There are still open spots left for this year’s FFPC Main Event. Take your shot at the $500,000 grand prize!
Drafting in the FFPC Main Event is hard. With an $1,800 entry fee, the competition tends to be stiff.
Drafting at a turn in the FFPC Main Event is especially hard. 22 players come off the board between picks, so you need to be willing to reach ahead of ADP to get guys you love. You also need to be willing to adjust your plan on the fly.
Lenny and I drafted from the 12-hole in Tuesday night’s Main Event draft. It did not go as planned. We definitely had to adjust on the fly. But I’m happy with how it turned out. It might not be the prettiest-looking team on paper. But if things break right, I think it has a shot to make a run at the $500,000 grand prize.
Here’s a pick-by-pick recap of our draft.
1.12 - Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
One pick in and our draft is already off script. Kelce’s Main Event ADP is sitting at 1.09, so we didn’t expect him to be available here.
But once he made it to 1.12, it was a no-brainer. Kelce scored 304.8 points in this TE-premium scoring system last season. Only 1 WR and 4 RBs scored more. Kelce could be even better in 2020 considering he scored just 5 times on 97 grabs last year.
2.01 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals
We wanted to land at least 1 of our top 10 RBs — and Drake just so happened to be the last one left.
It doesn’t sound like the foot issue that had him in a boot in August will be an issue come Week 1. In his 8 games with Arizona last year, Drake ranked 4th among RBs in FFPC points.
3.12 - Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
The plan was to take a pair of WRs at this turn. But like with Kelce, we couldn’t pass on Ertz when he made it to us.
Consider this: We have Ertz projected for 267.2 FFPC points, which is more than all but 4 WRs. He’s an elite option in 1 of our Flex spots.
4.01 - Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys
This pick came down to Cooper vs. Adam Thielen. The Viking wins on game-to-game reliability. But Cooper has a much higher weekly ceiling. We ultimately opted for that upside in this format, where we’re trying to beat out 2,900 other teams.
5.12 - DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
6.01 - Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens
We were hoping for Ronald Jones, Cam Akers or J.K. Dobbins here. They went at 5.10, 5.05 and 5.06, respectively. So rather than reaching for some other RB, we continued to load up at WR.
Parker finally cashed in on his high-end talent last year, finished 11th among WRs in FFPC points. Now he gets to play in Chan Gailey’s WR-friendly offense.
Brown is a big-time breakout candidate. He flashed with a few big games last year, despite playing with a screw in his foot that’s since been removed. We passed on a handful of higher-ranked WRs for Brown because of his weekly and season-long upside.
7.12 - Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers
8.01 - Damien Harris, RB, Patriots
Time to start taking some shots at RB.
We got sniped here on Zack Moss, who went 1 pick ahead of us at 7.11. But Coleman and Harris are nice consolation prizes.
The former will open the season as the #2 RB in a top-notch running game behind Raheem Mostert, a 28-year-old who’s reached 15 carries in just 2 games as a pro. Coleman was a top 10 RB in an 8-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 12 last year.
Harris was 1 of the buzziest players of August, impressing as both a runner and pass-catcher. We’ll see how New England’s backfield shakes out, but Harris has a shot to take over the Sony Michel role — while also adding some receiving production.
9.12 - Henry Ruggs, WR, Raiders
10.01 - Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
We briefly considered Jordan Howard here but ultimately decided that he doesn’t carry enough upside — weekly or season long — to be a real difference-maker in this format. So it was back to WR.
Ruggs has been a top Draft Sharks target all offseason. Although he was overdrafted by the Raiders, the fact that he went 12th overall makes him a strong bet to play a big role this season. WR Tyrell Williams’ season-ending shoulder injury only boosts Ruggs’ target projection.
The news on Samuel’s recovery from that June Jones Fracture has gotten more positive over the past couple of weeks. But his ADP hasn’t really reacted. And since he’s our 5th WR, we don’t need him to contribute early this season.
11.12 - Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
We were thrilled to see Wentz here. He finished QB8 in this scoring system last year, despite a rash of injuries to his pass-catchers. He sits 8th in our 2020 QB rankings and was the 11th QB off the board here. We also stacked Wentz with Zach Ertz, raising our team’s weekly ceiling.
12.01 - Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
Pairing Michel with Damien Harris gives us a good shot to own New England’s lead ball carrier. The Patriots have ranked ranked top 12 in rushing TDs in an incredible 16 straight seasons. They’ve finished top 12 in rushing yards in 10 of those. So there are fantasy points to be had here.
13.12 - Devine Ozigbo, RB, Jaguars
Maybe Ryquell Armstead is the favorite to lead the Fournette-less Jaguars in carries. Maybe. He wasn’t an impressive college prospect, though, and missed time in August with an injury.
Ozigbo, meanwhile, ran for 1,082 yards and 12 TDs on 7.0 yards per carry in his final season at Nebraska. He reportedly busted off a few big runs in camp this summer.
Ozigbo remains a long shot to be a real fantasy asset this year. But, at this point, we’re just taking shots on RBs and hoping 1 hits.
14.01 - Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers
McKinnon hasn’t played an NFL snap since January 2018 due to knee problems. So, like Ozigbo, he’s a long shot.
But McKinnon is also a 99th percentile athlete who the ‘Niners gave big money to back in 2018. He’s had a healthy summer and appears set to play a pass-catching role right out of the gate.
Plus, we now own Tevin Coleman and McKinnon. We never root for injuries … but if Raheem Mostert goes down, we’re in business.
15.12 - Mike Williams, WR, Chargers
Another injury discount. Williams is expected to miss the 1st game or 2, but we don’t need him early on. He’ll be useful when the bye weeks start to hit. Williams was 1 of 25 WRs to top 1,000 yards last year. He just got unlucky to score only twice. Remember that he racked up 10 TDs in 2018.
16.01 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Word out of Steelers camp is that Big Ben’s surgically repaired elbow looks excellent. Don’t forget that he’s just 2 years removed from a QB2 finish. That came with Antonio Brown, of course. But Roethlisberger now has a deep group of weapons in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald and James Conner.
17.12 - Patriots DST
The Patriots open with a prime matchup at home for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. We’ll likely dump them after that and play matchups at DST via the waiver wire the rest of the way.
18.01 - Bryce Love, RB, Washington
Love isn’t expected to have a role to open the season. But he remains an intriguing stash in Washington’s wide-open backfield.
19.12 - Chris Boswell, K, Steelers
Boz opens with a nice matchup against the Giants. We’ll play the waiver wire at K after that.
20.01 - Jace Sternberger, TE, Packers
Sternberger was a popular sleeper a month ago. A quiet summer has sunk his ADP, but we’ll take a shot in the 20th round of this TE-premium league. Sternberger was a good-looking prospect coming into the league last year (Greg Cosell compared him to Travis Kelce), and there are plenty of targets up for grabs behind Davante Adams in Green Bay.
We’re loaded at TE and rock solid at QB and WR. If we can hit on a RB or 2 behind Drake — via either the draft or the waiver wire — this team will have the firepower to make a serious run.