Each Fantasy Football season, me and one of my best buddies collaborate and become co-owners in a Fantasy league. We usually complete our Fantasy Drafts via FaceTime.
This particular league is “The Fantasy Championship,” where you can qualify to compete for a top prize of $200,000.This will be our third season competing in this league, and we have had some mild success in the past.
In 2014, we won our individual league and qualified for the race to $200,000. But due to Cam Newton’s car accident and our lack of depth at quarterback, we failed to cash in big during the playoffs.
Last season, we got off to a much slower start and only qualified for the consolation playoffs. Much of this was due to having way too much faith in Ryan Tannehill and the offense for the Miami Dolphins.
Rest assured, we did not make the same mistake this season.
I wanted to share our results to let Fantasy players know what a high-stake Fantasy Football contest looks like. We had the 10th pick in the draft.
I’m going to include the picks to start off the draft so you can see why we made our decision.
- Antonio Brown
- Julio Jones
- Odell Beckham Jr.
- DeAndre Hopkins
- AJ Green
- Todd Gurley
- Dez Bryant
- David Johnson
- Ezekiel Elliott
Round 1 Pick: Allen Robinson – We really debated hard about going with a running back like Le’Veon Bell or even Adrian Peterson here. In the end, we decided it was too difficult to pass on Arob’s upside and that it was important to lock up an elite wide receiver talent early.
Round 2 Pick: Le’Veon Bell – When we decided to go with Robinson in Round 1, we were hoping that Bell or Peterson may still be available on the way back. Luckily, we were able to lock up Bell. Even with the possible suspension, this should pay off as very valuable down the stretch.
Round 3 Pick: Eddie Lacy – We were both on the same page here thinking that Lacy is great candidate to bounce back for 2016. The Green Bay offense should be improved with Jordy Nelson back. I will take Lacy at the end of Round 3 just about whenever I am able to.
Round 4 Pick: Cam Newton – It is very rare that I even think about drafting a quarterback early. That being said, it seems that everyone was thinking the same thing, and with the lack of premier talents available at other positions, I felt good about getting last season’s top Fantasy scorer here. I do think he will regress some, but with his running ability and Kelvin Benjamin’s return, he is still an elite quarterback likely to finish in the top three at the position.
Round 5 Pick: Danny Woodhead – After Melvin Gordon turned out to be a massive bust, Woodhead stepped up big. He finished as the third-best PPR running back last season. There is little reason to think that Woodhead doesn’t stay heavily involved in the offense as a dual-threat back.
Round 6 Pick: Greg Olsen – Olsen finished as the fifth-best fantasy tight end last season. Being able to stack him with Cam is a huge benefit. We weren’t in love with any of the other prospects at this point in the draft, so decided to get our starting tight end a little early.
Round 7 Pick: DeSean Jackson – After drafting three solid backs, we needed to lock up a WR2. Jackson surpassed the 100 receiving yard mark in six of his games in 2014 even with inconsistent quarterback production, and his 2016 season looks promising since he has a much stabler quarterback situation this year with Kirk Cousins. Struggling with injuries last season, he had just one game over 100 yards. Assuming he can stay healthy, he is without a doubt the number one target in the passing attack, outside of Jordan Reed.
Round 8 Pick: Michael Thomas – At this point in the draft, we decided it was important to get a few younger guys with high upside, especially at the wide receiver position. Thomas is in a great position with the New Orleans Saints, and he could be in for a very solid rookie season. It also helps that all reports are positive about him so far during camp.
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Round 9 Pick: Dorial Green-Beckham – Green-Beckham is another wide receiver that we think has some upside this season. He showed near the end of 2015 that he was developing a good chemistry with Marcus Mariota. He is a big body that should serve as the number one option in the red-zone for the Tennessee Titans in 2016.
Round 10 Pick: Darren Sproles – The Philadelphia Eagles inked Sproles to a one-year contract extension recently. While I am particularly high on Ryan Mathews, his inability to stay healthy will keep Sproles heavily involved in the offense this season. Sproles finished as the 28th-best PPR running back last season, where Mathews didn’t even finish in the top 30. While this is not indicative of what will play out this season, it should make Sproles owners hopeful considering you are able to draft him as late as Round 10, like we did.
The draft went another 10 rounds with guys taking their defense and kickers sporadically and others taking fliers on guys they think could be worth more down the stretch. We stocked up some more depth at wide receiver adding guys like Stefon Diggs, Will Fuller and Victor Cruz.
Here is a look at our full squad.
QB- Cam Newton
QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB- Le’Veon Bell
RB- Danny Woodhead
RB- Darren Sproles
RB- James Starks
WR- Allen Robinson
WR- DeSean Jackson
WR- Michael Thomas
WR- Dorial Green-Beckham
WR- Stefon Diggs
WR- Victor Cruz
WR- Terrance Williams
WR- Will Fuller
WR- Tedd Ginn Jr.
Tight End- Greg Olsen
Tight End- Austin Seferian Jenkins
Defense- Pittsburgh Steelers
Kicker- John Brown
How do you think we did? Let me know on Twitter.
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