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. 

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