This season, we’ll be documenting the progress of a fantasy league through our League Follow series. Specifically, the 10-team, standard, Pace U. Crew league among a group of college friends with a long standing history of trash talking about sports, business, and everything in-between.
Below are the post-draft rosters and standings. Be sure to follow weekly for player transactions, updates, and commentary about each team.
Last year, Big-Blue Wreckin Cru walked away with the chip in a close championship game over Luck of Lucien. This year, they’ll face off in week one to settle their differences. Let’s take a closer look at the post draft rosters and waiver positions.
Maddawgs had a very respectable draft by piecing together two of the top wide receivers in Julio Jones and Michael Thomas. The rookie Dalvin Cook has been talked up a bunch and could be another solid mainstay in Maddawgs’ lineup. Russell Wilson still has much to prove after last season and there are still a few question marks on this roster.
The most notable draft picks in NY Hitmen’s lineup are his top two wideouts, Jordy Nelson and A.J. Green. The phenom Christian McCaffrey and veteran Lamar Miller round out Hitmen’s lineup to give him two solid receivers and two solid running backs. Should quarterback Matt Ryan not regress, then there’s potential here.
LUCK OF LUCIEN
Most notable in Lucien’s lineup (*full disclosure: my lineup) is the lack of depth at the running back position, as the two main backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Darren McFadden are fill-ins for suspended players. Lucien has a nice haul of receivers in Mike Evans, Terrelle Pryor, Martavis Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrell Williams. Not to mention tight end Rob Gronkowski. However, Lucien will need running backs to have any chance at maintaining balance and staying relevant once Doug Martin and Ezekiel Elliott return from suspension.
One of the more balanced teams is that of FAHQ. The standouts in this lineup include both Aaron Rodgers and Le’Veon Bell. Running back Leonard Fournette, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Jimmy Graham help to round out this lineup nicely. As of this writing, FAHQ looks like a clear favorite to have a fast start and potentially make a championship run.
The best way to describe Mike’s lineup is solid. There’s good depth at every position. It feels like a true team, more so than a combination of standout players. If slow and steady wins the race, then Mike’s in a good position, which seems to be the case every year.
Every season, Cayman Rays auto draft’s a team and makes out pretty well. Despite the potentially short suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, Cayman Rays appears to have a solid core of backs with the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ty Montgomery. Marcus Mariota has been the talk of the offseason. Should Mariota perform well, the combination of he and wide receiver Antonio Brown could be a game changer.
Meezy’s team has some nice pieces. Particularly, my man crush, Jordan Howard at running back. The combination of Drew Brees, Kareem Hunt and Greg Olsen lend nice balance to this offensive attack. Can’t forget about Odell Beckham Jr. This is a good team.
Tom Brady and Chris Hogan make for a nice stack on Stuugotz’s team. If Dez Bryant benefits from Zeke’s early absence, then he and a healthy Tyler Eifert could prove a nice combination when Doug Martin returns from suspension.
BIG-BLUE WRECKIN CRU
With the number one draft pick in tow, Big-Blue pieced together a nice lineup with David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen and Ameer Abdullah. This year, Jameis Winston has the potential to become elite. If he does, then Big-Blue (my nemesis) is in line for an awesome season.
The only thing to be said about Stunna’s lineup is that it’s very strong up and down. With Amari Cooper, DeAndre Hopkins, and Jamison Crowder on the outsides and McCoy + Gurley manning the middle, this is a great setup. Kirk Cousins could exceed expectations with his new receiving corps and Hunter Henry should progress as his teammate Antonio Gates slowly fades.
We’ll continue to follow the Pace U. Crew league in Week Two.