Our SFB480 Rosters and Draft Strategies

With the Scott Fish Bowl coming to an end, the RotoViz Staff participants got together to break down their individual strategies and rosters.

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QB – Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor
RB – Jamaal Charles, Jonathan Stewart, Jeremy Hill, Ameer Abdullah, Rashad Jennings, LeGarrette Blount, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Josh Ferguson, Tyler Ervin, Alfred Morris
WR – Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Devin Funchess, Rishard Matthews, Rashard Higgins, Kenny Britt
TE – Dwayne Allen, Jace Amaro

I planned on starting RB heavy until Beckham fell to me at 1.09. From there I drafted Jamaal Charles, then two WRs and two QBs. After that I pounded RBs that feature in the run game on good teams (Stewart, Hill, Blount) or with good playoff schedules (Abdullah, Jennings). I grabbed my first TE in Dwayne Allen in Round 12. Toward the latter half of the draft I targeted WRs and RBs with upside, while skimping on QB and TE, figuring some of each will become available on the waiver wire at some point.

Tyler Buecher

QB – Aaron Rodgers, Sam Bradford, Blaine Gabbert
RB – Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, Danny Woodhead, Matt Asiata
WR – Eric Decker, Emmanuel Sanders, Steve Smith Sr., Phillip Dorsett, Stevie Johnson, Nelson Agholor, Kenny Britt, Robert Woods, Kenny Bell
TE – Zach Miller, Jared Cook, Niles Paul

The scoring system for SFB480 attempts to even the playing field from position to position, but in my opinion, it allowed a bit of an advantage towards running backs with the 0.25 point per carry (ppc). As such, five of my first six picks were mainly proven veteran RBs in line to see the majority of their team’s running back touches. I scoop up Rodgers as my weekly QB starter with Bradford and Gabbert filling the superflex slot based on matchups. I was amazed to get a pair of perennial fantasy WR2’s in the seventh and eighth rounds in Decker and Sanders. I punted the tight end position, selecting Miller as my top option. The rest of my roster is filled with fliers that are an injury away from fantasy significance.

Anthony Amico

QB – Andy Dalton, Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Paxton Lynch
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Eddie Lacy, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Mathews, Jonathan Stewart, Duke Johnson, C.J. Prosise, Jerick McKinnon, Tyler Ervin
WR – Corey Coleman, Stefon Diggs, Bruce Ellington, Leonte Carroo, Chris Moore, Darius Heyward-Bey, J.J. Nelson
TE – Dwayne Allen, Vance McDonald

Given the RB heavy scoring system and four flex spots (one Superflex), this seemed like the perfect spot to go Robust RB. My goal was to make sure I could fill my flex spots with quality RBs, as they dwarf the other positions in scoring, so I started my draft with six straight RBs and didn’t take my first WR until the 10th round. My first three WRs were all major targets of mine, and I feel comfortable with them as my starters. At QB, once I secured a true starter with upside in Dalton, I added some others with rushing upside to take advantage of the scoring. My draft was finished off with some WR fliers.

Charles Kleinheksel

QB – Tyrod Taylor, Alex Smith, Geno Smith, Blaine Gabbert
RB – Devonta Freeman, Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews, Shane Vereen, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams, Josh Ferguson, Peyton Barber
WR – Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith, Will Fuller, Jermaine Kearse
TE – Eric Ebron, Travis Kelce, Vance McDonald, Cameron Brate

I used the Cheat Sheet App to convert our player projections into SFB scoring, then pulled in ADP from the various mock drafts that were done. Other than taking more QBs than in a normal redraft, I tried to stay position agnostic and go with the player that projected to score the most points. Later in the draft, I went for more boom-bust type players or contingency-based handcuffs (Barber, Gillislee/Williams).

Aaron Butler

QB – Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Geno Smith
RB – Lamar Miller, Dion Lewis, Ryan Mathews, Arian Foster, Javorius Allen, Kenneth Dixon
WR – Brandin Cooks, Eric Decker, Marvin Jones, DeSean Jackson, Josh Doctson, Devin Funchess, Terrance Williams, Kendall Wright, Eric Rogers, DeAndre Smelter
TE – Jordan Reed, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Lance Kendricks

I did not subscribe to a slogan based draft strategy. Instead I utilized the composite staff projections adjusted to SFB scoring and compared the projected point finishes to the available mock draft data. I was originally planning to wait on QB but I couldn’t pass up the Lamar Miller/Russell Wilson start. From there, I took the best player available while trying not to get caught up in positional runs. I like the idea of stacking players at the same position on the same team (DJax/Doctson, Buck/Dixon, Rogers/Smelter). The ambiguity in the Ravens backfield and at wide receiver for the 49ers may have allowed me to steal a major contributor late in the draft.

Peter Overzet

QB – Philip Rivers, Marcus Mariota, Joe Flacco
RB – Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Javorius Allen, Shane Vereen, Tyler Ervin, Alex Collins, Tim Hightower, Christine Michael, Khiry Robinson
WR – Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, Emmanuel Sanders, Corey Coleman, Jeff Janis
TE – Greg Olsen, Eric Ebron, Virgil Green

I went true Zero RB and didn’t select my first running back until the 12th round (Tevin Coleman) despite our Zero RB leader forsaking us zealots in his own SFB480 draft. With the deep bench (11 spots), I preferred to load up on WRs, QBs, and TEs at the start and then hammer RBs in the back half who could potentially give me a decent floor in passing game production to begin the season or eventually become league winners in the event of an injury or depth chart maneuvering. Oh, I also drafted Jeff Janis and that’s really all that matters, right?

Brian Malone

QB – Brock Osweiler, Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch
RB – Todd Gurley, Doug Martin, Mark Ingram, Carlos Hyde, Frank Gore, Matt Jones, Justin Forsett, DeAngelo Williams, Zach Zenner, Stevan Ridley
WR – Sammy Watkins, Michael Crabtree, Breshad Perriman, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Jaelen Strong
TE – Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry

Win the flex. In a league where Doug Martin outscored Odell Beckham in 2015, that means starting high-volume RBs in all the non-QB flex spots. I lost some season-long upside with this approach because I had to build in redundancy (by drafting 10 RBs to fill 5 lineup spots). But season long upside isn’t a huge deal. Starting five horses each week maximizes my chances of making the playoffs. And once I’m there (if I’m there), I’ll hope that my rag-tag receivers catch a few touchdowns.

Scott Smith

QB – Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck
RB – Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Stewart, Charles Sims, Tevin Coleman, Tyler Ervin, Alfred Morris, Darren Sproles, Khiry Robinson, Brandon Oliver
WR – Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Golden Tate, Eric Decker, DeSean Jackson, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams, Pharoh Cooper
TE – Jimmy Graham, Vance McDonald, Charles Clay

My strategy was to go QB early by taking the two players with the highest projected point totals left on the board at that time. I hoped to have a bit of variance as I figured RBs early and often would be the approach most used by savvy drafters. After that I took a value over replacement strategy from a target/touch standpoint rather than points, trying to select players who were set up to see a lot of volume such as Gordon and Stewart. I took shots at upside with Sims and Coleman in the event an injury occurs. A mishap in preselecting landed me Jimmy Graham even though I had no intentions of drafting him, so here’s to hoping he is a pleasant surprise. Overall my team didn’t turn out as planned, so I am hoping for a few breaks along the way.

Heith Krueger

QB – Tyrod Taylor, Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB – Jay Ajayi, Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Tevin Coleman, Tyler Ervin, Matt Jones, Khiry Robinson, Karlos Williams
WR – Kenny Bell, Travis Benjamin, Bruce Ellington, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeff Janis, Allen Robinson, Steve Smith, Emmanuel Sanders
TE – Gary Barnidge, Martellus Bennett

I planned on going heavy RB and selected Bell (before the suspension) first overall, then snagged Charles and Robinson at the two/three turn. I was not planning on selecting a QB in the earlier rounds, but Taylor falling to 4.12 was a value I could not pass on. Jay Ajayi was a player I have been high on (pre-Foster signing) given the ability he showed in college and role in an Adam Gase offense. From there I looked for value, snagging Fitzgerald at 6.12, Sanders at 8.12, and Barnidge at 9.01. After that, my primary focus was to target running backs that could find themselves in high volume situations if they catch a break unless a nice value presented itself at one of the other positions.

Jacob Rickrode

QB – Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Mark Sanchez
RB – Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews, Legarrette Blount, Deandre Washington, James Starks, Kenyan Drake, Tyler Ervin, Khiry Robinson, Matt Asiata
WR – T.Y. Hilton, Eric Decker, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Willie Snead, Josh Gordon, Jeff Janis
TE – Ladarius Green, Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme

I knew the consensus strategy was to go RB heavy so I decided to target a few of the top scoring QBs to “just score points.” Then, while the league loaded up on RBs, I took top 24 WRs, although I still managed to pick up a couple decent RBs in Forte and Mathews. With a little luck, I might have this year’s David Johnson with one of my rookie RBs. I was fortunate to snag Green and Thomas, both who I believe have top-5 TE potential. Stacking Luck/Hilton and Brees/Snead can work in a GPP and since the SFB playoffs are essentially that, why not?

Matt Wispe

QB – Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Teddy Bridgewater
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Mark Ingram, Jonathan Stewart, Theo Riddick, Shaun Draughn, Khiry Robinson, Chris Thompson
WR – Mike Evans, Torrey Smith, Rishard Matthews, Markus Wheaton, Michael Crabtree, Robert Woods, Tedd Ginn Jr., Leonte Carroo, Tyler Boyd, Malcolm Mitchell.
TE – Dwayne Allen, Delanie Walker

At 1.01 and I toyed with several running backs to start off my team and decided to follow my projections and took the riskier Elliott (Because why play for average in a 480 team league?). My plan initially was to take a balanced approach, but after I solidified my starting QBs at the 4/5 turn I decided to go after a top TE and a third high volume RB. At WRs I went with one stud early and rounded out my group with high ceiling players in decent situations.

Justin Winn

QB- Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Colin Kaepernick, Geno Smith, Paxton Lynch
RB- Lamar Miller, Devonta Freeman, Matt Forte, Jonathan Stewart, Justin Forsett, Arian Foster, Derrick Henry, Chris Johnson, Jonathan Williams, Andre Ellington
WR- Demaryius Thomas, Jeremy Maclin, Eric Decker, Breshad Perriman, Josh Gordon, Kenny Britt
TE- Jared Cook

Of the (non-super) flex-able positions, I had RBs projected to score the most on a per game basis by a significant margin, which is why I started my draft with the trio of Miller, Freeman, and Forte. But I wasn’t going to draft risky RBs just for the sake of taking RBs which is why I still got some relatively expensive WRs. QB is important because of the superflex, but the lack of penalties for INTs and the points for carries combine to penalize a lot of good real life QBs like Romo and Palmer, so I ended up with a slew of QBs that could be considered bad. Because of the full PPR I believe TEs were overvalued. But only having to start one makes it the least important position in my eyes. Thus, not only was I the last person in my division to draft a TE, I was also one of the last people in the entire contest to do so.

Jason Lewis

QB – Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB – Lamar Miller, Mark Ingram, CJ Anderson, CJ Prosise, James Starks, Kenyan Drake, Mike Gillislee, Tim Hightower, Terrell Watson
WR – Jeremy Maclin, Larry Fitzgerald, Torrey Smith, Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace, Victor Cruz, Kenny Bell
TE – Travis Kelce, Vance McDonald, Jared Cook

Due to the 4 flexes, I took a top-down approach to my projections and tried to be position agnostic.  This lead to three early running backs, a mid-round tight end, and two rushing QBs. I took some heat for taking Miller earlier than anyone else in the tournament at 1.03, but I had him as my #2 overall player (prior to the Bell suspension).  I also really liked gambling on Fitzpatrick in Round 11, as he was the 11th highest scoring player in this format last year and is still heavily discounted. One thing that surprised me was how balanced my roster turned out, but that was a byproduct of using a strategy where I took some gambles on players falling based on their ADPs that did not work out as planned.

Curtis Patrick

QB – Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Geno Smith
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews, Rashad Jennings, DeAngelo Williams, James White
WR – Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Crabtree, Travis Benjamin, Terrance Williams, Rueben Randle, Bruce Ellington, Ty Montgomery, Ricardo Louis
TE – Delanie Walker, Gary Barnidge, Kyle Rudolph, Larry Donnell

My strategy was to win the flex. Reviewing the scoring for this format led me to believe the best way to do so was by employing two top-12 QBs, a deep group of RB volume hogs, and two top-12 TEs. I was able to exceed my own expectations, landing two top-eight QBs and two top-eight TEs (by my estimation). Unfortunately, the news about Brady’s suspension broke less than an hour after I chose him. I probably waited too long on selecting a third QB, however there were too many values dropping at other positions so I elected to take a riskier approach of betting on Smith to win the job for the Jets. Landing Gary Barnidge in the 11th round of a TE-premium league felt criminal.

Ben Gretch

QB – Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill, Alex Smith
RB – Thomas Rawls, Justin Forsett, LeGarrette Blount, Arian Foster, Alex Collins, Tim Hightower, Jonathan Grimes
WR – Odell Beckham, Jordy Nelson, Alshon Jeffery, DeVante Parker, Josh Gordon, Mohamed Sanu, Victor Cruz, Leonte Carroo, Ty Montgomery
TE – Gary Barnidge, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacob Tamme

In general, early picks are best spent on WRs. This format devalued them, but only enough to roughly level each position in my opinion. We start three WRs, so while their absolute value is lower, you can still gain a significant edge at WR2 and WR3. In other words, I planned to win WR3 rather than win the Flex, while still acknowledging I’d prefer to be flexing RBs. The drop in WR ADP in mocks was large enough to make this viable to me. To that end, nabbing three of my top seven WRs in this format gives me a strong foundation. Unfortunately, I was in a draft that went heavier on RBs in early rounds than many other divisions I reviewed, so it didn’t play well to my strategy. This is part of why I added both Foster and Josh Gordon as upside plays late, because I felt my roster needed the gambles. I’m fortunate for how those played out because there was significant risk. I’ll need to hit the waiver wire at RB, but otherwise have a decent blend of stacks, hedges, and upside.


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