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The King's RotoBaller Challenge Draft Review


Fantasy Football is unique and often wonderful in how it can connect people and bring them together. The community aspect of the game has always made it so appealing, and it creates and sustains friendships and unique bonds. This is very evident when you consider how many people have office leagues, family leagues, and of course leagues that help people stay connected to current and old friends. Plus, you can even play fantasy football for charity with Major League Baseball players at Big League Impact this season. Our national interactive pastime is so influential that you can engage with your favorite athletes and help change people’s lives in the process.

So when Fleaflicker.com hosted a RotoBaller Challenge Draft that I shared on social media, it was amazing and heartwarming to see who joined the league. RotoBaller readers, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Subscribers and personal friends I have made over the years came out to form a field of 12 from all my years and endeavors in the industry.

You can compete in a RotoBaller Challenge league at any time right here. It is totally free to play and you can compete for cash prizes. You will play against other RotoBaller readers, listeners and other new possible friends. These are 17-round drafts with starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 FLEX, 1 TE, 1 K and a DST. These are PPR leagues with six points for a TD pass. Join the RotoBaller Challenge now!

 

The King’s RotoBaller Challenge Review - No. 2 Spot

Round One: Saquon Barkley – If you are in the territory to get one of the top-four running backs, consider yourself fortunate. No running back in fantasy football has more upside than Barkley. He could outscore Christian McCaffery this season if he stays healthy over the full campaign. Barkley had three long runs of 59 or more yards in 2019 games, and two long receptions of 50-plus yards. McCaffery had three total long plays of 50-plus yards, none as a receiver. CMC is a volume monster, but Barkley is more explosive.


Round Two: DeAndre Hopkins -
The stock has fallen on Hopkins, but he is still firmly rated as a mid-range fantasy WR1. He reportedly is going to play with additional motivation after being traded, and will still be the clear No. 1 pass-catcher for his new team. The Cardinals organization will embrace him and he will be much happier than he was in Houston. The positive intangible factors will ensure that Hopkins still remains one of the better players at his position.

Round Three: Lamar Jackson The consensus top dozen-plus RBs were off the board, so I selected the guy who gives you running back numbers at quarterback. Even if Jackson regresses, he can still supply 900-plus rushing yards with respectable passing production. No other QB in fantasy football history has ever been capable of such production. With the very prime RBs gone, I decided to go best WR available in Round Two and I took the chance that Jackson would be available three picks later. If he was gone I would have opted for Adam Thielen. You don’t have to fully focus on RBs early if the flow of the draft dictates otherwise.

Round Four: Cam Akers If you want to lurk for a RB2 in the fourth round, especially at the later spot I was at, the Rams rookie is the ideal target. In many drafts, you will see him go later, but I wanted him for sure by this point. He is ranked inside my top-20 RBs and if you want to assure yourself of getting a player you favor, do not hesitate to make an aggressive move to get him. In my estimation, there was a drop-off at RB after Akers. I risked waiting on him as my RB2 and landed him. Akers will quickly establish himself as the Rams’ featured back.

Round Five: Amari Cooper I did strongly consider DK Metcalf at this spot. It was not an easy decision. But I am already rostering Metcalf in many other leagues and have Cooper ranked higher. I am not as pessimistic on him as some others are. The addition of CeeDee Lamb should draw some defensive attention away from Cooper, and Mike McCarthy loves to gun the ball. You could say McCarthy is a “Love Gun” kind of coach. My favorite album of all time, by the way. I expect 75 catches and 1,100-plus yards from Cooper.

Round Six: Marquise Brown I unintentionally ended up with the Baltimore QB/WR hookup here. Brown was the top WR on my board and has a lot of promise as my third starter at the position. I expect him to boost his 12.7 yards per catch number up a few notches, Brown is healthy after a foot injury curtailed some of his upside as a rookie, and Jackson will improve as a passer in 2020.

Round Seven: Will Fuller I often pass on him because Fuller seems to get injured when he sneezes. But he may be the most explosive WR in the game when he is available to play, and he should be the WR1 for the Texans. I will take my chances with Fuller as a flex option who could help me win a few weeks. Especially in leagues with IR spots, as he is bound to occupy one of them at some point.

Round Eight: Damien Harris He is the most talented pure runner on the Patriots roster. New England will run an RPO offense that will benefit their lead ball carrier. Harris is going to contend for the starting job this season.

Round Nine: Zack Moss There is obvious buzz regarding his goal-line prowess and potential versatility. He has some flex promise for the value in this round.

Round 10: Chris Herndon In leagues where I miss out on my key targets at TE, I will wait and take Herndon as my projected starter. He will be one of Sam Darnold’s preferred targets this season. I saw their connection start to take shape in person when they were both rookies.

Round 11: Breshad Perriman: Consecutive Jets? Do I really want to win games? In fantasy, though, Darnold may have to throw often as he plays from behind often and the defense forces shootouts. Perriman will be his No. 1 downfield target.

Round 12: Allen Lazard There are some gems available deeper in the draft at WR when you go for the potential RB values a few picks earlier.

Rounds 13 through 17: Joshua Kelley is undervalued and his ceiling is becoming a flex player. … Hunter Renfrow is my favorite late-round WR. … The Bills Defense is a Top 6 unit and gets a good Week 1 draw against the Jets. They will get sacks and turnovers even if the opponent scores 20 to 24 points. …. Zane Gonzalez is an underrated Top 5 Fantasy kicker. … Dan Arnold s my SUPER sleeper that no one else seems to be talking about. He is the best alternative/backup to Herndon when you wait on the TE position.

 

Draft Board

Round 1

Pick Player Team
1.1 #1

Strutters

1.2 #2
RB NYG
1.3 #3
RB DAL
1.4 #4
RB TEN

purple city byrds

1.5 #5
1.6 #6
RB NO
1.7 #7
RB MIN

BobbieLee

1.8 #8
RB CLE
1.9 #9
RB CIN
1.10 #10
1.11 #11
WR GB
1.12 #12
RB PHI

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 2

2.1 #13
TE KC

I Would Walk 500 Miles

2.2 #14
RB LAC
2.3 #15
RB LV
2.4 #16
RB GB
2.5 #17
WR KC
2.6 #18
RB ARI

BobbieLee

2.7 #19
WR ATL
2.8 #20
WR TB
2.9 #21
TE SF

purple city byrds

2.10 #22
WR DET
2.11 #23
WR ARI
2.12 #24

Strutters

Round 3

3.1 #25
RB SEA

Strutters

3.2 #26
QB BAL
3.3 #27
RB HOU
3.4 #28
RB IND

purple city byrds

3.5 #29
RB DEN
3.6 #30
RB PIT
3.7 #31

BobbieLee

3.8 #32
RB ATL
3.9 #33
WR TB
3.10 #34
WR MIN
3.11 #35
WR CHI
3.12 #36
WR CAR

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 4

4.1 #37
TE BAL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

4.2 #38
RB NYJ
4.3 #39
WR ATL
4.4 #40
4.5 #41
WR TEN
4.6 #42
WR JAC

BobbieLee

4.7 #43
4.8 #44
WR CLE
4.9 #45
WR WAS

purple city byrds

4.10 #46
WR SEA
4.11 #47
RB LAR
4.12 #48
WR LAR

Strutters

Round 5

5.1 #49
WR LAR

Strutters

5.2 #50
WR DAL
5.3 #51
RB BAL
5.4 #52
WR SEA

purple city byrds

5.5 #53
TE PHI
5.6 #54
QB DAL
5.7 #55

BobbieLee

5.8 #56
5.9 #57
RB DET
5.10 #58 Team 10
5.11 #59
WR MIA
5.12 #60
WR CIN

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 6

6.1 #61
RB CLE

I Would Walk 500 Miles

6.2 #62
WR IND
6.3 #63
WR BUF
6.4 #64
WR LAC
6.5 #65
QB SEA
6.6 #66
WR DAL

BobbieLee

6.7 #67
WR CIN
6.8 #68
RB CHI
6.9 #69
QB ARI

purple city byrds

6.10 #70
QB HOU
6.11 #71
WR BAL
6.12 #72
TE LV

Strutters

Round 7

7.1 #73
TE NYG

Strutters

7.2 #74
WR HOU
7.3 #75
WR HOU
7.4 #76
WR DET

purple city byrds

7.5 #77
RB NE
7.6 #78
TE LAR
7.7 #79
TE ATL

BobbieLee

7.8 #80
7.9 #81
WR ARI
7.10 #82
WR CLE
7.11 #83
RB MIA
7.12 #84

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 8

8.1 #85
QB ATL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

8.2 #86
RB BAL
8.3 #87
QB PHI
8.4 #88
TE LAC
8.5 #89
WR PIT
8.6 #90
WR NYG

BobbieLee

8.7 #91
WR SF
8.8 #92
RB MIA
8.9 #93
RB SF

purple city byrds

8.10 #94
RB DEN
8.11 #95
RB NE
8.12 #96
WR DAL

Strutters

Round 9

9.1 #97
WR BUF

Strutters

9.2 #98
RB BUF
9.3 #99
TE NO
9.4 #100
RB IND

purple city byrds

9.5 #101
QB NO
9.6 #102
9.7 #103
QB NYG

BobbieLee

9.8 #104
9.9 #105
QB GB
9.10 #106
TE MIA
9.11 #107
WR NYJ
9.12 #108

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 10

10.1 #109

I Would Walk 500 Miles

10.2 #110
QB BUF
10.3 #111
WR CHI
10.4 #112
10.5 #113
RB DET
10.6 #114
WR PHI

BobbieLee

10.7 #115
WR LV
10.8 #116
WR DEN
10.9 #117
RB NE

purple city byrds

10.10 #118
WR LAC
10.11 #119
10.12 #120
RB PHI

Strutters

Round 11

11.1 #121
RB SEA

Strutters

11.2 #122
11.3 #123
RB WAS
11.4 #124

purple city byrds

11.5 #125
TE CLE
11.6 #126
11.7 #127
RB WAS

BobbieLee

11.8 #128
TE DEN
11.9 #129
QB TB
11.10 #130
RB LAC
11.11 #131
11.12 #132
RB HOU

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 12

12.1 #133
TE DET

I Would Walk 500 Miles

12.2 #134
RB ARI
12.3 #135
QB NE
12.4 #136
TE TEN
12.5 #137
RB DAL
12.6 #138
QB CIN

BobbieLee

12.7 #139
TE DAL
12.8 #140
12.9 #141

purple city byrds

12.10 #142
RB IND
12.11 #143
WR GB
12.12 #144

Strutters

Round 13

13.1 #145
WR NE

Strutters

13.2 #146
RB LAC
13.3 #147
WR CAR
13.4 #148
TE PHI

purple city byrds

13.5 #149
13.6 #150
RB PIT
13.7 #151
D/ST BAL

BobbieLee

13.8 #152
WR NYG
13.9 #153
RB GB
13.10 #154
TE IND
13.11 #155
TE PIT
13.12 #156

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 14

14.1 #157
RB JAC

I Would Walk 500 Miles

14.2 #158
WR PHI
14.3 #159
14.4 #160
RB CIN
14.5 #161
14.6 #162

BobbieLee

14.7 #163
WR CAR
14.8 #164
QB LAR
14.9 #165
QB CLE

purple city byrds

14.10 #166
QB TEN
14.11 #167
14.12 #168

Strutters

Round 15

15.1 #169
WR SF

Strutters

15.2 #170
D/ST BUF
15.3 #171
15.4 #172
D/ST CHI

purple city byrds

15.5 #173
15.6 #174
15.7 #175
RB NYJ

BobbieLee

15.8 #176
15.9 #177
WR IND
15.10 #178
WR KC
15.11 #179
QB JAC
15.12 #180
RB WAS

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Round 16

16.1 #181
K BAL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

16.2 #182
K NO
16.3 #183
WR IND
16.4 #184
16.5 #185
TE CAR
16.6 #186
WR WAS

BobbieLee

16.7 #187
RB TEN
16.8 #188
16.9 #189

purple city byrds

16.10 #190
16.11 #191
K ARI
16.12 #192
WR HOU

Strutters

Round 17

17.1 #193
K SF

Strutters

17.2 #194
TE ARI
17.3 #195
K DAL
17.4 #196
K TB

purple city byrds

17.5 #197
K SEA
17.6 #198
K DET
17.7 #199
TE JAC

BobbieLee

17.8 #200
K PHI
17.9 #201
17.10 #202
D/ST MIN
17.11 #203
D/ST LAR
17.12 #204
D/ST IND

I Would Walk 500 Miles



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Your wide receivers remain essential components toward your primary goal of securing league championships. As this unique regular season continues to unfold, an expanding assortment of tools is available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge regarding this critical position. Those results are contained in this weekly statistical breakdown of multiple categories,... Read More


Week 7 IDP Rankings, Streamers, and Notes

The big IDP news of the week happened just this Thursday morning, as our rankings were being finalized. It was pretty big news, too. Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Baltimore Ravens! Let’s discuss just how big this news is, and whether it’s good or bad for his short and long term fantasy prospects, shall... Read More


Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings  ... Read More


Fantasy Football Trade Targets - Week 7

The fantasy trade market is always a fun one to evaluate. Articles like this are essentially glorified "Who's Hot and Who's Not" pieces but the tables are turned to where sometimes, you want to trade for those that are cold and trade away those hot. Now, six weeks into the season, we have several big-name players underperforming... Read More


Re-Evaluating the Rookie Running Back Class of 2020

We're six weeks into the 2020 NFL season and are starting to get some good ideas of what usage patterns are looking like. Which means we probably have enough data now to start to re-evaluate where certain players stand in relation to other players. For example, we've got a better idea of how this year's... Read More


WR/CB Matchups to Target and Avoid - Week 7

The CB Matchup Chart has been a helpful resource all season, specifically in Week 6. Last week's article was predictive in forecasting boom games for Julio Jones, Justin Jefferson, and Christian Kirk. It also predicted let-downs from Robby Anderson, Cooper Kupp, and Mike Evans. This week's chart will give the most accurate landscape of CB matchups yet,... Read More


Pivot Plays and Post-Waiver Pickups - Week 7

Things are starting to get difficult for fantasy football managers. Indianapolis, Minnesota, Miami and Baltimore all have the week off, so fantasy managers are already playing shorthanded. Fielding a full lineup is going to be tough as it is if you have a few injuries. If one of your key guys is listed as questionable... Read More


Week 7 Stream Team - Shallow and Deep-League Pickups

Welcome to Week 7 of the NFL season. Each week we will be providing streamer advice for all of those who need it, which is pretty much anyone and everyone. Streaming players with the best matchups each week as well as during your stud's bye weeks is an integral part of winning a fantasy championship... Read More


Lies, Damned Lies, and Fantasy Football Statistics (Week 7)

The more data we get as the season goes on, the better equipped we are to interpret matchups and make informed decisions. Then Week 6 comes along and blows it all to hell. The unpredictability of sports is what keeps us intrigued, as frustrating as it may be at times. Numbers are supposedly to be... Read More


The King's Week 7 Fantasy Football Lineup Rankings (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers!  Below you will find my Week 7 fantasy football lineup rankings. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions. Skill Position analysis is primarily based on the PPR ranks. The rankings are powered by... Read More


Slow Starters Ready to Break Out in Fantasy?

We are now more than a third of the way into the fantasy football season and a seemingly clearer picture is available across the landscape. After a pandemic-shortened offseason and lack of preseason exposure, there were plenty of worries headed into the first month specifically. Thus far, one of the most prevalent topics with regards... Read More


Fantasy Football Warning Signals for Week 7

The warning signals get brighter by the week since we have more data to work from. The larger the sample size the easier it is for us to connect the dots from the latest trends. Football is a game of small samples and many variables, making it one of the hardest sports to predict. How... Read More


How to Value Clyde Edwards-Helaire with Le'Veon Bell in KC

Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor? Coming into the season this was the biggest question for fantasy GMs, both dynasty managers who were thinking long-term and redraft managers who wanted to know who would be better for this season. There were many different theories and believe me when I say, both sides thought they were 100%... Read More


NextGen Stats - Quarterback Breakdowns and Takeaways

It's been a month since the last time we took a look at our beloved quarterbacks. Numbers are numbers, and numbers don't lie. You can twist them, but looking at them objectively, numbers say that no matter what, rushing the ball is almost always a worse option than passing it in today's game. That's why... Read More


Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 7

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More


Coaching Matters: Offenses That Will Improve From Week 6

This series continues into its sixth week of where I dive into offensive areas that will improve or decline based on coaching in order to glean insight as to fantasy football value. In Week 6, we saw performances such as Ryan Tannehill throwing for 364 passing yards, the Houston Texans running backs combining for 66 rushing yards, and the New... Read More


Tape Tells All: D'Andre Swift's Week 6 Performance

Welcome to another edition of Tape Tells All. I've been thinking of rebranding as just TAPE. All-Caps like that. Probably wouldn't be a good idea for SEO purposes, right? Anyways, this week we'll be discussing Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift. Swift set a lot of career highs this week, with bests in carries... Read More


Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Week 6 was like the 2020 of fantasy football weeks. All those great matchups meant nothing, those studs let you down, and your bench likely went crazy. The good news is that we didn't have any season-ending injuries to running backs or games canceled due to COVID, so in retrospect maybe we shouldn't complain. The... Read More


FAB Bidding - Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

Whether it's injuries, bye-week blues, or simply poor performance, we've got the waiver-wire cure...but it just might cost you! Alongside our famous waiver wire pickups list and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Budget (FAB). In... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

Week 6 was relatively healthy and had no coronavirus delays, so let's just take a moment to bask in that. That said, we still saw Miles Sanders (knee) and Zach Ertz (ankle) go down, while Mark Ingram (ankle) has a bye to get healthy. Week 7 byes are Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, and Minnesota. Let's get... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Fantasy GMs are to be commended for rising to the unique challenges that have unfolded during this regular season. Injuries to critical players is an unwelcome reality that occurs every year. This is also the case for backs that were expected to operate as RB1s, but have been relegated to committees. However, this season has... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Six weeks of NFL football are behind us, aside from a pair of Monday games, including a late afternoon game between the Bills and the Chiefs. In terms of wide receiver production this week, we didn't have the huge breakouts like we had in Week 5. Chase Claypool didn't score four touchdowns. In fact, only... Read More


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