A few days ago, my Fantasy Football Report cohost Hasan Rahim and I joined Pat Kerrane and Peter Overzet on Ship Chasing to run back our quad-managed FFPC draft.
Last year, we went through most of the season taking near zeroes at our second running back slot, and we scrambled to fill our tight end slot from the waiver wire almost every week (in a TE-premium format). Our first-round pick, JuJu Smith-Schuster, missed four games, and finished the week outside of the top-24 wide receivers in nine of the 12 games he did appear in. Our fourth-round pick, Brandin Cooks, averaged only 8.4 PPR points per game, and did not have a single WR1 week. We drafted both Gerald Everett and Brian Hill, and dropped each of them before their breakout performances. At one point in the season, our kicker got appendicitis (this is true).
That team finished second.
The difference between our score and our opponent’s score in the individual league final was (some say) less than the difference between Patrick Laird’s Week 13 point total (16.8 PPR points) and Ronald Jones’ Week 13 point total (0.8). (There’s some internal disagreement as to the facts of the case here — historians and theologians will debate whether the Laird would have been our salvation for years to come. The short version is we started Jones, benched Laird, and lost by about 12 points. Divine justice, perhaps.)
So, armed only with our wits, the RotoViz tools, and a mandate to trigger as many people online as possible, we ventured forth, determined not to repeat all of the mistakes we made the first time around. Here’s how our draft went, from the eighth slot.