First Crack at the Footballguys Players Championship
Have you spent decades battling your college buddies in season long fantasy football? Do you want to put those skills to test in a large field, GPP format? If so, the Footballguys Players Championship on the FFPC site might be for you.
Leagues for this contest are live drafting now and will be into September. For the first 13 weeks of the NFL season you compete against the 11 other teams in your league. Weeks 14-16 determine a champion, who will take home a cool half million dollars. The entry fee is $350. The full rules and payout structure can be found here.
This is not best ball format, for better or worse you have to choose who to start and sit each week. The format and scoring are fairly similar to most home leagues I’ve played in. The notable exceptions being there are no trade (obviously to prevent collusion) and it’s Tight End premium scoring (TE score 1.5 points per reception, as opposed to 1 point for WR/RB).
I drafted my fist entry into this contest last week. The full results can be seen here. Lets take a look and see what can be learned from how it played out.
My biggest take away is that I likely overvalued QB and undervalued TE, at least relative to the field. Perhaps, drafting for the fist time in this format I didn’t weigh TE premium scoring enough. Mike Geisicki (6th) went 7 rounds ahead of Aaron Rodgers (13th). Blake Jarwin went in the 10th round of a 20 round draft, while Jared Goff was undrafted.
I took Tyler Higbee as my first TE in the 6th. I do believe that he has the potential to be a PPR monster this year. Some regression from the insane numbers he put up over the final 5 weeks of last season is inevitable. That said, with Cooks and Gurley gone he should still see plenty of targets. Considering the small sample size of his success, I should have backed him up with more than just Dawson Knox in the 13th. I didn’t anticipate how quickly the second and third tier of TEs would go and if Higbee busts I will pay dearly for it.
Quarterbacks consistently went later than I expected. Perhaps, owners that have played in contest before were more confident in their ability to stream late or undrafted pass throwers. Lamar and Mahomes went back to back in the early 3rd. I was next to take a QB selecting Dak at pick 5.5. I didn’t necessarily plan on taking a QB that high. I really hoped DK Metcalf would fall to me, but got sniped. He was selected the pick before me in the 5th. With Metcalf gone I happily settled for Dak. Prescott was the number 3 QB in most formats last season and now essentially replaces dusty Randall Cobb with explosive rookie CeeDee Lamb. I will be buying the Dallas offense this year in all formats.
Here are a few other random notes/observations from the draft:
Taking Kamara over his more consistent teammate Michael Thomas at pick 1.5 was not an easy decision. This was just a matter of positional scarcity for me. There are so few 3 down backs who aren’t stuck in a committee. I was willing to bet on positive touch down regression for the 24-year-old Kamara.
I felt confident that I could find upside at WR later in the draft and believe I did, starting with JuJu at pick 4.8. The Steeler wideout is still only 23-years-old. I believe he bounces back in a major way with return of Big Ben. I was also more than willing to buy the dip on AJ Green in the 7th round. Joe Burrow should feature the talented Green, who is in a contract year. If AJ continues to be troubled with injuries, I will be covered to some extent by selecting Tee Higgins in the last round.
I liked getting Buffalo rookie Zack Moss in the 11th round, while Devin Singletary went in the 4th. It will certainly bear watching in the preseason, but I don’t believe their carry distribution will ultimately justify this wide of a gap in cost.
On the whole I am fairly satisfied with how the draft played out. I believe I selected a strong team, with a lack of TE depth standing out as a potential Achilles heel. If Higbee balls out, allowing me to score competitively at the position, this squad has chance to make some cash.
Let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter. Drafts are running everyday in this contest if you want to join the fun.