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Industry CFF P5 Bestball Breakdown

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: July 21, 2020, 1:33 am ET
  Tom Downey - Chat Sports      
Pos Player Rnd Pk Ov
QB Trevor Lawrence (Jr) - Clem 1 7 7
WR Tutu Atwell (Jr) - Lou 2 10 26
RB Rakeem Boyd (Sr) - Ark 3 7 39
WR Frank Darby (Sr) - AzSt 4 10 58
TE Brevin Jordan (Jr) - MiaFL 5 7 71
WR Jake Smith (So) - Tex 6 10 90
RB MarShawn Lloyd (Fr) - SCar 7 7 103
QB Charlie Brewer (Sr) - Bayl 8 10 122
RB Alex Fontenot (Jr) - Colo 9 7 135
WR Andrew Parchment (Sr) - Kans 10 10 154
QB Davis Mills (Sr) - Stan 11 7 167
TE Kenny Yeboah (Sr) - Miss 12 10 186
WR Tyrell Shavers (Sr) - Miss. St 13 7 199
RB John Lovett (Sr) - Bayl 14 10 218
RB Trey Sanders (Fr) - Ala 15 7 231
RB Lorenzo Lingard (So) - Fla 16 10 250
TE Aaron Hackett (Sr) - Syr 17 7 263
QB Josh Jackson (Sr) - MD 18 10 282
RB Hassan Hall (Jr) - Lou 19 7 295
WR D.J. Matthews (Sr) - FlaSt 20 10 314
WR Anthony Schwartz (Jr) - Aub 21 7 327
WR Marquis Spiker (So) - Wash 22 10 346

 

1. What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

Beyond not embarrassing myself as I play above my weight class? With my disdain for the way colleges use tight ends and this being a 2-QB league, I wanted to make sure I didn't find myself on the wrong side of runs of those positions. I think I did a pretty darn good job of that. I like my WR's as well. My running backs are very high risk, however. 

 

2. What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

I'm a big Tutu Atwell guy so I loved that pick in Round 2. I didn't plan on going Trevor Lawrence in Round 1, but he was there in Round 1 and there were 3 QBs taken before him. So I thought there was going to be more of a run then there was after him. In hindsight, not sure I go Lawrence there again. MarShawn Lloyd was my favorite personal wild card pick and I can't wait to see him this year (if we get a season...). 

 

3. Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

I'm going to cheat with two: I BADLY wanted Journey Brown (Chris took him at the back of Round 1). In hindsight I had no chance of getting him but I'm a huge fan. I also really wanted Kennedy Brooks in Round 3 and nearly took him in Round 2. Sniped early in Round 3. 

 

4. Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

Another one of my wild card RB picks: Lorenzo Lingard, RB, Florida. Former 5-star recruit, transferred from Miami. Huge risk, but major upside with Lamical Perine in the NFL now. 

 

5. Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

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  Thor Nystrom - Rotoworld      
Pos Player Rnd Pk Ov
RB Kylin Hill (Sr) - Miss St. 1 14 14
QB D'Eriq King (Sr) - MiaFL 2 3 19
QB K.J. Costello (Sr) - Miss St. 3 14 46
TE Kyle Pitts (Jr) - Fla 4 3 51
WR Osirus Mitchell (Jr) - Miss St. 5 14 78
WR Tyquan Thornton (Jr) - Bayl 6 3 83
RB Richard Newton (So) - Wash 7 14 110
WR Taysir Mack (Sr) - Pitt 8 3 115
WR Davontavean Martin (Sr) - WaSt 9 14 142
RB Jordan Mason (Jr) - GATec 10 3 147
RB Deon Jackson (Sr) - Duke 11 14 174
QB Feleipe Franks (Sr) - Ark 12 3 179
RB Vavae Malepeai (Sr) - USC 13 14 206
RB Stephen Carr (Sr) - USC 14 3 211
RB Abdul Adams (Sr) - Syr 15 14 238
WR Shocky Jacques-Louis (Jr) - Pitt 16 3 243
QB Peyton Ramsey (Sr) - NW 17 14 270
RB Tayon Fleet-Davis (Sr) - MD 18 3 275
WR R.J. Sneed (Jr) - Bayl 19 14 302
WR Jeshaun Jones (So) - MD 20 3 307
QB Rocky Lombardi (Jr) - MSU 21 14 334
TE Scooter Harrington (Sr) - Stan 22 3 339

 

1. What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

Drawing a late R1 slot in a 16-team draft, you sort of just have to have a “BPA” attitude early and go with the flow from there — that’s what I tried to do.

I love my quarterbacks and my running back room. I also think I have the best TE situation in the P5, with Kyle Pitts.

If I have a concern, it’s my WR corps and my QB depth. I need a few later-on receivers to step up and for King and Costello to stay healthy.

 

2. What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

My favorite pick was the Vince Malepeai/Stephen Carr USC backfield two-fer in Rounds 11-12. If you took one, you needed the other, so I earmarked those picks to go back-to-back and corner the Trojan backfield. I was also thrilled to get Pitt WR Shocky Jacques-Louis in the 16th round with Maurice Ffrench graduated and the slot position open in a pass-heavy offense.

The pick I regret is probably D’Eriq King — even though I love his upside and think he was worth the early-R2 in a vacuum. In hindsight, knowing that KJ Costello would drop to the end of R3, I would have taken a stud WR like Dazz Newome or Tamorrion Terry instead of King. I then could have taken Bo Nix or Dorian Thompson-Robinson in R5. Nix and Newsome may provide more points than King and Osiris Mitchell (my R5 pick).

 

3. Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

It broke my heart when Zach Hall popped Tyler Goodson in Round 5. I badly wanted Goodson — I think he’s a star. Hall got him four picks before I went on the clock.

I also liked “Touchdown” Tommy DeVito in Round 10 to Raph — I nearly took him instead of Jordan Mason. Outstanding QB3 option who easily could become an every-week starter — QBs had been fantasy gold under Dino Babers until last year, and DeVito got victimized by a ton of drops. Syracuse’s receiving corps should be more consistent this year.

 

4. Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

A few of my favorites were Froton taking Asim Rose as RB56 in Round 13 and Anthony Brown in Round 21, and Bainbridge getting Racey McMath in Round 23. Kentucky is going to pound the ball, and Lynn Bowden isn’t around to soak up rushing stats anymore. Brown could be a top-15 QB in this format if he wins the starting job, and McMath is a probable starter in an offense that just lost Justin Jefferson, Thaddeus Moss and Clyde Edwards-Helaire and must re-distribute their targets.

 

5. Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

I like Zach Hall’s roster. If his team gets sunk, it’ll be because of RB depth. If that holds, he’s a frontrunner.

 

  John Laub - Fantrax      
Pos Player Rnd Pk Ov
QB Sam Howell (So) - UNC 1 11 11
RB Max Borghi (Jr) - WaSt 2 6 22
WR Chris Olave (Jr) - OHSt 3 11 43
RB Pooka Williams Jr. (Jr) - Kans 4 6 54
RB Eric Gray (So) - Tenn 5 11 75
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Jr) - UCLA 6 6 86
WR Trevon Grimes (Sr) - Fla 7 11 107
WR Kyle Philips (So) - UCLA 8 6 118
TE Jalen Wydermyer (So) - TxAM 9 11 139
WR Erik Ezukanma (So) - TxTch 10 6 150
TE Braden Galloway (Jr) - Clem 11 11 171
WR Dez Fitzpatrick (Sr) - Lou 12 6 182
WR Emeka Emezie (Sr) - NCSt 13 11 203
QB Terry Wilson (Sr) - KY 14 6 214
WR Trey Knox (So) - Ark 15 11 235
RB Wayne Taulapapa (Jr) - UVA 16 6 246
TE Greg Dulcich (So) - UCLA 17 11 267
WR Demetris Robertson (Sr) - UGA 18 6 278
QB Dennis Grosel (Jr) - BC 19 11 299
RB Drake Anderson (So) - NW 20 6 310
RB Jarveon Howard (Jr) - Syr 21 11 331
QB Colson Yankoff (So) - UCLA 22 6 342

 

1. What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

I wanted to draft a high-end QB and invest in the backfield…Mission Accomplished. QB Sam Howell remained on the board at pick No. 11 overall and I eagerly plucked the rising star. Afterwards, I pounded the running back position in three of the next four rounds, selecting Max Borghi, Pooka Williams, Jr. and Eric Gray.

 

2. What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

I am so bullish on UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson that I have acquired him on six of my nine CFF drafts in 2020. I was ecstatic that he remained on the board in Round 6, and he is my second signal caller with Sam Howell. Honestly, I have no regrets on my roster construction. My strategy played out as I hoped and acquired many of my under-the-radar prospects.

 

3. Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

I wanted QB Max Duggan, TCU as my third field general, but Mike Bainbridge sniped me in Round 7. A dual-threat playmaker, I own far too many shares of the Horned Frogs’ field general on my CFF rosters.

 

4. Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

So badly, I sought Lorenzo Lingard, Florida, who was drafted by Tom Downey, Chat Sports in Round 16. The former Miami Hurricane transferred in the offseason and has a legitimate opportunity to become the lead ball carrier for the Gators. I love the upside potential.

 

5. Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

I am envious of how Joe DiSalvo, from CFFsite.com, built his roster. He invested in high-flying offenses in the Big 12: Oklahoma and Texas. Joe opened with QB Sam Ehlinger, TX, who is my second-ranked CFF QB. He double dipped with Sooners’ wide receivers Charleston Rambo and Theo Wease, and selected Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks. When stacking, Big 12 teams are always a great Conference to invest in for a high-ceiling, and Joe did a stupendous job monopolizing the Sooners’ offensive weapons.

 

  Greg Brandt - Devy Watch      
Pos Player Rnd Pk Ov
RB Chuba Hubbard (Jr) - OkSt 1 1 1
WR Wan'Dale Robinson (So) - Neb 2 16 32
QB Jamie Newman (Sr) - UGA 3 1 33
WR Whop Philyor (Sr) - Ind 4 16 64
RB Nakia Watson (So) - Wisc 5 1 65
RB D.J. Williams (So) - Aub 6 16 96
WR Garrett Wilson (So) - OHSt 7 1 97
QB Brennan Armstrong (So) - UVA 8 16 128
RB Keaontay Ingram (Jr) - Tex 9 1 129
QB Kenny Pickett (Sr) - Pitt 10 16 160
WR Treylon Burks (So) - Ark 11 1 161
WR Damon Hazelton (Sr) - Mizzu 12 16 192
RB Kenneth Walker III (So) - Wake 13 1 193
WR K.D. Nixon (Sr) - Colo 14 16 224
RB King Doerue (So) - Purd 15 1 225
TE Chase Allen (Sr) - IASt 16 16 256
WR Geordon Porter (So) - AzSt 17 1 257
TE Chigoziem Okonkwo (Jr) - MD 18 16 288
TE Miller Forristall (Sr) - Ala 19 1 289
QB JT Daniels (So) - UGA 20 16 320
QB Phil Jurkovec (So) - BC 21 1 321
WR Langston Anderson (Fr) - OkSt 22 16 352

 

1. What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

Didn’t have much strategy outside of targeting the best players regardless of position at the top of the draft. Just load up on as much talent as possible then back fill whatever needs the team has. 

 

2. What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

Grabbing Nakia Watson at the top of the fifth has the potential to be a big steal if he is indeed the RB1 for Wisconsin. Don’t have any major regrets but if I had to pick one it would probably be waiting a bit longer on QB instead of taking Jamie Newman in the third. With the slight chance that JT Daniels is eligible and starts over him, this does give me some concern but I did grab Daniels in the 20th round just in case. 

 

3. Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

Tamorrion Terry almost slid to me with the last pick in the second pick. That would have been an insane value for him in this format. KJ Costello was another player who slid further than expected and was drafted just a few slots before me.

 

4. Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

I was able to draft Kenneth Walker, RB at Wake Forest, with the first pick in the 13th round. Really love his talent and can see him becoming an every week force for my squad. Geordon Porter has a lot of open targets that he’s coming into for the Sun Devils, he’s another that can burst onto the scene in 2020. 

 

5. Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

I really like what Kyle Francis did with his first five picks. Grabbing Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders is a great stack. Add on top of that Dazz Newsome, Demetric Felton, and Mac Jones. His RB squad isn’t exactly loaded but his QBs and WRs are top of the league.

Thor Nystrom

Thor Nystrom is Rotoworld’s lead CFB writer. The 2018 FSWA College Sports Writer of the Year, Nystrom’s writing has also been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to him on Twitter @thorku!