I prefer the term showcase leagues to fantasy football experts leagues. The latter is what they are more commonly referred to when a collection of fantasy industry writers and analysts (a.k.a. experts), get together to form a fantasy football league.
We do this for the competition, camaraderie and to showcase our draft strategies plus thoughts and opinions on players for the upcoming season. Most of the time money is not involved, as bragging rights are the bigger prize at stake. Not to mention, there are plenty of moderate to high-stakes fantasy football leagues to play in which are very competitive.
Fantasy Football Experts Leagues 2018
Over the years I’ve played in a number of fantasy football experts leagues representing Draft Buddy or FF Today. Some have been around for a long time, some have gone by the wayside. Some I decided to leave due to the ongoing balancing act determining how many leagues I can actively manage each season.
For 2018, here are the leagues I am in representing Draft Buddy, including some hybrid showcase leagues – competitions including a combination of industry experts and regular Joe fantasy players with no fantasy site affiliation. Not that these guys who have a regular job but obsess over football 365 days a year are any slouch on the fantasy gridiron.
Scott Fish Bowl #SFB8
The Scott Fish Bowl is the work of fantasy industry analyst turned web developer (that sounds familiar) and all-around great guy, Scott Fish. This is the highlight of many fantasy players each year – and I mean many. I believe #SFB8 is up to 900 players(!), analysts and fans, many connected via Twitter, for this annual fantasy football redraft tournament. There is an overriding theme to the 12-team leagues each year, this time TV Comedy. I’ve requested to be in the 1990s – Norm Peterson division. Donations to Scott Fish Bowl support FantasyCares.net that raises money to buy toys for underprivileged kids at Christmas.
FanEx Fantasy Analysis Draft (FAD)
2018 MFL Draft Report · Commentary · Commentary Part 2
FanEx is a long running group that originally connected through the old newsgroups on the Internet. That is before message board forums, anyone remember those? This 12-team league is a PPR scoring with RB/WR/TE flex in a best-ball format – we do the draft and there is no in-season management. It is all about the draft! I found a neat article by Emil Kadlec about the history of FanEx FAD. The additional point of this one is each drafter is supposed to write some analysis with the reason for their pick. It is an early draft to be able to best share that analysis with fantasy football players.
FanEx (Regular Draft)
2018 MFL League Site
FanEx FAD we draft early, provide analysis of the draft picks, and it is a best-ball draft. This one is the regular draft with same 12-team, scoring and lineup format except drafted closer to the start of the NFL season and there is in-season management including trades and free agent pickups. Pick commentary is not required in this one but I will do what I can to contribute in that respect.
Dirty Dozen Experts League
2018 MFL League Site
Dirty Dozen is a 3-player keeper league. Although we’ve changed the keeper rules at times over the years, a player’s keeper cost is tied to their original draft position and becomes more costly each additional year the player is kept. So, it is a good draft with most first and second round players still available. This 12-team league has been around since 2003 and I believe I’ve played in every one of those years, winning the title four times including 2017.
Pros vs. Joes Challenge
Okay, this one I am not actually competing in, but I wanted to note it because it is a very cool showcase league. It pits fantasy football analysts – the Pros – versus high stakes fantasy players who compete in the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) – the Joes. This competition was created by FantasyMojo working in conjunction with FFPC. The league format mirrors the FFPC league, which are primarily 12-team leagues, flex lineups, PPR scoring including 1.5 points per reception for TE, as opposed to 1 for other positions. So the TE can fly off the board in these leagues, which makes for some interesting drafts. And if you think about playing in the FFPC or similarly formatted leagues like the Footballguys Players Championship then you should review the PvJ Challenge.