Ultimate Team By Committee - PPR
By Jeff Pasquino
August 18th, 2012

WHEN THE BRITISH naturalist George Shaw received a weird specimen from Australia in 1799 - one with a mole's fur, a duck's bill and spurs on its rear legs - he did what any skeptical scientist would do: He looked for the stitching and glue that would reveal it to be a hoax. "It was impossible not to entertain some distant doubts as to the genuine nature of the animal," Shaw wrote of the seemingly built-by-committee creature, which he eventually named "platypus".

Over the past few years, there have been two very popular articles written by our very own Chase Stuart that look at an interesting approach to building a fantasy team with late value picks. Based upon the theory of using both Strength of Schedule ("SOS") and taking two players as a combination to build one very good player, he has discussed both Team Defense by Committee ("TDBC") and Quarterback by Committee ("QBBC") as a general fantasy league strategy. In general I think that this is a wise move because very early on in fantasy drafts there are a ton of RB and WR prospects to go after to build a great team. While there are a few studs at QB and also a few choice defenses, I do not see a huge need in leagues to pursue either too hard in the beginning stages of a fantasy draft.

So with this in mind, I started to think about what else can be done with the committee approach. Tight end? Perhaps. Wide receiver? A possibility, but it might be better to look at third WR options than any other option. What about running back? Hmmm, that might work. What if I could put together all of this and make a total team using committees? Would that even be possible?

Yes, Virginia, there is a Team Platypus.

With all of these concepts discussed here:

  • QBBC - Quarterback By Committee (Chase Stuart)
  • RB2BC (PPR) - Running Back #2 By Committee (PPR) (Jeff Pasquino)
  • WR3BC (PPR) - Wide Receiver #3 By Committee (PPR) (Jeff Pasquino)
  • TEBC (PPR) - Tight End By Committee (PPR) (Jeff Pasquino)
  • DTBC - Defensive Team By Committee (Chase Stuart and Jeff Pasquino)
  • I've taken a good shot at putting together an Ultimate Team By Committee (UTBC). For the Mike Hermans of the world, I hope you don't mind that I will pass on the kicker by committee. Leave that one for some else to think about.

    Let's address what we need here in Rounds 5-12. We want to get RB2BC, WR3BC, TEBC and QBBC established. Looking back at the articles highlighted above we can now modify our earlier RB2BC and WR3BC recommendations if necessary in order to secure all the committee duos we want to roster.

    If It Walks Like a Duck.....

    So using the suggestions in the articles and some tweaks based on current ADP, here are the suggestions to build your very own version of Team Platypus:

    Rnd
    Pick Range
    ADP
    Selection
    1
    1 to 12
    RB1 (w/early 1st rounder) or WR1 (w/late 1st rounder)
    2
    13 to 24
    WR1 (w/early 1st rounder) or WR2/RB1 (w/late 1st rounder)
    3
    25 to 36
    WR2 (w/early 1st rounder) or RB1/WR2 (w/late 1st rounder)
    4
    37 to 48
    RB2 or WR3
    5
    49 to 60
    66
    RB2BC #1 - Willis McGahee
    6
    61 to 72
    67
    QBBC #1 - Matt Ryan
    7
    73 to 84
    80 / 87
    RB2BC #2 - Donald Brown / Mark Ingram
    8
    85 to 96
    99
    WR3BC#1 - Darrius Heyward-Bey
    9
    97 to 108
    125
    TEBC #1 - Brent Celek
    10
    109 to 120
    119 / 136
    QBBC #2 - Josh Freeman / Andrew Luck
    11
    121 to 132
    131 / 151
    TEBC #2 - Owen Daniels / Greg Olsen
    12
    133 to 144
    147
    WR3BC#2 - Austin Collie
    13
    145 to 156
    Best Player Available
    14
    157 to 168
    184
    DTBC #1 - Buffalo Bills
    15
    169 to 180
    Best Player Available
    16
    181 to 192
    Best Player Available
    17
    193 to 204
    Kicker
    18
    205 to 216
    241+
    DTBC #2 - San Diego Chargers

    Table 1: The Ultimate Team By Committee (UTBC) Blueprint

    Some of you may notice that there's a bit of inconsistency in Rounds 5 through 12. That's a good observation, and I can explain. Based on the combinations of QB, WR, RB and TE committees I had to tweak the selections to fit everyone onto the roster. I'll go over these tweaks, position by position, including the comments.

  • Running Back - (RB2BC): For RB2BC I took the second duo we wanted Willis McGahee and Donald Brown. The ADPs have changed a little, which means that if you want McGahee you need to snag him in Round 5 as his ADP is up to #66 overall. C.J. Spiller was too expensive with and ADP of #75, so he is unlikely to get to Round 7. Donald Brown is #80 so Round 7 should be safe, but if not Mark Ingram is #87 so Round 7 is a safe location.

  • Quarterback - (QBBC): For QBBC the good news is that Chase Stuart identified a ton of options. Matt Ryan is the key ingredient to a solid pair, so grabbing him in Round 6 is the biggest goal. With Ryan's ADP of 67 (and QB9 overall) that should be possible but not guaranteed. You certainly can go with a different pair of Ryan goes off the board such as Matt Schaub (QB14, ADP 94) and either Josh Freeman or Andrew Luck. Technically both Ryan and Schaub pair up better with Freeman, but I tend to like Luck more and that's just a personal preference. All four appear to be solid combinations.

  • Wide Receiver - (WR3BC): For WR3BC I had to go away from the original plan of Darrius Heyward-Bey and Nate Washington due to ADP reasons and making room for the rest of the committees. Heyward-Bey is still reasonable (ADP 99) but Washington has skyrocketed up to the area of Round 10 (ADP of 111), which interferes with our QBBC and TEBC plans. To resolve that I decided to go with the pairing of Heyward-Bey and Austin Collie, a drop from WR3BC pair #2 to #5 and a net loss of just 1.3 points, or just over 0.1 per week - a gamble I am willing to take to lock up the other committees. Collie has great upside in Indianapolis and pairs nicely with Andrew Luck as well. I expect the Colts to have to throw early and often, so Collie is a solid WR4 in any format. His ADP of 147 is also a great number and virtually guarantees that he will be there in Round 12.

  • Tight End - (TEBC): The tight end story is pretty straightforward and according to the original script. Brent Celek and Owen Daniels are the clear selections to form a strong pairing and are tops on the list for a TEBC combination. Taking both in Rounds 9 and 11 works well with their ADPs, which are both at 126 and higher. The only reason we take them a full round early is to make room for our QB2 for the QBBC pairing. Should Owen Daniels not be there just take Greg Olsen.

  • Team Defense - (DTBC): The team defense duo is still Buffalo and San Diego, and the good news is that all of the desired players are available above Round 14 - so taking Buffalo in Round 14 and coming back with San Diego is easily done. If you are the slightest bit worried that teams are grabbing second defenses, feel free to grab the Chargers a round or two early as it will not wreck your draft.
  • The good news is that we can get three of the four original skill player committees and the defensive pair we wanted, plus we have viable backup plans for our QBBC in case Matt Ryan does not get to Round 6. The wide receiver pairing had to change, but the downgrade from Nate Washington to Austin Collie only costs 1.3 fantasy points - a small price to pay to get all the rest of the committees assembled.

    No plan is infallible, so that is why we have so many alternate backup scenarios planned out before the draft. Eliminate surprises and plan for contingencies. That's what we do - we adapt. Darwin would be proud.

    Best of luck this year.

    As always, questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to pasquino@footballguys.com.

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