Fantasy Alarm RTS Best Ball Draft Recap: June 23
Justin Vreeland recaps the second of the series of Fantasy Alarm best ball drafts on RT Sports and what stood out to him as far as bargains and reaches during the draft
We had our second Fantasy Alarm Best Ball draft on RealTime Fantasy Sports this past Tuesday and it was another fun draft! I will breakdown what caught my eye and how I feel about a few teams. The draft board can be found below.
I once again do not like how my running backs turned out. I can now say with certainty that the draft position I want is in the top three. I don’t want someone like Miles Sanders in the first round. I could have gone Dalvin Cook , but I don’t draft holdout guys, so I end up going Michael Thomas . On the way back, I felt like Travis Kelce was the best choice, and just like that, I was going with a weak group of backs again. That being said, I view wide receiver, tight end, and quarterback all as positions of strength for me on this roster and I feel good about my chances. Adding Allen Robinson and D.J. Chark with Thomas, gives me a strong group of WR and Kyler Murray ’s ceiling is through the roof.
I love a few of my late picks. Jalen Reagor is a great value in my opinion; I think he will lead all Eagles WRs in fantasy points and he can be drafted so late. The Eagles are a pass-first offense and Reagor is explosive. He had to deal with poor quarterback play at TCU, but he won’t have that problem with Carson Wentz throwing him the football. I have now taken Gardner Minshew as my backup quarterback in back-to-back drafts. Both times, my target was Drew Lock and both times he was taken before my pick. I like Minshew though and I don’t mind having the pairing of him and Chark. CeeDee Lamb may be below Cooper and Gallup in the pecking order, but I think his talent is ridiculous and he will have some big explosive weeks this year, which makes him a perfect target late in best ball drafts. Lynn Bowden Jr. is a late round sneaky pick for me. I’m not entirely sure of what role he will have, but he is a freak and he should be able to make plays and have some strong weeks. I think Lamichal Perine was an underrated back in the draft and I view him as the guy the Jets would go to if Bell were to be traded or get injured.
In our first Fantasy Alarm Best Ball RTFS draft, there appeared to be a clear-cut best draft, but I don’t really see that with this one. Some of my top teams on paper though are Voytko’s, mine, and the one and only Howard. I am not a big fan of the Sutton pick for Voytko and I don’t know why he took three kickers, but overall his team looks really strong and doesn’t really have any holes. I love his running back group. As mentioned, I don’t love my running back group, but I believe I am elite at three positions. Howard locked up his backfield early, but I still like how he did at other positions. I love Hayden Hurt this year and you can’t go wrong with Russell Wilson . I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to those three teams.
On the flip side of that, if I had to choose a least favorite, it would probably be Andrew’s team. I am sure he will go on to win the league now, but I just don’t love it on paper. Not a big fan of Josh Jacobs at 12, over some of those other backs. I don’t like Melvin Gordon at all and I am lower on him than probably anyone else. Lastly, it appears he will be pretty weak at both quarterback and tight end.
My biggest head-scratchers of the draft though are Voytko’s choice to select three kickers and David’s choice to select just one tight end. I believe Voykto made a simple mistake and meant to select two defenses and two kickers. As for David, having just one tight end is a very bold strategy, especially when it’s Even Engram, who missed eight games last season and five games the year before that. Hopefully it works out for him, but that seems like too big of a risk for me.
- Last time, nine teams chose two defenses, but in this one only seven teams chose to do so. I get the argument for both sides, but as mentioned last time, I prefer two defenses in this.
- Similar to last time, nearly half the teams went one kicker and nearly half went two. However, we did have a three kicker team this time, but I have a feeling he meant to get a second defense and that third kicker was simply a mistake.
- Last draft, there were three teams that went three quarterbacks, but we only had one team go that route this time, with everyone else going two. With Scott already having Dak and Rodgers, I am a bit surprised he grabbed Burrow too.
- Only two teams selected three tight ends this time, after half the teams chose to do so last time. I find that interesting.
While I like this team a bit more than the first, I still feel like there is room for improvement. We plan on doing plenty more of these, so if you want to get in on the action, follow me on Twitter @JustinVreeland and send a DM my way. I currently have openings for an auction draft taking place this Saturday. I look forward to seeing more of you!