Wed. Oct 23rd, 2019

The Fantasy Fanalysts

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A League of Their Own: A Fantasy Football Draft

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With the return of Yahoo college fantasy football leagues this year, I decided to run my own filled with friends and industry peers. This league is not giving new comers to the sport (College Fantasy Football) a chance to get their feet wet, it’s also getting fellow NFL Draft analysts a chance to pay more attention to draft prospects. Not only that, but it’s kind of a way for people to get into devy a little bit as well. Unfortunately, Yahoo only dabbles in the Power 5 conference (ACC, SEC, PAC12, Big10, Big12) for now. I think if they opened it up to the Group of 5 (AAC, MAC, C-USA, Sun-Belt, MWC) and Independents (UMASS, ND, Army, Liberty, BYU, New Mexico State) it would blow away the big dog in the market, Fantrax. For now though, we are only able to dabble in P5.

I called this league Fantasy Football Vigilantism 101 due to it’s college nature and of course, it’s PPR (as if there was anything else). The plan is to make this league a reoccurring thing with the hope that it will grow into a network of leagues that can help anyone who wants to get into CFF by way of the FFAnalysts!

The participants are some I’ve known for a few years (namely Fanalyst guys, Mr. Zaragoza and Mr. Cearfoss) while others were fantasy players who I’ve not had the pleasure of interacting with too much. Here is the draft board for all 16 picks per team.

As part of this fantasy initiative, I decided (through the idea of new pal John Ferguson) to create a questionnaire to document the experience and thoughts of each draftee.

Marc Mathyk (@Masterjune70) – Writer for Player Profiler, FantasyPros and Gridiron Experts

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

YES. I came in a rookie and came out with so much knowledge and excitement.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

I like Andrew Fleischer’s squad. To me it, is strong from top to bottom. I found many had weaker mid-round picks or final three-round picks. Andrew, in my opinion, was solid throughout.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Since my favorite school is UCF and not eligible, no, but next in line would be Nebraska (since they took our awesome coach Scott Frost). I am excited about Nebraska, especially their offense, so getting freshman Wan’Dale Robinson in the final round really excites me because he has the potential to be a game-changer.

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

By getting Tua, one of the best QBs, it allowed me to change my strategy of not taking another quarterback, so I could take more RBs and WRs. I feel if he can stay healthy, I can stream for his missing weeks. Also like Feaster as my dark horse in the 12th round.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

Very similar. I always like to get a few bell cow backs early (Taylor, Moss) then go for steady yet upside receivers (St. Brown, Ruggins, Vasher). I think the only difference is drafting from quality teams like Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia are more important then in the NFL.

Mike Colaianne (@FF_MikeC) Staff Writer/Ranker Fantasy Fanalysts

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

First time.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

Marc Mathyk’s team.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Got Travis Etienne in the 1st, he’s one of my favorite RBs to watch. I also snagged Ian Book in the last round as my homer pick

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

Probably Travis Etienne. He’s an absolute stud and could realistically be just as productive as he was last year.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

I definitely went RB heavy early in the draft, which usually isn’t my strategy with NFL.

Patrick Walsh (@PWalsh34)

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

Yes; never drafted college before but was a big fan of the set up and would like to continue in following seasons.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

Two teams come to mind. I’m a fan of Anthony Zaragoza’s rushing attack with Dobbins & Kelly. I also like Matt Hicks team with CeeDee Lamb and Justin Ross. Both top 5 receivers in my opinion this year.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Chase Claypool. Being a Notre Adams fan, he is expected to be ND’s go-to wide receiver due to Miles Boykin declaring for the draft.

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

Eno Benjamin. Last year he was a major part of ASU’s production and he is a very talented receiver. He is automatic RB1 week to week in my opinion.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

The only change for me was the quarterback selection. I took T. Lawrence in the 3rd. In most NFL drafts, my QB selection would typically land between 4-6th rounds.

Mike Wallace (@HobbyWally) Staff Writer/Ranker for the Fantasy Fanalysts

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

Yes.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

Anthony Zaragoza. Because of the depth at RB/WR built while waiting on QB/TE

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Nope.

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

Deon Johnson, RB out of Duke. I think he was a good value and is a high upside pick.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

In NFL drafts I don’t normally take a 2nd QB or TE

Christopher Nelson (@THEffVigilante) Writer/Ranker for the Fanalyst, Creator of “The O.F.I.S

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

No. This is my second year.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

Matt Hicks, his team’s receivers are tres magnifique!

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Yes. I got Rondale Moore who I love and Rakeem Boyd who was a favorite of mine last year. My favorite school? No. I missed out of U of A players.

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

Peyton Hendershot purely based on his name. Seriously, Pooka Williams. Only getting one game suspension, he’ll still be able to put up RB1 numbers.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

I decided to wait on TE and QB since after the first TEs there’s a huge drop off. With QB, I knew plenty of decent to good QBs would be left with 65 teams to choose from.

Matthew Hicks (@TheFF_Educator) Founder @Fanalysts | Devy @TheDraftRoomGX Dynasty @GridironExperts | CFB (SEC) @Fansided


Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF? 

This was my second one.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft? 

Anthony. His QB Zero strategy worked well, lots of good RB/WR talent.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school? 

Got my 2020 WR1 CeeDee Lamb and a trio of Vols

Who was your favorite pick and why? 

Lamb, I think he’s a dynamic athletic with big game potential week in and week out. Also, in a format where its only the Power 5 schools the Big 12 is the weakest defensive conference.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all? 

I really went for guys I like to watch play. I think that is part of the fun in College Fantasy Football, there’s more variance and room to miss early/ hit big late.

John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson) Staff at Gridiron Experts, FantasyPros, & FantasyData

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

YES

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

This league looks like it is going to be a tough one. A lot of the guys had some solid picks at a great value and built with sound strategies. A standout pick to me was Marc Mathyk getting Tua at the end of the second round.

Who was your favorite pick and why?

Aside from Hurts, I had a few picks I was very happy about. Grabbing Vandy RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the third round as my RB2 feels like a complete steal. I also liked locking down one of CFB’s few elite TEs in the game right now by getting Albert Okwuegbunam in the sixth round. My last two picks are exciting breakout candidates in ASU WR Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson RB Lyn-J Dixon. Aiyuk impressively led the PAC-12 with 7.8 yards after the catch per reception last season per PFF. Dixon looks like a human highlight reel, he should get extra opportunities this season as well with Tavien Feaster gone and Clemson likely to be blowing out its competition often.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all?


The biggest difference in this draft compared to an NFL draft was how early you reach for QBs. You would be chastised for taking a QB in the second round in NFL drafts outside of super flex leagues, but in CFF it is very common. From what I could tell also in college the tiers are much different than in NFL. There is a larger body of players in the middle tier who offer 700 yard ceilings compared to NFL.

Andrew Fleischer (@afleischer) Staff at 4for4.com & FantasyData

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

This is my first time playing CFF, and i’m psyched to be jumping in these sharp-infested waters!

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

I really like Chris Nelson’s squad post-draft. In a PPR league, having a strong wide receiver corps should be a big edge, and Chris landing Rondale Moore, Collin Johnson, and J.D. Spielman as his top three WRs is quite a start. I relied heavily on Hayden Winks’ ranks on Rotoworld, and Winks has Moore as his WR1, Johnson as his WR19 and Spielman as his WR18.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school?

I usually don’t get invested in the incoming college prospects until a couple months before the NFL draft, and I don’t really have a favorite team. I suppose I have some extra interest in Boston College and UMASS prospects since I grew up in Massachusetts, but not enough to reach for players at the position. I was pretty excited to get WR Anthony Schwartz in the 15th round, who had the second-best yards per route run figure in the SEC behind Jerry Jeudy, and the most yards after the catch per reception in the entire SEC.

Who was your favorite pick and why?

Ta’Zhawn Henry at 7.08. He promises to be an all-purpose back in 2019, and with Da’Leon Ward transferring, he should see a significantly larger workload than he did in 2018. If he plays up to what his efficiency metrics suggest he’s capable of, he could be a steal as my RB3.

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

I drafted a quarterback far sooner than I ever would have in NFL fantasy drafts. I did so mostly as a reaction to seeing a number of CFF mock drafts in which the drafters picked their quarterbacks fairly early, and I assumed it’s due to the smaller group of elite players available at the position relative to the NFL. I’ll be interested to see if taking Adrian Martinez in the 3rd was a good move.

Marc Szymanski (@FFA_Marc) Writer/Ranker for the Fantasy Fanalysts

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

First Draft

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

Marc Mathyk

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school?

NO and NO

Who was your favorite pick and why?

Colby Parkinson in the 6th. According to what I’ve read, he is the Travis Kelce of college fantasy football (in performance, not necessarily play style).

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all?

I went QB WAY earlier than I wanted because of everybody else. Was afraid they would be gone at the rate they were flying off the board.

Ryan Cearfoss (@fntsyfbconnect) Staff at GoingFor2.com & The Armchair Fantasy Show

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

My first time since 09 when Colt McCoy won me a ship. I did play bestball last year though.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

I really like how Matt Hicks team turned out. He has two big time receivers, an uber athletic QB and a bunch of depth at RB.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school?

I’m an FSU fan and ended up getting their backfield of Cam Akers and Khalon Laborn.

Who was your favorite pick and why?

It’s really boring, but I was ecstatic to get Jerry Jeudy in round 1, he’s an absolute superstar.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all?

The biggest difference is how i handled the QB position. I took one earlier then I normally would in the third. I also drafted 2 more for depth.

Arik Krause (@KrauseArik) Writer/Ranker for the Fantasy Fanalysts

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

This was my first College Football Draft

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

Two teams come to mind. I’m a fan of Anthony Zaragoza’s rushing attack with Dobbins & Kelly. I also like Matt Hicks team with CeeDee Lamb and Justin Ross. Both top 5 receivers in my opinion this year.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school?

I live in Canada so I don’t really watch CFF, however, I did get a couple Texas A&M and Ohio State

Who was your favorite pick and why?

Jermar Jefferson, underrated back playing for a school that isn’t focused on very much, I expect him to have a very good season.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all?

I would never go for a QB in the first round of an NFL draft. I also didn’t understand CFB players that much, so I didn’t really have a strategy.

Anthony Zaragoza (@ZaragozaAnthony) Staff at the Dynasty Football Factory

Was this your first college draft? If not, how long have you played CFF?

Second year.

What team, other than your own, do you really like in terms of how their team turned out post draft?

Chris Nelson. Rondale Moore and Colin Johnson are probably the best WR duo in the league. Back that up with Jafar Armstrong and Pooka Williams at RB, man this is a really good squad.

Did you manage to get any of your favorite players or someone from your favorite school?

No. Since I’m a Fresno State fan (Mountain West), they weren’t eligible for this draft. Lol

Who was your favorite pick and why?

TJ Simmons. Alabama transfer that has the ability to be the #1 WR at West Virginia. The senior could put up some really good numbers in 2019.

How did your draft style differ for you compared to NFL drafts? Did your team construction change at all?

Almost the same. Attacked RB and WR early and often. Waited on QBs and TEs. Took some flyers on high upside guys (Cody White, Simmons).

In the End

I’m glad I got this group of fantasy minds together and can’t wait for the season to start! Let us know what you think about each team and if you want in this league or (or if we overflow) network of leagues and we’ll put you down as persons of interest!

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