Other than Watson, I really didn’t have anyone highlighted here. So I locked him in at a nice discount. (On average, he’s going at the 9.01.)


See which one of the first 10 picks made the cut as Honorable Mention Fantasy Football Breakout Pick for 2023.

11.05 – Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Despite the Eagles adding D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny, Gainwell turned out to be the most talked-about RB in training camp.

Now, is it possible Philly’s backfield frustrates fantasy managers throughout 2023? Of course.

At this price, though – and given the top-5 offense around him – Gainwell is simply worth stashing.

12.08 – Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Allgeier might scrape together standalone flex value alongside Bijan Robinson. After all, Falcons RBs combined for a massive 454 carries last season.

Sure, I expect that number to dip a bit. Desmond Ridder projects as an upgrade on Marcus Mariota. Drake London enters Year 2, while Kyle Pitts – only 23 in October – is back healthy.  

At a minimum, Allgeier is a premium handcuff who impressed as a Round 5 rookie.

13.05 – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, New England Patriots

I won’t fight reality. I get Zeke’s on the decline. 

But at RB51, I’ll take a locked-in handcuff who’s also drawing some buzz for his receiving work in camp.

The recent trade of Pierre Strong only helps.

14.08 – Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams’ roster looks thin at most spots. WR is no exception, where Jefferson sits comfortably as the WR2 alongside Cooper Kupp.

If Kupp happens to miss games, it’ll open up 11.1 targets per game (according to the past two seasons).

15.05 – Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Can a healthy Gallup get back to his 2019-20 level of play?

Can Dallas overcome the loss of OC Kellen Moore?

Those are legit questions. But Gallup – only 27 – is well worth a shot at this point.

16.08 – Washington Commanders DST

This unit draws a Week 1 date vs. Arizona, whose starting QB might have joined the team on Aug. 28.

Yeah, I’m OK with paying a small premium for Washington.

17.05 – Kareem Hunt, RB, Free Agent

In a best-case scenario, the Colts trade Jonathan Taylor … then ink Hunt to a deal. 

18.08 – Chris Evans, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Evans is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury, one that popped up shortly after the draft. He appeared on track to see third-down snaps for Cincy, but we’ll have to watch his status.

19.05 – Isaiah Spiller, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Spiller battled for the RB2 job in training camp. Then, hours after this draft, Joshua Kelley took a handoff 75 yards for a score in the final preseason game. Beat writer Daniel Popper mentioned how that run “might have put some distance” between Kelley and Spiller.

Call it a tough break. But I can live with missing on a 19th-round pick.

20.05 – Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles

I ended up drafting only one QB and one TE. Deshaun Watson goes on bye Week 5, but I’ll survive adding a fill-in for that.

Kyle Pitts’ bye doesn’t arrive until Week 11. While you can start up to three TEs, I never really considered added a second, outside of a late-round Irv Smith. (He went at 14.06, shortly before I took Van Jefferson.)

The free-agent crop includes names like Dawson Knox and Mike Gesicki. Mix in some eventual backups-turned-starters due to injury, and I’m happy using the extra pick(s) elsewhere.

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Kevin English, Senior Analyst
Kevin brings 15 years of experience as a fantasy analyst and mid-stakes competitor across various formats (redraft, best ball, dynasty, DFS). His work has been featured on The Mercury News, Rotoworld, and FantasyPros.
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