Fantasy football season is here. Every year millions of people play fantasy and with that comes the prep work to make sure that every draft is one that can produce a champion. This article will go through what happened in a real draft for a standard league of 10 teams and analyze the results. The league has some history and players of all levels involved, making it pretty relatable to most fantasy drafts. This is a standard scoring league.
Team number one had the first pick, pick number 20, 21, etc. The teams following this one will follow the draft order.
Roster: QB Lamar Jackson, RB Christian McCaffrey, RB Jonathan Taylor, WR Kenny Golladay, WR Cooper Kupp, TE T.J. Hockenson, RB Cam Akers, Colts D/ST, K Chris Boswell, WR Allen Robinson, WR Julian Edelman, RB Zack Moss, RB Matt Breida, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB Antonio Gibson, WR Bryan Edwards
This team is playing the boom or bust game. With McCaffrey and Jackson, the team has some of fantasy’s best, but there are also a lot of rookies on the roster. Picking who to play as WR2 and in the flex will be tough each week. If Jackson and McCaffrey stay healthy, this team will compete for the playoffs.
Roster: QB Carson Wentz, RB Saquon Barkley, RB Chris Carson, WR Mike Evans, WR A.J. Brown, TE Jared Cook, WR D.K. Metcalf, Bears D/ST, K Matt Prater, RB D’Andre Swift, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Deebo Samuel, RB Justin Jackson, TE Mike Gesicki, WR Darius Slayton, RB Chase Edmonds
This is a solid roster, but like every fantasy roster there are a few things that need to go this team’s way. Wentz is injury-prone, so if he goes down, this team will have to find a quarterback on the waiver wire. Running back depth may also be an issue as all the ones on the bench will be in time-share backfields.
Roster: QB Matt Ryan, RB Ezekiel Elliot, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Julio Jones, WR Jarvis Landry, TE Mark Andrews, RB James Conner, Steelers D/ST, K Greg Zuerlein, WR DeVante Parker, WR Marquise Brown, RB Alexander Mattison, WR Brandin Cooks, QB Josh Allen, TE Hunter Henry, WR Tee Higgins
Team 3 waited on a quarterback, but has two to rotate in and out. Doing so gave this team a lot of skill at running back, wide receiver and tight end. To be very picky, this team could use another running back or two on the roster, but the top three on the team all have loads of potential.
Roster: QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Kenyan Drake, WR Robert Woods, WR Tyler Lockett, TE Evan Engram, RB Raheem Mostert, Vikings D/ST, K Wil Lutz, WR Tyler Boyd, WR Will Fuller, RB Latavius Murray, WR Christian Kirk, TE Hayden Hurst, QB Joe Burrow, WR Mecole Hardman
While the top two running backs on this team are good, Cook is injury-prone and unhappy with his contract. The third running back, Raheem Mostert, is in a Kyle Shanahan backfield, so he may be moved in and out of the lineup like last season. The team also will not have a WR1, but they do have a lot of decent receivers. This team has potential, but the manager will have to make difficult matchup decisions week in and week out.
Roster: QB Russell Wilson, RB Alvin Kamara, RB Joe Mixon, WR Courtland Sutton, WR Calvin Ridley, TE Tyler Higbee, RB Devin Singletary, Broncos D/ST, K Ka’imi Fairbairn, WR D.J. Chark, RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Jamison Crowder, RB Marlon Mack, TE Austin Hooper, WR Golden Tate, QB Philip Rivers
For reference, ESPN thinks this team is going to come in last place. It’s a 10 team league so talent is spread out though. WR2 could be an issue as Calvin Ridley will be getting the second most targets on his team. Running back depth could be an issue, but the top three backs should produce.
Roster: QB Drew Brees, RB Derrick Henry, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR D.J. Moore, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR T.Y. Hilton, 49ers D/ST, K Justin Tucker, RB Mark Ingram, WR Stefon Diggs, RB Philip Lindsay, WR CeeDee Lamb, WR Curtis Samuel, TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Ryan Tannehill
This team’s success could hinge on Edwards-Helaire. There are some that believe that he will be a fantasy superstar and others that believe that he will be just be another Andy Reid running back. The possiblity to have two top 10 running backs is great for this team, but if Edwards-Helaire struggles, so will this team.
Roster: QB Dak Prescott, RB Nick Chubb, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Tyreek Hill, WR Chris Godwin, TE Darren Waller, WR Amari Cooper, Patriots D/ST, K Robbie Gould, RB Jordan Howard, RB Adrian Peterson, RB James White, WR Diontae Johnson, WR Sterling Shepard, RB Damien Harris, RB Nyheim Hines
Team 7 has great receivers and a top quarterback from last season. If Le’Veon Bell works out, the starting lineup is solid. If he doesn’t this team manager will have to play the matchup game for the RB2 spot. Then it could come down to the decision-making, rather than roster construction that will help this team find success.
Roster: QB Deshaun Watson, RB Leonard Fournette, RB David Johnson, WR Michael Thomas, WR DeAndre Hopkins, TE Zach Ertz, RB David Montgomery, Chargers D/ST, K Chase McLaughlin, WR A.J. Green, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Marvin Jones, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Henry Ruggs, QB Matthew Stafford, RB Tony Pollard
The weakness of this team is their running backs. Leonard Fournette is decent, while David Johnson is a huge question mark. The Bears didn’t use Montgomery well last season and Coleman is going to be getting carries after Raheem Mostert. Fortunately, this team has plenty of wide receiver talent and can flip some of them for more running back production if things go bad.
Roster: QB Kyler Murray, RB Josh Jacobs, RB Aaron Jones, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Terry McLaurin, TE Travis Kelce, RB Ronald Jones, Bills D/ST, K Harrison Butker, WR Michael Gallup, RB Tarik Cohen, WR Robby Anderson, RB Duke Johnson, WR Jerry Jeudy, QB Tom Brady, TE Jack Doyle
This team has a solid starting lineup. If there is a weakness in the starting lineup it would be wide receiver, but with two running backs who could be top 10, that is understandable. The depth of this team could also be an issue. Jones has never proven to be worthy of starting in fantasy, Cohen’s role isn’t big enough in Chicago and Duke Johnson is a backup to David Johnson. The team will be competing for the playoffs, but may need to make a move for a solid player to put at the flex or play the matchup game every week.
Roster: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Miles Sanders, RB Todd Gurley, WR Davante Adams, WR Adam Thielen, TE George Kittle, RB Melvin Gordon, Ravens D/ST, K Matt Gay, WR Keenan Allen, RB Kerryon Johnson, RB Darrell Henderson, WR John Brown, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TE Eric Ebron, WR DeSean Jackson
Team 10 is another team that has one player who can be an x-factor. Todd Gurley has knee issues and hasn’t looked like the same player, but if he can produce this team can make a run. The same can be said about Melvin Gordon for this team. There are a lot of question marks for this team, but there could be a payoff if these player overproduce.
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