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RoD Writers League: The Anatomy of a Startup Draft – Part 2

Welcome back, and thanks for joining me in my recap of rounds three and four of our writers’ room dynasty startup. We finished round two with eight quarterbacks, ten running backs, four wide receivers and one tight end off the board; no kickers or mascots have been drafted yet (these guys might know what they’re doing!).

By Duncan Smith

Welcome back, and thanks for joining me in my recap of rounds three and four of our writers’ room dynasty startup. We finished round two with eight quarterbacks, ten running backs, four wide receivers and one tight end off the board; no kickers or mascots have been drafted yet (these guys might know what they’re doing!). 

I was the only player to go QB at both picks, and five teams have yet to select their starting signal-caller. I was a little concerned that I had perhaps made a mistake taking back to back QB’s, but as rounds 3 and 4 played out, I felt more comfortable with my strategy.

A quick reminder before we get going, the league is a Superflex, PPR, PPC, TE premium with first down bonus.

With the paperwork out of the way, let’s look at how these rounds played out.

Two things immediately jump out to me here, only one more QB was selected, and we get our first trade. @Conbon45 wasn’t willing to risk @michaelklos23 sniping his guy JuJu Smith-Schuster, so he jumped ahead of him and threw in an eleventh rounder to sweeten the deal.

The first pick of the third round is Derrick Henry, I foolishly thought he might fall to me at the end of the round, but realistically I had no chance. Henry is a monster among men, and with points per carry and first down bonus points, he’s a great RB to have.

Next off the board is our first rookie QB in the shape of Joe Burrow. @Th3Sanchize admits he is taking a gamble here but justified his decision by stating that Burrow played the best college football he has witnessed from a QB. Given that Burrow is going straight into a starting role with the Bengals, the reward is definitely worth the risk if he can prove it wasn’t just the system that made him look so special last year.

@Waltbzzy takes Mike Evans at 3.03, the allure of having Tom Brady throwing the ball in Tampa Bay is too much to resist for him here.

@NickDizzle17 took a gamble in round two that either CEH or Taylor would be available when the draft returned to him, and it paid off. He managed to snag the top TE and one of the highest-rated Rookie backs available. Sometimes it pays off to take the risk if he had tried to make these picks the other way around, it’s not likely he gets Kittle.

Speaking of TEs, we get our second of the draft and first of two in this round next in the shape of Travis Kelce. @Unstuckintime82 grabs his man here as he wanted a share in Kansas City’s high powered offense, and with the TE premium scoring, he can’t go wrong. @Unstuckintime82 is confident that he has started the draft with a top 3 player at RB, WR, and TE.

At 3.06, @Abellamy grabs Austin Ekeler one pick before @thedevydirtbag would have taken him. Ekeler’s potential in the receiving game makes him an every-down back. With the Chargers belief in him, Gordon’s departure, and Ekeler getting paid, makes this a super valuable pick in the middle of the third.

@Thedevydirtbag doesn’t hang around and grabs a consolation prize in DJ Moore. Carolina’s top wideout had a good year last year, and with some stability at QB, he can hopefully push on even further this year. The pick gives @thedevydirtbag a dominant pair of receivers to start the draft.

Next up, Kenny Golladay, AJ Brown, and JuJu went in that order. Of specific note in these picks is @ObiWan’s decision to go all WR with his first three picks. His draft choices are a great example of the difference between a dynasty startup and a redraft. In dynasty value is king, you want to build a team around a solid group of players and worry about filling starting slots later.

@Michaelklos23 grabs Mark Andrews one spot before I could take him. Andrews is a bit of a “my guy” now, and I can’t say anything negative about taking a guy who could finish as TE1 here.

Now it’s my turn, and after missing out on the elite backs I pick up a rookie in the shape of JK Dobbins, The Ravens are a high powered offense that likes to run the ball. Resident ball carrier Mark Ingram is getting on in age, and if the Ravens want to get the most out of Lamar Jackson, they will have to put the reins on his running game, leaving an excellent opening for Dobbins to produce. To start the fourth, I grab DK Metcalf to stack up with Russell Wilson. I’m hoping that Metcalf continues to build on his explosive performance against Philly in the divisional round last year and puts up WR1 numbers this year and for many more years to come.

@Conbon45 selects OBJ at 4.02. He justifies the pick stating that Beckham had a core injury for most of last season, and if Mayfield improves, it can lead to WR1 production from OBJ. In the fourth round, a team’s WR1 with Beckhams skill set is incredibly valuable.

The next two picks are Kenyan Drake and Cam Akers, both players have the confidence of their teams since both teams got rid of their bell-cow backs in David Johnson and Todd Gurley in favour of these two.

In the next five picks we get four receivers and an RB, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones both go within a few picks of each other. @Thedevydirtbag and @Nickdizzle17 both grab players from their teams here and give us the chance to remember that you shouldn’t be put off drafting players from your team. While you should never become so obsessed, you make mistakes, like the Steelers homer I traded Mason Rudolph to last year after Ben went down, you should take players from your team when the value feels right. Don’t skip them because you don’t like rostering players from teams you support.

To round us off Leonard Fournette, Terry McLaurin, and Cooper Kupp. Fournette might be a questionable pick over the long term, but the Jags are likely to run him into the ground this year, and RB is one position I am happy to churn year to year.

McLaurin showed he could ball out even on an offense as terrible as the one in Washington, and Kupp is a solid player to have in your receiving core. The biggest question here is if teams have to play in empty stadiums, will anyone in LA notice the difference?

So that’s how things have shaken out after four rounds. Unlike the dream I had the night before we started drafting, Patrick Mahomes didn’t fall to me at the end of the fourth round. Still, I’ve got two starting QB’s, a promising sophomore receiver, and a promising rookie RB on an excellent offense.

In total, we had one QB and two TEs drafted in rounds 3 and 4. WR picks dominated these rounds. All five teams that entered round three with no QB have left round four with no QB. I suspect a run on the position is coming soon, but then again, what do I know.

After all of that, I either need a beer or a lie-down. Most likely, a beer. I will be back soon with rounds 5, 6, and 7.

Also, Hard Seltzers? I’m a big fan.

Duncan Smith – Dynasty/IDP
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