Breaking down Pete Fiutak’s college football fantasy team from the RotoWire Fantasy Football Experts draft.
How did my team turn out, playing in an 18-team head-to-head league run through Fantrax.com, with each team playing three QBs, three RBs, three WRs, one TE, one PK and a defense/special teams, with two flex RB/WR/TE players and five reserves?
How did I put together my team, and why? Check out what came out of the 2019 RotoWire Experts League draft.
After the first two years of playing in this league, I learned a few things. 1) you can always fix quarterback and find guys in the right matchups, 2) you can’t fix wide receiver, and 3) pounce on the free agent market FAST. With all of that in mind …
RB Patrick Taylor, Memphis
1st round, 17th pick overall
With the second-to-last pick in the first round – and getting to pick again three slots later – I was all in on running back or a top wide receiver. I was dreaming of Clemson’s Travis Etienne sliding to me – he went with the 13th pick overall – and I knew I was going to have to wait ten years before picking again in the third round.
Hoping I’d get Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin or Ohio State RB JK Dobbins with my next pick, I reached a bit on Taylor to become a 20-touchdown machine.
RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
2nd round, 20th pick overall
Two quarterbacks – Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond and Washington State’s Gage Gubrud – went between my two picks. Benjamin was still on the board … yoink. I’ll deal with quarterback later.
WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
3rd round, 53rd pick overall
After a BRUTAL wait, I was desperately hoping for San Diego State RB Juwan Washington to keep on sliding, but he went with the 47th overall pick. The Minnesota offense scares me a bit – it’ll run well, but the passing consistency is questionable – but Johnson is a big-time talent who can score.
RB Najee Harris, Alabama
4th round, 56th pick overall
I need a quarterback, and I want Missouri’s Kelly Bryant – he went one pick after this. I need another receiver, and I want Rico Bussey from North Texas – he went three picks after this.
However, I wouldn’t forgive myself if I passed on Harris and he becomes the next Derrick Henry. Again, I’ll deal with quarterback later.
RB Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
5th round, 89th pick overall
Yeah, Jalen Hurts will run for scores, and Trey Sermon might be the team’s best back, but I’m shooting for the stars that I’ve got a special back who’ll hit the 15-touchdown mark. It’s a bit of a reach, but this is the right time for it. I really, really need a quarterback, but …
QB Zach Wilson, BYU
6th round, 92nd pick overall
I have to sit my No. 1 QB in Week 1 – BYU plays Utah. Wilson can run, and he’s got a great receiving corps to throw to. I like Colorado’s Steven Montez and Brady White of Memphis, but Wilson’s upside is enormous.
TE Albert Okwugbunam, Missouri
7th round, 125th pick overall
I got burned by picking him too early last year, but I’ll dive back in. Tight end is really, really, really tough to fix, and if you don’t have one, forget it. If you do have a good one, it’s a massive advantage in this league. I love this pick.
QB Kaleb Barker, Troy
8th round, 128th pick overall
Ehhhhhhh, fine. I’ll take the chance the offense can do even more, but I need to upgrade the quarterback position in a hurry once the season starts.
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QB Tommy DeVito, Syracuse
9th round, 161st pick overall
The offense might have taken a wee step back last year after being a high-flying fun show. DeVito is a shot at greatness, but I soon need to dive in at receiver.
RB Frankie Hickson, Liberty
10th round, 164th pick overall
Yeah, I need receivers, but you can play a few flex spots and Hickson is a possible gem in the Hugh Freeze offense.
WR Nate Craig-Myers, Colorado State
11th round, 197th pick overall
He might have to miss a few games at some point after transferring over from Auburn, but he has the upside to be the No. 1 target as the season goes on.
WR Nick Westbrook, Indiana
12th round, 200th pick overall
He’s never been a big touchdown guy, but this late, he’s a decent-chance pick on a good yardage target.
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
13th round, 233rd pick overall
LOVE this pick here. If the Michigan offense really does open up the passing game a bit more, I want a piece of it. Coming off an eight-touchdown season, double-digit scores are possible.
Def/Special Teams: Michigan
14th round, 236th pick overall
Yeah, thee’s no real reason to take a defense early considering you can play the matchups, but if the Michigan defense can be its same killer self against the mediocre teams, this is a no-worry rock of a get at this point.
PK Tucker McCann, Missouri
15th round, 269th pick overall
NOOOOOOOOOO. I thought I could get Georgia Southern option-wizard QB Shai Werts whenever I wanted, and he went one pick before I could take him. FINE … I’ll take the second-leading returning field goal kicker behind Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt.
QB Grant Loy, Bowling Green
16th round, 272nd pick overall
It’s time to get stretch in numbers at quarterback. With Jarret Doege leaving, Loy gets a shot to bomb away for the new coaching staff. I probably should’ve given more thought to West Virginia’s Austin Kendall, who went 11 picks later.
And with the last four picks …
QB Alex Delton, TCU (17th round), QB Tyler Huntley, Utah (18th round), QB Josh Jackson, Maryland (19th round), QB Riley Neal, Vanderbilt (20th round)
Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, quarterbacks. I had to bolt, so I auto-drafted quarterbacks and was going to figure it out later. After the draft, I dropped Neal and Delton and picked up a few more receivers in Texas A&M’s Quartney Davis and Tulane’s Jalen McCleskey … but I still need to upgrade at quarterback at some point.