Fantasy football playoff strategy: Matt De Lima's mock plans and roster
Six FFToolbox guys got together for a playoff mock draft. Here is a look at the rosters for all six teams along with details for the FFToolbox playoff contest. What follows are the strategy and final details about one of them.
Football ain't over until I say it's over! The regular season has come and gone, the fairweather fantasy owners closed up shop, but now it's time for the diehards to keep the party going for one more month. FFToolbox is hosting -- via the Fantasy Football World Championships -- a playoff contest with big cash prizes! To read up on the rules and format, go here.
Here's a quick rundown on the rules. Six teams, draft-n-go style aka best ball scoring. No set lineups as your starters will be optimized each week. There are 14 roster spots and 11 starting spots: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF and 2 RB/WR/TE FLEX. The player pool is of course all the players in the postseason.
Some of the FFToolbox fellas and I participated in a mock draft and the following is my strategy, results and some final thoughts from the process.
I understand why someone might try to load up on one particular team (ie Denver Broncos) considering they score a ton of points and are a favorite to go all the way. The problem with that is everybody is more or less in agreement on who the favorites are to go all the way: Denver or New England from the AFC and Seattle from the NFC with a handful of people who like San Francisco or Carolina. My goal was to take the best player available while constructing a relatively balanced roster. I decided against drafting a backup TE and DEF because I just don't see enough consistent scoring out of those positions outside of one or two elite options. You obviously want to avoid drafting two players at the same position who play each other in this first round, but hey, you really have to just take what you can get and stop pretending to think you can predict a tournament.
1. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Will Kansas City stick around longer than one game? That remains to be seen as they open the Wild-Card round against Indianapolis. If the Chiefs' offense gets any traction, Charles will be their main catalyst as he has been all season long. Unfortunately, the Colts have only allowed one RB TD in their last three games.
2. WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
It's easy to sleep on the Packers as they were the final NFC team to clinch and haven't exactly been doing much without Aaron Rodgers. With Cobb back in the fold, this offense is dynamic again and it doesn't hurt that this contest uses a PPR format.
3. RB Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
This is my old school kicking in. Load up on RBs! Mathews isn't a sexy pick here in the third round, but he's been excellent over the second half of 2013. He rushed for at least 99 yards in his last four games. So far I've declared my loyalty to the AFC West in the Wild-Card round with two players in two different games.
4. WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
The only remotely dependable Pats' WR over the past month and more has been Edelman. He earns a lot of targets (41 in his last three) and his high-yield play is like a poor man's Wes Welker for New England.
5. QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is my favorite to win it all so I'm happy to take their quarterback in Round 5. Wilson probably won't produce those Peyton Manning-like statistics, but he is a very safe choice to dig deep into the postseason.
6. WR Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
I now have one player in each of the four Wild-Card games. I've drawn my line in the sand and with this pick, all three of my receivers are their team's No. 1 guy. Colston certainly has his risks, but the Eagles' pass D alleviates some of my concerns as they rank as the worst fantasy defense against WRs during the regular season.
7. WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
If Alex Smith is tossing the football to anybody, I've got it covered between Bowe and Charles. Again, no players playing against each other (yet).
8. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
My No. 2 team to win it all this year is Carolina. Love their defense and who doesn't love Newton? Too bad their offense is completely on his back. He'll need to be special to make a Super Bowl run.
9. TE Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
The pickings were slim at TE so I went with the starter on a team I expect to play in the Super Bowl.
10. RB James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Still no players going up against each other in the Wild-Card round! Starks looked good as of late and hopefully can remain an active part of the Packers' backfield.
12. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Since both my QBs have a first round bye, Luck is a pretty good choice for a one and done if my assumption about the Chiefs winning comes true.
13. Kansas City Chiefs DEF
I'm loyal to my team defenses. I had the Chiefs on about 90-percent of my teams this year and I will ride or die with them in this contest as well.
14. K Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
The guy has at least two FGMs in every game this year. He's guaranteed points if New England is alive. Gostkowski is a prolific scorer of points which coincidentally is the goal of this contest!
POST-DRAFT RECAP & THOUGHTS
The more I look at it, the more I like my team. And why shouldn't I? I avoided the teams I feel will go one and done, excluding Luck. He will work as a counter-balance in case the Chiefs go down early. I've got the Super Bowl MVP in Russell Wilson and fantasy football's 2013 MVP in Jamaal Charles. What could go wrong?
My best pick is probably Cobb. When I feel the pulse of the nation, I'm not getting the impression anyone is taking the Packers seriously and they're the team really playing with the house's money. They snuck in and now everybody's healthy at the right time.
Worst pick is Luck. It's the only pick that goes against my strategy, I just really wanted QB points in the first round since they're guaranteed.
My ego won't allow me to say anyone else has a better team than me. It's balanced and there's good spacing between teams. I also think Rusty has a solid core with Lynch, Lacy, Brady and Brees. Also, what I will say is I think Scott (Team Legacy) has hands down the worst team. Two TEs in the first three rounds? Get outta here, ya noob! Two defenses? Child please! Somebody get that guy a manual.
Good luck everybody! May only the best win.
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- 6 team leagues
- 14 man rosters
- 1 minute timer
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