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: Greg Smith – TwoQBs.com Co-founder.
1. What was your draft strategy heading into the #SFB480 and were you able to execute it?
I wanted as many elite rushers as I could get without sacrificing the wide receiver position. All teams need to start at least three wideouts each week, so I wanted to push back against the notion that the position was worthless and try to differentiate my roster with second-tier receivers after locking up some workhorse running backs. In that regard, the draft broke very well for me. I was able to pick up David Johnson and Adrian Peterson in the first two rounds, followed by Demaryius Thomas and Sammy Watkins in the next two. I had planned to punt tight ends, but the allure of the position’s PPR bonus dissolved my discipline in the middle rounds. Despite failing to execute that part of my plan, I’m pleased with the positional balance I was able to achieve in the draft.
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?
Waiting on quarterbacks is my modus operandi, even in two-quarterback leagues. I stuck to my guns in this draft, landing Tyrod Taylor in the sixth round, Andy Dalton in the tenth round, and Chip Kelly’s duo of quarterbacks in rounds 12 & 14. I might have targeted different quarterbacks if this was a traditional Superflex league, but the #SFB480’s rushing bonus pulled me toward TyGoat, Gabbert, and Kaepernick.
3. Did you prioritize one or more of the unique scoring settings/roster requirements in-draft?
I certainly did with the 0.25 points-per-carry bonus, but most other drafters did too. I regarded the tight end premium as a bit of a trap, but I fell in anyway, drafting Gary Barnidge, Tyler Eifert, and Martellus Bennett in the middle rounds. My goal with those TEs was to find volume of targets and touchdown potential without paying the high prices demanded by more popular players at the position. Many tight ends drafted after mine have upside to be valuable in this format, but I consider my choices better bets for guaranteed volume when healthy.
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 team is probably too balanced, to be honest. I’ve set myself up for in-season flexibility, but I lack the shotgun-spread of picks at any one position to cement a dominant angle for my team. I came closest at wide receiver, which may have been unwise given the SFB’s custom scoring settings. At this point, I’m relegated to hoping I picked the right players for my balanced approach to pay off.
5. What pick do you feel gave you the most value?
It’s strange to point to a second rounder, but considering the format and his ADP, it’s got to be landing Adrian Peterson at 15th overall.
6. Do you have any picks you regret and wish you could do over?
My second-to-last pick of Albert Wilson could haunt me if the Chiefs continue to keep him on the back burner. I had enough wide receiver lottery tickets at that point in the draft. I wish I had taken a gamble on a running back or quarterback with upside instead.
7. This is a safe space, vent all you want on this one: What’s your snipe horror story?
One that probably doesn’t count is John Martin sniping Mark Ingram two picks before me in the third round, but in truth, Ingram probably shouldn’t have lasted that long anyway. Alternatively, I’ll go with Brian Smith, one of the TwoQBs.com fan entries, hacking Michael Crabtree in the 9th round. I remain a Crabtree believer and had considered him strongly with my previous two picks, but thought I could get him back in the ninth based on public perception and ADP. I was almost right. Kudos to Brian for landing a late value on a potentially high-volume receiver.
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 wouldn’t say I “learned” this, but the SFB reinforces the notion that every draft is unique. There was a lot of variation between the different divisions. For me, it emphasizes the importance of considering ranges of outcomes. Values of players and positions are fluid, and largely in the eyes of the drafting beholders. The SFB teaches us to avoid treating ADP as gospel, while making sure to keep an agile mind throughout the draft-prep and the drafting processes.
9. If you have any other thoughts regarding the #SFB480 that my questions didn’t address, go ahead and spill the beans now…
I want to thank Scott Fish for putting this Superflex extravaganza together and facetiously wish all of the other competitors the worst of luck.
Thanks to Greg for answering the questions and Ben for asking them. You can find Greg on twitter @gregsauce 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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