The 5 Yard Showdown fantasy football draft is well underway. Five plucky rookies to college fantasy football (and Ash), collectively known as Team College, are taking on the might of Team Rush. Where our opposition have a wealth of experience to rely on, Team College are gallantly taking the fight to the opposition. This is David and Goliath stuff. As you all know, the victory is always sweeter when the underdog vanquishes a superior foe. That is the task that befalls our team of rookies. Lets see each pick in the first three rounds.
With that said, let’s take a look at how the Draft has progressed for both of our teams. As a superflex set-up, quarterbacks were in high demand. 10 first round picks were QBs, with just 2 RBs and 0 WRs taken. After three rounds of drafting, the teams were starting to take shape.
Pick 3: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Round 2, Pick 9: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 3: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
A high-risk strategy here. Doubtless, there are two top RBs here that will eat up points on a Saturday. Hill isn’t a pass catching back, but with Mike Leach bringing an Air Raid offense to Starkville, his role may change. With whispers of the Big Ten returning as early as October, Justin Fields could be the pick of the round.
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Pick 4: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
Round 2, Pick 8: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Round 3, Pick 4: JT Daniels, QB, Georgia
Hubbard was the first RB off the board, and it’s easy to see why. He had over 2,000 yards last year, and is the heartbeat of the Cowboys’ offense. If Mike Gundy does go pass-happy, Wallace will be Spencer Sanders’ primary target. Daniels seems like a steal in Round 3, especially after Jamie Newman’s decision to opt-out of the 2020 season.
Pick 6: Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
Round 2, Pick 7: Ra’Shaun Henry, WR, Virginia
Round 3, Pick 7: Dazz Newsome, WR, UNC
Many observers will be keen to see how Rattler performs as QB1 for the Sooners. After beating out Tanner Mordecai to the starting job, it is time for Lincoln Riley to sprinkle his QB magic. With two solid WRs. Henry has transferred to Charlottesville after 1,100 receiving yards in 2019, and Newsome will have to share his targets with Dyami Brown. It will be interesting to see which RBs this team can accumulate in Rounds 4 and 5.
Pick 7: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
Round 2, Pick 6: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Round 3, Pick 7: Max Duggan, QB, TCU
Trask faces a huge Senior year in Gainesville. Commentators have widely considered the Gators as a dark horse in the SEC, and with good reason. Trask was just shy of 3,000 yards in 2019 – if he goes one better this year, it could be a solid choice. DeVonta Smith led the Crimson Tide in receptions last year, in a team with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. Jaylen Waddle will need feeding, but Smith should dominate catches again.
Pick 10: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 3: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Round 3, Pick 10: Charleston Rambo, WR, Oklahoma
While everybody zigged in this draft, Oli zagged. Avoiding QBs early in a superflex league can be risky, but this team has two of the best runners in the game. Between them, they enjoyed 2,800 rushing yards, 700 receiving yards and a humongous 43 TDs in 2019. In a standard format, there’s no way either of those backs fall that far. Time will tell if two elite RBs can win this division. Mid-round QBs can be an unpredictable enterprise. Let’s see how this one pans out.
Pick 11: Micale Cunningham, QB, Louisville
Round 2, Pick 2: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville
Round 3, Pick 3: Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
Stocks will be hoping that the hype surrounding the Cardinals in 2020 is real. Outside of Clemson, Louisville could be the best team in the ACC in 2020. Stocks brought in ⅔ of a feared offense. If Louisville goes off this year, so will this fantasy football team. Rakeem Boyd had over 1,100 yards in a 2-win Razorbacks team last year. The foundations are there for Team 5yardstocks to contend for the title.
Pick 1: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
Round 2, Pick 12: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Round 3, Pick 1: Changa Hodge, WR, Virginia Tech
A huge surprise here, as Trevor Lawrence was not the first QB taken off the board. However, Lawrence had just 2 more passing yards total than Ehlinger last time out (and 4 more TDs). If Sam Ehlinger is right, and Texas is back, this might still pay off. Pickens looks set to lead the Bulldogs receiver corps in 2020, and Hodge is an exciting transfer prospect from Villanova University. Running back remains a need still, and must be addressed in either Round 4 or 5.
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Pick 2: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Round 2, Pick 11: D’eriq King, QB, Miami
Round 3, Pick 2: Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville
Ash must have been counting his lucky stars when he saw Sunshine fall to him at #2 overall. Going QB again at the back of the 2nd Round didn’t hurt his ability to bring in a top running back. Javian Hawkins had over 1,500 yards in 2019. It seems as though this team is well-equipped to take on the mighty Team Rush if it can bring some top WR talent in.
Pick 5: Sam Howell, QB, UNC
Round 2, Pick 8: Spencer Sanders, QB, Oklahoma State
Round 3, Pick 5: SaRodorick Thompson, RB, Texas Tech
Matt has nailed down a promising quarterback in Sam Howell, who had a great rookie year at the Tar Heels. With Chuba Hubbard at Oklahoma State, it will be interesting to see how often Sanders lets it fly. Thompson had 765 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019. He will have to do better to justify being an RB1 in 2020.
Pick 8: Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 5: KJ Costello, QB, Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 8: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
Another Team College roster that has secured its QB position. Notre Dame will come up against ACC defenses this year, and Book looks up to the task. He had over 3,000 air yards and 34 touchdowns in 2019. Spiller leads the Aggies backfield, and also had 29 receptions last year. He could be a good-value pick-up in the third round.
Pick 9: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Round 2, Pick 4: Bo Nix, QB, Auburn
Round 3, Pick 9: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
After unwittingly picking up opt-out Jamie Newman with his first selection, Mark recovered to take two high-upside QBs. Auburn fans are particularly excited to see what Nix can do in his sophomore year. Scary Terry is a deep threat receiver that should haul in some serious yards in Tallahassee. Mark now needs some help in the running game, but it’s a good start for a true freshman CFB fantasy player.
Pick 12: Charlie Brewer QB, Baylor
Round 2, Pick 1: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State
Round 3, Pick 12: Dyami Brown, WR, UNC
Let me say this first: I hate drafting on the turn. At the turn, you either dictate the direction of the draft, or follow it. In this case, I desperately moved to take two QBs before the back end of Round 3. Brewer was ok last year, and adds valuable yards with his feet. Coming off the back of back-to-back 3,000 yard+ seasons, I’m hoping Brewer can cope well after Matt Rhule’s exit from Waco. Purdy was desperately close to a 4,000 yard season in 2019. Though neither is a top tier QB, they might just keep the points rolling in. Dyami Brown will compete with Dazz Newsome for targets at UNC, but he should be WR1 this year.