Swimming with Sharks: Breaking Down the General Trends and Roster Construction Tactics From a Staff FFPC Draft
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Image Credit: John Byrum/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Christian McCaffrey.

Fantasy football is about picking the right players. If you had Christian McCaffrey last year, chances are you did very well. If you had Patrick Mahomes the year before, you were probably near the top of your league.

That’s why so much fantasy content these days focuses on which players to choose. Which sleepers will break out. Which early-round players will bust. You get the idea. And if that’s what you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered: Check out who RotoViz drafters are willing to take ahead of or behind ADP in an actual draft situation.

Here’s the thing: Roster construction is much more connected to player selection than most people think. For a lot of people, roster construction just means how many of each position to select, but it’s so much more than that. It’s knowing how to build a team in order to maximize your chances of hitting on those league-winning players. Mahomes and Lamar Jackson were both late-round quarterbacks (and both went inside the QB window). Both of McCaffrey’s historic seasons came when his ADP was inside the first two rounds, a range that has been kind to RBs historically. Alvin Kamara and David Johnson have both written their names in the fantasy record books within the last five years after rookie-year breakouts – and both of their ADPs were in an area that has been conducive to RB breakouts historically. Chris Godwin finished as the WR2 last year from a Round 4 ADP, landing him right in the WR sweet spot of the “RB Dead Zone.”

Today, we’ll look at a RotoViz FFPC-style best ball mock that wrapped up last month to investigate why the draft went the way it did (e.g. why were the first six rounds so WR-heavy?) and why certain owners built their team how they did.

General Trends

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