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Scott Fish Bowl Behind the Scenes, Part 2

Did you read Part 1 of the Scott Fish Bowl recap, from the point of view of the draftees? Well, you should. Feel free to check out the entire #2014sfb league and read on.

Rich Watt, fan
Brady Callahan, DLF
Joe Massa, fan
Chris Iyoupe, fan
TJ Hernandez, Sportable
Salvatore Stefanile, Sportable
Greg Dietzler
Dan Williams, fan
Jack Delaney, Your FF Coach
Brad Jerman, fan
Jared Smola, DraftSharks
Zach Law
Brian Dezelske
Liz Loza, The Fantasy Football Girl
Aaron Herman, Fake Pigskin
Jeff Beran, DLF

Rich Watt, fan

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

I was planning on holding off on QBs and focusing on getting 2-3 RBs early, due to a large group of middling QBs and the .1 point per rush. There are few “bell cow” backs these days, and WRs are deep, though I planned on going WR earlier than QB. Ideally, I wanted RB-RB-WR-WR-RB-WR-WR-QB-QB, or something along those lines.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I had the 9th pick and, with two picks left before my first selection, Forte and Lacy were available. I was very happy about that, and then they both got drafted. At that point, I didn’t feel good about Murray, Bell or Ball with a 1st rounder, so I took Brees. I gave serious consideration to Graham, but felt getting the last of the big 3 QBs was a good start. I got Ball on the way back down and switched to a more balance strategy. I ended up going QB-RB-TE-RB-WR-WR-QB-WR-WR.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

I got a handful of my later round targets (M. Jones, D. Street), but missed on a couple of earlier guys I liked (all of the top 6 RBs, top 6 WRs).

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

I was happy getting Dalton at 7.09, after Romo, Rivers, Cutler, E. Manning and the like all gone. Probably biggest steal in the league was Gronk at 5.01 (though his risk usually turns me away) or Nuk Hopkins at 8.01. That said, not many steals in this draft, and few if any head-scratchers.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Mistake: I thought I was setting predraft for the last round, but accidentally had it set to Round 18, ended up with CJ anderson there. Not a huge mistake, but players I like better were selected after him, before my next pick. Regret: Taking Bush in the 4th. The reliable RBs were gone and I grabbed him up as a decent RB2, but would have been better off with a WR and a couple later flyer RBs I fear.

Grade your team.

I’ll give it a B+, with 2-3 other teams in the same B+ to A- range.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I put a lot of emphasis on having a balanced team that had enough NFL starters to fill the 11 weekly starter spots, even during byes. There are teams in my division for which I like their top 9 or so players better than mine, but I grade mine fairly high for reliability and weekly output. I’ll say playoff bound, but will need a couple sleeper hits to reach for the division title. In other words, I label my team as boring but effective, but there is plenty of room for a higher-upside team to make some hits and leave me behind.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

I was in Pedro division, so I have good things to say about my fellow drafters. Everyone was engaged, active and fast. Several different strategies apparent and few steals to be had. Probably best league I’ve ever been in with regards to players I liked not dropping. I suppose playing with the experts will do that, and it increased the fun for me. There were 1-2 division mates that were a bit overly praising of their own picks, but I tend to be a little lower key. All in all, I would happily play with all of them again and hope that the division stays together in 2015 (though I have no idea if you ever consider previous year’s division). Then again, I’ll be happy just to be involved again next year, as the fan spots will no doubt be in demand.

Favorite part of the league?

The level of competition and the use of non-standard rules. I love having to parse the rules and look for an advantage that some may have missed. I usually play dynasty and almost always go hard on the WRs early, but the .1 per rush really seems to swing the points toward the handful of solid RBs. I usually don’t go QB crazy even in superflex, so I was surprised how many QBs went early even after Manning, Rodgers and Brees were gone, and am curious to see how the WR-heavy teams perform.

Brady Callahan, DLF

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

My strategy going into the draft was to take advantage of the new .2 points per rushing attempt. I felt like if I bought into getting those points at every position (QBs who run, RBs who more or less are the bell cow, and WRs who often get the ball in rushing situations) I could give myself a decent advantage week to week. We’ll see!

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I had to alter the strategy a little bit; a pick here, a pick there. But for the most part – particularly the first 6-8 rounds – I kept to my strategy.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

My biggest “miss” was targeting RGIII as a high-upside second QB. Not too disappointed though, ended up with Wilson.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

(Alien League, Paul Division) My biggest steal: Lache Seastrunk at 21.05 – Jay Gruden loves using multiple backs, so I’m buying Seastrunk having a “playmaker” role from day 1. Another big steal I had was Shonn Greene at 17.05

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

My biggest mistake/regret was going for a 3rd QB a little too early. I panicked and took Bridgewater in the 11th. While I do think he’ll win the job and Norv will make things easy on him, I didn’t need to nab him there.

Grade your team.

I really like my team. Think I’ll have some boom and bust weeks with my top 3-4 WRs (Harvin, DJax, Patterson, Cooper) but I also have some nice sleeper types I’m counting on breaking out should I have injuries/inconsistency (Marlon Brown, Dobson, Ace Sanders, and Denarious Moore). At RB, I feel really good with my group led by AP (Martin, SJax, and Greene). I’ve also piled on some really nice sleepers IMO (Lattimore, Seastrunk, and Latavius Murray). Think Murray could have that starting job mid-season.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I think I’ve got a really good chance to make the playoffs, it all depends on Cam’s health, really. If Newton has another elite season, I would think I’ll be fine.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Draft was great. Lots of good people, unfortunately I was the slowest drafter, but the average time was skewed by one or two long times in between. Other than that I was quick! I swear. :)

Favorite part of the league?

This epic, huge draft (and knowing everyone else is drafting at the same time) has to be my favorite part. It’s just a really fun part – the most fun, really – knowing we’re implementing our draft strategies together. And, I like how it’s so early in the year. Once the SFB comes, you know fantasy football is here.

Joe Massa, fan

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

Decided to go with the LRQB strategy of waiting on QB/TE and trying to stockpile as much WR/RB talent as possible.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Stuck with it for the most part.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Dez/Roddy/Foster were players I was targeting and got. Murray/Dunbar/Cruz/G.Tate/H.Miller/D.Allen were some players I was hoping to land that I did not.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

For my team I think Roddy at the end of the 5th and the 18th WR off the board is bit of a steal, I expect top 12 WR production from him this season. Ryan Miller getting Rashad Jennings in the 6th in a league that rewards .2 pts per carry is a steal imo. Harvin at end of 6th and G. Tate end of 7th are also good values. If Steven Jackson stays healthy I think Marek Kilanowski getting him in the 9th round could be the steal of the draft. I’m not buying the Freeman hype, at least not for this year. Sjax could be in for a monster year.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

No real regrets, would have liked to have gotten another TE like Allen or Miller.but overall I think I did pretty well.

Grade your team.

I’d give it a B.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I wouldn’t consider my team the favorite but I believe it a playoff roster.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Shane Beckett sniped me 3 times with Murray/H Miller/D Allen so I think he did a pretty good job assembling his roster.

Favorite part of the league?

My favorite part of the league is just the vastness of it which gives you the ability to see all the different strategies/philosophies.

Chris Iyoupe

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

I knew I wanted a top wr and qb round 1 and two then I wanted to get rbs that had potential for lots of carries and then just draft best player available most of the time.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I did have to zig a few times but no not really.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Matt Ryan got him.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

i dont really pay attention to steals

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

I kind of regret DeSean Jackson and how i ended up with alot of rookies its kind of a team that could go good or could go very bad. I also regret how busy i was during this draft i wasn’t able to dedicate as much time as i like to.

Grade your team.

B with a potential A if the rookies produce

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

At this point i think every team has a shot injuries and breakout players usually decide redraft leagues

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

They were all very good and patient i missed my last pick because i signed in on my phone thought i made a pick and then realized i didnt pick until a day later and i wasent yelled at to much or replaced so i think they were all pretty good guys.

Favorite part of the league?

Don’t have one yet the season’s barely begun

TJ Hernandez, Sportable

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

My strategy going in to the draft was to go against the grain as much as possible. This meant putting an emphasis on point per carry over point per receptions, waiting on quarterback but getting 3 decent starters, and getting shares of players that I have been fading in the early rounds. This strategy could backfire, but you have to be contrarian when trying to best such a big field.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Since I was drafting at the turn, it was actually somewhat easy to stick to my strategy. At the turn you always have to reach in one way or another so I never really passed on huge value in favor of rigid strategy.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Since I went RB heavy early, there were a lot of 2nd and 3rd year receivers that I was targeting in the late middle rounds. I want Terrance Williams in every league, but he went a bit too early in this draft. Luckily most of my other targets fell to me.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

I’m pretty high on Marvin Jones this year, and I think a lot of fellow writers share that sentiment, so I was surprised to be able to get him as the WR43 behind guys like Justin Hunter, Emmanuel Sanders, and Mike Evans.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

There were too many sharks for players to fall too far, but I think Matt Rittle got 2 of the best picks in the draft. After loading up on WRs and getting an early QB, he was still able to get Zac Stacy as his RB1 in round 4. He then got Doug Baldwin, a WR that finished as the WR37 in PPR leagues last year and one of my favorite late round targets, in the 13th round as WR59 off the board.

Grade your team.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Favorite part of the league?

The format all around. From the super deep rosters, to no kickers or defense, to no trading, knowledgeable skillful drafters are really going to be rewarded, which should be the case when competing against such a large field.

Salvatore Stefanile, Sportable

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

I knew I didn’t want to overpay for a quarterback, just so I could have one. I’ve found in 2-QB/SuperFlex leagues that feature a lot of players new to the format that they’ll overspend on QB just because they feel they have to. That’s not always the case, so I’d rather let the board fall to me and wait to grab a couple of decent every week signal callers. (Note: I subbed in for the original owner starting Round 4).

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Pretty just kept chugging along, and trying to grab a ton of WRs/TEs.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Wanted two of these QBs: Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Jake Locker, and Geno Smith. Got A. Smith and Locker.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

Delanie Walker – Round 14, Pick 9 – Kyle Pierce – 413FantasyFootball

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

My only regret was not signing up of a team.

Grade your team.

B

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Think the depth at each position should at least have me fighting for a playoff spot.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

They’re all awesome.

Favorite part of the league?

Twitter trash talk

Greg Dietzler

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

As a tiers drafter, the draft usually formulates itself. Although I wanted two, top two tier, QBs were expensive.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Pretty much stuck to my tier drafting strategy.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Missed out on Sankey by one pick.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

I got Ben Tate at 7.10.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

No

Grade your team.

B+

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Playoff bound

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Good group of guys.

Favorite part of the league?

Slow draft part and 2QBs.

Dan Williams

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

My strategy is value based for every pick. Wanted to be strong at QB, as 2 can be started every week.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I stuck to the strategy, but in hindsight have regrets .. Expected QB’s to come off the board faster, due to the format, but that did not happen. Could have had Stafford or Luck and Dez, and got a 2nd strong QB at 3.12. But the 12 spot is tough, as your at the mercy of the other drafters at times.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

I wanted both Stafford & Luck and have them. Have targeted Roddy in every draft this season. Lost J.Bell by a couple of picks and hoped to get both Edelman & Sanders. Edelman went right before me.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

Based on the format .. RG3 at 4.02 .. AAHHH!! Should have been gone in the 2nd. Cobb is a steal at 3.06. Another steal is Vereen at 5.06.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

As I said .. 2 QBS at 12/13 .. could have had RG3 at 3.12. Just Crazy, never expected that in this format.

Grade your team.

Had to make some tough choices. Need H.Miller to play well (likely will) .. If my QB’s falter .. the team will blow .. B-, at best.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Bubble team.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Favorite part of the league?

Early in the draft, it seemed that Team 11 had the exact same draft board as me. Tough, when we are right next to each other.

Jack Delaney, Your FF Coach

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

My strategy going in was to focus on wide receivers who receive a large amount of targets. Dez Bryant is a huge threat in a PPR league because of his catches and looks in the endzone, so I drafted him in the first round. I used my second pick on Antonio Brown, who should be set up for another solid season with Pittsburgh reportedly making the no-huddle offense a fixture for Big Ben. Finally, I used my third pick on Julius Thomas because he has a fresh body with little wear and tear, and he will be even more productive with a better understanding of the playbook and the departure of the Eric Decker. Together, these three players averaged 16.6 receptions last season, so if those numbers remained steady, I would be looking at 16-17 points from receptions just from these three players.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

My strategy of drafting top PPR options held up, and I was able to land some very talented players. Drafting receivers and a tight end early limited my quarterback options somewhat, and my running backs are either injury prone or mainly sleepers.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

I really wanted Rashad Jennings and Nick Foles, but it wasn’t meant to be. Foles was drafted in the third round, and my receiver PPR strategy wouldn’t have worked if I took a qb that early.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

For my team, the biggest steal was landing BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the 18th round. If Bernard is going to be used more in the passing game, that will put the Law Firm against rookie Jeremy Hill for touches. He wasn’t a super exciting option, but he still finished the 2013 season with 7 rushing touchdowns and 756 rushing yards. If he can hold of Hill, Green-Ellis could become a very serviceable option from week to week.

Vernon Davis was a steal for fan Tim Fisher, and Danny Amendola was a steal in the 12th round for Scott Whitfield of RotoRankings.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

I drafted Eddie Lacy’s former backup Johnathan Franklin thinking he had a 50/50 shot of playing, but his neck injury is largely considered to be career ending.

Grade your team.

B+

QBs- Solid with plenty of upside. Love Hoyer, think he has been greatly underestimated.

RBs- Ryan Mathews, Frank Gore and MJD are my main backs, so I am very concerned about their durability. I am hoping that out of Bryce Brown, Charles Sims or Christine Michael, one of those backs will step up and become a reliable starter.

WRs- Stacked. Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and Kelvin Benjamin should shine every week. I think Jerricho Cotchery is going to be solid until Benjamin gets the hang of things, and I think he will be Cam Newton’s go-to guy the first few weeks of the season.

TE- Julius Thomas will be a stud, and rookie tight ends aren’t know for instant production, but Eric Ebron has a great chance of being fantasy relevant in his first year with the Detroit Lions.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

My receivers should help to find me early success, and I think I can accumulate seven wins fairly quickly. Playoff bound.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Stiff competition and everyone seems to know their stuff. Should be a great battle!

Favorite part of the league?

It will be very interesting to see how the different strategies play out. Is it worth it to draft two stud quarterbacks with your first and second-round picks, or is drafting receivers early because of the PPR format the way to go?
Brad Jerman, fan

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

This is my first 2 QB league, so I had a plan to grab my QB’s rather early… Then grab RB, wait on TE. Tried to draft value.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I did for the most part, but probably grabbed my 2nd QB too early (my Brady pick in the 5th started a run).

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Almost the whole way, my top picks vanished before it came back to me.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

Alshon Jeffery made it to pick 32 by Scott Whitfield… awesome value in my opinion.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

A few mistakes… I think I should have grabbed WR earlier. Tom Brady in the 5th (could have waited another round and grabbed a nice WR) Miles Austin in the 11th (with a league like this, a safer pick would have been warranted), Josh Gordon in the 17th (too early for a complete gamble). I expect I will be bottom feeding the waiver for useable WR5-6.

Grade your team.

I like my team (give it a “B-”), but first year in so not sure how it will play out. I may have taken too many risks.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I believe my chances are tied to my late round picks. If they pan out – I’m golden, if they don’t – I’m hosed.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Looking forward to the competition. Long wait times fell on just a couple folks.

Favorite part of the league?

Knowing that this will be a test of my drafting skill against experts is very intriguing. This wasn’t the normal work/church draft that I normally dominate.

Jared Smola, DraftSharks

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

The SFB setup is so unique that it’s tough to generate a pre-draft plan. I targeted the best players available (according to the Draft Sharks MVP Board) with my first 10 or so picks and then started to worry about filling positional needs.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

I stuck to my best-player-available strategy, even though it felt a little dirty to take 2 QBs with my first 4 picks.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

RG3 was the one guy I wanted to get my hands on. I think he’s in for a huge year, especially in this format that awards .2 points per carry.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

I’m not even a big fan of the guy, but Julian Edelman at 7.11 was a coup for my squad. I was also surprised to see Peyton Manning still on the board for me at 2.02. I strongly considered taking him over Calvin Johnson at 1.11.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

After waiting until Round 12 to take my first TE (Charles Clay), it would have been wise to lock up a strong 2nd option. Unfortunately, my 2 targets (Delanie Walker and Heath Miller) went before my 13th rounder. That left me a bunch of question marks behind Clay — Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener and Jermichael Finley.

Grade your team.

B+

My Manning-Griffin QB combo should carry me. I’m deep at WR with Johnson, V-Jax, Edelman, Watkins, Stills and Cooks. My RBs figure to make or break me. I need 2 of C.J. Spiller, Rashad Jennings and Stevan Ridley to come through.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Everyone should like their team coming out of a draft, and I’m no different here. Tough to find a team I like more than mine, although Ryan Dinkelman and Vince Ferrera put together nice squads.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Tough group overall, but I think most of the other drafted underrated QBs in what’s essentially a 2-QB league.

Favorite part of the league?

All the social media interaction.

Zach Law

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

I decided to make my first-round pick based on whoever I liked best and adjust accordingly. With the two-QB starting option and Peyton going at 1.01, I jumped on Aaron Rodgers at 1.02. Once I had that stud QB (please don’t get hurt, Rodg), I knew I could wait on my QB2 and got Manziel/Geno Smith/Hoyer to fill out the position. I ended up taking four running backs in the first seven rounds, really went with the value. Two of the five WRs I took between 8 and 14 should be weekly starters. You learn that you can’t be strong everywhere and have to fill in. Because of the 2 QB option, players fell a lot further than in normal drafts. I wouldn’t expect to get Montee Ball at 3.02 or Andre Ellington at 4.11 in a redraft.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Ha ha, strategy. That’s a good one.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

John Evans stole Ryan Griffin (the TE) from me in the last round. Bastard. Grabbing a bunch of flier/sleeper/comatose WRs in the 8th to 14th rounds meant I lost out on some of the best backup RBs.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

If there’s a miracle and Josh Gordon’s not suspended for all of 2014, picking him at 19.02 will be the steal of the century. Most likely, I have a free roster spot for the first round of waivers. I really liked getting Manziel at 10.11. Matt Young getting ADP and Jimmy Graham at the ½ turn was pretty sweet.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

It’s not like we’re playing for big bucks, so I was glad to the have the opportunity to play in such a competitive with a bunch of my fantasy buddies and future interview “victims”.

Grade your team.

A++++ (I’m not really that confident, but Pat James liked it)

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I think I can make the playoffs, provided I get some WR help and all of my RBs don’t get hurt. Because RBs never get hurt.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

You have no chance against me, unless you do.

Favorite part of the league?

Four flex spots. That Scott Fish, he’s some kind of mad genius.

Brian Dezelske

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

Since I was drafting No. 3 overall, my strategy was to land one of my top-3 ranked players (which I landed AP). Then I was going to start filling the WR position, and leave the QB position for later on in the draft.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Something did happen. QB’s started flying off the shelf, forcing me to change up my strategy by drafting Philip Rivers in the sixth round. He was the 15th QB taken in the Pedro division. I felt that if I waited any longer it would be real slim pickin’s by the time I drafted again.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Shane Vereen was a big target of mine. I landed him in the fourth round, after seeing the likes of Toby Gerhart, Zac Stacy and Reggie Bush go earlier in the round.

I was disappointed to see Stedman Bailey get sniped from me in Round 20. I actually tipped my cap to that owner when he was taken.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

There were a few, but the one that stood out to me was Gronk. I was kind of surprised he lasted until 5.01.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Looking back on it, instead of drafting Philip Rivers at 6.10. I wish I would have waited until 7.03 to take him, and grabbed Torrey Smith instead. Smith went at 6.11.

Grade your team.

I feel I have a team worth of an A-, but I’m going to give myself a B because of my bye-week issues. I’m basically throwing in the towel on weeks nine and 10.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

My team should push for a playoff spot. I should get in barring any injuries.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Nothing bad to say about any of the Pedro crew. I know we were the first division to complete our draft, and I’m pretty sure the next draft to finish wasn’t for a few days.

Favorite part of the league?

This is a pretty sweet setup that Scott Fish has going. Thanks to him for inviting me back. And a big thanks to Scott for putting Regan Yant and I back in the same division this year!

Liz Loza, The Fantasy Football Girl

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

If I had a strategy I wouldn’t have waited to take a QB until the 6th round. Def should have gone over the rules better before jumping in. I was just too excited!

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Lots of stride changing here. I feel like a built a solid dynasty team. I’m prepared to work the waiver wire like crazy during the season as a result.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

Wanted Murray. Felt GREAT about that.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

David Wilson in the 16th round. He’s been cleared to play and has lots of potential. Certainly a gamble, but was so cheap! He could easily end up my RB3 if Freeman doesn’t pan out.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Em… how many times are you going to remind me of my epic QB error? What I wish I had done was taken RG3 (or even Matt Ryan) at 5.12 and then waited to see if Patterson was still avail at 6.1. If he wasn’t then I still would have been able to snag Harvin. That hiccup had me chasing the rest of my draft rather than letting it fall to me. I probably should have loaded my team w/ more vets, but I was in off-season rookie mode. Ah, well.

Grade your team.

C+/B-

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

Playoff bound. ALWAYS playoff bound.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Solid. I think a few people neglected their RB core, but still very competitive. In my opinion, Scott Fish (not kissing ass just telling the truth), Ryan Dinkelman, and Bob Slaughter have the most complete teams.

Favorite part of the league?

Really dug the slow draft. Also like that there are so many roster spots. Oh, and not trading. Def digging that there isn’t any trading.

Aaron Herman, Fake Pigskin

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

Had one going in, used lots of knowledge from last year on what worked what didn’t.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Stuck to my strategy for the most part, went RB hard and early especially with the new rushing points

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

I got my top two RB targets but wasn’t able to get my top QB target but it was optimistic.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

I think Lamar Miller in the 9th could be a steal. I’m also a fan of Marvin Jones in the 10th.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

No regrets, didn’t wait too long on QBs this year, WRs are a bit weak but I feel my RBs can carry me. At first I regretted taking Jordan Reed so early but felt better where I saw him go in other divisions.

Grade your team.

B+

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

I think barring devastating injuries I can make the playoffs my second year in a row.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

Some were very slow in picking, had to call out a few people on twitter.

Favorite part of the league?

Love the 2QB style, was actually really excited about 3 but understand why the change happened.

Thanks again for hosting and organizing. Always a blast!

Jeff Beran, DLF

Did you have a strategy going in, or did one formulate as you went?

I always formulate as I go along, finding value and re-adjusting strategy as the players coe off the board.

Did you stick to your strategy, or did something happen that caused you to change stride?

Julio Jones falling to 3.03 and CJ Spiller falling to 5.03 definitely made me change stride, as I felt they were both too good of a value to pass up in those spots.

Anyone you targeted that you got / didn’t get?

I miscalculated when RB handcuffs would come off the board so I missed out on both Knile Davis and Bryce Brown (my handcuffs for Charles and Spiller). I also really wanted Matt Ryan to fall into the late 4th but that was a pipe dream and didn’t happen.

Biggest Steal (your team and/or someone else’s)

Getting Julio Jones at 3.03 and Jordan Reed at 8.10 felt real, real nice. Or, as Borat would say, WAWAWEWA! SEXY TIME!

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

My two least favorite picks were Jay Cutler at 4.10 and Danny Woodhead at 9.03. I don’t think either of them necessarily were poor value in those spots but both picks felt like I made them out of obligation. I wouldn’t have done that in a standard league but without the ability to trade, I didn’t have much choice.

Grade your team.

A+. I know everybody loves their team at this point but barring catastrophic injuries, I think I’m a lock to advance very deep into the playoffs.

Compare your team versus your division. (Playoff bound, bubble team, I screwed the pooch)

My team is playoff bound for sure as there are only a few teams that have a shot at beating me, all things being equal.

Anything you care to say about the other drafters in your division (don’t be too mean!)?

I was surprised by how many teams totally punted certain positions. It’s a strategy I’ve seen work with small, compact rosters but with the top 264 position players being owned already (12 teams x 22 players per team), I think it’s a fool’s errand. The waiver wire will produce less than a handful of impactful players so banking on being able to land one of them is very risky at best. If you don’t have at least a starting lineup full of players who will produce points every week, getting to 7 wins will be nearly impossible.
The three drafters I’ll mention as having teams I like are Aaron Swinderman (DFW), Josh Colacchi (PFF), and Darcy McKinney (Fan).

Favorite part of the league?

I like the setup but mainly the fact that I’m going to win it in my first year. Haha.

Oh my bejeezus this was a long one. if you read it all, you deserve a prize. Thanks everyone for participating and to Scott Fish for putting this league together. Go Vikings.

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