Stopa 11K Vegas League

The Stopa 11K auction took place Sunday afternoon at a conference room at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. It’s a .5 PPR league with 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-FLX, 1 QB FLX, 2-TE, 1-K, 1-D and five bench spots. My strategy was to punt running back entirely, buy 5-6 of my targeted receivers, spend roughly $15 on TE and $30-$40 on QB.

Here are the results:

Behrens  Evans Loza Liss Erickson Stopa
QB Roethlisberger 31 C. Palmer 25 Brees 30 Cousins 18 Dalton 15 Luck 39
WR D. Hopkins 34 K. Allen 34 J.Nelson 25 A.Robinson 37 A. Cooper 25 Watkins 25
WR AJ Green 41 J. Landry 23 Decker 15 TY Hilton 27 Edelman 17 M. Floyd 9
WR Josh Doctson 4 Crabtree 4  Fitzgerald 10 B. Cooks 31 J. Matthews 19 E. Sanders 9
RB Doug Martin 26 L. Miller 36 M.Gordon 19 Woodhead 8 D. Johnson 41 L. Bell 41
RB Mark Ingram 25 Hyde 15 J. Charles 29 A. Foster 3 Matt Forte 14 Lacy 22
TE M. Bennett 7  Ertz 9 R.Jennings 6 Barnidge 7 Greg Olsen 21 ASJ 2
TE V. McDonald 1 Gates 2 Cameron 7 Ebron 7 D.Allen 11 J. Graham 2
W/R/T Abdullah 8 D.Murray 14 L. Murray 18 Moncrief 20 Du Johnson 10 Jay Ajayi 13
Q/W/R/T Joe Flacco 10 Brady 24 Manning 16 J.Winston 16 Derek Carr 16 T. Taylor 18
K Dan Bailey 1 Catanzaro 1 Janikowski 1 Gostkowski 2
DST Rams D 1 Raiders D 1 Broncos D 2 Bengals D 1
BN J. Stewart 7 To. Smith 2 Sanu 4 Bradford 2 Bridgewater 3 J. Starks 1
BN Z. Miller 1 T. Austin 2 D. Lewis 11  Wheaton 5  Diggs 1 Fitzpatrick 6
BN L. Treadwell 1 MThomas 2 McKinnon 3 RGIII 2 Pitta 2 Ivory 4
BN  Wentz 1 J.Ferguson 2 Aiken 2 DGB 4 TJ Yeldon 1 G. Smith 1
BN P.Lynch 1 Garrapolo 3 T. Willams 2 K. Willams 9 T.Riddick 1 J. Thomas 4
BN P. Dorsett 1 J Cook 2
BN Buck Allen 1 De.Williams 1


Del Don VanRiper Schoenke Pianowski  Payne  Funston
QB Stafford 16 Matt Ryan 14 A.Rodgers 38 Rivers 17 Newton 39 R. Wilson 36
WR A. Brown 51 Julio Jones 47 D. Thomas 24 D.Bryant 34 Benjamin 15 D. Parker 11
WR Beckham 53 Mike Evans 37 R. Cobb 21 B.Marshall 23 K. White 5 J. Brown 11
WR M. Jones 4  Maclin 14  Funchess 1 A. Jeffery 29 G. Tate 16 S Shepard 8
RB D.Freeman 30  McCoy 21 Matt Jones 18 R.Mathews 16  Gurley 42 E. Elliott 40
RB J. Hill 11 Forsett 3 A. Peterson 40  Bernard 14 P Perkins 6 CJAnderson 26
TE R. Rodgers 1 Gronkowski 39 Kelce 14 C. Clay 2 J. Reed 23 Tyler Eifert 9
TE  Walford 1  Witten 3 Jace Amaro  Fleener 12 L. Green 12 D. Walker 14
W/R/T T Coleman 5 Benjamin 2 Gore 9 D. Baldwin 17 Langford 9 T. Rawls 18
Q/W/R/T Romo 18  Tannehill 12  Bortles 24 Alex Smith 10  Mariota 19 Jay Cutler 8
K Hauschka 1 J. Tucker 1 G. Gano 1  McManus 1 Crosby 1
DEF Patriots D 1 Cardinals D 1 Seahawk D 2 Texans D 1 Panthers D 1
BN D Jackson 4 K. Marshall 1 Osweiler 4  Gabbert 2 V Jackson 1 J. Gordon 2
BN S. Coates 1 Sanchez 2  Smallwood 1 Hurns 7 K. Dixon 3 Lockett 10
BN L.Blount 1 Snead 1 Garcon 1 B. Powell 2 D. Henry 3 Jared Goff 1
BN Jeff Janis 1 Kaepernick 1 Agholor 1 C. Sims 4 C.Coleman 3 CJ Prosise 3
BN K Rudolph 1 De.Johnson 1 K. Drake 1  Crowell 8 J. Howard 2 D. Booker 1
BN  Washington 1
BN R. Matthews 1

I more or less accomplished that to which I set out, but unfortunately, like Brad Evans and Andy Behrens, I drank a good deal of the tequila Brad brought and lost track of how much money everyone else had left. As a result, I passed on Giovani Bernard and DeVante Parker in order to save money when I was the only one with money left and would still have landed all my end-game targets. So my team should have had one of those two instead of Karlos Williams/Markus Wheaton.

Even so, I like this team. While I despise Danny Woodhead where he’s going in drafts, I think he’ll be serviceable enough in .5 PPR to use while I speculate on a long-term solution at the position. Arian Foster will almost certainly sign somewhere and be Matt Forte for as long as he stays healthy, and Buck Allen and Williams both have upside should they see regular work.

In a QB-flex league, you need two good quarterbacks, and I was content to draw from the pool of mid-level options. Jameis Winston rushed for six TDs and threw for 4,000 yards (7.6 YPA) and 22 TD despite Mike Evans catching only three last year. In Year 2, the former No. 1 overall pick could emerge as a star. Kirk Cousins was big down the stretch last year (300 yard games in six of his last nine including the Wild Card loss to the Packers), and the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson in the first round, giving him even more firepower.

But the bulk of my budget was spent on receivers. I bid Dalton Del Don up on Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham, but I wasn’t wedded to landing either. Allen Robinson doesn’t turn 23 until August, Brandin Cooks in late September. Both are already No. 1 WRs, and should get better. I also rostered the trio of Colts pass catchers (Donte Moncrief, T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.) I don’t see how the Colts aren’t one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league with Andrew Luck healthy, 33-year old Frank Gore atop the RB depth chart and an average-at-best defense.

At tight end, I landed two solid starters, Eric Ebron and Gary Barnidge, which was my aim. Ebron has upside in Year 3 with Calvin Johnson gone and a thin WR tree in Detroit.

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For my bench, I stocked it with QB, RB and WR and didn’t bother drafting a K or a defense which I can pick up before the season once things shake out more in training camp. I particularly like Allen (think he could start and catch lots of passes in Baltimore), Dorial Green-Beckham – his size and wingspan provide 10-TD upside – and RGIII whose rushing ability ensures a decent floor if he keeps the job.