Before I get into dissecting my team for the Scott Fish Bowl, I want to take a minute to tell you what it is, in case you have been living under a rock. Scott Fish, the nicest guy in the industry, set this up through his Fantasy Cares site, to raise money for Toys for Tots while bringing the fantasy community closer together at the same time. If you have a chance to donate it’s a great cause and one of the most fun experiences you will have playing fantasy football. If you don’t already, please follow @ScottFish24 and donate anything you can to Fantasy Cares.
Scott doesn’t make this like any old fantasy league either. Scott picks a different theme every year and this year was television characters, and I was in “The League” conference,”Rafi” division. The scoring and roster requirements make for a unique experience while drafting. You often hear fantasy analysts say you need to know your league’s rules and scoring; this is why. Below I have provided a picture of the roster requirements and scoring so you can reference it while I go over my team.
Now on to my team analysis. I will go over each position and my thought process on why I drafted certain guys in certain areas of the draft.
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Let’s start off with the quarterback and the scoring for the position. This is a superflex league, meaning you can start two quarterbacks every week. Quarterbacks get 6 points per TD and also get .5 points per rushing first down, but they cost you -4 per interception and -6 for an interception that leads to a defensive touchdown. This makes the rushing quarterback who doesn’t throw a lot of interceptions the best type of quarterback to draft. I drafted Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes and Nick Foles. Wilson and Wentz, I feel comfortable playing weekly as they both have rushing upside and also don’t throw many interceptions. Mahomes is a sleeper with huge rushing upside and will play on bye weeks or due to an injury to one of my other quarterbacks.
In this format, I always want a quarterback in my flex, and this QB stable will allow me to do so. Foles was an easy late pick to lock up the Eagles starting quarterback position. Foles has proven to be one of the better backups and if Wentz isn’t fully recovered by the time of the season opener or if anything further happens to Wentz, Foles is great insurance. In half-point PPR running back becomes more important than wide receivers. I wish I would have drafted running backs a little earlier, but I am happy with my core. Derrius Guice as the RB18 off the board is one of my favorite picks as he should get early down work and if (once?) Chris Thompson gets injured he will be a three-down back.
I also stockpiled a few of the less sexy running backs, rounding out my corp with my man crush Lamar Miller, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Williams, C.J. Anderson and Travaris Cadet. Outside of Cadet, these RBs are projected for a good amount of carries/first down work for their respective offenses. I would have liked to have had added another running back or two, but I was pretty set on wanting three top quarterbacks and a handful of tight ends I liked for my flex spots.
The scoring (half point PPR) almost dictated a zero wide receiver strategy, so that’s precisely what I employed. You do need to start three wide receivers, but I do not plan on flexing any wide receivers unless completely necessary. Wide receiver is also the deepest position and getting guys like Cooper Kipp(WR41), Kelvin Benjamin (WR47), Jordy Nelson (WR52) paired with Martavis Bryant (WR73), I believe gave me great value. Bryant, with a likely suspension looming, fell but I liked the idea of locking up the Raiders WR2. If Martavis doesn’t get suspended, he’s a considerable value and if he does Jordy can become an every-week WR2.
I was also able to get some high upside wide receivers late as well with Tyler Lockett, James Washington, and Ryan Grant. My favorite pick of this draft was Albert Wilson at WR70. With Jarvis Landry’s departure from Miami, I believe Wilson can take over the slot role. With the additional .5 point per first down, I think Wilson has top 24 sleeper potential at his position. Between my eight wide receivers, I feel very confident in finding three weekly starters.
Now to my favorite and the most critical position of the Scott Fish Bowl, the tight end. Tight ends get double the amount of points as wide receivers for receptions and first downs. In this format, Rob Gronkowski is a cheat code if he stays healthy and honestly wouldn’t argue against him being the 1.1. I strongly debated Travis Kelce with my second round pick but decided to go Russell Wilson because I thought quarterbacks would go faster than they did. I am thrilled with my TE corp of Jordan Reed (TE10), Charles Clay (TE18) and Benjamin Watson (TE26). If Gronkowski, Reed, and Clay all stay healthy, I will likely play all three every week.
It is always important to know your league’s rules and scoring, and it has never been more apparent than in the Scott Fish Bowl. You can gain a huge advantage by knowing your rules if others in your league do not. If you aren’t in this seasons SFB and want to join next year, you can go to the Fantasy Cares website here and sign up. While you are there, please donate anything you can, as it is for a great cause! Make sure to follow the man that made this all possible and the nicest guy in fantasy @ScottFish24. If you enjoyed this article, you can follow me on Twitter @FFLinx and thanks for taking the time to read my #SFB8 draft review!