2QB Experts Invt'l Draft Recap - Rounds 1 & 2

Contributed by: Jim Day
Last Updated: May 30, 2019 2:38 PM


As we get closer to hard core draft season, we are always trying to give our readers solid information that they can use to help them when they draft. To help with this we decided to put together an Experts League and we were lucky enough to get a literal who's who in the Fantasy Football Industry. I do want to take a moment and thank all of these busy people for taking the time to help us all out.

Here are the participants:

Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) – ESPN

Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) – Football Guys

Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) – ESPN

Jim Day (@Fantasytaz) - FFChamps

Dr Roto (@DrRoto) – Fulltime Fantasy

Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) – Yahoo

Bob Harris (@footballdiehard) – Football Diehards

Liz Loza @LizLoza_FF) – Yahoo

John Paulsen (@4for4_John) – 4for4

Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) – Pro Football Focus

Adam Ronis (@AdamRonis) – Fulltime Fantasy

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) – Rotoworld

As you can see this draft is filled with heavy hitters, so we decided to challenge them a little. This league is set up a little differently than usual. The starting lineup is as follows: 2QBs – 3RBs – 4WRs - 2TEs and 2 flex (RB/WR/TE) for a total of 13 starters. The scoring also gives a slight boost to QBs and TEs.

It is a 24-round draft so you will get to see your preferred expert digging deep to get their favorite sleepers, but with this frenzy of sharks, true sleepers will be hard to find.

Some question how a draft that is so different from the norm can help you prepare for a draft and my answer is twofold: First, by digging this deep we hope to give you some names later in the draft that you won't normally see in basic drafts. Second, we hope that by putting together different types of drafts we will open more eyes to the endless possibilities in how to set up a league. Feel free to experiment with different league types as that is a great way to expand your knowledge of this game we all love.

Enough of the chit chat, because we know that what you really want now is to see who your favorite experts have picked, so let's dive right into the first two rounds of this historic draft. I have randomly asked some of the experts to comment on some of their picks to give you a glimpse into their thought processes.

Draft order: 1 – Jim Day, 2 – Dr Roto, 3 – John Paulsen, 4 – Matthew Berry, 5 – Matt Harmon, 6 – Liz Loza, 7 – Sigmund Bloom, 8 – Jeff Ratcliffe, 9 – Mike Clay, 10 – Bob Harris, 11 – Evan Silva, 12 – Adam Ronis.

Round 1

1.01 – Jim Day – Saquan Barkley, RB NY Giants

1.02 = Dr Roto – Christian McCaffrey, RB Carolina Panthers

1.03 – John Paulsen – Ezekiel Elliott, RB Dallas Cowboys

1.04 – Matthew Berry – Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints

1.05 – Matt Harmon – DeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston Texans

1.06 – Liz Loza – Davante Adams, WR Green Bay Packers

1.07 – Sigmund Bloom – Travis Kelce, TE Kansas City Chiefs

Here are Sigmund's thoughts on selecting Travis Kelce in the 1st round::“Kelce was an easy choice at No. 7 with a two tight end format. I am taking him at No. 7 in best ball leagues with one starting tight end. Between Mahomes' talent, the Hill uncertainty, Sammy Watkins injury history, and factors that could bring Zach Ertz and George Kittle back to the pack, Kelce should be the clear TE1 in Fantasy.”

1.08 – Jeff Ratcliffe – Todd Gurley, RB Los Angeles Rams

1.09 – Mike Clay – Le'Veon Bell, RB New York Jets

1.10 – Bob Harris – Melvin Gordon, RB Los Angeles Chargers

1.11 – Evan Silva – David Johnson, RB Arizona Cardinals

1.12 – Adam Ronis – James Conner, RB Pittsburgh Steelers

No real surprises in Round 1 except to note that no quarterbacks were taken in the round despite starting two in this league. Also we see that running backs are once again king as nine out of 12 picks in the round were RBs.




Round 2

2.01 – Adam Ronis – George Kittle, TE San Francisco 49ers

2.02 – Evan Silva – Odell Beckham Jr., WR Cleveland Browns

2.03 – Bob Harris – Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles

Bob's thoughts on selecting Zach Ertz in the second: “With a 1.5-point per reception premium, I was hoping to land one of the top three tight ends in this league. I assumed Bloom would go early (and he did), and my hope was to land Ertz or Kittle (with my preference in that order). Ertz turned in one of the best individual seasons by a tight end in NFL history in 2018 and remains the most reliable part of a high-powered Philadelphia offense. While last season seems like his ceiling, he did play through some injuries down the stretch and claims he wasn't 100 percent. So whether we've seen his ceiling or not, Ertz's overall body of work (including 29 career TDs) is the kind of output I'm expecting with this pick.”

2.04 – Mike Clay  - Michael Thomas, WR New Orleans Saints

2.05 – Jeff Ratcliffe – Joe Mixon, RB Cincinnati Bengals

2.06 – Sigmund Bloom – Patrick Mahomes, QB Kansas City Chiefs

2.07 – Liz Loza – Nick Chubb, RB Cleveland Browns

2.08 – Matt Harmon – Dalvin Cook, RB Minnesota Vikings

2.09 – Matthew Berry – Julio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons

2.10 – John Paulsen – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Pittsburgh Steelers

2.11 – Dr Roto – Antonio Brown, WR Oakland Raiders

Dr Roto's thoughts on Antonio Brown: “With three picks before me I identified Julio Jones, Juju, and Antonio Brown as my next targets. Sadly, Jones and Juju went right before me but I think I am going to be just fine with Brown. Brown is going to be fed the ball all year long (just how he likes) and will give me a season of 100+ catches with 1200+ yards and at least 8-9 TDs. Perfect numbers for my WR1.”

2.12 – Jim Day – Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay Bucs

My thoughts on Evans: He had a great season in 2018 even with the constantly changing QBs. With Bruce Arians leading this team now, I expect Evans to once again be a top WR and he was the last available of my second tier of receivers.

So through the first two rounds the positional breakdown is as follows: QB -1, RB – 12, WR – 8, TE – 3. Do you find it as interesting as I do that only one QB was taken in the first two rounds? You have to know that most two QB or Super Flex leagues will usually be a little more top-heavy at QB in these early rounds, but we shall see how quickly the QBs start to fall as we venture into the next few rounds. Most likely when it starts it will come heavy.

Who's start do you like best? Is it Sigmund's start of 1 TE and 1 QB? Or maybe Jeff Ratcliffe as the only expert to start out with two running backs? Let us know whose start you like best.

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