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.
1. What was your draft strategy heading into the #SFB480 and were you able to execute it?
They say not to go into any draft with a rigid strategy, but when you’re trying to best 479 other teams, you need to try to be unique and figure out a way to gain an edge. I went into the draft knowing that I wanted to load up on RBs early and often and I had a couple specific QBs on my target list — specific players that see the biggest boost from this format. Fortunately, my draft broke just as I hoped and allowed me to land a lot of my targets.
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?
Whereas in a traditional 2QB/Superflex I might let the draft come to me and try to figure out how I can exploit late value, this format propped up two players more than any other players in the rankings — Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Mariota. I wanted at least one of those players, and ideally both. Luckily, they both fell to me exactly where I was hoping to get them. Additionally, because the rosters are so deep in this format, I was set on rostering a third serviceable QB, when I might be content with two signal callers in a league with more normal-sized rosters. (I landed Joe Flacco as my QB3, by the way.)
3. Did you prioritize one or more of the unique scoring settings/roster requirements in-draft?
Points per carry were my predominate consideration, not because they are important in a vacuum, but in a league where receptions for WRs are only 0.5 fantasy points, RBs get a huge boost. The top five FP/G scorers from 2015 were RBs in this scoring system, and 4for4 projections rank RBs as the top-five, and eight of the top-10, non-QB scorers in this format.
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?
As one of just two teams (as of this writing) in the entire tournament with 11 RBs, I probably have one of the most unbalanced rosters of all. My WRs and TEs are weak relative to the field, but my advantage at RB has the potential to give me one of the toughest rosters to beat at the flex positions.
5. What pick do you feel gave you the most value?
Given the boost that he gets in this scoring format, and the fact that this is a superflex league, getting Marcus Mariota at 7.03 as the QB20 seems like excellent value.
6. Do you have any picks you regret and wish you could do over?
After the Dolphins signed Arian Foster just hours ago, saying that I’m less enthusiastic about my Jay Ajayi pick than I was a few days ago would be an understatement.
7. This is a safe space, vent all you want on this one: What’s your snipe horror story?
In my first ever live draft in our high school football coaches room, I had Priest Holmes queued up as a mid-round sleeper after he had just left Baltimore for Kansas City and hadn’t had a 1,000-yard season in three years. There were two picks left before it got back to me on the turn and then the Freshman head coach took the last old-fashioned maple donut.
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?
Especially if you are in a big tournament, or just a very tough league, where you need to be a bit contrarian, going completely against the grain can really separate your roster from the field. Extreme plans can leave you vulnerable to a wide range of outcomes, but you also put yourself in a position where you don’t have to hit Yahtzee with every single pick and can feel comfortable that you will dominate at least one or two positions.
9. If you have any other thoughts regarding the #SFB480 that my questions didn’t address, go ahead and spill the beans now…
More than anything, I have to give a huge thank you to Scott Fish for organizing this tournament and giving me a chance to be a part of it. There are so many amazing people in our community, both contributors and fans, and to have an opportunity to interact with so many of them in a competitive, but fun, environment is maybe the best part about this league. To put together something that gets the community so excited about fantasy football in early July is an awesome thing that Scott does, and I hope that everyone who participates recognizes the passion that it takes for Scott to do this and pays it forward within the community whenever that chance comes up.
Thanks to TJ for answering the questions and Ben for asking them. You can find TJ on twitter @TJHernandez 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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