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2014 Scott Fish Bowl: Behind the Scenes

There were 240 participants in the 2014 Scott Fish Bowl. We got about 10% of them to respond on their experiences with this year’s draft. I’ll cut this intro short since there will be a lot of them. Click the link to get to your favorite expert and/or fan.

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Rich Gruse, Fantasy Football Underground
Nick Glennis, fan
Jason Willan, Gridiron Experts
Scott Repphun
Anthony Fashoda, Draft Buddy
Sean Tenerelli, Top Team Fantasy
Leo Howell, numberfire
David Mellem, fan
Jeff Haverlack, DLF
Rich Hribar, XN Sports, Fake Football
Matt Lane, Fake Pigskin
Jaron Foster, DLF
Rick Briggs, IC Light with Mango aficionado and Asylum Fantasy
Shane Havens, fan

Rich Gruse, Fantasy Football Underground

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

I wanted 3 QBs— took one earlier than I wanted due to how our division drafted but I ended up succeeding at my goal.  Stafford, Dalton, Flacco

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

Succeeded at my goal, but changed stride because QB demand was high in our group.

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

Wanted Watkins settled for Evans (not a bad consolation prize). Wanted Russ Wilson went one pick before mine.

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

None really….at least according to my lists as I think of a steal being a 2 round bonus

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

No but am weaker at WR than I would like to be but stronger at RB than I usually am.

Grade your team.

QBs  (A because I have one incase of injury and option to use as a flex if want)

RBs  (B I have 3 playable options weekly and some hopes and dreams)

WRs  (C+ if Evans sucks  B- if he solid)

TEs  (B-  I have potential if things take off)

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

I will make the playoffs but after that I will struggle if I don’t get a wooser FA along the way.

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

We have some terribly slow drafters even a guy who timed out.  I think putting guys in tiers of how  much they have phone, computer and predrafting comfort/availability would be nice.  You but faster guys with slower guys and everyone becomes slower.  Let all the slow guys be with one another because they wont be disappointed.

Favorite part of the league?

Early to tell for sure, but the set up is nice for  a large league.  My first year so there could be better things to come as I experience all of 2014.

Nick Glennis, fan

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

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do but always go into drafts prepared to change on the fly based on how things go.

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

I had no problem sticking the my strategy.

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

I got Gronk and I didn’t get Jeremy Hill (Shane took him 3 picks before me), I settled for DMC.

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

My team – Gronk in the 5th

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Never!

Grade your team.

A++, best in the whole lot.

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!)?

I love ‘em!  They drafted damn quick and even left some of meat on the bone for most picks.  Though, as the draft got in the later rounds, I found everyone drafting quite well with many of my targets getting picked before I was up.

Favorite part of the league?

The competition.  I hope everyone stays active all year – should be a blast!

Jason Willan, Gridiron Experts

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

I don’t believe in wedding myself too much to a specific strategy before the draft begins, but I was hoping to secure two excellent quarterback options in the first 2-3 rounds. There is plenty of depth at RB this year, particularly in a PPR format, so I wasn’t worried about getting backs early. I also knew there were several players at various positions that I seem to like more than most people, so I was confident that I would be able to fill out my RB and WR in the middle rounds.

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

I was able to land Rodgers and Foles in rounds 1 and 3, and I ended up with many of my personal favorites that I was targeting ahead of the draft.

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

Players that I targeted specifically and got included Pierre Thomas, Kendall Wright, Marques Colston, and Jeremy Hill. Those that I targeted, but missed out on included Greg Jennings and Dennis Pitta.

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

I think there were a lot of good value picks, but Seth Klein getting Vernon Davis in the the 9th round as the 9th TE taken was one that stood out to me.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

The second and third tier of tight ends came off the board faster than I anticipated. I thought I would have been able to land a Pitta or Ertz caliber player, but I ended up with Charles Clay, which felt like making the best of a bad situation.

Grade your team.

I really like my team overall. I’d probably call it a B+ effort.

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

I think my team will be very competitive in the the Chuck Norris Division and I like my chances of making the playoffs.

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

There were a handful of people that really slowed things down for everyone else, including one of the fans, who was the slowest drafter in our division. But overall, the caliber of drafting was very good.

Favorite part of the league?

My favorite part of the league is the depth. With good competition, scoring that supports different strategies, and deep rosters (with no Def or K), I like that pretty early on you get challenged to go beyond the names that casual fantasy footballers recognize.

Scott Repphun

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

I had a strategy going in, but I changed it before my first round pick based on how the draft was shaping up.

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

It changed and morphed as the draft progressed

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

Oh gosh, countless examples here. I’ll say getting Jimmy Graham in the 2nd round.

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

Josh Collacchi getting Gore at 7.12 is probably a huge steal.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

I may regret waiting to get the QB20 as my QB1 (Carson Palmer)

Grade your team.

A-

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

If I don’t crush them, it will be because my team imploded.

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

Seem like laid-back, good guys.

Favorite part of the league?

Flexible roster construction and Twitter interaction

Anthony Fashoda, Draft Buddy

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

Going in, since we could flex a QB, I thought of this as a 2QB league since QBs score, by majority, the most points.  I had the 5th pick overall in my draft, so I knew I was getting either a top 3 RB or top 3 QB, which is a great start.  If I went RB, I was going to grab a QB no matter what in the 2nd round.  If I went QB, I was going to go RB & WR my next two picks as I knew the talent, especially at RB, would be thin.  I also had some players I knew I wanted on my team, so I watched those guys and made sure I got them.  Finally, after I got my starters and main backups, I went for pure upside/high potential players (unless there was a steal available).

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

I did follow my strategy.  My 1st round, I went P Manning at 5th overall after top 3 RBs and A Rodgers were selected.  I’ll take the highest scoring QB from 2013, no problem.  Then I followed up with L Bell and R Cobb as my RB1 and WR1. In my mind, great start.  From there, I filled in my spots and followed my strategy pretty well.

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

For my 2nd QB, I was targeting Romo or Cutler as both teams (Dallas and Chicago) should be playing in high scoring offenses this season.  I got Cutler in the 4th round.  Since I didn’t get Romo, I needed a Cowboy, so I landed T Williams.  From there, there were a few rounds I was hoping a guy would fall to me, but he was “sniped” by the owner right be for me (happened 3 times).  But other than Cutler and Williams, didn’t have my heart set on anyone.

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

In my mind, one of my biggest steals (and a fantasy sleeper this year) was Andrew Hawkins in the 12th round.  With J Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, that would make Hawkins the WR1 in Cleveland and grabbing him so late could pay big dividends.  I just hope Hoyer or Manziel get him the ball and let him show his abilities.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Only regret was not taking a 3rd QB.  Both Manning and Cutler are injury risks, but backup QBs went off the board quickly while there was still better positional players available, so I focused on those positional players instead.  Come the last few picks, of the QBs left, I knew I could pick up one from the waiver wire if I needed, so I kept drafting positional players.

Grade your team.

I give myself a B.  I’m a little weak at RB with Bell, Tate, SJax, and Richardson as my core, but they all should be the workhorses this year as long as they stay healthy (which is what I’m worried about).  My core WRs have great potential with Cobb, T Smith, T WIlliams, Hawkins, H Douglas, and M Wheaton.  I’m hoping my QBs put up big points to help offset any lack of production from my RBs & WRs.

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

Post draft, most people think they are have the best team and will win the league.  Well, I would say I’ll be one of the last teams…into the playoffs.  There are some stacked teams, but if my guys produce like they should, I should competing right with those teams.

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

The draft started off really slow (we were in last place day 2 and day 3).  However, we kicked it into gear and it went at a pretty good speed from there, drafting maybe 2-3 guys a day.  Have no complaints about the owners once the draft started moving.  We’ll see how the season goes and if they are active (set lineups) or just wanted to say “I was part of the now infamous SFB!”

Favorite part of the league?

As of right now, I’d say the size.  I am new to the industry (I actually can thank Zach for getting me in) of fantasy football writing (check out my columns at www.draftbuddy.com), so this will give me a chance to network with other professionals, strike up some conversations, and connect with tons of different people.

Sean Tenerelli, Top Team Fantasy

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

With a 1 PPR league, the focus had to be more on the potential of receptions rather then only on the quantity of yards (duh, I know). Took me some time as I don’t normally involve myself w/ PPR leagues, but his one was too good to pass up. Tried to focus on value rather then BPA.

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

For the most part. Had to switch priorities once or twice due to mini runs on certain player types

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

Got: Gio Dude, Ellington, Brees, Cruz, Benjamin, Watkins, Olsen

Didn’t: Tannehill, Julius Thomas

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

Cruz @5.09 seemed like a great deal. Boldin 13.09, Edelmen @ 8.03

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

None

Grade your team.

#CHAMPIONSHIP

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

The 2 QB factor plays a role here… I”m just not sure what it is yet. Time will tell, but I’m almost certain barring major injury I’m in the playoffs

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

Once we got rolling it was quite fun. Screw Kent and Matt for picking right before me and sniping on numerous occasions. Bastards.

Favorite part of the league?

LOVE how I could get directly in touch with you. That’s a huge benefit imo. Plus was honored to be included. This is one of the leagues I’m really looking forward to because it will give me bragging rights in the community should I not completely s*** the bed. Or I will wallow in shame. But this is it, one big competition where you face some of the biggest names. Great job Scott. Looking forward to it, and count me in next year.

Leo Howell, numberfire

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

I took over a team two picks in, but they already followed my strategy, which was to load up on skill position players.

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

I stuck with it, although I wish my division were more cooperative and let me wait longer on a QB.

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

Joique Bell and Jacquizz Rodgers were two backs that I felt suited the scoring system well, and I got both of them.

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

Fred Jackson in the late 12th for my team was a pretty solid steal. Guaranteed carries and production as long as he’s healthy.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Nah, very happy with my team.

Grade your team.

A+! (Optimism for the win.)

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

Unless I seriously misread the way this league is gonna play out, I am playoff bound. I feel like the scoring system and starting lineup will favor my deep skill positions.

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

I think quarterbacks went way too early and too quickly. There were 18 off the board while we were still in the sixth round, while some prime skill position talent remained available.

Favorite part of the league?

The format is fantastic, and getting to draft with other “experts” and fans is a great blend.

David Mellem

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

I knew that I would value QBs and RBs very highly in this format, and this was buttressed by reading a few 2QB articles and by using the PFF Custom Ranking Toolkit, which I cannot recommend highly enough for odd FF formats!

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

I mostly stuck to the strategy, taking my first WRs in the 3rd and 6th round (PPR machines Antonio Brown and Wes Welker, for what it’s worth). All of my WRs were reaches according to the custom ranking toolkit, but other people were going WR early and if I hadn’t adapted I would’ve ended up with 8 top 20 RBs/QBs and no WRs. Not good for a format with no trading!

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

I got sniped so many times late in the draft, beginning with Rueben Randle in round 10, taken with the pick right before mine. Then I missed out on Anquan Boldin, Brian Hartline and Kelvin Benjamin in the 12th. I ended up getting Carlos Hyde to back up Frank Gore but missed out on Marcus Lattimore who was surprisingly taken with the next pick. In the 15th round I missed Jerricho Cotchery, Charles Clay and Harry Douglas, and then weirdly got sniped on Brock Osweiler in round 21! Such is a league with a bunch of pros, I guess.

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

I think many of my players were steals, starting with Peyton at 1.06 and then Lynch at 2.07. Both players should go much higher than that in this format, IMO. Lynch may have a small chance of being phased out, but I don’t believe it, as he graded out as basically the best RB in the league last season.

For other players, I think Gronkowski at 5.01 is a HUGE bargain. The problem there is that you sort of have to take another TE fairly highly, or potentially suffer an injury that wrecks your season. I hate the “injury-prone” tag, but it definitely applies to Gronk at this point.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

I made one literal mistake in selecting Toby Gerhart at 4.07 due to a misclick, but he was one of my options there and I think the right pick at the end of the day, though it was possibly Gronkowski. I also, with hindsight, see that I could’ve gone Matt Forte in the 1st and Matt Stafford in the 2nd (compared with Peyton and Lynch), and I’m not sure which of those outcomes I prefer. Other than that, no regrets!

Grade your team.

I don’t want to be cocky and say A+, so I’m gonna say A-. I feel like my team doesn’t have any question marks though! High upside, decent bye week options, tons of injury insurance. I don’t want to jinx my team, but it’s hard to see what goes wrong here.

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

I’m gonna say playoff bound; I’ve got high hopes for this squad. I think I had a superior strategy to the WR-heavy inclinations of some of my leaguemates, and also a good draft spot.

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

Like I said above, I think a lot of them went with a WR-centered approach, and some waited a long time on QB, so I’m very excited to see which strategies pay off and which turned out to be mistakes. It certainly helped me with my strategy.

Beyond that, the other drafters in #Pedro are awesome as hell. Not only were we the first division to finish (by a long shot, I believe), most of us were very active on Twitter as well, and it made for a very fun experience, smack talk and all.

Favorite part of the league?

I think getting to draft with pros and fans was an awesome experience. My favorite part so far is just how active everyone has been, through drafting, draft comments, and Twitter. The draft portion was a ton of fun, but I also appreciate that the league will be very low maintenance for the rest of the year. In a few months, my favorite part will be winning the whole thing.

Jeff Haverlack, DLF

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

I participated in my first Super Flex draft earlier this year and went QB/QB with rounds one and two just as a test. Didn’t like the way it turned out so I went QB in round one with the full expectation that I’d go QB in round 3 or 4 in this draft. That’s exactly what I did and I was able to get Manning and Wilson in rounds 1 and 4, and A.J. Green and Arian Foster in rounds 2 and 3.

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

Worked really well in my estimation. Beyond those picks my strategy was to only draft players without a lot of question marks and a defined role …. Not a lot of hopes and prayers for production. Each round I found guys that fell further than they should have in my estimation and it was easy to make a selection. Anchored by my two QBs I think this team has a great shot at being very competitive.

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

I was really hoping to get Eric Decker late, well beyond what his value SHOULD have been as I think he represents a great value as a WR4. I waited one round too late.

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

Getting A.J. Green in the middle of the second round after getting Manning in the first round was huge for me. It’s one of those picks that is easy to make.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

I somewhat regret not getting a third good QB before having to take Chad Henne as the last real starter available. I want to start 2 QBs every week and probably need to in order to be ultra-competitive. Having Manning and Wilson is phenomenal but they both have the same bye week (which is okay) and if one of them goes down, I’m probably sunk. My RBs are a bit thin with Foster and Richardson at the top. But I’ve backed up Foster with Andre Brown and I have enough peripheral RBs to still get points with upside potential

Grade your team.

A solid B, being completely objective. I’m not extremely deep but I didn’t build my team for depth, I built it for starting impact with just enough depth to fill holes. With my starting lineup looking like: QB: Manning RB: Foster, Richardson WR: Green, Fitzgerald, Colston TE: V. Davis FX: Wilson (QB), Hopkins (WR), Nicks (WR) and Pierce/Moreno/Britt/McFadden as my last flex, I’ve got a lot of upside with my squad.

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

I believe I’m playoff bound. Looking at the rosters, I think I’m top 3-4 pretty easily, but I’m very QB dependent. Something happens to Manning and I’m sunk.

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

Other than the pace of the draft was too slow for my taste, allowing people to sit on the clock and be the benefactor of news coming out, I have to say that I’m impressed by this group’s drafting ability. If you waited an extra round to grab a player, he likely wasn’t there next round. I got by being lucky a couple of rounds but not many coaches made poor picks in my estimation.

Favorite part of the league?

The interaction and Twitter storm that was captured due to the draft. It was great to see so many come together for this league and really talk it up.

Rich Hribar, XN Sports, Fake Football

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

Looking at the scoring, starting lineups and depth of the rosters all in unison, my goal off of the bat was to fill all the of the non QB spots first, preferably with one position as well to protect myself from natural bust rates. Since we start 3WR already in the regular lineup outside of the flex spots, the baseline for receiver production is significantly lower than that of a normal league when those flexes are taken into consideration, so I chose to build around a strong WR unit.

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

I drew the second pick overall, which kind of made me pause for a moment and consider if I should start my WR corps right away with Calvin Johnson, but with the QB flex involved I knew that at least 4-5 QB would be taken before my second round spot and I also knew I’d be on the turn for two of four picks every time from here on out. I really feel that draft slot benefited my initial plan because I was able to land an elite running back and then hammer away at my WR instead of going in with a full “Zero RB” approach.

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

I was able to land the majority of my targets, especially my RB2 (Pierre Thomas) in the seventh and my QB1(Alex Smith ) in the ninth. Looking a the other leagues, I was pretty fortunate to land Smith there. I did fly too close to the sun on my QB3 as I was targeting Ryan Fitzpatrick (this is just how I roll) and the final QB run hit in between me making a play for him.

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

I’m a big believer that Torrey Smith is going to produce this year above what we’ve seen so far through three years. At worst I paid (6.11) under market value for the player he’s already been so far even if he doesn’t evolve. Buying in at fair value with the addition of a possible ceiling are the types of purchases I love making.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Everything went pretty much according to pan, which is probably detrimental to my future endeavors. If my team fails, it will be because of the strategy I deployed, not the players.

Grade your team.

B+. The way I approached this draft isn’t for everyone, but I feel really strongly that I was able to exploit some market value inefficiencies that were created by the perceived value of the Superflex spot. All I’m looking for is my QB (s) to hit their weekly floors and I should bludgeon teams in the flex weekly as I’m starting six top 30 WR every week and have an advantage at RB1 over nearly everyone.

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

My division was a good group (like they all were), but I feel pretty good about my chances to hit that seven win mark. After that, I will let the fantasy gods decide.

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

Probably one of my favorite drafts I’ve ever taken part of. With a slow draft, you never know how others will treat the process, but everyone in this division was on their game and used the proper unspoken etiquette that fantasy lifers like to see. Kudos to everyone in this group for being top shelf.

Favorite part of the league?

Cheers Scott, and thank you once again for the invitation this year. Good luck to everyone.

Matt Lane, Fake Pigskin

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

After going far too late on QBs last year, killing my chances right

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

QBs went way too early. Ended up getting Wilson in the 3rd as I panicked but I’m happy with my first two picks (Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones).

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

I got sniped on Luck at 2.07 which hurt. Also wanted Greg Olsen but he went in the 8th.

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

Mine: Antonio Gates at 14.08, Other: Jimmy Graham at 2.01 is a nice pick.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

If I could go back i’d maybe have taken Brees at 1.05. Didn’t think the run on QBs would be so hard so early. Happy with WR and RB.

Grade your team.

B Minus. I think I have a good chance of getting 7 wins or more.

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

I think i’m a top 5 team looking at other rosters. It’s tough to call, there’s no team without strengths and weaknesses. I can see a few have weak QBs though. McCown, Cutler and Osweiler for example. Or Newton, Cassel and Mettenberger. I’m glad I went a little earlier to make sure that wasn’t me.

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

Enjoy competing for second place! ;-)

Favorite part of the league?

The draft without doubt, and the twitter debates, arguments, jokes and what not regarding the league…. Can’t wait for it to get going!

Jaron Foster, DLF

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

I wanted to by and large take best player available with as little deviation as possible from my board based on need.

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

I generally stuck to it, though I had to reach a couple times (particularly for Cutler) as the tier dropoff after him was too big to ignore.

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

I waited until round 5 to get my WR1, and still had a lot of the players available at the top of my board through my pick at 4.08. However, the top 5 WRs on my board got selected in the eight picks until I was on the clock again at 5.05. I really wanted one of VJax/Garcon/Allen to get to me at 5.05.

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

I love the value Justin Hunter at 10.10 and would have taken him at 10.08 if I didn’t see Pierce as the last back with a chance at RB1 carries (if not RB1 stats). For my own, I was surprised that Hill went six rounds after Sankey as I think Hill is more talented and there won’t be as big a difference between their numbers of carries as people seem to think.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

With .2 points per carry, I really wanted two workhorse backs. I got them, but saw that Morris generally fell past the 3.05 spot I took him at.

Grade your team.

7/10

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

I think I have a solid team that will make the playoffs but probably don’t have the firepower to make it too far. I believe I played it safe a bit too much considering the format

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

Some need to learn how to pre-draft. It’s understandable if you’re not right there when it’s your turn, but if you were on deck for 6 hours and didn’t predraft two players, that’s kind of ridiculous.

Favorite part of the league?

Aside from the slow drafters, there’s nothing I dislike. It’s very cool to see all the strategies in the drafts and play against some really smart people. Glad I’m in the same division as Katkin and TraitorX, it’ll be a fun season.

Rick Briggs, Asylum Fantasy Football

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

I was going for the Comeback/Breakout Hopeful approach.

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

Except for for a couple of picks…yes.

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

P. Thomas, VJAX and L. McCoy

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

If he could somehow stay healthy Andrew Chandar’s pick of Miles Austin at 18.11 could pay huge.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Going for Breakouts and Comeback Hopefuls Plenty.

Grade your team.

B-

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

Bubble team with upside.

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

Very tough division and great pace of drafting.

Favorite part of the league?

The concept.

Shane Havens, Fan

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

I had planned to grab two QB in my first three picks, but when the tier drop came just before my third pick, I switched to two top RB.

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

See above.

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

I had planned to grab Doug Baldwin late. I kept putting him off, and Greg Kellogg stole him.

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

Greg Kellogg taking Doug Baldwin at 15.11.

Did you make any mistakes / have a regret?

Taking a shot at Khiry Robinson and putting off Dwayne Allen one pick too late. Taking Fred Jackson over Lamar Miller.

Grade your team.

B, solid core with upside.

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

I think it’s a playoff team, but not good enough to go far.

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

I was surprised that a draft full of professionals had all the same issues that drafts filled with amateurs have. That sounds much more negative than what I’m attempting to say.

Favorite part of the league?

The number of teams, and the chance to compete with men who do this for a living on some level.

I generally cut off my interviews when they get to the 2k word mark and this one’s about three times that long. I’ll post the other interviews, with the right to add new folks as they show up, tomorrow. Follow Scott Fish because he started this whole thing.

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