The 10th Annual RotoBowl: Draft Analysis (PREMIUM PREVIEW)
Editor's intro: This article is a draft analysis for one of the many leagues which come together to form The 10th Annual RotoBowl Tournament powered by Scout.com. It boasts the largest league prizes in the industry for a mid-stakes entry. The Grand Prize is $50,000 and there's a Mega-Prize of $500,000 if you win the RotoBowl AND the Mock Draft World Championship. Three of our writers at ScoutFantasy.com (Larry Gold, Brad Kruse and Dr. Roto) have taken a closer look at every team and provided their insights. For more information about RotoBowl, click here.
By: Larry Gold
This team came out swinging with the unconventional pick of Matt Forte, passing on Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson. While I admire the moxie of implementing a 'my guy' strategy, the draft unraveled thereafter.
On the surface, selecting Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris at the Round 2 and 3 wrap is okay given both backs are clear starters. The immediate depth at a thin position is strong. However, neither Lynch or Morris can be counted on for any reception volume, resulting in an ultra-dependence on touchdowns. The real underlying problem is this owner is void of a dominant WR1, and waited until the 48th pick of the draft to get at best a WR2 at best. This creates an insurmountable deficit to rosters that have locked up two or three top-tier receivers through four rounds.
Keeping in mind that you can start up to five receivers in FFWC formats, passing on premier receivers early puts too much pressure on the owner to draft perfectly at receiver the rest of the draft. It also takes away any roster flexibility, as this owner will be compelled to start three running backs weekly; and as a result, will struggle to fill a line-up when his top backs are on bye. Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson or Pierre Garcon would of all been a wiser selection than Morris.
Selection of three quality mid-tier receivers in Round 4 to 6 began to stabilize the core of his team. However the drafter for Team 1 remained uncomfortable at receiver and chased the position again in Round 7 with Reggie Wayne. While Wayne could be a serviceable flex play, compensating for thinness at receiver now created a void at tight-end. With an abundance of quality tight-ends on the board, Team 1 made a mistake by passing, as seven tight-ends came off the board before the draft came back to him 22 picks later.
Tom Brady was a solid pick towards the end of the quarterback run in Round 8, but on a roster thin of exciting, dynamic upside plays, I would of preferred a Matt Ryan selection who should prove to be more explosive. The lack of a serviceable back-up is also concerning. Along the same lines, I would of liked to see some shot taking rather than filling out the roster with uninspiring veteran picks. I like the Tyler Eifert pick as a back-up to Antonio Gates, but using four total picks at tight-end seemed like a waste. The Round 13 and 14 selections of defense and kicker were too early, especially since this roster was in desperate need of depth.
Short of multiple waiver-wire miracles, I would expect Team 1 to struggle.
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