Week 5 is in the books and I’m way overdue on giving you an update on how the roto fantasy football league is going. In case you missed it back in late-July, here is the origin story, participants and league details of this unique fantasy football league format.
I’m currently sitting in 4th place overall… but in trouble.
This update is as of the end of NFL Week 5, but check the current standings to follow along at home.
My options: Drew Brees, Jameis Winston
- Passing Yards – 1666 (2nd)
- Passing Yards per Attempt – 8.7 (2nd)
- Passing Touchdowns – 11 (T-4th)
As Brees goes, I go. Barring injury I should stay towards the top of the passing categories. I had Brees as the 3rd best QB going into the draft behind Wilson and Brady. I ended up getting him in the 6th round as the 6th QB off the board.
My WR options: Doug Baldwin, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Kenny Stills, Tyler Boyd, Taylor Gabriel, Allen Hurns
My TE options: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald
- Receptions – 146 (11th)
- Receiving Yards – 1905 (8th)
- Receiving Touchdowns – 14 (T-3rd)
Work to be done here. Touchdowns are more random so I shouldn’t expect to stay towards the top in that category. Getting Baldwin and Jeffery back will (hopefully) help me move up in receptions and yards. In a 15 team league you’re going to see the likes of Gabriel and Boyd contributing.
My options: Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Doug Martin, D’Onta Foreman.
- Rushing Yards – 687 (9th)
- Average Yards per Rush – 3.7 (15th)
- Rushing Touchdowns – 5 (T-11th)
Losing Rex Burkhead and Jeremy Hill to injury didn’t help my poor showing. Even the guys not injured are dragging me down. Henry is pulling down my yards per rush and I don’t have any other options. I missed out on Wendell Smallwood this week and took a flyer on Kapri Bibbs hoping Adrian Peterson and/or Chris Thompson can’t go this week. Unfortunately for me I can’t confuse hope for a plan. I may be forced to try and pull off a trade to land a RB worth a damn and try and improve my standing in these rushing stats.
Early Observations on the Roto Format
Too much emphasis on one QB? The perfect roto league would seem to have the ability to start more than one QB each week so that the passing stats aren’t driven predominantly by one player. In roto baseball it would be like tracking home runs and RBI hit by catchers separately from other hitters.
You still need balance. I know this in roto baseball and I thought I knew this coming into this league. I’m in a bad spot with my RB and need to adapt. Much like in roto baseball you need to aim for finishing high in each category. Not necessarily 1st in each but in the 3rd to 4th place territory.
Make sure you have your lineup in each week! Unlike the head-to-head format where you can start a player on a bye and risk just losing the week, in roto that wasted opportunity could create a gap too big to make up. Take Rushing Yards for example, I’m in 9th place: 51 yards behind 8th; 149 yards behind 7th; 283 yards behind 6th and 364 yards behind 5th… and that is with filling out my lineup each week!
Best/Worst through First 5 Weeks
|Passing Yards||464 – Week 4 / @MStepney71||118 – Week 1 / @MikeKAdamson*|
|Passing TDs||5 – Week 3 / @kingsperry37||0 – 10 Times|
|Receptions||54 – Week 2 / @Razzball_MB||17 – Week 5 / @Roto_Chris|
|Receiving Yards||646 – Week 5 @MikeJAdamson||172 – Week 4 / @PJHofer07|
|Receiving TDs||7 – Week 3 / @FantasyTaz||0 – 5 Times|
|Rushing Yards||447 – Week 2 / @PJHofer07||38 – Week 4 / @Razzball_MB*|
|Rushing TDs||4 – Week 1 / @PJHofer07||0 – 24 Times|
|Turnovers||0 – 16 Times||5 – Week 1 / @FFzinger|
*Removed @EvFWFB since he hasn’t set a lineup the past few weeks.