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I hath arrived, my children!  Wait, where are the doves?  I told you I wanted to come back to the releasing of doves like I was on a John Woo set, Jay, and all I see are bread crumbs and a bunch of pigeons.  I get it, we’re a little more low budget here than the Razzball Baseball side of things but it’s bad enough you couldn’t take the brown M&M’s out of the bowl before taking them to my trailer.  And speaking of trailer, where did this rust bucket come from?  Like, did you buy this off some yokel from West Virginia?  Smells like someone’s been cooking meth in here…but I guess I’m already on set so enough with the complaining.  Though I DO expect at least a cheese plate at this point, thank you very much.  Anyways, the last time I was around these parts, I was saying my sad and tearful goodbyes as the lead writer over here but did promise I’d be back in the Fall.  Well, if you can have Christmas in July, why can’t you have Fall there too, right?  And while we’re on the topic, this is a shout out to my family members that always ask why I’m not coming to see you in the dead of winter.  Oh, I don’t know, because you live in a snowy part of Idaho and want me to drive 9 hours during the worst time of the year to travel to do it?  I can say Merry Xmas over the phone.  Heck, we could even Skype if you really wanna see my scruffy mug.  Next year, we’re all having Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years over a vacation week in the middle of July.  That way the only car wrecks will happen in the parking lot when Grandma tries to drive and get yet another 5th of Jack.  Heart you, Grandma…but enough of this, you don’t even know what a Scott Fish Bowl is and we’re over 300 words in so lets get started.  Here’s my Scott Fish Bowl team for the 2014 Fantasy Football season…

What The Proverbial Ef Is a ‘Scott Fish Bowl’?

Well, I could waste everyone’s time and explain every little detail of this cool thing…OR I could simply point you to the Scott Fish Bowl website that gives out every nitty, gritty detail you could possibly imagine and let you dictate how much you take in.  That said, I will cover some of the basics in case you’re link-clicking averse (and if you are…well, might as well leave the internet now).  This here thang was established back in 2010 by my good man Scott Fish.  It’s a 240 team league.  HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE.  Don’t shout in a monotone voice at me, bro.  Sorry, was just stunned…that’s huge!  That’s what she said!  Sighs…Ok, sorry about that.  It’s a 240 team league with 20, 12-team leagues and the rosters are fairly deep.  It’s run through My Fantasy League, a premier Fantasy Football site that I strongly encourage others to use if you’re really into customizing your leagues beyond the norm that other sites allow.  The rules, again, are on the site so I won’t bore you with those details but I will point out that the winner gets $250 as well as some goods from participating football sites.  Oh and it’s being played for free for right now.  THANK YOU, SCOTT!  Speaking of playing, Scott’s trying to push the needle to 360 teams in 2015.  It fills up pretty fast but Scott is always looking for backups in case people drop out so if you want to throw your hat in the ring, here’s the sign up sheet.  Not a writer/expert for a site?  You don’t have to be, this year there are over 60 ‘I just play for fun’ fans in the mix.  Just realize that this is your competition.  Yup, some pretty big names from the industry.  I promise they don’t bite!  Well, at least on twitter they don’t…

The Set Up

Probably my most favoritest set up I’ve played in.  It has your typical 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE setup but then has 4 flex positions and one of them is a superflex, meaning you can tack on another QB to your starting roster.  I appreciate the 1.5 QB set up because it allows for a diversified draft strategy and doesn’t kill the value of QB like a 1 QB league does but also doesn’t give them as much clout as a 2 QB league would.  The best part?  No kickers or team defenses.  WOOT!  The scoring also has a wrinkle I have deployed in some of my home-grown leagues: points per carry.  In the days of yore when you had your chance to grab a bajillion 30 tote backs, this scoring would seem to be asinine but we live in an age where RBBC is the norm and reflecting just how much work your man is getting via points just makes sense to me.  Of course, if you’re a PPR hater (and yes this league is PPR), PPRu isn’t gonna make you any happier.  I suggest you just go back to the old way of playing fantasy football.  You know, without computers.  Because new things always suck.  Should probably do away with calculators, too, and grab your abacus.  Yes, I’m trying to start a fight with you, is it working?  Oh and I should also mention this wasn’t a live draft, per se.  We were on 12 hour clocks to get our picks in.  The draft started on July 7th and finished up on July 17th.   I swear every time my pick came up, I had a 2 hour window of shizz going on.  I work in front of a computer all day but the moment I have a 3 hour meeting or went to an extended lunch break, THAT was when my turn to pick came about.  That’s just me letting anyone from my league know that I wasn’t trying to slow the process down.  If any of you are reading, of course.  Or can, for that matter.  I’m gonna get a fight out of someone today, dammit!

Um, Like, You Gonna Show Us Your Team?

Oh, THAT.  It’s the summertime, you got some better reading to do than this?  I think not.  Oh, Oprah Winfrey Bookclub, you say?  GTFU outta here!  But you’re right, enough talk…have at you!

I was thinking of you guys so much that I made not one but TWO whole spreadsheets to gawk at.  The first one shows the draft picks themselves in their sequential order and the second tab shows what my starting lineup could look like coupled with a bench.  You can toggle my contents all you want.  Hey, stop touching me there!  That’s not what toggle means!  In any case, if it’s not clear, I decided to go big or go home.  Your odds of winning something like this are 240:1 so taking safe picks can end up harming you in the end.  I’m not here to save face, I’m here to win it or crash and burn trying and I think I have a great team set up for such a situation.  Calvin Johnson with the 2nd overall pick?  Brash.  Rob Gronkowski in the second?  Irreverent.  Taking no QBs in a superflex league until the 7th round?  Eh, unplanned…I really wanted either Tony Romo or Jay Cutler as my QB1 with Tannehill as my QB2 but they were both taken in succession two picks before I took Roddy White.  At that point, I lost interest in taking a lower end QB1 and decided to set my sights on building a strong skill position foundation and feel I did just that.  Backing up the Gronk with only Colt Lyerla was probably not the smartest thing in the world to do but you don’t win these tourneys but making sure you have a primo TE2 just in case your top one misfires or gets busted.  Again, 240:1.  This team could be dead before the season starts but I’m still happy with the choices I made given the circumstances.  I’d say the only misses I regret is the Romo/Cutler issue along with not getting Rashad Jennings whom I’m quite smitten with at this point after he went Roughshod on the league last year for the Raiders.  In all, my biggest question mark shapes up to be the QB position but I still have high hopes for Tannehill, especially with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor at the helm.  I actually wanted a few more shares of Miami but Lamar Miller went a little too high for me and Moreno was just too dinged up for me to trust him sans-Peyton.  Taking Sam Bradford probably made some of you throw up in your mouths a little but the fact is, he was effective enough to start 2013 to be useful in this format and I do think Johnny Manziel will be running the team sooner rather than later and I mean that literally: running.  With the scoring format, taking running QBs was a trend in the draft.  In fact, someone mockingly said ‘thanks for leaving the last running QB on the board for me’ to me when I didn’t take Kap.  Funny thing is Tannehill can run AND didn’t score much less than Colin last year and we all know Johnny Football can do a little high steppin’ himself.

This Team Sucks, Ain’t Nobody Gonna Like It

Let’s just say I beg to differ…and so does this fine gentleman, Mr. Pat James.  He did a write up after all the drafts were done about each division and here’s what he had to say.  In a nutshell, he likes my team to finish second in my respective division.  Sure, it’s not a ringing endorsement that I’ll win it but it’s clearly a sign that my team has a chance to challenge and I’ll take it.  And considering the reigning 2013 Champ Ty Miller was a little frustrated with the guys I took, I think it’s safe to say this team should challenge for 2014 supremacy.

Final Thoughts

I think I got your topics covered quite well as it is but for those of you who are part of the Twitterati, you can follow along to this year’s exploits of all the teams by just looking up #SFB2014.  So when half my team is on the season-ending IR list and it’s not even August, all my tears will be tweeted for the world to see.  With that, thanks for following along and if you wanna follow me on the tweety thang, I’m @Sky_Razzball.  Peace!

  1. Steve says:
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    Hey, I thought it was a great draft. Looking for free advice – I have to choose 3 keepers, and I’m having trouble deciding between Aaron Rodgers and Gio Bernard (my other keepers are McCoy and Ball). Rodgers is projected to get the second-most points in my league (behind Manning), but I’m allowed to start up to 4 RBs in my league. PPR league, 4 points per passing TD. With my settings, would you keep Rodgers or Bernard? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks!

      Really depends what’s available to you in the draft at QB. Aaron is elite, not sure if Gio stacks up by comparison. I’d lean towards Rodgers.

  2. IUPAC says:
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    I LOVE this league setting. 3 flex’s and an extra spot for a possible QB, to go with WR’s? This sounds like an incredibly deep league.

    • IUPAC says:
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      @IUPAC: to go with *3* WR’s?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, like I said, very similar to my homebrew league. I think I had more divisions of flex, though (2 WR/TE, 2 WR/RB, plus superflex).

        I appreciate the setting, makes it clearer who knows what to look for in the later rounds than a typical league would. Football is already a crapshoot, the more positions, the more it shows you knew how to draft.

  3. Spring Blake says:
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    So won my league last year thanks in no small part to your advice!

    Looking for a little help with keepers though
    16 team dynasty full IDP Defense, 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 RB/WR, 1 TE, 1 WR/RB/TE

    Thoughts on Keepers, Get 5 total: 3 Offense, 1 QB limit, 2 IDP keepers. Candidates:

    QB: Newton, Foles

    RB: A. Morris, G. Bernard

    WR: Nelson, Fitz

    TE: Gronk

    Got Keuchly and L. David as my IDP keepers.

    Not sure who’s the best to keep here, Kept Newton, Morris, Fitz last year.

    Foles was diesel last year, but it’s tough to throw Newton back.

    Leaning Gio/nelson, but am pretty stuck with this choice… haha.

    Thanks Sky!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Awesome, glad I could help!

      Gonna sound weird to you probably but I’d lean Foles. Declining rushing numbers for Cam last three years and the offense hasn’t improved this off-season after a pretty rough 2013. I’d keep Morris and Gronk as my others, personally, and attack your draft hard for WR. Could you get either of those WRs back if you threw them back in, you think?

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Sky:

        Thanks for the advice, was leaning foles already so that might have pushed me. Newton’s worrisome without any receivers.

        Oops, should have mentioned it’s an auction. I can get back whoever, I’m just not sure who’ll go for the most.

        200$ Budget. I can probably lock down some good receivers though, keepers tend to be RB’s more often than not. Last year Jordy was 23$, Gronk 27$ and Gio B was 18$.

        RB1’s go for a lot though when they aren’t kept. Forte was drafted for 69$ for example.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Not surprised, people go overboard in auction with what’s considered a top-tier RB.

          • Spring Blake says:
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            @Sky: Especially when the top 16 are off the board usually. Thanks for the advice

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob, glad to help.

  4. brett says:
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    Sky,

    I need some serious help.

    This league is a 12 team dynasty league. It is a PPR league. 1 pt per 10 yards rushing 1 pt 10 yards receiving All td’s are 6 pts and you get a 3 pt bonus for 100 yards

    We play 1 QB 2 RB 2 WR 1 WR/RB 1 TE 1 K 1 D

    keepers go like this: year: 1 they stay the round you drafted them. Year 2 they decrease a round. Year 3 they decrease one more round and stay there for ever. You can only keep 3 players. We have 17 rounds in our draft. All pick ups are 6th round picks.

    For example: If I kept my first round pick from last year he costs me a first rounder this year. In 2015 he would be a second round pick and then in 2016 he would be a third round pick forever.

    Here are my options to keep. I have put the current round for this year next to them and in parenthesis is the round they can eventually get too. I finished second so I pick at the end of the odd rounds and beginning of the even rounds.

    Gio Bernard 3rd (5th)
    Arian Foster 5th (5th)
    Zac Stacy 6th (8th)
    Jordy Nelson 12th (12th)
    Randall Cobb 14th (15th)

    I listed the keepers below. I don’t plan on keeping Foster, and I feel there are still plenty of WR’s out there. I love Bernard but do I pass on him in a dynasty league for value? Also, it is a late third round pick I would lose so it is not likely to be a stud available. Do I want both Packer WR’s? I have concerns that both St Louis and Cincy drafted a RB and both GB WR are free agents after this year.

    Which 3 players would you keep?

    Sorry for the long post but I am having a tough time with this and I know it is an important decision.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As much as I like the price of your WRs, you only need to start one it looks like so I’d pick one of them and drop the other. Probably Nelson, even though he can’t be kept after this year. I’d back that up with Foster & Stacy. I like Gio but still don’t think he’s a bellcow back with first round upside like Stacy/Foster have.

      • Brett says:
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        @Sky: we start 2 rb 2 wr and 1 rb/wr. Also I can keep all players forever if I choose. So if I keep Nelson I can continue to have him. Would that change who you would keep?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, I didn’t realize forever was the option; my bad, the draft positions part confused me, I guess. I’d lean towards Stacy/Cobb/Nelson, then.

          • Brett says:
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            @Sky: thanks sky I think I am definitely keeping Stacy and Nelson. I am torn between cobbs value and Bernard’s Ppr potential. Would you switch Cobb for Bernard if you knew these are the other rb and wr kept? I feel there will be more depth at wr in the draft then rb.

            RB
            Peterson
            Forte
            Morris
            McCoy
            Mathews
            Charles
            Spiller
            Martin
            Lynch
            Bell Pitt
            Rice
            Lacy

            WR
            Green
            Julio Jones
            Percy Harvin
            Hilton
            A Brown
            Bryant
            Allen
            Crabtree
            Calvin Johnson
            Jeffries

            Thanks again I am really struggling with this decision

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Cobb has PPR potential as well, no? I think it would be better to know what you could have vs what you can’t. Cobb’s tied to an elite passing offense. Bengals are just an ok offense in my book. I like Gio, but his ceiling is what we saw last year, IMHO. Cobb has WR1 potential in a PPR setting.

  5. big league choo says:
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    12 team 3 wrs no flex 200$ budget full ppr keep 3

    Lacy 29
    Crabtree 3
    randall Cobb 8
    Cordarrelle Patterson 5
    Reggie Wayne 14
    TY Hilton 5
    Alfred Morris 5

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lacy/Cobb/Morris is how I’d roll

      • big league choo says:
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        evem@Sky: even though its full ppr you would go with morris over crabtree? Its such a hard decision because the 49ers are so run oriented, but even golden tate was a top 25 wr last yr in seattle.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think Morris is a more talented player and could give you a bigger season than Crabtree could, respectively. And the bigger thing is what you just said: Tate was a top 25 WR last year. He wasn’t drafted that high, means you should/could target similar wideouts later who are PPR oriented.

  6. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Can you kindly tell the other guy to change his avatar? I don’t want to have to view a Yankees hat when reading about football.

    I realize this is like the scene in “The Big Lebowski” when he complains about having to listen to The Eagles in the taxi. Hopefully, I don’t get reprimanded.

  7. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Haha, who are you talking about? A commenter on this post? Not sure I get the reference…though I do get Big Lebowski refs. One of my favorites? The edited version. You see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Sky: the guy doing the team posts

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ah, I hadn’t had a chance to peep at those this year. Sorry man, you’re just gonna have to put up with the evil empire.

  8. scott steelers says:
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    Hey Sky. Trying to decide on my keepers in a half point per reception league. We get 4 keepers, gotta choose between Stacy 11th rd, Crabtree 11th rd, Julius Thomas 11th, alfred Morris 9th rd,.cruz 8th rd.
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d lose Crabtree there

  9. frankgrimes says:
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    Stacy Spiller Morris Martin
    thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, they’re all running backs? Is this a trade without the ‘or’?

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Sky:
        no trade haha
        Curious who you like or don’t like for RB2?
        looks like possibly is my first round choices in keeper

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          aaaah, gotcha. Stacy showed last year he could hold his own with a completely worthless offense around him and I’m sure he gets a heavy workload again this year. He’d be my first choice. I think Morris is getting underrated because of worries of the offense relying more on the passing game and excluding him. I don’t feel the same way and would put him at the 2 there. Spiller gets the third spot for me but narrowly behind Morris. He has the largest upside of all 4, IMHO. Martin I do worry that TB will go to RBBC and reduce his chance to excel. If news about that changes, though, I’d put him up above Morris.

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Sky:
            I’m starting with Dez and Julio would you grab Nelson or brown or even garçon ahead of these RBs we start three WR no flex in this league but then my RB2 choice goes to the real crap shoot tiers. And how do you post a pic? haha

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Julio/Dez is a good enough base to start with at WR so you can wait. Take an RB.

              This should be how to post an image:

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Sky:
                targeting Floyd as my WR3
                thanks!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Word!

  10. David Niven says:
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    Great to have you back man. Thanks for helping me cash in all my leagues last year.

    Time to draft prep. Got a mkillion questions, but their all basic and’ll be coming in your columns.

    Again bro, thanks for leadin the charge. Helluva job.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks and glad I could help! Jay is the man this year but I’ll be covering mostly DraftKings content for this Fall. I’ll probably have a few prep pieces to put out there so stay tuned for those.

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