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Recapping A League Championship

10-Team PPR Snake Draft

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10-team PPR snake draft from the 7th pick. Yahoo gave this team a B grade for the draft. 

RB Dalvin Cook Vikings

WR Davante Adams Packers

WR Allen Robinson Bears

RB Melvin Gordon Broncos

WR Keenan Allen Chargers

TE Darren Waller Raiders

QB Kyler Murray Cardinals

WR Will Fuller V Texans

RB Jordan Howard Dolphins

RB Antonio Gibson Washington

QB Matt Ryan Falcons

RB Damien Harris Patriots

RB Sony Michel Patriots

Bills Defense

K Harrison Butker Chiefs

WR Bryan Edwards Raiders

RB KeShawn Vaughn Bucs

I can honestly say Michael Thomas was the player I wanted at pick 7. However he went with the 4th overall pick in the draft. With the Davante Adams pick I passed on Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins. I’m willing to stand by that pick because of Adam’s target share and TD potential in the Packers offense. I knew going in that if I passed on Kelce/Kittle there I would need to be prepared to go up for Zach Ertz or Darren Waller. Having an elite TE is always a priority for my fantasy football teams. Allen Robinson was drafted ahead of JuJu Smith-Schuster, DJ Moore, Odell Beckham Jr, Adam Thielen, and Robert Woods. My Bears fandom aside, Robinson is the number 1 threat in the Bears offense. Robinson puts up WR2 type numbers despite less than stellar QB play.  Melvin Gordon is the pick I received the most heat for because I passed on James Conner. Gordon was the pick for me because he’s scored 8 or more TD in 4 consecutive seasons. I don’t want to have early round picks bust and Gordon has less bust potential than Conner.  The plan in Round 5 was either a TE or a WR depending on positional depth.  Keenan Allen was the selection ahead of Courtland Sutton. Again I know what I’m getting with Allen, Sutton didn’t perform that well with Drew Lock under center.  I own Sutton in a dynasty league, however this year I believe Allen performs better. My 3 top WR are all potential 90 plus catch players.  Zach Ertz went at the end of Round 5 and I knew Waller had to be my pick in the 6th.  Cam Akers was my target in Round 7, but went 2 picks ahead of mine.  Time to pivot to my must have QB Kyler Murray.  JK Dobbins was the hope in Round 8 yet again went 2 picks in front of me.  Will Fuller V was the selection over Raheem Mostert.  I saw more RB’s I liked late so I went with Fuller V.  Jordan Howard became my selection as Zach Moss went earlier in the round.  In Round 10 or later I’m looking for value or upside. Gibson fits into the upside category.  Everyone is told to wait on QB’s because there’s so much depth. I say Bullshit. Matt Ryan in Round 11 is a great value.  I like having 2 great QB’s for multiple reasons. 1. Kyler Murray is a smaller running QB, I have a high-end replacement if he gets dinged up. 2. Matt Ryan can’t be used to defeat me. Opponents may have to stream a lesser QB against me. 3. If I have an area of my team to address, Matty Ice is a valuable trade chip to fill holes.  Having Damien Harris and Sony Michel means I have a strong chance of owning the top Patriots runner. Another thing fantasy analysts say to do is wait on defense and kicker until the last 2 rounds. I say Bullshit. Why fall behind on those 2 spots when going up a round or two earlier may give you a positional advantage?  Defense and Kicker are point scoring roster spots so I’m not waiting.  My last 2 picks were lottery tickets in Bryan Edwards and KeShawn Vaughn.  This draft was done before Leonard Fournette was released by the Jaguars.  If Edwards and or Vaughn don’t pan out so be it. I’ll cut them for the next best option of waivers.  I had to pivot a few times in this draft as players went off the board.  I’m happy with the talent on this team. My regret in this draft is not getting Cam Akers, JK Dobbins, or Zack Moss. 

This team ended up winning the league championship with a better than expected draft. A majority of the 31 transactions were used to stream defenses and blocking opponents from using players against us.  The best move out of all 31 was the first transaction of the season cutting Ke’Shawn Vaughn and picking up James Robinson. Some of the other moves were solid like picking up Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, and Cam Akers, however Robinson was the difference maker.  Robinson ended up being the 4th highest scoring RB in our league.  I was hoping Robinson would be a bye week replacement for Melvin Gordon. A majority of our players ended up ranking in or near the top 10 at their respective positions.   

Dalvin Cook 2nd

Antonio Gibson 12th

Kyler Murray 3rd

Davante Adams 1st

Allen Robinson 7th

Keenan Allen 9th 

Darren Waller 2nd

Harrison Butker 8th

Colts Defense 4th

My before the season analysis on some of these players proved to be correct. Adams has more receiving TD than 5 NFL teams entering play Week 17. Adams, Robinson, and Allen each caught 100 balls. Waller caught 98. Gordon wasn’t I had hoped for, but still outscored Conner and Fournette by a wide margin. This is one of the most complete teams I’ve ever put together in fantasy football.  Fantasy Football season never ends.  I’m looking through all my other drafts to figure out where I missed and prepare for next season. 

Breaking Down The Darvish Sell Off

The Cubs trade of Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, Yeison Santana, and Zach Davies has drawn a lot of criticism.  Outside of Davies, only Santana has played professional baseball. Before the trade, I had no clue who these players are and had to do some research.  Santana is 20, Mena, 18, Caissie 18, and Preciado 17.  The projected major league arrivals of these players is between 2023-2024.  Selling off a Cy Young contender for a package of teenagers signals a rebuild to the fanbase.  The economics of baseball at the moment means clubs are having to make tough financial decisions.  The Cubs will only have to pay $5 million dollars of the $59 million dollars remaining on Darvish’s contract.  I consider that a victory.   

Looking into these prospects may help to explain the Cubs decision.  Preciado looks to be the centerpiece of the trade. He was signed for $1.3 Million dollars by the Padres in 2019.  The signing is the highest ever given to a player coming out of Panama.  As a Switch-hitting shortstop, Preciado gives the Cubs another infield option up the middle along with Ed Howard. Caissie was a 2nd round pick for the Padres in 2019.  The selection made him the highest ever Canadian outfielder drafted.  His profile is as a corner outfielder.  Power from the left side plays well in Wrigley Field and Caissie has it.  Mena is another left-handed power hitting outfielder.  His arrival to the Padres was to the tune of $2.2 million dollars in 2019.  Imagine signing a contract for $2.2 million dollars as a 16-year-old.  Santana is the old man of the group, but still can’t legally buy beer.  He’s the only one with professional AB’s and profiles as a shortstop.  What’s nice about shortstop prospects is they are often capable of transitioning to other positions in the future.  Zach Davies is a back-end of the rotation starter that may help in 2020 or get flipped for more prospects. 

Looking into the prospects helps to understand the trade.  It takes two to tango in making trades.  If the Cubs had already received a better offer for Darvish, don’t you believe they already would have made the trade? Ready now prospects like MacKenzie Gore probably weren’t an option.  This was the best they could get in today’s market.  The lottery tickets make sense as the farm system is depleted from trades and having to draft late.  I believe a major reason the Cubs were forced to move Darvish is because he’s the big contract another team actually wanted.  I don’t see anyone helping get the Cubs off the hook for Craig Kimbrell (1 yr $16 million with a buyout) or Jason Heyward (3 yrs $65 Million).  The Cubs would have to pay off a majority of the money to expedite a trade of either player.  The bad money of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Tyler Chatwood, and Brandon Morrow off the books also helps the Cubs save money.  Non-tendering Kyle Schwarber was also another clue that the Cubs main objective this offseason was to shed payroll.      

I see getting out of $54 million dollars and paying $5 million dollars for 4 lottery tickets as worth the gamble.  Darvish is a terrific pitcher, but has only thrown 200 innings in a season once.  At age 34, the time to sell would be now coming off a Cy Young runner up.  At the moment the Cubs projected starting rotation top 3 is Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills, and Zach Davies. Now we’ll have to see if the savings are reinvested in Javy Baez or being aggressive in free agency.  I would think some of the money will be spent on veteran starting pitching.              

Week 2 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Cavaliers PG Darius Garland

Owned in roughly 50% of fantasy basketball leagues, Garland has been dynamite to start the season.  43 points, 18 assists, and just 4 turnovers in his 2 games.  Garland plays 3-games this week vs. the Knicks at home, followed by road matchups with the Pacers, and Hawks.  I was thrilled to be able to sneak Garland in at the end of the draft for $1.  

Thunder SF Darius Bazley

15/10 in his season debut vs. the Bobcats.  Bazley should be able to contribute defensive stats along with improved scoring in Year 2.  4-games this upcoming scoring period including home tilts with the Jazz, Magic, and Pelicans.  Then it’s back on the road vs. the Magic.  Bazley was drafted for $1 in the middle of the draft.  All you heard was crickets as the timer expired.  Power Forward eligibility should be on the way.  

Pistons SG/PG Delon Wright

4-games this week on the road with the Hawks followed by home matchups with the Warriors and Celtics (2).  Derrick Rose may get rested on the B2B and Killian Hayes has looked overmatched to start the season.  Wright may pick up more primary ball handling duties in the short-term which makes him a worthy streamer.    

Week 16 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

Dual Threat QB is a worthy streamer vs. the Cowboys. Hurts is in all of my DFS lineups. Carson Wentz future in Philly will be an intriguing offseason storyline.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson

I believe he has a more stable workload vs. the Seahawks than Malcolm Brown. 

Browns WR Rashard Higgins

PPR double digit scoring in 3 consecutive contests. The Jets, despite coming off their first win of the season are still a matchup to exploit. 

Broncos TE Noah Fant

In an earlier matchup with the Chargers went 7 for 47. The Chargers have not dazzled us with their play allowing 10 TD to opposing Tight Ends. 

Bears K Cairo Santos

Scored in double figures in consecutive games. Jacksonville can’t stop anybody. Bear Down. 

Washington Defense

Talented front four gets after Teddy 2 Gloves. 

IDP

Jets LB Neville Hewitt

5 games this season with double-digit total tackles. The Browns rushing attack should provide plenty of tackle opportunities. 

Fantasy Basketball Auction Draft

This is a 10-team weekly points league auction draft. The top 2 players were keepers.  Scoring heavily favors points along with bonuses for double-doubles and triple-doubles. I tend to draft young players that will play most back-to-back sets. I also look for high usage players on bad teams. Youth and depth are priorities at the back end of my roster. With it being a weekly league being able to maximize games played is key. In this draft I had $12 dollars remaining.    

NO.PLAYER
19Luka Doncic Dal, PG$9
20Jamal Murray Den, PG$9
24Donovan Mitchell Utah, SG$22
43Domantas Sabonis Ind, PF$22
47LaMelo Ball Cha, PG$6
68John Collins Atl, PF$20
69Christian Wood Hou, C$16
88Tyrese Haliburton Sac, PG$3
89Andrew Wiggins GS, SF$16
99Darius Bazley OKC, SF$1
105Jerami Grant Det, SF$3
118Marvin Bagley III Sac, PF$1
125Wendell Carter Jr. Chi, C$7
126Dillon Brooks Mem, SG$2
131Darius Garland Cle, PG$1

The $12 dollars left really pisses me off. I saved money for the middle to end of the draft so I could fill out my roster with depth.  The biggest regret is not continuing to spend and letting Khris Middleton go for $16.  Andrew Wiggins at that cost is awful. I do believe Wiggins will improve year 2 in Golden State, but he’s not worth the price of Middleton.  I had too much money to spend and the supply of proven SF was low.  The one player I wanted that went for too much was Jayson Tatum at $40.  Sabonis, Collins, Wood, and Wiggins were significantly more expensive than the site auction price. Sabonis, Collins, and Wood are perfect for this league setup. All 3 have PF/C eligibility and should accrue plenty of double-doubles.  Because I had Doncic and Murray so cheap, I was willing to spend more targeted players.  Donovan Mitchell at $22 is a better value than a $33 dollar priced Devin Booker.  I was saving money at the end, but held up on James Wiseman $10 and Lauri Markkanen $14.  Marvin Bagley III was a target I wanted to have money for at the end. I would have been willing to go into double digits to draft him this year.  Many in the draft were stunned I was able to sneak Bagley III thru for $1.  LaMelo Ball may not start right away, but I find it hard to believe he will ride the pine all year in Charlotte.  Bazley, Grant, Brooks, and Garland are high usage players on bad teams.  I love Bazley this season as a young player on a bad team that should play a lot. Grant was paid heavily in free agency by the Pistons. He should see a lot of shots on a bad team.  Haliburton is more of a keeper prospect/trade chip at the deadline.  Carter Jr. is a project that I really liked coming out of college. Carter Jr. is a post hype sleeper that I can wait on this season.  The other thing I did was not have multiple guys from the same team.  Bagley III and Haliburton are the only teammates.  Spreading out across different teams helps to cut down on roster crunches on short-weeks. I believe this team will be competitive and has depth.  Not my best effort leaving $12 on the table. 

Week 15 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Colts QB Phillip Rivers

The Texans have allowed a league worst opponent’s passer rating of 108.1. Injuries continue to decimate the Texans defense this season. Did a DFS stack with T.Y. Hilton.  

Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins

Has scored TD in 3 consecutive games. The Jaguars have allowed the 3rd most rushing yards in the NFL. 

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk

Double Digit PPR scoring in 5 consecutive games. The Cowboys defense gives Aiyuk an opportunity at pinball points. 

Rams TE Tyler Higbee

The Jets have allowed 837 yards and 12 TD to opposing TE this season. I’m using Higbee in DFS and picking him up to block in playoff matchups.   

Seahawks K Jason Myers

Washington defense is phenomenal and will stall out some Seattle drives. 

Browns Defense

Ignore the Browns defense allowing 28.3 PPG. Colt McCoy has a career passer rating of 78.0.  

IDP 

Jets LB Harvey Langi

8 or more total tackles in 5 consecutive games. 

Week 14 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton

The Bengals defense has one more sack than TJ Watt (13/12). The Cowboys are due for something to go right this season and I think it happens in Cincinnati. 

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon

Weird usage with the Broncos this season. Panthers have allowed 14 Rushing TD and opponents to run for 4.6 yards-per-carry. Gordon is a standard league flex play. 

Titans WR Corey Davis

Terrific season despite having his 5th year options declined. Double Digit PPR scoring in 9 of 10 games played this season. Jaguars defense offers pinball points for Titans skill position players. 

Bears TE Cole Kmet

7 targets last week as Jimmy Graham has ceded snaps to Kmet. With the TE position being so shallow and the ineptitude of the Texans secondary, Kmet is a deep streamer. 

Colts K Rodrigo Blankenship

Good matchup and kicking indoors.

Titans Defense

I anticipate the Titans bouncing back vs. the Jaguars after giving up 41 last week to the Browns. 

IDP

Texans FS Justin Reid 

Gets sent on blitzes and plays Center Field in the Texans defense. Mitch Trubisky misses too many throws over the middle of the field. Reid has a decent chance to pick off one of Trubisky’s wild misses. 

Week 13 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

Consecutive games of 3 Passing TD. The Jaguars allow a league worst 106.3 opponents passer rating. 

Patriots RB James White

More involved in the offense in recent weeks with Rex Burkhead out. 6 catches 2 weeks ago, 2 Rushing TD last week. The Chargers have been generous to opposing RB’s. White is a PPR Flex play. 

Colts WR T.Y Hilton

Scored his 1st TD of the season last week.  The Texans have allowed 8 pass plays over 40 yards. For his career, Hilton has caught more balls for more yards and more TD vs. the Texans than any other opponent. (85/1,538/10)

Packers TE Robert Tonyan

Has scored as many TD (7) as Travis Kelce this season and more than Mark Andrews (6) and  Darren Waller (5).

Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn

Colts defense will stall out some Texans drives. 

Packers Defense

I still believe Carson Wentz is a viable starting quarterback in this league, but right now he’s broken.  

Washington Football Team SS Kamren Curl

8 or total tackles in 4 consecutive games. The Steelers passing attack should provide more tackle opportunities.

Week 12 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Browns QB Baker Mayfield

Jaguars allow an opponent’s passer rating of 105.4. Mayfield hasn’t thrown a TD pass in 3 games and that should change today vs. the Jaguars. DFS cost is so low it may be worth your while. 

Giants RB Wayne Gallman

Bengals allow a league worst 5 yards-per-carry. Gallman has scored a rushing TD in 4 consecutive games.  Gallman is a ppr flex play as Alfred Morris may take away a bit of the workload. 

Raiders WR Nelson Agholor

6 TD this season which is more than JuJu Smith Schuster, DJ Moore, DeAndre Hopkins, and Stefon Diggs. The Falcons pass defense is still atrocious.    

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert

Seahawks pass defense is getting better, but Goedert still should be able to do damage with Zack Ertz still out.

Rams K Matt Gay 

Should see field goal opportunities vs. the 49ers.

Giants Defense

Coming off the bye week vs. the Brandon Allen/Ryan Finley led Bengals could lead to pinball points. 

IDP

49ers LB Dre Greenlaw

6 or more total tackles in 6 consecutive games. Rams rushing attack and short passing attack should lead to plenty of tackle opportunities.

Week 11 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Washington QB Alex Smith

The Bengals have allowed a combined 14 passing TD in their last 4 games.  Smith is an unbelievable story and his determination belongs in the Circle Of Trust.   

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed

Looked decisive vs. the Chargers. With the Dolphins prioritizing development, I see Ahmed as a standard league flex play against the Broncos.   

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers

4 consecutive games of double digit scoring in PPR formats. Houston’s pass defense could be just the slump buster Cam Newton and the Patriots offense needed. 

Saints TE Taysom Hill

Ultimate lottery ticket vs. the Falcons. Gadget role may be expanded to limit Jameis Winston’s opportunity to turn the ball over. 

Packers K Mason Crosby

Colts defense may stall out the Packers offense a little more than usual. 

Dolphins Defense

The Broncos offensive line gives up too many sacks. If Brett Rypien plays pinball points could ensue. 

IDP

Eagles MLB T.J. Edwards

25 total tackles in his last 2 games since returning from a hamstring injury.