I’m playing the Fantasy Playbook Tournament, hosted by former FantasyPros analyst Kyle Yates. 276 players in 23 divisions of 12 teams each.
The format is quite interesting. Scoring is half PPR, with full PPR for TEs. Starters are:
No K, no D/ST. 6 bench, so a 15 round draft. No trading is allowed in this league. Waivers are FAAB.
This setup looks pretty well balanced to me. You cannot really ignore any position. QB is important because of the SFLEX, WR is important because you start 3, TE is important because they get an extra 0.5 PPR, and RB is important anyway.
I drafted out of the #4 spot. The draft didn’t go entirely well for me, here’s the result:
1.04: Najee Harris
Josh Allen and Justin Herbert went first, the 1.03 picked CMC. I see a tier gap behind the top 2 QBs, so I decided to go RB and pick my favorite for the #1 crown.
2.09: Trey Lance
9 QBs were off the board by now, so I could not delay this pick any further. But I got exactly the QB1 I wanted, so I’m very happy with this one. He’s the QB9 in my rankings, but has top 5 upside.
3.04: CeeDee Lamb
D’Andre Swift was still there, and I was heavily tempted to take him, as he’s my #5 RB. But we start 3 WRs in this league, and while 6 WRs were off the board, my #3 candidate was still there. So I took Lamb.
4.09: Jameis Winston
My plan was to take Michael Pittman here, who is my #5 WR, but I got ninja’d by the team that picked ahead of me. That should become a theme in this draft. I have to admit I did not have a plan B here. Jaylen Waddle was still there, he’s my #12 in half PPR. But I decided to lock in my desired QB2 instead. Might have been a bit of a reach, but 6 more QBs came off the board in the following round. So in hindsight, I’m okay with this pick.
5.04: Dalton Schultz
This is a TE premium league, and I expect Schultz to have a monster season. 4 TEs were off the board, Schultz is my #4 TE, so why not take him now? In hindsight, I could probably have delayed this pick by a round or even two, as the main theme of the next 2 rounds was QB and WR.
6.09: Breece Hall
The plan was to take Travis Etienne here, but I got ninja’d by the team that picked ahead of me. Yes, that was copy&paste. Won’t be the last one. I’m not super sad with this pick, as the WR market had pretty much dried up by now, and the curses from the team behind me told me that Hall wouldn’t have been there next time I came on the clock. So okay.
7.04: Brandin Cooks
2 out of 3 picks were WR at this time, so this was the right time to pick the unspectacular, but always solid Cooks, whose volume this year should be in no danger whatsoever.
8.09: Tony Pollard
I got auto-picked here because of a miscommunication regarding the draft timer. This was a slow draft, 4 hour clock, that we had been told would stop between 10pm and 9am ET. Turns out it stopped only at 12am. So I woke up to find myself with Pollard on my roster. Not a terrible pick by any means, but Pollard has the same BYE as Najee Harris, reducing his usefulness as my 3rd RB. My only consolation was that my target player (Gabe Davis) had been taken a few picks ahead of me.
9.04: Chris Olave
This was a nice consolation, though. Olave is my favorite for most productive rookie of the year, I have him as my #19 WR.
10.09: Ken Walker
This pick I would like to get back. I felt pressure on RB because of the somewhat unfortunate selection of Pollard in round 8. My target was Rhamondre Stevenson, but he got picked… well, you got the theme by now. I was pretty high on Walker by that time (draft took place 2 weeks ago), but the hernia injury he picked up by now does concern me a lot. And Kadarius Toney was still on the board.
11.04: Nyheim Hines
Finally, a player I did not get ninja’d on. Hines is expected to see a healthy amount of passes this year. I full PPR, I even have him as a borderline RB2. In half PPR, he’s still a solid FLEX option, which is nice to get in round 11, and even nicer as he can serve as a BYE week RB, since he’s one of the few players who does not have a week 9 BYE.
12.09: Irv Smith
A few TEs had come off the board in the rounds before, Smith could have a fine season with the Vikings planning to pass more. He only needs to stay healthy…
13.04: KJ Osborn
Another solid FLEX option. I expect Osborn to get close to Thielen’s production this year. He could even finish higher than Thielen, if the latter gets injured again.
14.09: Jalen Tolbert
Another great depth piece. Tolbert should see plenty of action early in the season. This may change once Gallup returns, but it doesn’t look like that will happen all too soon.
15.04: Drew Lock
Ugh. The plan was to take Mitch Trubisky as my backup QB in the previous round. As long as he starts, he will be a solid QB2. But Trubisky has the same bye week as Trey Lance, which I had only noticed when I was on the clock. So his only use would have been to serve as the week 14 replacement for Winston. And I did not want to bet on Trubisky still being a starter by then. Why I then took Drew Lock instead, you ask? I honestly do not have a good answer. Romeo Doubs, DeVante Parker, Brian Robinson and Kenny Gainwell were still on the board. Should have gone without a backup QB.
My final roster (with BYE weeks):
QB: Trey Lance (9)
SFLEX: Jameis Winston (14)
RB: Najee Harris (9)
RB: Breece Hall (10)
WR: CeeDee Lamb (9)
WR: Brandin Cooks (6)
WR: Chris Olave (14)
TE: Dalton Schultz (9)
FLEX: Tony Pollard (9)
QB: Drew Lock (11)
RB; Nyheim Hines (14)
RB; Ken Walker (11)
WR: KJ Osborn (7)
WR: Jalen Tolbert (9)
TE: Irv Smith (7)
I’m not unhappy with that team, but it would certainly look better with Pittman, Waddle and Gabe Davis on WR, in addition to Lamb, and with Travis Etienne on RB. Nothing I could do about Pittman, but I could have gotten Waddle or Etienne in round 5 if I had sacrificed Schultz.