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Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 3, Auction, PPR 12 team with Flex

On July 16th, twelve members of the Footballguys staff got together for the site's third mock draft of 2016. Below is the league scoring format and bylaws. Mark Wimer provides an in-depth evaluation summary of each team's draft. 

LEAGUE PARAMETERS

  • 12 teams
  • 20 roster spots
  • Starting Lineup
    • 1 quarterback
    • 2 running backs
    • 3 wide receivers
    • 1 tight end
    • 1 flex (either a running back, wide receiver, or tight end)
    • 1 team defense

LEAGUE SCORING

  • Offensive Players
    • 4 points - passing touchdown
    • 6 points - rushing/receiving touchdown
    • 0.04 points - passing yard
    • 0.1 points - rushing/receiving yard
    • 1 point - reception
  • Team Defense
    • 6 points - touchdown
    • 2 points - turnover recovered
    • 2 points - safety
    • 1 point - sack
    • 10 points - Offensive points against: 0-0
    • 7 points - Offensive points against: 1-6
    • 3 points - Offensive points against: 7-14
    • 0 point - Offensive points against: 15-20
    • 0 points - Offensive points against: 21-99
    • 6 points each - Number of Defensive and Special Teams Touchdowns

AUCTION DETAILS:

  • $200 of auction dollars were available to all 12 teams
  • Players were nominated in a rotation cycle beginning with team 1 through team 10 and back to team 1 repeating the rotation again until all 12 teams filled their 20-man roster.
  • 15 second timer upon nomination was used to determine the winning bid. The timer was also 15 seconds for each subsequent bid
  • Teams had 40 seconds to nominate a player when it was their turn in the rotation.

THE ROTATION ORDER

1. Jeff Haseley
2. Andy Hicks
3. Matt Bitonti
4. Bear Heiser
5. Scott Bischoff
6. Jeff Tefertiller
7. Aaron Rudnicki
8. Cian Fahey
9. Danny Tuccitto
10. Stephen Holloway
11. BJ Vanderwoude
12. Daniel Simpkins

Auction Rosters - By Team
 

Starting with Team 1, we'll go over each team's winning bids

Jeff Haseley

Player Winning Bid
Robinson, Allen JAC WR $36.00
Ingram, Mark NOS RB $26.00
Landry, Jarvis MIA WR $25.00
Hyde, Carlos SFO RB $19.00
Rawls, Thomas SEA RB $19.00
Floyd, Michael ARI WR $14.00
Jones, Marvin DET WR $13.00
Luck, Andrew IND QB $10.00
Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB $10.00
Barnidge, Gary CLE TE $7.00
Langford, Jeremy CHI RB $6.00
Foster, Arian FA* RB $3.00
Wheaton, Markus PIT WR $3.00
Hogan, Chris NEP WR $2.00
Cook, Jared GBP TE $2.00
Thompson, Chris WAS RB $1.00
Crowder, Jamison WAS WR $1.00
Tye, Will NYG TE $1.00
Catanzaro, Chandler ARI PK $1.00
Panthers, Carolina CAR Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

Disciplined budget; Emphasis on Wide Receivers ($94 out of $200 budget); light expenditure on Tight Ends ($10)

Best Buy

Jared Cook, $2.00 - Cook is penciled in as the lead tight end for the Packers, even though he had foot surgery in early June - the team called it a 'preventative' measure. Cook missed the rest of the Packers' OTAs and minicamp as a result. Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy said on June 6 that Cook's foot injury isn't a long-term issue. McCarthy said doctors feel good about his return, though no timetable had been established at that time. As of mid-July, Cook is expected to participate in training camp, but the uncertainty caused by the injury rehab allowed Haseley to buy into the Packers' high-octane passing attack at virtually no cost. If Cook becomes a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers (a distinct possibility), Jeff's $2 buy will pay off handsomely.

Worst Buy

Mark Ingram, $26.00 - Ingram is the clear lead back for the Saints, but the guy has played a full slate of 16 games just once in his five-year career, and averages 12.4 games played per year so far. He did show a spike in receptions during 2015, but the arrival of Coby Fleener as the new lead tight end might whittle down Ingram's PPR impact. In any case, $26 seems like a large chunk of change for a guy who has never scored double-digit TDs during his career.

Evaluation

Haseley has a well-balanced team across the board, but he's going to need to have positive health outcomes at the running back position (Thomas Rawls, Mark Ingram, Carlos Hyde) to stay competitive. IF everything breaks right for him at running back, the rest of the team is powerful enough to make the playoffs - but that is a big IF considering his running back stable.

Andy Hicks

Player Winning Bid
Peterson, Adrian MIN RB $45.00
Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE $39.00
Martin, Doug TBB RB $29.00
Mathews, Ryan PHI RB $16.00
Wilson, Russell SEA QB $14.00
Murray, DeMarco TEN RB $12.00
Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR $12.00
Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR $9.00
Ebron, Eric DET TE $7.00
Bridgewater, Teddy MIN QB $4.00
Cutler, Jay CHI QB $2.00
Garcon, Pierre WAS WR $2.00
Texans, Houston HOU Def $2.00
Funchess, Devin CAR WR $1.00
Kearse, Jermaine SEA WR $1.00
Matthews, Rishard TEN WR $1.00
Wallace, Mike BAL WR $1.00
Witten, Jason DAL TE $1.00
Gano, Graham CAR PK $1.00
Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

"Studs and Duds", allocated $110 of $200 cap to four players (his first-string QB, RB, WR, TE), Very Running Back heavy budget ($102 spent on four running backs), punted on wide recievers ($27 spent on six wide receivers)

Best Buy

Rob Gronkowski, $39.00 - As Hicks was going all in on his top players, he secured the very best tight end in the NFL with this purchase. The gap between Gronkowski and the rest of the crowd at his position is glaringly obvious, and provides an anchor for this club.

Worst Buy

DeMarco Murrray, $12.00 - Murray is in a time-sharing arrangement in Tennessee this year, after sulking his way off the field in Philadelphia last season. Murray was not impressive behind an average offensive line in Philadelphia last year, and the Titan's offensive line doesn't remind anyone of the unit that built Murray's reputation in Dallas. The money committed to Murray could have been spent better elsewhere.

Evaluation

Hicks will need at least two of his $1.00-$2.00 "bargain" wide receivers to elevate their game during 2016 in order to be competitive (Devin Funchess; Pierre Garcon; Jermaine Kearse; Rishard Matthews; Mike Wallace) and his top two receivers (Emmanuel Sanders, $12.00; and Laquon Treadwell, $9) look more like #2 and #3 fantasy wide receivers as of mid-July. His team is stacked at quarterback, running back and tight end but the wide receivers look like a problem spot for this franchise.

Matt Bitonti

Player Winning Bid
Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB $38.00
Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR $38.00
Allen, Keenan SDC WR $35.00
Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR $15.00
Walker, Delanie TEN TE $13.00
Murray, Latavius OAK RB $12.00
Gordon, Melvin SDC RB $8.00
Stafford, Matthew DET QB $7.00
Coleman, Tevin ATL RB $7.00
Graham, Jimmy SEA TE $5.00
Jets, New York NYJ Def $3.00
Perkins, Paul NYG RB $2.00
Osweiler, Brock HOU QB $1.00
Allen, Javorius BAL RB $1.00
Ginn Jr., Ted CAR WR $1.00
Gordon, Josh CLE WR $1.00
Randle, Rueben PHI WR $1.00
Janikowski, Sebastian OAK PK $1.00
McManus, Brandon DEN PK $1.00
Bengals, Cincinnati CIN Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

"Studs and Duds"; $111.00 of $200.00 cap allocated to three players (one running back and two wide receivers); Emphasis on wide receivers ($91.00 devoted to wide receivers)

Best Buy

DeAndre Hopkins, $38.00 - Hopkins is a young, rising superstar in the NFL with no competition for his #1 wide receiver role on the Houston squad. He should be worth every penny Bitonti spent to acquire his services.

Worst Buy

Jimmy Graham, $5.00 - Even at this pedestrian price, investing in Graham is an extremely risky proposition this year. Patellar tendon injuries are very difficult for NFL players to overcome, and this particular injury has seriously degraded/ended many NFL careers (witness Victor Cruz's struggles to get back to action for the Giants as a case in point). Graham should have been left to other bidders.

Evaluation

The core of Bitonti's team (Ezekiel Elliot, Keenan Allen, and Hopkins) is formidable, and the quarterbacking duo of Matthew Stafford and Brock Osweiler forms an inexpensive committee with upside potential for this squad. Depth at running back is problematic behind Elliot and Latavius Murray, with various junior members of NFL running back committees forming the bench at this position (Melvin Gordon; Tevin Coleman; Javorius Allen; Paul Perkins). Bitonti will need both Elliot and Murray to stay healthy for the full slate of 16 games if he is going to stay competitive.

Bear Heiser

Player Winning Bid
Gurley, Todd RAM RB $41.00
Johnson, David ARI RB $39.00
Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR $31.00
Hurns, Allen JAC WR $20.00
White, Kevin CHI WR $17.00
Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB $15.00
Abdullah, Ameer DET RB $12.00
Bortles, Blake JAC QB $6.00
Ellington, Bruce SFO WR $4.00
Miller, Zach CHI TE $3.00
Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def $3.00
Carey, Ka'Deem CHI RB $1.00
Spiller, C.J. NOS RB $1.00
Adams, Davante GBP WR $1.00
Agholor, Nelson PHI WR $1.00
Williams, Terrance DAL WR $1.00
Wright, Kendall TEN WR $1.00
Clay, Charles BUF TE $1.00
Aguayo, Roberto TBB PK $1.00
Barth, Connor NOS PK $1.00

Overall Strategy

"Studs and Duds"; ($111.00 of $200.00 cap invested in top three players, plus the second-highest salary for a quarterback in this league at $15.00 for Aaron Rodgers) - emphasis on running backs ($82.00 spent on this position) and quarterbacks ($21.00 invested)

Best Buy

Blake Bortles, $6.00 - Bortles tore up the league with 35 TD passes last year, and this Jaguar's offense is improving rather than regressing - Heiser may well end up starting Bortles as much as he does Rodgers during 2016.

Worst Buy

Kevin White, $17.00 - White is as green as spring grass after missing his entire rookie season due to a fractured shin. He hasn't proven anything at the NFL level yet, so $17.00 on pure speculation looks like a potential waste of almost 10% of Heiser's salary cap. Also, Heiser has invested $51.00 in the Bears' passing attack between White, Alshon Jeffery, and tight end Zach Miller - a quarter of his cap - this looks like a questionable strategy given the mercurial nature of Jay Cutler.

Evaluation

Heiser has a squad that is tied to the Bears' offensive team, and he also has depth issues at wide receiver (Davante Adams and Nelson Agholor are both in unfavorable situations on their repective squads, for example). This team looks like a candidate for also-ran during 2016.

Scott Bischoff

Player Winning Bid
Nelson, Jordy GBP WR $36.00
Charles, Jamaal KCC RB $33.00
Newton, Cam CAR QB $27.00
Gore, Frank IND RB $15.00
Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB $13.00
McKinnon, Jerick MIN RB $11.00
Riddick, Theo DET RB $11.00
Aiken, Kamar BAL WR $9.00
Austin, Tavon RAM WR $7.00
Jackson, DeSean WAS WR $7.00
Bennett, Martellus NEP TE $7.00
Fleener, Coby NOS TE $7.00
Green-Beckham, Dorial TEN WR $4.00
Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def $3.00
Flacco, Joe BAL QB $2.00
Hightower, Tim NOS RB $2.00
McDonald, Vance SFO TE $2.00
Cardinals, Arizona ARI Def $2.00
Crosby, Mason GBP PK $1.00
Tucker, Justin BAL PK $1.00

Overall Strategy

Disciplined Budget, Balanced Team ($63.00 of $200.00 cap allocated to five wide receivers; $85.00 to six running backs; $16 to three tight ends; $29 to two quarterbacks)

Best Buy

Vance McDonald, $2.00 - McDonald grew into a top target for Blaine Gabbert during the second half of the 2015 season, and all reports out of Santa Clara indicate that Gabbert is going to be the starter for new head coach Chip Kelly. In the uptempo attack that Kelly deploys, McDonald may see a LOT of targets and receptions (during 2014, the last full year that Kelly coached Philadelphia, their three tight ends Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and James Casey handled 143 targets for 93/1,101/6 as a group).

Worst Buy

Jerick McKinnon, $11.00 - Paying double-digits for Adrian Peterson's backup (when you don't have Adrian Peterson on your team) looks like a very questionable allocation of resources. It may be that Bischoff was trying to drive up the price of McKinnon but he wound up overpaying for a guy who is not too likely to play a role in the Viking's offense while Peterson is around.

Evaluation

Bischoff has built in a lot of 'boom' potential to this squad. Cam Newton can score fantasy points in bunches, and Jordy Nelson, Jamaal Charles and Coby Fleener all look like key pieces to their respective team's offensive puzzles. The wide receiver depth behind Nelson and DeSean Jackson is a little shaky, but this team has the look of a contender as of mid-July.

Jeff Tefertiller

 

Player Winning Bid
Evans, Mike TBB WR $32.00
Watkins, Sammy BUF WR $32.00
Freeman, Devonta ATL RB $30.00
Hilton, T.Y. IND WR $27.00
Marshall, Brandon NYJ WR $25.00
Cobb, Randall GBP WR $22.00
Matthews, Jordan PHI WR $15.00
Mariota, Marcus TEN QB $2.00
Drake, Kenyan MIA RB $2.00
Starks, James GBP RB $2.00
Carroo, Leonte MIA WR $2.00
Smith, Alex KCC QB $1.00
Taylor, Tyrod BUF QB $1.00
Booker, Devontae DEN RB $1.00
Draughn, Shaun SFO RB $1.00
Boldin, Anquan FA* WR $1.00
Brate, Cameron TBB TE $1.00
Walford, Clive OAK TE $1.00
Boswell, Chris PIT PK $1.00
Patriots, New England NEP Def $1.00

 

Overall Strategy

Wide Receivers front and center, roll the dice on running backs and quarterbacks. Tefertiller spent $156.00 of his $200.00 cap on eight wide receivers.

Best Buy

Brandon Marshall, $25.00 - Worries over whether the Jets will sign Ryan Fitzpatrick must have depressed Marshall's cost, as he finished as the third-best fantasy wide receiver in the land last year, but was the 15th-most expensive wide receiver in this draft (tied with Jarvis Landry). Tefertiller got Marshall at a hefty discount compared to the premium paid for, say, Odell Beckham Jr. ($45.00).

Worst Buy

Sammy Watkins, $32.00 - Paying such a premium for a player currently rehabbing a broken foot (remember Dez Bryant's struggles during 2015?) seems like a bad allocation of resources - Watkins may not participate in training camp/preseason at all, and the beginning of regular season is in doubt, too. Even if he makes it back for Week One, his timing will likely be off with Tyrod Taylor due to a lack of reps together this year.

Evaluation

Tefertiller went with a strategy that emphasized wide receiver at the expense of every other position. With just $4.00 invested in Marcus Mariota, Alex Smith and Tyrod Taylor, the squad has a lackluster quarterback-by-committee, while behind starting running back Devonta Freeman there are the likes of Shaun Draughn, Kenyon Drake, Devontae Booker, and James Starks. For this club to be competitive one of the backup running backs will have to step into the starting lineup for his respective NFL team to give this squad a ghost of a chance at a playoff berth.

Aaron Rudnicki

Player Winning Bid
Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB $41.00
Cooper, Amari OAK WR $30.00
Forte, Matt NYJ RB $19.00
Hill, Jeremy CIN RB $14.00
Olsen, Greg CAR TE $14.00
Brown, John ARI WR $11.00
Kelce, Travis KCC TE $9.00
Jackson, Vincent TBB WR $8.00
Benjamin, Travis SDC WR $7.00
Carr, Derek OAK QB $6.00
Manning, Eli NYG QB $6.00
Williams, DeAngelo PIT RB $6.00
Smith, Steve BAL WR $6.00
Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB $5.00
Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB $4.00
Powell, Bilal NYJ RB $4.00
Ryan, Matt ATL QB $3.00
Sanu, Mohamed ATL WR $3.00
Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK $2.00
Broncos, Denver DEN Def $2.00

Overall Strategy

Balanced Roster, Disciplined Budget

Best Buy

Matt Forte, $19.00 - Forte has the ability to be a PPR monster, and he is the clear lead back for the Jets entering 2016. The other three $19.00 backs in this auction (Thomas Rawls; Carlos Hyde; Duke Johnson) have health issues (Rawls, Hyde) or are stuck in a committee (Johnson). Forte is an outstanding RB #2 for Rudnicki's team and he also had the foresight to win Bilal Powell's auction so Rudnicki has a hammerlock on the Jets' likely starting lineup for the foreseeable future (2016).

Worst Buy

Rudnicki's team is solid and deep - I don't think he overspent on any player or position in this draft. The $6.00 spent on 37-year-old Steve Smith is probably the 'riskiest' player on the roster, considering that Smith is coming off a torn Achilles tendon and his advanced age.

Evaluation

Rudnicki did an outstanding job in this auction - he has LeVeon Bell AND DeAngelo Williams; Matt Forte AND Bilal Powell; with Jeremy Hill and Isaiah Crowell as bye week starters/injury stand-in options. Greg Olsen and Travis Kelce are a fine 1-2 tandem at tight end, while Matt Ryan, Eli Manning and Derek Carr are a great trio of starting quarterbacks. I also like Rudnicki's six-deep wide receiver position headlined by Amari Cooper, John Brown and Travis Benjamin. This is a team that should be challenging for the league championship come December.

Cian Fahey

Player Winning Bid
Anderson, C.J. DEN RB $28.00
Sproles, Darren PHI RB $21.00
Johnson, Duke CLE RB $19.00
Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB $16.00
Diggs, Stefon MIN WR $12.00
Lockett, Tyler SEA WR $12.00
Eifert, Tyler CIN TE $12.00
Decker, Eric NYJ WR $10.00
Smith, Torrey SFO WR $10.00
Green, Ladarius PIT TE $10.00
Shepard, Sterling NYG WR $8.00
Prosise, C.J. SEA RB $7.00
Thomas, Michael NOS WR $7.00
Forsett, Justin BAL RB $6.00
Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB $5.00
Doctson, Josh WAS WR $5.00
Allen, Dwayne IND TE $5.00
Henry, Derrick TEN RB $3.00
Hauschka, Steven SEA PK $2.00
Rams, Los Angeles RAM Def $2.00

Overall Strategy

Disciplined Budget; Dominate the middle and late portions of the auction; Balanced Roster

Best Buy

Justin Forsett, $6.00 - Forsett went for significantly less than Jerick McKinnon ($11.00), Adrian Peterson's backup, and Theo Riddick ($11.00), the Lions' third-down/pass-catching back. Forsett is atop the depth chart in Baltimore and is a dual-threat back who can stay on the field for all three downs - he should be vastly more valuable than McKinnon or Riddick during 2016.

Worst Buy

Darren Sproles, $21.00 - Sproles is a 33-year old, pass-catching back/gadget back/returner for the Eagles at this point in his career. It seems spendthrift to invest over 10% of the salary cap on a mere role player for the Eagles (and an aged role player, at that).

Evaluation

Fahey was very careful in his allocation of salary cap, not spending more than $28.00 on any one player. He was able to amass a lot of $5.00 to $12.00 players in the auction, some of whom will do very well this season (Eric Decker; Tyler Lockett; Torrey Smith). His tight end position is touch-and-go entering training camp, though, with Tyler Eifert likely to miss at least a few games to start the season; and perennial under-achiever Ladarius Green the other backup. If Dwayne Allen misses time for any reason early in the season, Fahey may be left with no other viable option. This is a solid, deep fantasy team that has a good shot at the postseason.

Danny Tuccitto

Player Winning Bid
Beckham, Odell NYG WR $45.00
McCoy, LeSean BUF RB $27.00
Baldwin, Doug SEA WR $18.00
Tate, Golden DET WR $15.00
Maclin, Jeremy KCC WR $14.00
Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR $13.00
Brees, Drew NOS QB $10.00
Snead, Willie NOS WR $8.00
Jennings, Rashad NYG RB $6.00
Howard, Jordan CHI RB $5.00
Ertz, Zach PHI TE $4.00
Gates, Antonio SDC TE $4.00
McFadden, Darren DAL RB $3.00
Washington, DeAndre OAK RB $3.00
Marshall, Keith WAS RB $2.00
Williams, Karlos BUF RB $2.00
Walsh, Blair MIN PK $2.00
Fitzpatrick, Ryan NYJ QB $1.00
Gabbert, Blaine SFO QB $1.00
Forbath, Kai NOS PK $1.00

Overall Strategy

"Studs and Duds"; Emphasis on wide receiver ($113.00 of $200.00 salary cap devoted to six wide receivers) and quarterback ($10.00 for elite Drew Brees); Punted on running back #2

Best Buy

Jeremy Maclin, $14.00 - Maclin is (as of July 18) the 21st-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the PPR paradigm on Footballguys.com's wide receiver board, a veteran talent who is the clear #1 wide receiver in Kansas City, yet he was priced at 29th-best receiver in this draft, behind two players (Breshad Perriman, $20.00; Kevin White, $17.00) who have yet to play a down during regular season/prove themselves at the NFL level. Tuccitto took advantage of the perennial disrespect of the Kansas City passing game to steal a top-shelf receiver at #3 wideout pricing.

Worst Buy

Darren McFadden, $3.00 - It seems like a waste of cap space to purchase McFadden's services when A). Tuccitto doesn't own Ezekiel Elliot and B). McFadden is rehabbing from an elbow surgery and may miss all of training camp.

Evaluation

This team is stacked at wide receiver and quarterback, but behind LeSean McCoy there is a howling void - Jordan Howard is battling for playing time in a messy situation up in Chicago; Rashad Jennings has been trapped in a running-back-by-committee for years; Karlos Williams wasn't allowed on the field during minicamp due to showing up to practices very overweight, and then garnered a four-game suspension for substance abuse on July 15 (he's DEEP in Rex Ryan's doghouse); and DeAndre Washington and Keith Marshall are buried on their team's respective depth charts. McFadden we already talked about. Jennings looks like the best bet for a servicable #2 running back, but he's scored just four TDs in two consecutive seasons with the Giants and won't provide much 'boom' potential. Tuccitto will need to get lucky and have a break-through into the starting lineup by one of his backup running backs in order to stay in contention with this roster (Howard is likely the best bet to accomplish a break-through).

Stephen Holloway

Player Winning Bid
Miller, Lamar HOU RB $36.00
Bryant, Dez DAL WR $36.00
Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR $31.00
Perriman, Breshad BAL WR $20.00
Brady, Tom NEP QB $10.00
Yeldon, T.J. JAC RB $9.00
Crabtree, Michael OAK WR $9.00
Dorsett, Phillip IND WR $9.00
Sims, Charles TBB RB $7.00
Rivers, Philip SDC QB $6.00
Ivory, Chris JAC RB $6.00
Vereen, Shane NYG RB $5.00
Thomas, Julius JAC TE $5.00
Cousins, Kirk WAS QB $2.00
Fuller, Will HOU WR $2.00
Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TBB TE $2.00
Bills, Buffalo BUF Def $2.00
Henry, Hunter SDC TE $1.00
Bailey, Dan DAL PK $1.00
Raiders, Oakland OAK Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

Disciplined Budget, Emphasis on wide receivers ($107.00 of $200.00 cap spent on six receivers); Premium Quarterback (Tom Brady, $10.00)

Best Buy

Kirk Cousins, $2.00 - Cousins is on a one year prove-it contract with Washington, and he has a wide array of quality targets to throw the football to - he could easily better last year's ninth-place finish among fantasy quarterbacks during 2016. Holloway got a lot of bang for his two bucks here.

Worst Buy

Tom Brady, $10.00 - Brady is one of the all-time greats, but he will miss the first four games of this season plus the Week Nine bye - this amounts to 36% of most fantasy league's 14-game regular season. Fortunately, Holloway has Kirk Cousins on tap to cover for Brady's many absences, but Holloway's $10.00 could have bought the services of a different elite quarterback (like Drew Brees, who also went for $10.00) that will potentially play the entire regular season.

Evaluation

Holloway cornered the market on Jacksonville running backs (Chris Ivory, $6.00 and T.J. Yeldon, $9.00) which should pay dividends at the #2 running back position and I like his backup stable behind starter Lamar Miller ($36.00) with pass catching backs Shane Vereen ($5.00) and Charles Sims ($7.00). The trio of tight ends (Julius Thomas; Austin Seferian-Jenkins; Henry Hunter) has upside potential, while the wide receivers are a high-ceiling, low-floor group that could go off any week, but which also has the potential to leave Holloway with some goose-eggs on any given week. I particularly worry over green-as-grass Breshad Perriman, who was expensive ($20.00) for a player with no experience at playing during NFL regular season. Holloway has assembled a squad which could be dominant or which could wind up scraping along the bottom of the barrell come playoff time. He's not likely to be in the middle of the league standings.

B.J. Vanderwoude

Player Winning Bid
Brown, Antonio PIT WR $48.00
Jones, Julio ATL WR $46.00
Lacy, Eddie GBP RB $28.00
Reed, Jordan WAS TE $22.00
Edelman, Julian NEP WR $20.00
Woodhead, Danny SDC RB $15.00
Romo, Tony DAL QB $4.00
Dalton, Andy CIN QB $3.00
West, Charcandrick KCC RB $2.00
Chiefs, Kansas City KCC Def $2.00
Johnson, Chris ARI RB $1.00
Smallwood, Wendell PHI RB $1.00
Amendola, Danny NEP WR $1.00
Boyd, Tyler CIN WR $1.00
Conley, Chris KCC WR $1.00
Janis, Jeff GBP WR $1.00
Sharpe, Tajae TEN WR $1.00
Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE $1.00
Folk, Nick NYJ PK $1.00
Packers, Green Bay GBP Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

"Studs and Duds", Spent heavily on elite wide receivers ($114.00 of $200.00 cap spent on top three wide receivers; $119 total on eight wide receivers), Value quarterbacks

Best Buy

Antonio Brown, $48.00 - Worth every penny, Brown is a dominant force in PPR leagues. His production justifies even this heavy level of expenditure, as Brown has the potential to break open games with huge weekly performances, and yet has a high floor due to the multitude of targets/receptions he enjoys each week.

Worst Buy

Julian Edelman, $20.00 - Not only will Edelman have to put up with Jimmy Garappolo for four games to open the season, Edelman is currently rehabbing a troublesome foot injury that required another corrective surgery during the offseason. As usual, the Patriots are being coy about Edelman's status regarding training camp, which adds to the uncertainty around this player.

Evaluation

Vanderwoude has a solid starting lineup. Tony Romo/Eddie Lacy/Danny Woodhead/Antonio Brown/Julio Jones/Amendola-Edelman/ Jordan Reed should provide him with a reliable stream of fantasy points from week to week. However, the depth behind these front-liners is shaky. If Vanderwoude's team has good luck in avoiding suspensions/injuries, he'll be in the thick of the hunt come December. If he is relying on backups in December, though, this team is in trouble.

Daniel Simpkins

Player Winning Bid
Green, A.J. CIN WR $38.00
Lewis, Dion NEP RB $24.00
Cooks, Brandin NOS WR $22.00
Moncrief, Donte IND WR $22.00
Ajayi, Jay MIA RB $20.00
Bernard, Giovani CIN RB $18.00
Jones, Matt WAS RB $15.00
Parker, DeVante MIA WR $12.00
Winston, Jameis TBB QB $9.00
Palmer, Carson ARI QB $5.00
Coates, Sammie PIT WR $4.00
Coleman, Corey CLE WR $2.00
Hooper, Austin ATL TE $2.00
Ferguson, Josh IND RB $1.00
Lasco, Daniel NOS RB $1.00
Zenner, Zach DET RB $1.00
Cameron, Jordan MIA TE $1.00
Watson, Ben BAL TE $1.00
Vinatieri, Adam IND PK $1.00
Vikings, Minnesota MIN Def $1.00

Overall Strategy

Balanced Lineup; Disciplined budget; Quality quarterbacks

Best Buy

Brandin Cooks, $22.00 - Cooks finished 2015 as the 14th-best PPR receiver; he's improved his performance year-on-year during his two years in the league, and he plays for one of the elite passers in the league in Drew Brees. Yet, he was available in this draft as the 18th-most expensive player at his position. Simpkins got a potential top-10 fantasy wide receiver at a steep discount in this auction. Corey Coleman at a mere $2.00 for a guy projected to be the #1 wide receiver in Cleveland is also a great buy.

Worst Buy

Devante Parker, $12.00 - Parker definitely has potential entering his second season in Miami, but $12.00 seems like a high premium for a player who hasn't crossed 500 yards receiving in a season so far in his short career. In comparison, Tyler Lockett and Emmanuel Sanders both went off the board in this auction at $12.00, the same price Simpkins paid for Parker. Either of the latter two players seems like a better bet at this salary.

Evaluation

Simpkins assembled a nice blend of veteran experience and youthful potential on this roster, anchoring his team with solid veterans like A.J. Green, Carson Palmer, and Ben Watson. He also has potential superstars in youngsters like Corey Coleman, Parker, Donte Moncrief, and Sammie Coates. Running back is the one potential trouble spot depending on how Dion Lewis bounces back from last season's ACL injury, but overall this is a deep and high-ceiling sort of fantasy team. Simpkins should be in contention for the playoffs come December.

 

Winning Bids By Position
 

Quarterback

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Newton, Cam CAR QB $27.00 Scott Bischoff
Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB $15.00 Bear Heiser
Wilson, Russell SEA QB $14.00 Andy Hicks
Brady, Tom NEP QB $10.00 Steve Holloway
Brees, Drew NOS QB $10.00 Danny Tuccitto
Luck, Andrew IND QB $10.00 Jeff Haseley
Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB $10.00 Jeff Haseley
Winston, Jameis TBB QB $9.00 Daniel Simpkins
Stafford, Matthew DET QB $7.00 Matt Bitonti
Bortles, Blake JAC QB $6.00 Bear Heiser
Carr, Derek OAK QB $6.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Manning, Eli NYG QB $6.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Rivers, Philip SDC QB $6.00 Steve Holloway
Palmer, Carson ARI QB $5.00 Daniel Simpkins
Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB $5.00 Cian Fahey
Bridgewater, Teddy MIN QB $4.00 Andy Hicks
Romo, Tony DAL QB $4.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Dalton, Andy CIN QB $3.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Ryan, Matt ATL QB $3.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Cousins, Kirk WAS QB $2.00 Steve Holloway
Cutler, Jay CHI QB $2.00 Andy Hicks
Flacco, Joe BAL QB $2.00 Scott Bischoff
Mariota, Marcus TEN QB $2.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Fitzpatrick, Ryan NYJ QB $1.00 Danny Tuccitto
Gabbert, Blaine SFO QB $1.00 Danny Tuccitto
Osweiler, Brock HOU QB $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Smith, Alex KCC QB $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Taylor, Tyrod BUF QB $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller

Running Back

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Peterson, Adrian MIN RB $45.00 Andy Hicks
Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB $41.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Gurley, Todd RAM RB $41.00 Bear Heiser
Johnson, David ARI RB $39.00 Bear Heiser
Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB $38.00 Matt Bitonti
Miller, Lamar HOU RB $36.00 Steve Holloway
Charles, Jamaal KCC RB $33.00 Scott Bischoff
Freeman, Devonta ATL RB $30.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Martin, Doug TBB RB $29.00 Andy Hicks
Anderson, C.J. DEN RB $28.00 Cian Fahey
Lacy, Eddie GBP RB $28.00 BJ Vanderwoude
McCoy, LeSean BUF RB $27.00 Danny Tuccitto
Ingram, Mark NOS RB $26.00 Jeff Haseley
Lewis, Dion NEP RB $24.00 Daniel Simpkins
Sproles, Darren PHI RB $21.00 Cian Fahey
Ajayi, Jay MIA RB $20.00 Daniel Simpkins
Forte, Matt NYJ RB $19.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Hyde, Carlos SFO RB $19.00 Jeff Haseley
Johnson, Duke CLE RB $19.00 Cian Fahey
Rawls, Thomas SEA RB $19.00 Jeff Haseley
Bernard, Giovani CIN RB $18.00 Daniel Simpkins
Mathews, Ryan PHI RB $16.00 Andy Hicks
Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB $16.00 Cian Fahey
Gore, Frank IND RB $15.00 Scott Bischoff
Jones, Matt WAS RB $15.00 Daniel Simpkins
Woodhead, Danny SDC RB $15.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Hill, Jeremy CIN RB $14.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB $13.00 Scott Bischoff
Abdullah, Ameer DET RB $12.00 Bear Heiser
Murray, DeMarco TEN RB $12.00 Andy Hicks
Murray, Latavius OAK RB $12.00 Matt Bitonti
McKinnon, Jerick MIN RB $11.00 Scott Bischoff
Riddick, Theo DET RB $11.00 Scott Bischoff
Yeldon, T.J. JAC RB $9.00 Steve Holloway
Gordon, Melvin SDC RB $8.00 Matt Bitonti
Coleman, Tevin ATL RB $7.00 Matt Bitonti
Prosise, C.J. SEA RB $7.00 Cian Fahey
Sims, Charles TBB RB $7.00 Steve Holloway
Forsett, Justin BAL RB $6.00 Cian Fahey
Ivory, Chris JAC RB $6.00 Steve Holloway
Jennings, Rashad NYG RB $6.00 Danny Tuccitto
Langford, Jeremy CHI RB $6.00 Jeff Haseley
Williams, DeAngelo PIT RB $6.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB $5.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Howard, Jordan CHI RB $5.00 Danny Tuccitto
Vereen, Shane NYG RB $5.00 Steve Holloway
Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB $4.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Powell, Bilal NYJ RB $4.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Foster, Arian FA* RB $3.00 Jeff Haseley
Henry, Derrick TEN RB $3.00 Cian Fahey
McFadden, Darren DAL RB $3.00 Danny Tuccitto
Washington, DeAndre OAK RB $3.00 Danny Tuccitto
Drake, Kenyan MIA RB $2.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Hightower, Tim NOS RB $2.00 Scott Bischoff
Marshall, Keith WAS RB $2.00 Danny Tuccitto
Perkins, Paul NYG RB $2.00 Matt Bitonti
Starks, James GBP RB $2.00 Jeff Tefertiller
West, Charcandrick KCC RB $2.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Williams, Karlos BUF RB $2.00 Danny Tuccitto
Allen, Javorius BAL RB $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Booker, Devontae DEN RB $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Carey, Ka'Deem CHI RB $1.00 Bear Heiser
Draughn, Shaun SFO RB $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Ferguson, Josh IND RB $1.00 Daniel Simpkins
Johnson, Chris ARI RB $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Lasco, Daniel NOS RB $1.00 Daniel Simpkins
Smallwood, Wendell PHI RB $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Spiller, C.J. NOS RB $1.00 Bear Heiser
Thompson, Chris WAS RB $1.00 Jeff Haseley
Zenner, Zach DET RB $1.00 Daniel Simpkins

Wide Receiver

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Brown, Antonio PIT WR $48.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Jones, Julio ATL WR $46.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Beckham, Odell NYG WR $45.00 Danny Tuccitto
Green, A.J. CIN WR $38.00 Daniel Simpkins
Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR $38.00 Matt Bitonti
Bryant, Dez DAL WR $36.00 Steve Holloway
Nelson, Jordy GBP WR $36.00 Scott Bischoff
Robinson, Allen JAC WR $36.00 Jeff Haseley
Allen, Keenan SDC WR $35.00 Matt Bitonti
Evans, Mike TBB WR $32.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Watkins, Sammy BUF WR $32.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR $31.00 Bear Heiser
Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR $31.00 Steve Holloway
Cooper, Amari OAK WR $30.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Hilton, T.Y. IND WR $27.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Landry, Jarvis MIA WR $25.00 Jeff Haseley
Marshall, Brandon NYJ WR $25.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Cobb, Randall GBP WR $22.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Cooks, Brandin NOS WR $22.00 Daniel Simpkins
Moncrief, Donte IND WR $22.00 Daniel Simpkins
Edelman, Julian NEP WR $20.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Hurns, Allen JAC WR $20.00 Bear Heiser
Perriman, Breshad BAL WR $20.00 Steve Holloway
Baldwin, Doug SEA WR $18.00 Danny Tuccitto
White, Kevin CHI WR $17.00 Bear Heiser
Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR $15.00 Matt Bitonti
Matthews, Jordan PHI WR $15.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Tate, Golden DET WR $15.00 Danny Tuccitto
Floyd, Michael ARI WR $14.00 Jeff Haseley
Maclin, Jeremy KCC WR $14.00 Danny Tuccitto
Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR $13.00 Danny Tuccitto
Jones, Marvin DET WR $13.00 Jeff Haseley
Diggs, Stefon MIN WR $12.00 Cian Fahey
Lockett, Tyler SEA WR $12.00 Cian Fahey
Parker, DeVante MIA WR $12.00 Daniel Simpkins
Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR $12.00 Andy Hicks
Brown, John ARI WR $11.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Decker, Eric NYJ WR $10.00 Cian Fahey
Smith, Torrey SFO WR $10.00 Cian Fahey
Aiken, Kamar BAL WR $9.00 Scott Bischoff
Crabtree, Michael OAK WR $9.00 Steve Holloway
Dorsett, Phillip IND WR $9.00 Steve Holloway
Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR $9.00 Andy Hicks
Jackson, Vincent TBB WR $8.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Shepard, Sterling NYG WR $8.00 Cian Fahey
Snead, Willie NOS WR $8.00 Danny Tuccitto
Austin, Tavon RAM WR $7.00 Scott Bischoff
Benjamin, Travis SDC WR $7.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Jackson, DeSean WAS WR $7.00 Scott Bischoff
Thomas, Michael NOS WR $7.00 Cian Fahey
Smith, Steve BAL WR $6.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Doctson, Josh WAS WR $5.00 Cian Fahey
Coates, Sammie PIT WR $4.00 Daniel Simpkins
Ellington, Bruce SFO WR $4.00 Bear Heiser
Green-Beckham, Dorial TEN WR $4.00 Scott Bischoff
Sanu, Mohamed ATL WR $3.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Wheaton, Markus PIT WR $3.00 Jeff Haseley
Carroo, Leonte MIA WR $2.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Coleman, Corey CLE WR $2.00 Daniel Simpkins
Fuller, Will HOU WR $2.00 Steve Holloway
Garcon, Pierre WAS WR $2.00 Andy Hicks
Hogan, Chris NEP WR $2.00 Jeff Haseley
Adams, Davante GBP WR $1.00 Bear Heiser
Agholor, Nelson PHI WR $1.00 Bear Heiser
Amendola, Danny NEP WR $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Boldin, Anquan FA* WR $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Boyd, Tyler CIN WR $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Conley, Chris KCC WR $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Crowder, Jamison WAS WR $1.00 Jeff Haseley
Funchess, Devin CAR WR $1.00 Andy Hicks
Ginn Jr., Ted CAR WR $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Gordon, Josh CLE WR $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Janis, Jeff GBP WR $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Kearse, Jermaine SEA WR $1.00 Andy Hicks
Matthews, Rishard TEN WR $1.00 Andy Hicks
Randle, Rueben PHI WR $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Sharpe, Tajae TEN WR $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Wallace, Mike BAL WR $1.00 Andy Hicks
Williams, Terrance DAL WR $1.00 Bear Heiser
Wright, Kendall TEN WR $1.00 Bear Heiser

Tight End

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE $39.00 Andy Hicks
Reed, Jordan WAS TE $22.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Olsen, Greg CAR TE $14.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Walker, Delanie TEN TE $13.00 Matt Bitonti
Eifert, Tyler CIN TE $12.00 Cian Fahey
Green, Ladarius PIT TE $10.00 Cian Fahey
Kelce, Travis KCC TE $9.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Barnidge, Gary CLE TE $7.00 Jeff Haseley
Bennett, Martellus NEP TE $7.00 Scott Bischoff
Ebron, Eric DET TE $7.00 Andy Hicks
Fleener, Coby NOS TE $7.00 Scott Bischoff
Allen, Dwayne IND TE $5.00 Cian Fahey
Graham, Jimmy SEA TE $5.00 Matt Bitonti
Thomas, Julius JAC TE $5.00 Steve Holloway
Ertz, Zach PHI TE $4.00 Danny Tuccitto
Gates, Antonio SDC TE $4.00 Danny Tuccitto
Miller, Zach CHI TE $3.00 Bear Heiser
Cook, Jared GBP TE $2.00 Jeff Haseley
Hooper, Austin ATL TE $2.00 Daniel Simpkins
McDonald, Vance SFO TE $2.00 Scott Bischoff
Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TBB TE $2.00 Steve Holloway
Brate, Cameron TBB TE $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Cameron, Jordan MIA TE $1.00 Daniel Simpkins
Clay, Charles BUF TE $1.00 Bear Heiser
Henry, Hunter SDC TE $1.00 Steve Holloway
Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Tye, Will NYG TE $1.00 Jeff Haseley
Walford, Clive OAK TE $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Watson, Ben BAL TE $1.00 Daniel Simpkins
Witten, Jason DAL TE $1.00 Andy Hicks

Kicker

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK $2.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Hauschka, Steven SEA PK $2.00 Cian Fahey
Walsh, Blair MIN PK $2.00 Danny Tuccitto
Aguayo, Roberto TBB PK $1.00 Bear Heiser
Bailey, Dan DAL PK $1.00 Steve Holloway
Barth, Connor NOS PK $1.00 Bear Heiser
Boswell, Chris PIT PK $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Catanzaro, Chandler ARI PK $1.00 Jeff Haseley
Crosby, Mason GBP PK $1.00 Scott Bischoff
Folk, Nick NYJ PK $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Forbath, Kai NOS PK $1.00 Danny Tuccitto
Gano, Graham CAR PK $1.00 Andy Hicks
Janikowski, Sebastian OAK PK $1.00 Matt Bitonti
McManus, Brandon DEN PK $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Tucker, Justin BAL PK $1.00 Scott Bischoff
Vinatieri, Adam IND PK $1.00 Daniel Simpkins

Defense

Player Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def $3.00 Scott Bischoff
Jets, New York NYJ Def $3.00 Matt Bitonti
Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def $3.00 Bear Heiser
Bills, Buffalo BUF Def $2.00 Steve Holloway
Broncos, Denver DEN Def $2.00 Aaron Rudnicki
Cardinals, Arizona ARI Def $2.00 Scott Bischoff
Chiefs, Kansas City KCC Def $2.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Rams, Los Angeles RAM Def $2.00 Cian Fahey
Texans, Houston HOU Def $2.00 Andy Hicks
Bengals, Cincinnati CIN Def $1.00 Matt Bitonti
Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def $1.00 Andy Hicks
Packers, Green Bay GBP Def $1.00 BJ Vanderwoude
Panthers, Carolina CAR Def $1.00 Jeff Haseley
Patriots, New England NEP Def $1.00 Jeff Tefertiller
Raiders, Oakland OAK Def $1.00 Steve Holloway
Vikings, Minnesota MIN Def $1.00 Daniel Simpkins

 

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