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Fantasy Draft

Industry CFF G5 BestBall results

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: July 8, 2019, 4:30 pm ET

In late June, I gathered some of the top college fantasy football experts from around the country for a pair of BestBall drafts. Today, we're going to run down the Group of 5 results. The Power 5 draft version is here.

Each owner was asked five questions about their draft process -- favorite picks, most unenviable picks, best teams, favorite sleepers, all that good stuff. Below you sits nearly 10,000 words of #CFF goodness from the top experts in the country. Owner answers begin below the draft results.

 

RndPkPosPlayerTeamOwner
11QBKing, D'EriqHouNate Marchese - CFFNate
12RBTaylor Jr., PatrickMemJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
13WRProche, JamesSMUMike Bainbridge - Patreon
14QBRourke, NathanOhioJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
15RBWarren II, MichaelCinConnor Allen - Rotoworld
16RBWashington, JuwanSDSUZach Hall - CFFChamps
17QBAhlers, HoltonECUMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
18QBMcDonald, ColeHawaiiKyle Francis - Devy Watch
19QBLove, JordanUtStJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
110WRByrd II, CedricHawaiiThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
111RBBellamy, LeVanteWestMIGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
112QBFine, MasonNorTxHayden Winks - Rotoworld
113WRStevenson, MarquezHou

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

114WRGandy-Golden, AntonioLibScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
215RBBrown, SpencerUABScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
216RBLeMay, BennyChar

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

217WRBussey, Jr., RicoNorTxHayden Winks - Rotoworld
218WRJackson, WarrenColStGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
219RBTorrey, DeAndreNorTxThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
220RBEvans, DarryntonAppJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
221WRHardy, AdrianLaTecKyle Francis - Devy Watch
222WRCoxie, DamonteMemMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
223RBKoback, BryantToledZach Hall - CFFChamps
224RBRivers, RonnieFresConnor Allen - Rotoworld
225RBVan Buren, AndrewBoiseJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
226RBMurray, MarcelArkStMike Bainbridge - Patreon
227RBMcCrae, GregUCFJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
228WRWard, JoJoHawaiiNate Marchese - CFFNate
329RBPerry, MalcolmNavyNate Marchese - CFFNate
330QBRogers, ArmaniUNLVJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
331RBPatterson, JaretBuffMike Bainbridge - Patreon
332TEBryant, HarrisonFlAtlJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
333WRBaker, KawaanSoAlConnor Allen - Rotoworld
334WRStokes, KeylonTulsZach Hall - CFFChamps
335RBBright, GeroldUtStMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
336WRMerritt, KirkArkStKyle Francis - Devy Watch
337RBSmith, B.J.TroyJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
338QBBarrett, WoodyKentThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
339RBTaua, ToaNevGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
340RBMitchell, ElijahULLafHayden Winks - Rotoworld
341QBEvans, CalebULMon

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

342QBBuechele, ShaneSMUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
443WRLee, TyMidTNScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
444RBHuntley, JasonNMSt

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

445RBRagas, TreyULLafHayden Winks - Rotoworld
446QBHopkins Jr., KelvinArmyGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
447RBShaw, Jo-elKentThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
448WRMooney, DarnellTulJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
449WRCorbin, KeithHouKyle Francis - Devy Watch
450WRHightower, JohnBoiseMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
451WRGraham, IsaiahLaTecZach Hall - CFFChamps
452QBThomas, ZacAppConnor Allen - Rotoworld
453RBBrooks, ShamariTulsJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
454WRShakir, KhalilBoiseMike Bainbridge - Patreon
455WRRoberson, Jr., ReggieSMUJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
456RBCronkrite, JordanSoFLNate Marchese - CFFNate
557WRSutton, CoreyAppNate Marchese - CFFNate
558WRWatkins, QuezSMissJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
559RBKnox, BrendenMarshMike Bainbridge - Patreon
560WRKuma, EricODJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
561WRBradley, Ja'MarcusULLafConnor Allen - Rotoworld
562WRDoubs, RomeoNevZach Hall - CFFChamps
563RBWilliams, CharlesUNLVMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
564RBHarbison, TreNIUKyle Francis - Devy Watch
565WRSt. Felix, RandallSoFLJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
566TERice, JaredFresThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
567RBClair, AndrewBGSUGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
568WRMiller, RileyBallHayden Winks - Rotoworld
569WRDavis, GabrielUCF

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

570RBMarable, TorranceCoCarScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
671WRCraig-Myers, NateColStScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
672WRMcCleskey, JalenTul

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

673QBBarnett, BlakeSoFLHayden Winks - Rotoworld
674WRPhillips, DesmondToledGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
675WRStovall, MelquiseHawaiiThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
676WRLark, CourtneyHouJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
677RBHuntley, CalebBallKyle Francis - Devy Watch
678TEWilcox, MitchellSoFLMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
679QBWimbush, BrandonUCFZach Hall - CFFChamps
680WRWilliams, AndreAkrConnor Allen - Rotoworld
681RBValladay, XazavianWyoJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
682RBFord, JohnnySoFLMike Bainbridge - Patreon
683WRPimpleton, KalilC MiJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
684WRJohnson, KeenenTulNate Marchese - CFFNate
785RBWard, JonathanC MiNate Marchese - CFFNate
786QBMack Jr., DarrielUCFJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
787RBMarks, KevinBuffMike Bainbridge - Patreon
788WRDarden, JaelonNorTxJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
789RBBradwell, DariusTulConnor Allen - Rotoworld
790RBEmmons, BJFlAtlZach Hall - CFFChamps
791WRJackson, LuckyW KyMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
792WRObialo, ObiMarshKyle Francis - Devy Watch
793TEDeguara, JosiahCinJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
794RBDancy, JaqwisLaTecThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
795WRPalmer, SadiqUMassGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
796WRWalker, TreSJSUHayden Winks - Rotoworld
797RBMensah, KevinUConn

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

798WRMcCray, MarkisULMonScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
899WRFlenord, DavynSoAlScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
8100TEMagnifico, JoeyMem

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

8101WRHall, JustinBallHayden Winks - Rotoworld
8102WRTears, SpencerNIUGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
8103WRMack, BrandenTempThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
8104RBTaylor II, CoreyTulsJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
8105QBRidder, DesmondCinKyle Francis - Devy Watch
8106TmDTempleTempMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
8107RBMobley, ChatonMidTNZach Hall - CFFChamps
8108TERicci, GiovanniWestMIConnor Allen - Rotoworld
8109WRGaither, BaileySJSUJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
8110WRSharsh, Jason-MatthewHawaiiMike Bainbridge - Patreon
8111RBHickson, FrankieLibJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
8112WRCarrigan, MikeKentNate Marchese - CFFNate
9113RBMinter, TraSoAlNate Marchese - CFFNate
9114RBStrong, KeseanODJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
9115WRFossum, KalebNevMike Bainbridge - Patreon
9116RBGainwell, KennethMemJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
9117WRTucker, VictorCharConnor Allen - Rotoworld
9118WRHall, JaylenWestMIZach Hall - CFFChamps
9119QBWerts, ShaiGaSoMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
9120RBMahone, RobertBoiseKyle Francis - Devy Watch
9121RBKillins Jr., AdrianUCFJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
9122QBCalvert, StephenLibThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
9123RBCarr, PatrickHouGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
9124RBMims, JordanFresHayden Winks - Rotoworld
9125WRTrammell, AustinRice

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

9126RBJones, XavierSMUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
10127RBFreeman, Ke'MonSMUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
10128QBWhite, BradyMem

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

10129RBSeymour, ShakifToledHayden Winks - Rotoworld
10130QBGlass III, MikeE MiGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
10131RBRoss, JulianOhioThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
10132WRScarver, SavonUtStJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
10133RBSlomka, ConnorArmyKyle Francis - Devy Watch
10134WROdom, CameronOhioMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
10135QBGuadagni, MitchellToledZach Hall - CFFChamps
10136QBMorgan, JamesFLIntConnor Allen - Rotoworld
10137RBDavis, LalaODJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
10138QBBonner, LoganArkStMike Bainbridge - Patreon
10139TEPalmer, SterlingFLIntJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
10140WRKing, DamianLibNate Marchese - CFFNate
11141RBWadley, QuardraizUTEPNate Marchese - CFFNate
11142RBOtoviano, JumaRiceJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
11143QBSmith, J'marLaTecMike Bainbridge - Patreon
11144WRNixon, TreUCFJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
11145WRAlexander, MauriceFLIntConnor Allen - Rotoworld
11146RBEasly, LorenNorTxZach Hall - CFFChamps
11147RBCalais, RaymondULLafMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
11148TEFourtenbary, KyleW KyKyle Francis - Devy Watch
11149TmDAppalachian StateAppJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
11150WRGrim, DerrionFresThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
11151WRMorris, QuintinBGSUGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
11152RBRemsberg, KadinAFHayden Winks - Rotoworld
11153RBWalker, KellArmy

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

11154WRJohnson-Mack, IsaiahBGSUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
12155RBSmith, TreyWyoScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
12156TESmith, KelvinNorTx

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

12157WRBoone, JohnathanNMStHayden Winks - Rotoworld
12158TELevias, ArmaniMarshGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
12159WRWright, WillieFlAtlThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
12160WREskridge, D'WayneWestMIJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
12161RBBarnett, TraGAStKyle Francis - Devy Watch
12162WRThomas, CTBoiseMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
12163WRFarrier, DeondreECUZach Hall - CFFChamps
12164QBEllington, DanGAStConnor Allen - Rotoworld
12165RBAlly, BilalUMassJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
12166TELefebvre, ZacBuffMike Bainbridge - Patreon
12167WRSnead, TylerECUJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
12168TmDBoise StateBoiseNate Marchese - CFFNate
13169QBCord, ChaseBoiseNate Marchese - CFFNate
13170WRMitchell, BryceToledJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
13171WRMcCoy, CorneliusGAStMike Bainbridge - Patreon
13172QBChambers, SeanWyoJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
13173TEButler, CameronColStConnor Allen - Rotoworld
13174RBKing, TylerMarshZach Hall - CFFChamps
13175RBDauphine, CoreyTulMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
13176QBCordeiro, ChevanHawaiiKyle Francis - Devy Watch
13177QBWassink, JonWestMIJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
13178WRTodd, ReggieTroyThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
13179TEHomer, AndrewMiaOHGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
13180WRSorenson, JackMiaOHHayden Winks - Rotoworld
13181TmDArmyArmy

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

13182TmDCincinnatiCinScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
14183QBSmith, ZachTulsScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
14184WRCollins, TyleekUNLV

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

14185WRJackson III, ArthurE MiHayden Winks - Rotoworld
14186TmDUtah StateUtStGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
14187QBPoljan, TonyC MiThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
14188RBAllison, O'ShaanOhioJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
14189WRMcKoy, IsaiahKentKyle Francis - Devy Watch
14190TEIsaac, JavonisArkStMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
14191TEHouston, ParkerSDSUZach Hall - CFFChamps
14192RBGibson, ChristianNMStConnor Allen - Rotoworld
14193TmDSouthern MissSMissJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
14194WRGreen, DahuArkStMike Bainbridge - Patreon
14195WRDobson, ZackMidTNJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
14196TmDFresno StateFresNate Marchese - CFFNate
15197QBAdkins, JoshNMStNate Marchese - CFFNate
15198RBJones, AnthonyFLIntJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
15199RBCharles, JamesFlAtlMike Bainbridge - Patreon
15200KPatterson, RileyMemJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
15201WRGentry, DevinGAStConnor Allen - Rotoworld
15202TmDAlabama-BirminghamUABZach Hall - CFFChamps
15203WRCephus, AaronRiceMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
15204WRWright, IsaiahTempKyle Francis - Devy Watch
15205TmDTroyTroyJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
15206TmDMarshallMarshThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
15207QBMcMillan, JustinTulGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
15208KEberle, DominikUtStHayden Winks - Rotoworld
15209KBass, TylerGaSo

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

15210WRProehl, BlakeECUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
16211QBRobison, ChrisFlAtlScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
16212WRConway, AustinWyo

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

16213TmDGeorgia SouthernGaSoHayden Winks - Rotoworld
16214TmDOhioOhioGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
16215KZervos, LouieOhioThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
16216RBDobbins, KyleTempJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
16217WREafford, TrayTroyKyle Francis - Devy Watch
16218TmDNorthern IllinoisNIUMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
16219QBBachmeier, HankBoiseZach Hall - CFFChamps
16220TmDCentral FloridaUCFConnor Allen - Rotoworld
16221WRMcKinley-Lewis, DanzelToledJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
16222TmDArkansas StateArkStMike Bainbridge - Patreon
16223QBHarris, FrankUTSAJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
16224WREvans, OctaviusBoiseNate Marchese - CFFNate
17225TEReed, CollinAppNate Marchese - CFFNate
17226TEHescock, JakeUCFJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
17227WRAdams, JaylondSMissMike Bainbridge - Patreon
17228TmDTulaneTulJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
17229TmDEastern MichiganE MiConnor Allen - Rotoworld
17230WRJackson, ZachULMonZach Hall - CFFChamps
17231RBMcClelland, CharlesCinMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
17232RBMcElroy, MarcusColStKyle Francis - Devy Watch
17233KSumpter, TylerTroyJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
17234WRCooks, ElijahNevThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
17235TEWilliams, MarcusNMGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
17236WRMedaris, RashadCinHayden Winks - Rotoworld
17237RBDaughtry-Frye, JabirTroy

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

17238TmDLouisiana TechLaTecScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
18239TEHorn, KyleUMassScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
18240RBMcDuffie, DylanBuff

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

18241TELikely, IsaiahCoCarHayden Winks - Rotoworld
18242WRWilliams, MalcolmCoCarGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
18243QBHenry, MalikNevThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
18244KStaton, ChandlerAppJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
18245TETerrell, CarsonUtStKyle Francis - Devy Watch
18246QBJohnston III, TylerUABMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
18247WRNunn, AntonioBuffZach Hall - CFFChamps
18248KBorregales, JoseFLIntConnor Allen - Rotoworld
18249TEBrinkman, MitchellNIUJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
18250TEYeboah, KennyTempMike Bainbridge - Patreon
18251TmDFlorida InternationalFLIntJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
18252RBAnderson, OtisUCFNate Marchese - CFFNate
19253KWitherspoon, DaltonHouNate Marchese - CFFNate
19254TmDToledoToledJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
19255QBReyna, JorgeFresMike Bainbridge - Patreon
19256QBLewis, LeviULLafJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
19257KVogel, NickUABConnor Allen - Rotoworld
19258TmDAkronAkrZach Hall - CFFChamps
19259WRIsmail Jr., RaghibWyoMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
19260RBDoaks, GerridCinKyle Francis - Devy Watch
19261QBLove, JoshSJSUJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
19262RBFagan, ColeAFThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
19263WRLewis, CortezWestMIGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
19264TEGranson, KylenSMUHayden Winks - Rotoworld
19265QBGreen, IsaiahMarsh

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

19266RBBell, GregSDSUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
20267KVerity, JakeECUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
20268TmDNorth TexasNorTx

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

20269WRNathan, JordanUtStHayden Winks - Rotoworld
20270KFuller, AsaFresGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
20271TmDWyomingWyoThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
20272TEMyers, JordanRiceJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
20273TmDSan Diego StateSDSUKyle Francis - Devy Watch
20274KMeskell, RyanHawaiiMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
20275QBPeters, EliToledZach Hall - CFFChamps
20276WRClark, OJNMStConnor Allen - Rotoworld
20277RBMosley, TrivenskeySMissJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
20278TmDSouth FloridaSoFLMike Bainbridge - Patreon
20279QBChilders, MarcusNIUJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
20280WRSanders, CJSMUNate Marchese - CFFNate
21281TEGriffin, AustinBoiseNate Marchese - CFFNate
21282KMobley, WillTempJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
21283KHolt, CrewsMidTNMike Bainbridge - Patreon
21284WRWatkins, AustinUABJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
21285RBMaxwell, NapoleonFLIntConnor Allen - Rotoworld
21286TEMacCollister, JonathonUCFZach Hall - CFFChamps
21287WRBayless, OmarArkStMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
21288RBKennedy III, WesleyGaSoKyle Francis - Devy Watch
21289WRLawrence, MichaelNorTxJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
21290RBVann, ShaqE MiThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
21291KGlover, MerekTulGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
21292RBWarren, JaylenUtStHayden Winks - Rotoworld
21293TEFauolo, GiovanniUNLV

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

21294TEGaines, XavierMarshScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
22295KRobledo, KevinSMUScott Bell - Dallas Morning News
22296KGrupe, BlakeArkSt

Christopher Crawford - Rotoworld

22297RBGraham, RyanArkStHayden Winks - Rotoworld
22298RBJasmin, ChaseSDSUGreg Brandt - Devy Watch
22299KHale, BaileyLaTecThor Nystrom - Rotoworld
22300RBWilliams Jr., MarcusAppJohn Laub - FootballDiehards
22301KWeiss, CobySoFLKyle Francis - Devy Watch
22302WRSingleton, JeremyHouMark Lindquist - Rotoworld
22303KRothe, CooperWyoZach Hall - CFFChamps
22304WRSloan, JacquezW KyConnor Allen - Rotoworld
22305WRTyler, Ky'JonCoCarJoe DiSalvo - theCFFsite
22306KCruz, JonathanCharMike Bainbridge - Patreon
22307QBHill, CollinColStJoshua Chevalier - Patreon
22308KTrickett, MatthewKentNate Marchese - CFFNate

 

  Kyle Francis - Devy Watch 
RndOvPlayerPos
18McDonald, Cole (Jr) - HawaiiQB
221Hardy, Adrian (Jr) - LaTecWR
336Merritt, Kirk (Sr) - ArkStWR
449Corbin, Keith (Sr) - HouWR
564Harbison, Tre (Jr) - NIURB
677Huntley, Caleb (Jr) - BallRB
792Obialo, Obi (Sr) - MarshWR
8105Ridder, Desmond (So) - CinQB
9120Mahone, Robert (Jr) - BoiseRB
10133Slomka, Connor (Sr) - ArmyRB
11148Fourtenbary, Kyle (Jr) - W KyTE
12161Barnett, Tra (Sr) - GAStRB
13176Cordeiro, Chevan (Fr) - HawaiiQB
14189McKoy, Isaiah (So) - KentWR
15204Wright, Isaiah (Sr) - TempWR
16217Eafford, Tray (Jr) - TroyWR
17232McElroy, Marcus (Jr) - ColStRB
18245Terrell, Carson (Jr) - UtStTE
19260Doaks, Gerrid (Jr) - CinRB
20273San Diego State - TmDTmD
21288Kennedy III, Wesley (Jr) - GaSoRB
22301Weiss, Coby (Jr) - SoFLK

 

What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

I wanted to prioritize a QB and top receivers in this draft. I took Adrian Hardy (Louisiana Tech), Kirk Merritt (Arkansas State), and Keith Corbin (Houston) with three of my first four picks. Without putting the cart too far before the horse, I feel confident that those three will be 1,000-yard receivers and consistent weekly starters. In theory, I fortified the position group with Tyre Brady’s replacement at Marshall, a Bear-Raid Outside WR, a slot WR like Ryan Davis at Auburn, and one of the most versatile receivers in the country.

At QB, I took Hawaii’s Cole McDonald as the QB4 in the very first round. This format doesn’t favor quarterbacks but McDonald’s potential was too much for me to pass up. I examined the past thirteen run-and-shoot offenses that Hawaii has run this millennium. The QB averaged 369-605-4699-38-18 passing and 96-182-4 rushing. Using our scoring settings, that’s around 29 FPPG and would justify the early pick. I took his backup Chevan Cordeiro as well, as I would recommend all owners do that take McDonald early. I had to find value from my running backs shortly after that.

Fortunately, I landed both Northern Illinois’ Tre Harbison as RB26 in the fifth round and Ball State’s Caleb Huntley as RB29 in the sixth. Harbison benefits from a coaching change where former South Dakota State OC takes over his offense. His RB1 averaged 216-1240-13 rushing and 22 catches, over seventeen seasons. Over the past five seasons, Ball State’s RB1 averaged 205-971-8 rushing and 11 catches. They return their entire offensive line so I’m hopeful that he surpasses those numbers.

Beyond those two backs, I targeted offenses with consistent RB production as well as a couple of high-value backups in Mahone (Boise State) and Doaks (Cincinnati) that are both an injury or a good camp away from 1,000 yard rushing seasons. I elected to take one defense and one kicker. No one else adopted the same strategy so I have no idea if that was a bad choice by me.

 

What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

My two favorite picks were both triple-option running backs. Taking Army’s Connor Slomka as RB52 in the tenth round and Georgia Southern’s Wesley Kennedy as RB80 in the twenty-first were my favorites. Slomka plays fullback for Army and that position averaged 172-875-10 rushing over the past five seasons, including 221-956-14 last season. Kennedy was a slotback and returner for Georgia Southern last season.

He’s since put on weight to play more at fullback and the talk heading into fall camp is that he will be a focal point of their offense. In this scheme, the RB1 averaged 156-964-9 rushing and 10 catches over the past five seasons. That alone makes him worthy of a twenty-first pick but I feel even more excited with this being a best ball format. His speed combined with the nature of the option offense means he may only need twelve touches-per-game to earn a weekly start.

Once he gets out into space with just one man to beat, he is gonna be tough. I felt some regret taking all three of my quarterbacks as early as I did. I couldn’t risk anyone else taking McDonald’s handcuff but I knowingly drafted him earlier than I needed to. It wasn’t a good feeling but I suppose it’s better than the alternative of waiting too long and then putting my entire team in a very risky position.

 

Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

John Laub took App State’s Darrynton Evans as RB8 one pick before I was going to draft him in the second round. Of the seven backs taken ahead of him, I would have only selected one of them before him, so it stung when he disappeared as I was ready to welcome him. Joe Disalvo taking Wyoming RB Xazavian Valladay (hardest name to spell in sports) in the sixth and Zach Hall taking FAU RB BJ Emmons in the seventh both got me out of my seat in a state of despair.

 

Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

I’ll give my favorite at each position. Connor Allen took Georgia State QB Dan Ellington (QB26). He is probably my favorite value at the position right now. He’s got a 2017 Caleb Evans ceiling this year. I really liked John Laub’s pick of Ohio’s O’Shaan Allison (RB65) in the fourteenth. At WR, Mike Bainbridge took Southern Miss’ Jaylond Adams (WR84) in the seventeenth and that was another I really liked, considering Quez Watkins’ uncertain future. If he isn’t eligible, Adams becomes a MASSIVE value and he’s well worth the risk.

 

Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

I like Thor’s team. I think the way he went after Hawaii and Kent State’s offenses could pay off in this format. I won several leagues last year that featured both of Hawaii's slotbacks on my roster. If Fresno State WR Derrion Grim and Ohio RB Julian Ross end up as their team’s WR1 and RB1 then I think he will have a really good shot at standing below me on the podium.

There isn’t a ton of quality depth in the G5 this year. Things fall off fast. Knowing that Hayden Winks is newer to the CFF space, I was particularly impressed by his first six picks. I don’t think his depth at running back is good enough to put him up there with Thor as a contender for silver but this league’s starting rosters are shallow enough that his start could put him in the thick of things with some good injury luck.

 

  Hayden Winks - Rotoworld 
RndOvPlayerPos
112Fine, Mason (Sr) - NorTxQB
217Bussey, Jr., Rico (Sr) - NorTxWR
340Mitchell, Elijah (Jr) - ULLafRB
445Ragas, Trey (Jr) - ULLafRB
568Miller, Riley (Sr) - BallWR
673Barnett, Blake (Sr) - SoFLQB
796Walker, Tre (Jr) - SJSUWR
8101Hall, Justin (Jr) - BallWR
9124Mims, Jordan (Jr) - FresRB
10129Seymour, Shakif (Jr) - ToledRB
11152Remsberg, Kadin (So) - AFRB
12157Boone, Johnathan (Sr) - NMStWR
13180Sorenson, Jack (Jr) - MiaOHWR
14185Jackson III, Arthur (Sr) - E MiWR
15208Eberle, Dominik (Sr) - UtStK
16213Georgia Southern - TmDTmD
17236Medaris, Rashad (Sr) - CinWR
18241Likely, Isaiah (Fr) - CoCarTE
19264Granson, Kylen (Jr) - SMUTE
20269Nathan, Jordan (Jr) - UtStWR
21292Warren, Jaylen (Jr) - UtStRB
22297Graham, Ryan (Jr) - ArkStRB

 

What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

Predicting production in the Group of 5 is more difficult, so I decided to draft more running backs and wide receivers than anyone else in the league. I was totally fine with sacrificing a second kicker and team defense, but I took on added risk by being the only owner to stick with two quarterbacks. If Mason Fine and Blake Barnett hit their ceilings, I’ll be in good shape. If they don’t then, I’ll finish near last place. Scared money doesn’t make money!

 

What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

Kadin Remsberg (Air Force, RB) in Round 11 was my favorite pick. It looks like Remsberg will be an even bigger contributor in 2019 with leading rusher Cole Fagan away from the team. I have him projected for over 800 yards and six touchdowns. My least favorite pick was Blake Barnett (South Florida, QB) in Round 6. In hindsight, I should have waited to draft Desmond Ridder in Round 7 or 8.

 

Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

Joshua Chevalier grabbing Quez Watkins (Southern Miss, WR) in Round 5 was great value. There are academic risks here, but this is a 14-man league and playing it safe gets you 6th place. When Watkins is in the lineup, he’ll bring Round 3 value to Chevalier. If Watkins would have made it to me at the end of the round, I would have taken the risk. A risk that isn’t as large now that Watkins has enrolled into summer classes.

 

Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

I liked John Laub’s Michael Lawrence (North Texas, WR) pick in Round 21. Lawrence may not be a steady option whenever Rico Bussey is healthy, but he’ll have Best Ball starting weeks in this attacking offense. Plus, he has weekly starting upside if Bussey unexpectedly misses time. From my team, I was happy with the upside of productive JUCO transfer Jaylen Warren (Utah State, RB) in Round 21.

 

Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

Nate Marchese had a big advantage by having the first pick -- hello D’Eriq King (Houston, QB) -- but he filled out the rest of the roster nicely. JoJo Ward (Hawaii, WR) and Malcolm Perry (Navy, QB/RB) was a great Round 2/3 turn, but my favorite values were Jordan Cronkrite (South Florida, RB) and Corey Sutton (App State, WR) the following two rounds. Starting the draft with those five players is enough to at least be in contention for first place if they avoid injuries.

 

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RndOvPlayerPos
114Gandy-Golden, Antonio (Sr) - LibWR
215Brown, Spencer (Jr) - UABRB
342Buechele, Shane (rJr) - SMUQB
443Lee, Ty (Sr) - MidTNWR
570Marable, Torrance (So) - CoCarRB
671Craig-Myers, Nate (Jr) - ColStWR
798McCray, Markis (Sr) - ULMonWR
899Flenord, Davyn (Fr) - SoAlWR
9126Jones, Xavier (Sr) - SMURB
10127Freeman, Ke'Mon (Sr) - SMURB
11154Johnson-Mack, Isaiah (Jr) - BGSUWR
12155Smith, Trey (rSr) - WyoRB
13182Cincinnati - TmDTmD
14183Smith, Zach (Jr) - TulsQB
15210Proehl, Blake (So) - ECUWR
16211Robison, Chris (So) - FlAtlQB
17238Louisiana Tech - TmDTmD
18239Horn, Kyle (Sr) - UMassTE
19266Bell, Greg (Jr) - SDSURB
20267Verity, Jake (Sr) - ECUK
21294Gaines, Xavier (Jr) - MarshTE
22295Robledo, Kevin (Sr) - SMUK

 

What was your strategy going into the draft, and were you able to implement it? What do you like and dislike about your team?

I'm a lot more bearish on my team in this league than I was in the P5 league. I would have loved to have drawn the 14/15 elbow in that league and had an early pick in this league, but it ended up being the opposite. Without having picks that yielded themselves to a clear strategy in my book, I went with a much more BPA mindset in this draft than the other and I had more of a round-by-round approach than one that followed a big-picture blueprint.

Things I'm not happy about when it comes to my team: A lack of star power. I think there are about 10 G5 players that can carry a team and I missed out on them by picking last in the first round.

Things I feel OK about: I still think my team has a pretty decent ceiling, but a lot of things will need to fall the right way. I think getting Shane Buechele as the 10th QB taken in the draft is an absurd value and that he can do a lot of damage in Sonny Dykes' system with weapons like James Proche and Reggie Roberson at his disposal. And if Nate Craig-Myers can be Colorado State's Preston Williams this year (granted, that's a sizeable if), my team should be able to make a little noise.

Also, if there's a bonus system in place to reward the owner with the most WRs with hyphenated names, I should be a lock for that. So I guess I've got that going for me.

 

What was your favorite pick that you made? Which do you regret?

I think Shane Buechele was my best value of the draft. I'm a lot higher on him than others seem to be. I regret a lot about my draft. In hindsight, I think it would have been better to go RB, RB to start my draft, try and lock in a pretty high floor from my RBs and just load up on WRs in the early/middle stages of the draft and hope 3 or 4 of them pan out as reliable contributors. Instead, I think I'm pretty meh at all positions, and mediocrity isn't something you want in a winner-take-all league.

 

Name one pick another owner made in the top 10 rounds that made you insanely jealous.

Christopher Crawford taking Marquez Stevenson directly in front of me in the first round made me mad. I think Stevenson would have been a much more reliable WR1 for me than Antonio Gandy-Golden, who I ended up having to settle for with my next pick. Other picks I really liked from a value standpoint: Kyle getting Kirk Merritt 30+ picks into the draft, Joe getting Eric Kumah in the fifth round and Zach grabbing BJ Emmons in the middle of the 7th round.

 

Which player selected in Round 12 or later do you think has the best chance of becoming a weekly CFF starter this year?

I like Nate's Octavius Evans pick in the 16th round. Evans' season last year was a lost season, but he still has significant upside if he finds his way back into Boise State's rotation. The bust potential is very high here, but he probably has the highest ceiling out of anyone taken in the last 10 rounds of the draft. And at that stage of the draft, I'd love to load up on high risk, high reward guys. If you take a handful of those types of guys and one of them pans out into a weekly starter, that's a win.

 

Outside of your own team, which do you see as the most talented in the league post-draft?

I like Kyle's team the best. He's a little thin at the RB spot, especially in terms of high-end RB1 types, but I think his QB and WR situations are so strong that as long as he gets "good enough" output from his running backs that he's going to be really tough to beat. I'd also give a nod to Nate's team, but a lot of his team's success will hinge on whether Malcolm Perry will be able to keep RB eligibility into the season.

Thor Nystrom

Thor Nystrom is NBC Sports Edge’s lead CFB writer. The 2018 FSWA College Sports Writer of the Year, Nystrom’s writing has also been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to him on Twitter @thorku!