Post-Draft #SFB480 Interview With Ben Cummins

Post-Draft #SFB480 Interview With Ben Cummins

The 2016 Scott Fish Bowl aka the #SFB480 is reaching its conclusion. Most drafts are either complete or in the final stages of being done. … That’s a good thing considering all the unique scoring rules (0.25 points per carry, TE-premium) and roster requirements (superflex plus three additional flex spots) we had to decipher. Mr. Fish does not make things easy for us.

Like we did pre-#SFB480 with our Zach Law interview series, we’ve decided to ask participants about their experience now that the draft is over. Our own Ben Cummins came up with the questions.

Today’s interview subject is: Ben Cummins – Contributor at TwoQBs, The Fantasy Footballers, and RotoViz.

Ben’s Final #SFB480 Roster

BenSFB480 Roster

1. What was your draft strategy heading into the #SFB480 and were you able to execute it?

I targeted Russell Wilson in the first round (see question two for more). After that I wanted to go running back-heavy because of the .25 points per carry scoring rule. I was fine waiting on TE and especially WR, which I deemed the least valuable position in the #SFB480 because of the scoring format. Overall, I was able to execute my plan and was very happy with how my team turned out.

2. What was your plan of attack for quarterbacks in this particular format, and do you think you will utilize a similar strategy in more traditional 2QB/Superflex leagues?

Russell Wilson has overall QB1 upside this season, regardless of scoring format. I targeted him in the first round because the .25 points per carry boosts his value even more. I was very happy I was able to land him. He could end up as not only the overall QB1, but also the highest scoring player, regardless of position in this format. Playing against 479 other opponents, I know it’s a long shot to win this league, but I at least wanted to give myself a chance. Half the teams get in the playoffs based on record and the other half get in based on total points. Having Russell Wilson on my squad should give me a good chance of making the playoffs based on points alone, just in case I deal with some bad luck in my head-to-head matchups. You can’t win the league unless you make the playoffs. You never know what can happen from there.

I also prioritized Alex Smith. Although he lacks the upside, I saw him as a poor man’s Tyrod Taylor, who I could acquire at a discounted price. Things went according to plan, as I was able to get Smith over two rounds later than Taylor. That allowed me to continue stockpiling early RBs with what I perceived to be solid workloads.

Overall, my plan of attack for QBs in the #SFB480 was to acquire guys who not only can get it done through the air, but on the ground as well. Even Blaine Gabbert, who I’m boldly (and probably stupidly) projecting to start all season for the 49ers, has rushing upside. I wouldn’t draft this way in traditional 2QB and Superflex leagues. There is almost a zero percent chance I would take a QB in the first round, as I am generally more of a late-round QB drafter, even in 2QB and Superflex leagues. Also, I wouldn’t prioritize rushing QBs as highly as I did in this format. Know the scoring settings of your leagues, people!

3. Did you prioritize one or more of the unique scoring settings/roster requirements in-draft?

Yes, I most definitely prioritized the .25 points per carry scoring setting. The way I see it, RBs are the most important position in the #SFB480. Even though WRs still outscore RBs by 2x with every catch, RBs literally have to put in zero work at all to get the ball handed off to them. They will score points every week consistently without hardly doing anything at all. Oh ya, they can also catch passes as well. On the other hand, outside of screen plays, WRs have to repeatedly beat talented NFL corners before they can receive that .50 bonus. WRs will most likely be more efficient and productive with their touches though, so you can’t fully punt the position. I don’t think I did, as I love the WRs I was able to stockpile in the second half of the draft. As for TEs, even though they receive one whole point per reception, I still essentially treated them the same as I would in any other draft.

4. How balanced do you feel your team is? Is there one position you have an advantage at, and if so, did it come at the expense of weakening another position?

It’s weird because I actually feel my team is pretty balanced, even though I definitely didn’t expect it to play out that way. If my RBs are able to stay healthy (a big if), I believe I have an advantage at the RB position. I went into the draft expecting my WRs to end up looking pretty weak since I predetermined it was the least valuable position based on the scoring settings. However, I feel like I was able to acquire a lot of value at WR that ultimately helped my team end up more balanced than I initially expected.

5. What pick do you feel gave you the most value?

Donte Moncrief in the seventh felt like a huge steal. After I was able to land Russell Wilson and five stud RBs, I definitely didn’t expect to see a guy like Moncrief sitting there. I feel like TDs are vital for WRs in the #SFB480 since their PPR value is essentially nonexistent. Moncrief easily has double-digit TD upside in 2016.

6. Do you have any picks you regret and wish you could do over?

I drafted Jay Ajayi before the Dolphins signed Arian Foster and Eric Ebron before the Lions signed Anquan Boldin. I don’t regret the picks, as I still think both possess league winning upside in the second half of the season if things break in their favor. However, if I had all of the information during the draft, there is definitely a chance I might’ve taken Frank Gore or Giovani Bernard instead of Ajayi and Dwayne Allen or Antonio Gates instead of Eric Ebron.

7. This is a safe space, vent all you want on this one: What’s your snipe horror story?

Early in the draft I wasn’t getting sniped at all, and it felt amazing. That all changed later on. Buck Allen and Jerick McKinnon both went right before me in the 14th round. McKinnon went literally the pick before me. I love both of those RBs as late round guys that possess league winning upside. I was able to pivot to another guy I believe possesses that upside as well though, in Josh Doctson.

8. Even though the #SFB480 is unique in its scoring and roster settings, did you learn anything during the #SFB480 you can utilize in future drafts?

The #SFB480 was just another reminder how vital it is to know the ins and outs of your league’s scoring settings. That, and how important pre-draft preparation is. Write down who you want to target in each round based on ADP before the draft. It helped me in the #SFB480, as it usually does in every draft. This allows you to use ADP as a guide to know when it’s time to go get your guys.

9. If you have any other thoughts regarding the #SFB480 that my questions didn’t address, go ahead and spill the beans now…

I just want to thank Scott Fish for all the hard work he put in to make this event run smoothly. This being my first year in the #SFB480 and within the fantasy football community in general, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a more fun drafting experience. The #SFB480 clearly brings the community together and that’s what it’s all about. Make sure you donate to the Toys for Tots drive at fantasycares.net if you can spare it. Let’s make sure fantasy football has an impact outside of this fake game that we all can’t get enough of.

You can find Ben on twitter @BenCumminsFF. Also be sure to send thanks Scott Fish’s way @ScottFish24 for putting on such an awesome event and don’t forget to donate to the Toys for Tots drive at fantasycares.net.

Ben Cummins

Ben Cummins is very passionate about fantasy football. He combines film watching and statistical research to formulate his opinions on a number of different fantasy football topics. He is dedicated to supporting his beliefs with important and necessary data. In addition to contributing to TwoQBs.com, Ben is also a contributor for both The Fantasy Footballers and Rotoviz. You can find him on Twitter @BenCumminsFF


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