A TALE FROM THE SFBX: PICKING FROM THE 1.09 Spot - Part II
TNFF analyst Jim Nastic (@goldjacketqbs) goes through his selections from the 1.09 spot in this year’s Scott Fish Bowl (SFBX) in the Rubik’s Cube Division. He discusses his strategy, analysis, and on the cusp thinking and rationale for the back half of his SFBX journey.
ROUND 12 - Speed to Kill
This round kicks off with the selection of 'mono man' QB Sam Darnold; who is a solid value this late in any draft. Then it's followed up by two under appreciated fantasy assets in WR Emmanuel Sanders and RB Matt Brieda.
Now on the clock for the first time in the second half of the draft, I believe I'm getting crazy value with the selection of Mecole Hardman at 12.04. I refrain from drafting David Njoku and hope news doesn't break that he's been traded before I'm back on the clock for round 13.
At 12.05, RB Tevin Coleman was taken and he was a player I considered drafting, especially after the trade request by his fellow RB teammate Raheem Mostert.
TEs Jace Sternberger, Chris Herdon and WRs N'Keal Harry, Dionte Johnson and Breshad Perriman are all drafted in this round. While my handcuff for Jonathan Taylor, Marlon Mack and rookie QB Tua Tagoviola close the round.
My Pick: 12.04 - WR Mecole Hardman
ROUND 13 - 'Ceeing Stars'
This round begins with the drafting of RB Tony Pollard and WR John Brown. Denver Broncos teammates WR Jerry Jeudy and RB Phillip Lindsay are selected right after. RBs Duke Johnson, Nyheim Hines and QB Dwayne Haskins are selected next and now there is only one pick between me and my target, WR Justin Jefferson.
Unfortunately, the Vikings WR is sniped from me at 13.08. Staying liquid, I adjust and select my rookie WR1 of the 2020 draft class in CeeDee Lamb.
With three picks remaining in this round, I wonder how it will finish. WR Sterling Shepard, RB Latavius Murray and 'Mr. Big Chest' himself WR Antonio Brown, are drafted to end the round.
My Pick: 13.09 - WR CeeDee Lamb
ROUND 14 - Stacking my Chips
A pair of TEs kick off the festivities this round in Gerald Everett and Greg Olsen which are a great value this late in the draft; selected right after is Zero RB gem Chase Edmonds.
It is my turn to draft and as in previous rounds, I have no idea who I'll end up selecting. I scour the available players and decide to stack QB Jimmy 'GQ' Garoppolo with high upside rookie WR and fellow Forty-Niner, Brandon Aiyuk.
RB Antonio Gibson, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (not selected by the Tua owner), WR Henry Ruggs III, RB Darrell Henderson, QB Nick Foles, WRs Sammy Watkins and DeSean Jackson and friend of True North himself, Joshua Kelley finish out the round.
My Pick: 14.4 - WR Brandon Aiyuk
ROUND 15 - 'Sniped' Yet Again!
This round starts off with another player selected who is near and dear to the TNFF crew - TE Will Dissly. QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Anthony Miller and TE Kyle Rudolph are drafted before I check back. WR Robby Anderson, TE Tyler Eifert and WR Alshon Jeffery are selected right after.
There is only one pick away from mine and I have my eyes set on Miami WR Preston Williams. Wouldn't you know it, I am sniped again and Preston Williams is selected at the 15.08! I heal my wounds, look to see who is available and nervously make my next pick. Lacking any sort of confidence, I select rookie QB Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers.
WR Curtis Samuel, RB Boston Scott and WR Golden Tate close this round, and three picks remain until I can select my next WR.
My Pick: 15.9 - QB Justin Herbert
ROUND 16 - Viksa 'Ska-ing'
The round kicks off with the drafting of rookie RB Darrynton Evans from the Tennessee Titans. This pick made a lot of sense at the time with no contract extension in sight for Derrick Henry (Henry recently signed a 4-year $50 million deal).
Speaking of rookie RBs with the possibility of immediate production, A.J. Dillon of the Green Bay Packers is selected with the next pick.
I am sniped … yet again which is nothing new in this draft! This time it is WR Michael Pittman who is taken before I have the chance to. Heartbroken again, I collect my thoughts, stay liquid and select, at 16.04, rookie WR Laviska Shenault of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a tremendous value as the WR65 in this draft.
WR Paris Campbell is the next pick and I feel even better about the Shenault pick. Young TE Dawson Knox is taken next followed by a slew or WRs in Allen Lazard, Denzel Mims, James Washington, Hunter Renfrow and Steven Sims. A potentially league winning RB Anthony McFarland closes the round.
My Pick: 16.4 - WR Laviska Shenault
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ROUND 17 - Not A Carr In The World
Rashaad Penny starts off round 17 as Curtis Patrick selects back to back RBs. A mix of what ifs and high upside players litter the next few picks with WRs Josh Reynolds, Corey Davis, TE Darren Fells, RBs Jerrick McKinnon and Justin Jackson. Future Hall of Famer WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Randall Cobb are next and I'm back on the clock.
I select Las Vegas Raiders back up (for now) QB Marcus Mariota. With six picks before I'm back on the clock, I hope David Njoku falls to me (a player I thought about drafting in round 11). TE O.J Howard, (selected by Josh Hornsby) RB Adrian Peterson and WR Tee Higgins close the round
My Pick: 17.9 - QB Marcus Mariota
ROUND 18 - Kaden It Up
This round begins with the selection of two upside RBs in Damien Harris and Carlos Hyde. Then more heartbreak ensues as Josh Hornsby selects another TE; this time it is David Njoku. I am not at all surprised, as this seems to be the motto of this draft for me. I stay liquid and draft a high upside TE in Kaden Smith. He is the backup to New York Giants TE Evan Engram who has missed multiple games over the past few seasons. Waiting for my next turn, I map out my potential future picks.
At this point in the draft, a lot of high upside players are drafted such as RB Chris Thompson, WR Danny Amendola, RB Ryquell Armstead, RB Mike Boone, RB Jamaal Williams, WR Mohammad Sanu, WR Cole Beasley and TE Jimmy Graham. All of these players at this point of the draft are worth a late round flier on.
My Pick: 18.4 - TE Kaden Smith
ROUND 19 - ‘Vegas Baby! Vegas!’
Nothing new or exciting to start this round. At this point in the SBFX draft, it's all dart throws and longshots. WR Russell Gage kicks it off, with TE C.J. Uzomah, QB Mitchell Trubisky and RB Jalen Samuels followed right after. WRs Andy Isabella, and Dede Westbrook are then drafted as well as RBs Giovanni Bernard and Dare Ogunbowale.
Without hesitation I select rookie WR Bryan Edwards of the Las Vegas Raiders. WRs Miles Boykin, Devin Funchess and the other Raider I considered, RB Lynn Bowden close the round.
My Pick: 19.9 - WR Bryan Edwards
ROUND 20 - ‘Shanahan-egins’
This round starts off with high upside picks WR Antonio Gandy Golden, free agent RB Devonta Freeman, and Canadian born Chase ‘Mapletron’ Claypool.
The talent pool is dwindling and with three roster spots left, this is the point in the draft where you can find a gem or get a piece of coal that will be flipped on the waiver wire. I drafted the red zone king in RB Jeff Wilson.
The rest of the round's selections are WR Tyrell Williams, TE Cole Kmet, WRs Justin Watson, K.J. Hamler, Kenny Stills, and RBs Jalen Richard, Dion Lewis and Lamical Perine. This round is truly dart throws.
My Pick: 20.4 - RB Jeff Wilson
ROUND 21 - Not 'Eno-ugh' RBs
With only two picks left to complete my roster, most owners at this point would not put much thought into who they take with these last two selections - but I do.
WR Josh Gordon kicks off the round, followed by WRs Kendrick Bourne and Bisi Johnson. TE Devin Asiasi, WRs Tre'Quan Smith and Jalen Hurd come off the board next.
At this point of the draft I am looking to select someone who could have an immediate impact if all the dominoes fell in the right place. I selected RB Eno Benjamin from the Arizona Cardinals as I'm not fully sold on Kenyan Drake as a bell cow RB.
TE Dan Arnold, former first round pick WR John Ross and the player I thought would fall back to me in the next round, Royce Freeman finished off the round.
My Pick: 21.9 - Eno Benjamin
ROUND 22 - More ‘Shanahan-egins’
Alright folks, it's been a long journey (the Rubik’s Cube division was one of the slowest this year) but it has also been an exciting one.
Going into the last round, I currently have 4 QBs, 7WRs, 7RBs, & 3 TEs on my roster. I believe I have assembled a pretty balanced roster.
The round starts off with the selection of RB Ito Smith, followed by QB Joe Flacco, and RB Reggie Bonnafon.
With my final SFBX roster I choose RB Salvon Ahmed, and take another stab at the 49ers backfield (I drafted Jeff Wilson earlier). With that last pick my SFBX draft and experience is over.
The last players off the board go as follows: QB Jalen Hurts, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, RB Gus Edwards, and WR Albert Wilson, WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, QB Jarett Stidham, and WRs Marquise Lee and Devin Duverney.
My Pick: 22.4 - Salvon Ahmed
Final SFBX Roster
QB - Ryan Tannehill (5.09)
QB - Jimmy Garoppolo (8.04)
QB - Justin Herbert (15.09)
QB - Marcus Mariota (17.09)
WR - A.J. Brown (6.04)
WR - Tyler Boyd (9.09)
WR - Mecole Hardman (12.04)
WR - CeeDee Lamb (13.09)
WR - Brandon Aiyuk (14.04)
WR - Laviska Shenault (16.04)
WR - Bryan Edwards (19.09)
RB - Joe Mixon (1.09)
RB - Nick Chubb (2.04)
RB - Austin Ekeler (3.09)
RB - Jonathan Taylor (4.04)
RB - Jeff Wilson (20.04)
RB - Sony Michel (11.09)
RB - Eno Benjamin (21.09)
RB - Salvon Ahmed (22.04)
TE - Noah Fant (7.09)
TE - Dallas Goedert (10.04)
TE - Kaden Smith (18.04)
Thank you for reading Part II of my SFBX experience. Agree or disagree with any of my selections or rationale for them? Please leave a comment or let me know and follow me on Twitter @goldjacketqbs.
Editor: Joe Simonetti (@joesimonetti77)