My First Scott Fish Bowl Experience

One of our writers, Liam Connolly, was able to get a place in the Scott Fish Bowl for the first time and written about the experience. He walks through his picks round by round.

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I think the title of this article says it all. Thanks to Scott Fish himself, Ryan McDowell and John Bosch for everything they do to put this great event every year. Plus all the great things they do through Fantasy Cares.

Seeing and being part of a community that raises so much money from one event is truly remarkable and we should all be proud of what we achieve, year in, year out.

This article will be explaining how I approached a fairly unique drafting experience and some of the decisions I made throughout the draft.

Hope you enjoy!

My First Scott Fish Bowl Experience – Pre-draft

Scott, for the first time in Scott Fish Bowl history, allowed drafters to pick a division and draft position slot. I managed to get my division and draft position preference, which made planning for my first SFBX a bit easier.

My division, the Hungry Hippos division was a tough one. Names like Scott Clark of ESPN, Lee Schechter of Bleacher Report and Chris Towers of CBS Sports were the headliners, among many other top minds in the fantasy football world. So, I knew I had to be on my game.

Two resources I used a ton was our own customisable stats sheet, including Value Based Drafting, which Rich put together and released before drafts started kicking off and Addison Hayes excellent stats database sheet from previous years, customised to SFBX scoring and ranking over the years.

Probably the best 84 pence I have spent.

From those resources, I had a draft board of 60 players who I was actively looking to target. This list took me about six to eight hours to finalise the weekend before draft day.

This was based on my realistic chances of drafting them at my position in the draft.

I ended up drafting 14 of those 60 players, which when your roster is made of 22 players, is a fairly significant amount. Some factors steered me away from this board however, so let’s dig into my draft.

For those interested, click here to view the draft board:

My First Scott Fish Bowl Experience – The Draft

Pick 1.05: Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys

My first pick was pretty much a no-brainer for me. Zeke is my RB2 in my projections and the RB2 when it came to VBD only behind of course CMC so being able to draft him fifth overall was my ideal scenario for me.

No matter the scoring format, running backs are the hottest commodity in drafts this season and Zeke is arguably the most consistent performer in the whole position group.

In his four seasons in the league, Zeke has been a top 10 RB in SFBX scoring, with three of those seasons being top 5 finishes. This is alongside a clear path to 70-100 targets, showcased by his last two seasons of 71 and 95 targets respectively.

Pick 2.08: Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles

Sticking in the NFC West with the next pick, I had to pull the trigger on Sanders here. Mark Andrews was another serious consideration at this spot but after discussing some strategy, doubling up on RBs was the move.

With no veteran backs signed so far, and reports suggesting that Sanders is entrenched as the Eagles starting back, the excitement around the sophomore in a Pederson offense is understandable. Like Zeke, Sanders has a clear path to 80+ targets and showed what he can do with a full workload in the fantasy playoffs last season.

I am ecstatic to have him as my RB2.

Pick 3.05: Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons

Not being able to get Mark Andrews at the 3.05 was disappointing after passing upon him for the aforementioned Mile Sanders.

Andrews was pretty high up on my board and this changed my strategy quite a bit regarding the tight end position, but we will get onto that later.

With my top three QBs off the board, it made sense for me to take the next QB up in Matty Ice.

Ryan has averaged a 65.15% completion rate on his passes throughout his NFL career which is a type of consistency that is gold in this SFBX QB scoring format, where a completion % of 66.7 or higher is ideal.

Although Ryan achieved a QB13 performance based on SFBX scoring, there is a typical pattern in his SFBX-based finishes since 2015.

  • 2015: QB17
  • 2016: QB2
  • 2017: QB14
  • 2018: QB2
  • 2019: QB13
  • 2020: QB??

If we follow this pattern, Ryan is set for a big year, inside and outside of my SFBX roster.

Pick 4.08: Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons

After being sniped on Allen Robinson, pairing Ryan up with Ridley seemed a nice differential in a tournament where you need to stand out.

Ridley is a weird combination of a player that has such a safe floor as a WR2 in his offense but also the WR1 upside due to this offense being so high-powered and passing focused. Ridley’s numbers have consistently gone up every year he has been in the league, so this is likely to happen again in his third season.

Pick 5.05: Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams

Dipping back into the receiver market saw Woods become my WR2. Like Ridley, Woods has some nice floor production in a high passing focused offense. With the severe lack of touchdowns that came Woods way in 2019 (2 in total), you would expect some positive regression coming the Rams receivers way.

When Woods saw the highest touchdown total of his career in 2018 with 6, he finished 10th in SFBX scoring. This was in comparison to WR16 last season so that TD positive regression will hopefully bump Woods up into WR1 conversation.

Pick 6.08: Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings

The pick of Cousins followed the same narrative as Ryan in many ways, besides the coincidental SFBX finishes. Cousins has an average 65.4% completion rate on his passes throughout his career and has been a consistent QB1 over the years in regards to SFBX scoring:

  • 2015: QB4
  • 2016: QB5
  • 2017: QB7
  • 2018: QB7
  • 2019: QB7
  • 2020: QB??

Having a QB like Cousins as my QB2, especially in the sixth round is an incredible value that I could not turn down.

Pick 7.05: DeAndre Swift – Detroit Lions

The original strategy for rounds 3-7 was to target wide receivers, but the value plays of Cousins and Swift brought up the need for adaptability, like is needed in most drafts.

Swift, although was not a player initially on my draft board, is a player that I am excited about having as my RB3.

He joins a Detroit team who have a glaring need for him, with Kerryon Johnson proving over time that he cannot be relied upon to be a feature back over 16+ games.

Swift throughout his college career as a Bulldog has shown all the traits to be a prime feature back in this league. My hope with the draft capital invested in him, that Patricia will put Swift to work from day one.

Pick 8.08 – Julian Edelman – New England Patriots

Drafting Edelman as the WR31 may seem like a reach to some, but as I said in some group chats after the pick, that does not bother me.

With the extra points for first downs, Edelman is the perfect type of receiver for this format considering in his last seven seasons in the league, his yards per reception average is 10 or over.

Edelman is Belichick’s ever-reliable and now with Cam Newton at the wheel, he will comfortably see the boatload of targets he has been seeing when Brady was the man in Foxborough.

Pick 9.05: Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons

After being sniped on Hunter Henry at the 8.05, there was no way I was letting a player of Hurst’s talent and opportunity pass me up in the ninth round. This allowed me to complete my ultimate Falcons stack of QB-WR-TE.

I spoke a fair bit earlier in the offseason about whether I felt Ridley or Hurst would benefit the most this season from the departure of Austin Hooper. In the end, I was fairly undecided. So, I decided to just