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: Anthony Amico – contributor to RotoViz, numberFire, and TwoQBs.
1. What was your draft strategy heading into the #SFB480 and were you able to execute it?
I was looking to utilize my Robust RB strategy. Especially with the additional .25 per carry scoring bonus and multiple flexes, I felt like I could load up at running back and put myself in position to have a weekly advantage on my opponents. I think I executed this well, with seven running backs in my first eight picks, all top-20 in my projections.
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?
I went late round quarterback with the expectation that I’d miss out on a bunch of them while attacking the running back position. I think I’d play it that way in more traditional leagues also given the opportunity cost for taking a quarterback. Unless I felt like I was getting a major discount on a signal caller, I generally like my rosters better when I wait at the position.
3. Did you prioritize one or more of the unique scoring settings/roster requirements in-draft?
Like I said before, the extra .25 per carry for running backs was pretty important for me, particularly when it comes to the flex spots. I really wanted to put myself in position to fill those with running backs. Remember how I told you I scored eight of my top-20 running backs? They would all be top-eight wide receivers for me given the scoring settings. That’s a monstrous weekly advantage if a majority of them hit.
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?
My roster in incredibly unbalanced, but I prefer it that way. I plan on dominating the running back and flex slots if my draft pans out, and I don’t feel exceptionally weak anywhere, even at wide receiver where I ended up with a lot of flier types. I still landed three starting-caliber players, and am just hoping one of my bench guys pops.
5. What pick do you feel gave you the most value?
Stefon Diggs as WR47 in the 12th round just felt like stealing. I think that Minnesota passes the ball more this year now that they’ve added Laquon Treadwell, and there isn’t even a guarantee that Diggs sees markedly less targets than his new teammate. Getting a starting-caliber player this late really made me feel solid about my draft.
6. Do you have any picks you regret and wish you could do over?
Corey Coleman is one of my favorite players to draft, but I regret taking him over Torrey Smith in the 10th round. Looking at the ADP and draft board, I thought I could take Coleman and then get Torrey in the 11th. Getting greedy almost worked, but ultimately cost me as Smith ended up going one pick before me in the 11th.
7. This is a safe space, vent all you want on this one: What’s your snipe horror story?
I felt like my biggest snipe came early when Brandon Gdula nabbed Jamaal Charles right before me. Drafting next to him ended up being really tough as we were using the same running back heavy strategy. I have a feeling we were taking players from each other all draft.
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?
I think #SFB480 is a really good reminder to consider opportunity cost and the big picture of each draft selection you make. The Superflex made a lot of people overreact to the quarterback position, when in reality they don’t make up a lot more of your roster (18 percent) than a standard league with one flex (12.5 percent). Understanding things like that will always give you an advantage on your league mates.
9. If you have any other thoughts regarding the #SFB480 that my questions didn’t address, go ahead and spill the beans now…
This was a lot of fun to participate in this year, it’s a lot of fun being able to interact with people from different sites as well as fans. Hopefully we can keep all of the excitement going throughout the season. Big thanks, of course, to the great Scott Fish for setting all of this up. And good luck to everyone!
Thanks to Anthony for answering the questions and Ben for asking them. You can find Anthony on twitter @amicsta and Ben @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.
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