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2019 Dawgpatch Fantasy Football

Updated on August 30, 2019

AceHole Bandits

The bandits boast one of the better backfields in the league this year. I love the combination of Kamara and Carson. Williams will be the starter early on but I look for him to end up splitting carries with Darwin Thompson by week 5. Either way, having one of these guys to swap in weekly the Bandits have the luxury of playing match ups, something few teams will be able to do. Hunter Henry is also a top 10 tight end so having three positions locked down with potential top 10 fantasy players this year will be huge. The downfall of having a great backfield is having a mediocre receiving corp. The only potential number one receiver on the roster is Dede Westbrook. I like Westbrook this year and think he will have a solid year, but I don't think you can depend on double digits from him on a weekly basis. Marrying Roethlisberger to Washington was a solid play, but he's proven to be a preseason stud but can't put it together when it matters. Stafford is a solid slot option with a decent floor but not a very high ceiling. Overall, I like the pieces of this team and the value so of the players were drafted at. Draft Grade: B

Dawgpound

In looking at my roster (trying to be unbiased) you can see why CBS gave me an A+ grade. I have potential top five players at every position with Baker, Saquon, OBJ, and Howard. Freeman in the third was my least favorite pick, so I'm banking on him staying healthy. My back up RBs are going to be great but have to have situations play out in my favor (Zeke staying in Cabo and D Will getting hurt in KC). My two darkhorse players are Kyler Murray and Darren Waller. Luke Wilson was cut from Oakland today pathing the way for Waller to be the man. Overall I love my team! Big things this year! Draft Grade: A+

Big Red Machine

The Big Red have a great Big Three with Smith-Schuster, Mixon, and Jacobs. This will be the core of the team throughout the year with a high upside guy in Miles Sanders coming off the bench. I LOVE Evan Engram this year as the Giants have zero receivers which means Engram and Barkley are going to get a lot of targets. Lamar Jackson is actually a great starting QB in this league with the format we're in. He will get a ton of rushing yards and touchdowns despite being the worst passing QB in the league. The bench receivers are solid and Carr should have a great year with the addition of AB. I love the potential this team has. Draft Grade: B+

Gamblers

The Gamblers lived up to their name with this team. Having Zeke and AB is a huge risk, and Lindsay and Fuller have proven to be injury prone. Watson and Wentz are great and could be provided as trade bait later in the year if needed. Guice will be the most intriguing player. He is talented but will he be able to stay healthy and steal targets away from Adrian Peterson as the year progresses? Kirk is supposed to be a breakout candidate but has struggled in the preseason to live up to the hype. Reports all say that Old Man Fitzy is still the number one receiver in Arizona. I love taking upside and risks on players, but I feel like this entire team consists of possibilities. This could either be the best team or the worst team. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt that Zeke returns at some point. Draft Grade: C+

DaGoobs

Despite all the red plus signs next to the players names making this team look more like an infirmary than a fantasy football team, there's actually a lot of potential with this lineup. There's top 5 upside at QB, RB, and WR with Cam, Bell, and Julio. Thielen will more than likely regress from last years numbers but will still be a solid No. 2. I love the value of getting AJ Green. When he returns, him and Julio will be the best WR duo in the league. Marlon Mack may have been hurt by the Andrew Luck retirement. He will probably see more touches, but will also see more 8 man boxes. I don't love James White in a non PPR format. Larry Fitzgerald is one of my all time favorites but well beyond his prime. I don't love the bench outside of Green but the starting lineup could be great if they get healthy. Draft Grade: A-

Patriots

I'm hoping the team name is because of the beaming patriotism of the owner and not referencing the football team. Other than that, this may be one of my favorite lineups. Being able to secure three starting running backs and two top 10 wide receivers is not an easy accomplishment in any league. James Connor has top five upside, as does Goff, Mike Evans, and Davante Adams. Duke Johnson is the starter now in Houston but has not proven to be able to handle the load of a three down back. Eckeler will be the starter in LA with Gordon holding out, so he can be a great match up option opposite Latavius Murray if Johnson doesn't pan out. Ebron would have been a stud but the loss of Luck will definitely hinder his performances. He will probably get more targets but less TD opportunities. Njoku is a solid backup who will hopefully break out this year in Cleveland (GO BROWNS). Overall, a very well structured team. Draft Grade: A

CheezHeadz

They may as well change the name of their team to the LA Rams this year. Drafting Gurley, Woods, and Cupp is a bold move Cotten. Let's see if it pays off! Historically not recommended to draft this route but if you're going to do it, the Rams are one of the teams you may be able to get away with doing so. Gurley could be great still but it sounds like they are going to have him on a "pitch count" so I don't expect him to see the 22 touches a game he received last year. Tevin Coleman was a player I was targeting so I love this pick and Kittle should have another outstanding year, especially if Jimmy G is healthy. The bench is a little rocky with some senior citizens on there. Kareem Hunt may be a huge play late in the year so we'll need to keep an eye on the CheezHeadz when the playoff push approaches. Draft Grade: C+

Legion of Doom

Not surprisingly a lot of Bears on this team. Despite that, Doom probably boasts a better WR duo than DaGoobs with Hill and Hopkins. Aaron Jones has a tough schedule early, but should be the only solid back on the team. Michel has a ton of upside but the Patriots have proven they don't ride one guy and will use four or five different running backs making the Doom frustrated throughout the year. Like James White, I love Cohen in PPR but not in our league format. The receiver depth is outstanding and I personally love Trubisky this year. Hopkins and Hill will win this team some games by themselves this year. To make a playoff push the running backs will really need to outperform their projections. Draft Grade: B-

Tossed Salad

In looking at this team, there are a few things I like. McCaffery, Michael Thomas, and Ertz are a great Big three. I also like Montgomery for the Bears to have a big year. Outside of that, I'm not really excited about anyone else. Mike Williams was insanely efficient last year with his catch to touchdown ratio which will likely not repeat. I personally like Hunter Henry to have more of a break out year than Williams. Derrick Henry could be the wild card on this team. If he plays an entire season like he did the four game stretch towards the end of the year last season, he will be a top 3 running back. Pairing that with McCaffery could be huge for this team. It's hard to ignore this team's Big 3 though and I think they can string some victories together with their production alone. Draft Grade: B-

Ndamakong Stomp

David Johnson and Dalvin Cook could be an amazing backfield, IF Cook can stay healthy. But just like some other teams, having the luxury of two stud backs means only having number two receivers on your team. Brandin Cooks is a good receiver and Curtis Samuel has been one of the most hyped players in training camp this year so they could be decent, but probably not great. The third Cook on this team is Jared Cook. He should have a productive year with Drew Brees. He probably won't match last year's numbers in Oakland, but should be better than Ben Watson was in Nawlins. There's nothing exciting about the bench. I love Edelman in PPR but he's a non-factor in our league. Matt Ryan could be a top fantasy QB, especially if the defense struggles like last season. This team really needs Dalvin Cook to stay healthy to have any shot of post season success. Draft Grade: C

Lions

I love the core of this team with Chubb, Fournette, Cooper, and Allen. Seeing how the Titans don't have a QB who can throw downfield, I also like Delanie Walker to be a top 7 tight end. The main drawback on this team is Drew Brees and where he was taken. I think the Lions could have gotten more value at that position and still picked up a QB who will have similar fantasy numbers as the aging Brees. I love the depth at receiver and I think Fournette and Chubb are both primed for breakout years. Overall a very solid team. Draft Grade: A-

Polish Prince

This team's lineup is full of good players, but not great players. It shows how much you suffer from taking a quarterback in the first round. Yeah, you locked up Mahommes, but it leaves you stuck with marginal receivers. The running backs are actually decent with Kerryon and Ingram. Godwin could have a breakout year but it's hard to trust Jameis getting the right team the ball often enough. I don't love the tight ends but I do like the upside of the bench receivers with Josh Gordon and MVS. They will probably make their way into the starting lineup sooner rather than later. Melvin Gordon could be a steal if he returns and will make this team competitive on a weekly basis. Overall, a lot to like despite the ultimate no-no of taking a QB in the first round in a four point per passing TD league. Draft Grade: C

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