Welcome to the Game On Wisconsin fantasy football league!
This will be a running series starring some Game On Wisconsin staff writers and a few of our podcast personalities. We’ll cover the progress of the league and have some fun along the way.
Today, we’re taking a look at the draft results. It’s a snake draft for a full-point PPR league. Take a look below at the results and the strategies that each participant approached the draft with. It’s too early to judge our picks but feel free to judge our team names.
1. Sanjay Gowdar-Murthy (Token Brown Guy)
My draft strategy at number 1 was – close your eyes and take best player available. I don’t like the first pick especially not knowing McCaffery’s return to stardom, but I also didn’t feel confident in drafting Dalvin Cook with their offensive problems – add in the fact that he’s was a Viking. That’s correct… I do not draft Vikings. My thought process was to go heavy on running back. I saw the draft coming back up the order and Josh Jacobs fell right into my lap. I also looked at WR options and DK made the most sense to me. Taking Mahomes was a tiny reach but I also thought – get the best or second-best fantasy QB and know you’re good week in and week out. Finally, my tight ends… getting a Packer was paramount and Tonyan was that guy. Tyler Higbee with a better QB in the 12th-round is a huge steal in my opinion. On paper, I should take home the Game On Wisconsin trophy, but we will see.
2. Brendan Dzwierzynski (Final Dumpers)
Historically, my fantasy football teams have featured truly awful running backs, including both starters and depth. I wasn’t about to allow that this year, so I made sure to target the always-productive Kamara, and I’m also a believer that Edwards-Helaire will break out in Year 2 with a line that can actually block for him. Gaskin as RB3 is also a pick I’m content with. All in all, it’s a solid squad albeit not an especially flashy one.
3. Isaac Greig (Complicated Fellas)
I typically target wide receiver early but I’ve changed my tune a bit this fantasy football season. I considered the huge drop-off in production from the RB1 tier to the RB3 tier and the depth of production from the WR2 tier to the WR4 tier. I chose to hit the running back position three times in the first four rounds, then went back to the well in rounds 7 and 8. Cook, Mixon, and Carson will be the backbone of my team. One thing I kept consistent from past years – stream the quarterback and tight end positions.
4. Ryan Bowman (Canadian Bacon)
I auto-drafted, making me the league idiot. Other than picking a ridiculous number of wide receivers, my team is pretty darn good though, so go figure.
5. Matt Bove (Go Balls Deep)
My usual draft strategy is to take one bell-cow running back early and then go heavy on wide receivers and that went exactly as planned. Derrick Henry falling to five was unexpected, even though I’m always a little afraid the regression is coming for him with little to no work in the passing game. Stefon Diggs and Justin Jefferson each have the potential to finish as WR1 overall and Chris Godwin I think still fits as the best WR for Tom Brady’s strengths. Miles Sanders should see an uptick in rushes with Doug Pederson now gone while the Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews combo should be closer to what they were two years ago than last year.
6. Brennen Rupp (Bad Juju)
It was a good draft for the Bad JuJus. We avoided the tight end abyss by selecting George Kittle in the third round. The running back duo of Aaron Jones and Najee Harris is solid. I love the options that I have at wide receiver. All Keenan Allen does is catch passes. Julio Jones has scored 18 touchdowns the past two seasons and could be in store for a monster season in Tennessee. Behind those two, I have Courtland Sutton, the Slim Reaper (DeVonta Smith), Tyler Boyd, and Jaylen Waddle. I have no shortage of quality flex plays. I have five former Alabama players on my roster, so I probably should change my team name to the Alabama Slammers.
7. Greg Williams (Hide and Zeke)
Hide and Zeke walked away with a lot of good players in the GameOn Wisconsin fantasy football draft. This team is built with star fantasy options like Davante Adams, Allen Robinson, Michael Thomas, Ezekiel Elliot, James Robinson, Justin Tucker, Tom Brady, and the Buccaneers defense. There’s a lot of potential on this team with Kyle Pitts, Trevor Lawrence, and Darrell Henderson, but Hide and Zeke is taking a gamble on Chase Edmonds being the flex.
8. Dan Kotnik (Bishop Sycamore All Stars)
The Bishop Sycamore All-Stars couldn’t be happier with the outcome of their fantasy football draft. We locked in premiere talent at QB with Aaron Rodgers AND Baker Mayfield. Nick Chubb is RB1, however, the front office expects big things out of rookie Tre Sermon this year as well as Devin Singletary. We love the youth at WR with Terry McLaurin and Brandon Aiyuk, plus we believe we have the league’s top defense with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9. Andrew Mertins (Winston’s Crab Legs)
I’m overall pleased with the structure of my team. I feel I did not reach for many picks. There’s really only one or two picks I am not a huge fan of. I’m hoping for some big years out of J Herbo and Jonathan Taylor in their sophomore seasons to get me in the winner’s circle. Winson’s Crab Legs are ready to ball out and “Eat a W” as famous Jameis would like to put it…
10. Daire Carragher (Marcedes Lewis and the News)
I was delighted to draft the best TE ever, Travis Kelce. Antonio Gibson in the early 2nd is decent. I would’ve preferred Jones or Chubb, but Gibson will suffice. At receiver, I trust the CeeDee Lamb breakout, while Mike Evans is really undervalued. I’ve got 2 solid QB options in Tannehill and Burrow. I’d expect similar numbers from both, so choosing a starter each week will be tricky. Raheem Mostert will be in the Flex for now. Meanwhile I’m hoping for big things from Javonte Williams. My bench WRs are average. Corey Davis should get a good target share and Jakobi Myers is being slept on. Finally I went with the Patriots defense due to their relatively easy first few games.