There is no better way to wind down the draft season than with an FFPC Main Event Draft. If you are unaware of the buy-in, rules, payout structure for this event you can see all that info here. I went into this draft at the 11 spot with no real game plan besides hoping for Rob Gronkowski at the 2.2. In case you are unaware, the tight end receives 1.5 points per reception in the FFPC. This makes a player like Gronk very appealing. Especially in a league where you need to beat out 1,799 other teams. With twenty rounds I will give a brief description of my picks, you can see the draft board/my picks below.
Melvin Gordon – Grabbing a stud RB early is key in these tournaments and was thrilled to get Melvin here, who should be one of the busier RBs in the league on a high octane offense.
Rob Gronkowski – Gronk is such a weekly advantage at tight end that I wouldn’t argue with someone taking him #1 overall. The Patriots are thin at wide receivers, and Gronk just received many achievable incentives in his contract which I expect him to hit.
Doug Baldwin – Was hoping Larry Fitzgerald would be here, Baldwin playing at 85% with Russell Wilson is still better than 95% of receivers, and I expect him to be busy all year long with Seattle’s defense in shambles.
Lamar Miller – If you follow me on Twitter you know I am all in on Lamar Miller this year. As my RB2 I feel very comfortable rolling him out weekly, he won’t get me huge spike weeks but will give me steady numbers all season as a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.
Emmanuel Sanders – The fact that Demaryius Thomas is still going ahead of Sanders is crazy to me. Keenum showed nice chemistry with Sanders this offseason, and if he can stay healthy I expect a huge bounce-back year!
Michael Crabtree – This was a tough choice for me passing on Josh Gordon for Crabtree here. I expect Crabtree to be guaranteed 120+ targets and the Raven’s main red zone target. The question marks on and off the field for Gordon had made me lean Crabtree.
Marshawn Lynch – RB’s flew off the board. I expect Marshawn to be fed by Gruden. Lynch was not given enough touches last year but made the most of what he was given.
Alshon Jeffery – Alshon will likely miss two games, but in the 8th round, I’m getting a fringe WR1 when he comes back. Alshon played with the should injury all last year and still produced, and at this point, the risk is worth the reward already having three solid wide receivers.
Sammy Watkins – Sammy would likely have gone earlier if he didn’t have a week 12 bye. In this format, you will miss any Chief or Ram in your league’s playoffs with a week 12 bye. The upside is there, and he will likely be a bye week filled or matchup dependent for me.
Cam Newton – I debated Cam in round eight so to see him fall this far is great. I own Cam in most of my best ball, redraft and dynasty leagues, so it’s safe to say I’m all in on Superman this year. Will still get you plenty of points with his legs and has the best supporting cast he’s had his whole career, overall QB1 is not out of the question!
Ty Montgomery – I was looking for some running back depth here and felt pretty good grabbing Ty Montgomery. He is the most complete back on the Packers and should get some work in the passing game.
C.J. Anderson – C.J. was one of the only running back to rush over 1,000 yards last season. Christian Mccaffrey’s usage in the preseason looks to make Anderson a clear-cut handcuff. But if the Panthers give Mccaffrey 20+ touches a game will he hold up? If there is an injury, then C.J. becomes a possible league winner in a Cam Newton led offense.
Jared Cook – I waited as long as I could for a backup tight end but was targeting Cook the whole time. With Martavis Bryant cut, Cook becomes the third option in this offense and could compete with Jordy Nelson for the number two.
John Kelly – John Kelly looked amazing in the preseason, and if anything were to happen to Todd Gurley he becomes a top 10 running back without question.
Rishard Matthews – Rishard Matthews in the fifteenth round is stealing to me. The injury concern is why he fell this far, but he could be the #2 option for Mariota who he has a nice connection with. Corey Davis has been banged up on and off and if he were to miss any time I expect Matthews to step into the WR1 role for the Titans.
Stephen Gostkowski – #1 kicker in fantasy with a week 11 bye on a high octane offense led by Tom Brady.
Pittsburgh Defense – Pittsburgh is an underrated defense year in and out and get the Browns week 1. I will likely stream defense but don’t mind rolling with them weekly if need be.
Tyrell Williams – Tyrell is one of my favorite best ball players. He should have some boom and bust weeks but Mike Williams may not stay healthy and to get the WR2 on a Phillip Rivers offense in the 18th round is simple. Keenan Allen is not injury prone, but if anything did happen to him, Tyrell could put up over 1,000 yards as he did in 2016.
Tre’Quan Smith – This is my flier for the draft. Tre’Quan looked awesome in the preseason, and with Cameron Meredith struggling early on, there is a chance he has a role.
Nick Vannett – Ed Dickson was put on PUP and will miss the first six weeks. Behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks do not have many options in the passing game. He could be their top red zone option as well.
In these main events, you want to build a roster you don’t think many others will have. When you look at my roster, you can say nothing stands out, but that was my point in this one. I took the “unsexy” players who produce weekly, which I think is a strategy that goes unnoticed. Most main event teams I see people post are full of high upside players in hopes of getting a few to hit and win big. My team may not have many upside plays. It does have a number of players on my bench I feel comfortable playing in my weekly lineup during byes or if injuries come. Thank you for reading my main event review and be sure to follow me on Twitter at @FFLinx, where I will be giving updates all season long on the results.