Stopa 12K League

Last Sunday the Stopa 12K Auction took place in a conference room at Caesar’s Palace. It’s a 14-team league with 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1 FLEX, 1-QB-FLEX, 2-TE, 1-K, 1-D and five bench spots. It’s half-point PPR. First prize is $12,000, courtesy of Stopa Law Firm.

Here are the results:

Pos Erickson $ Salfino $ Schoenke $ Stopa $ Evans  $
QB Dak Prescott 21 Drew Brees 37 Matt Ryan 30 Tom Brady 40 Mike Glennon 4
RB C. McCaffrey 25 Le’Veon Bell 54 Ezekiel Elliott 48 Mark Ingram 20 Melvin Gordon 39
RB Doug Martin 9 Marlon Mack 3 L. Blount 10 Tevin Coleman 16 LeSean McCoy 36
WR Terrelle Pryor 29 M. Crabtree 13 Jordy Nelson 40 Amari Cooper 32 DeAndre Hopkins 25
WR Doug Baldwin 37 Chris Conley 1 TY Hilton 40 Sammy Watkins 22 Tyreek Hill 22
WR Jarvis Landry 17 Randall Cobb 8 Donte Moncrief 11 J. Crowder 10 Alshon Jeffery 25
TE Zach Ertz 8 Travis Kelce 33 Tyler Higbee 1 Xavier Grimble 1 Jared Cook 2
TE Zach Miller 1 Dwayne Allen 2 Ben Watson 1 Jesse James 1 Antonio Gates 1
K Dan Bailey 1 Mason Crosby 1
D Buffalo 1 Seattle 1
FL Spencer Ware 13 Kenny Britt 3 Alex Smith 5 M. Mitchell 1 Samaje Perine 16
FL Ryan Tannehill 18 Kirk Cousins 30 Frank Gore 7 Aaron Rodgers 48 Sam Bradford 8
B Theo Riddick 7 Ri. Matthews 3 Jamaal Williams 1 Thomas Rawls 3 Bilal Powell 12
B Derrick Henry 5 Adam Thielen 5 Jared Goff 1 Jalen Richard 1 Deshaun Watson 5
B Terrance West 3 Matt Forte 2 Alvin Kamara 1 Latavius Murray 1 Cooper Kupp 1
B Kenneth Dixon 2 Coby Fleener 2 W. Smallwood 1 Dion Lewis 1 Cole Beasley 1
B Taylor Gabriel 1 Tyler Lockett 2 Mike Williams 1 Devin Funchess 1 Zay Jones 1
B Trevor Siemian 3 C Thompson 1 Jeremy Langford 1 Chris Hogan 1
B James White 1 Wayne Gallman 1

 

Pos  Del Don  $  Liss $ Funston $ Loza  $ Payne $
QB Marcus Mariota 30 Andy Dalton 21 Blake Bortles 16 Philip Rivers 26 Jameis Winston 30
RB Joe Williams 3 Carlos Hyde 27 Marshawn Lynch 25 L. Fournette 30 Mike Gillislee 21
RB J. Rodgers 1 Charles Sims 2 Joe Mixon 20 Jay Ajayi 39 Ty Montgomery 30
WR Odell Beckham 44 Dez Bryant 36 Michael Thomas 38 John Brown 14 Allen Robinson 24
WR Mike Evans 42 Devante Parker 10 Kelvin Benjamin 10 Martavis Bryant 20 Keenan Allen 13
WR Brandin Cooks 37 Kevin White 3 Quincy Enunwa 3 Jeremy Maclin 5 Stefon Diggs 6
TE David Njoku 1 Rob Gronkowski 34 Julius Thomas 4 Jordan Reed 24 Delanie Walker 16
TE Seferian-Jenkins 1 Jimmy Graham 20 Austin Hooper 3 AJ Derby 1 Greg Olsen 19
K B. McManus 1 Justin Tucker 2 Corey Davis TR C. Cantanazaro 1
D New England 1 New York Giants 1 Arizona 1 LA Rams 1
FL Allen Hurns 1 CJ Prosise 3 Jordan Howard 35 Adrian Peterson 16 Caron Wentz 16
FL Cam Newton 32 Andrew Luck 35 Eli Manning 20 Josh McCown 1 Dalvin Cook 18
B Marqise Lee 2 OJ Howard 2 Jeremy Hill 3 Eddie Lacy 13 Rex Burkhead 1
B S. Shepard 1 D’onta Foreman 1 Brandon Marshall 4 James Connor 2 Devontae Booker 1
B Eli Rogers 1 Robert Turbin 1 Jason Witten TR Jo. Williams 3 Evan Engram 1
B P. Richardson 1 Curtis Samuel 1 Tyrell Williams 7 Robby Anderson 1 Jordan Matthews 1
B JJ Nelson 1 Cody Kessler 1 Jonathan Stewart 6 B. Perriman 3 Will Fuller 1
B Corey Davis TR Gio Bernard 1
B J. Kearse 1

 

Pos Pianowski  $ Behrens $ Jenstad/Sedler $ VanRiper  $
QB M. Stafford 19 Russell Wilson 33 Derek Carr 25 Joe Flacco 15
RB Todd Gurley 29 DeMarco Murray 36 David Johnson 52 Lamar Miller 25
RB D. Freeman 37 Isaiah Crowell 26 CJ Anderson 18 Paul Perkins 17
WR Antonio Brown 51 Davante Adams 25 D.Thomas 24 AJ Green 40
WR Golden Tate 17 Pierre Garcon 6 Willie Snead 15 Julio Jones 45
WR C. Meredith 10 Julian Edelman 9 DeSean Jackson 13 E. Sanders 14
TE Cameron Brate 3 Jack Doyle 13 Kyle Rudolph 11 Tyler Eifert 9
TE CJ Fiedorowicz 3 Hunter Henry 9 Charles Clay 1 Marty Bennett 9
K S.Gostkowski 2 Adam Vinatieri 1 Matt Bryant 1
D Houston 1 Minnesota 1 Denver 2 Kansas City 1
FL Brian Hoyer 6 Duke Johnson 3 Ameer Abdullah 11 Carson Palmer 15
FL Larry Fitzgerald 7 Roethlisberger 26 Tyrod Taylor 20 Jamaal Charles 3
B D. Woodhead 8 Kareem Hunt 3 Corey Coleman 2 Rob Kelley 2
B Open Spot TR Eric Decker 6 Mike Wallace 2 Vance McDonald 1
B Eric Ebron TR DeShone Kizer 1 Josh Doctson 1 Darren McFadden 1
B Marvin Jones 1 Darren Sproles 1 De. Washington 1 Tavon Austin 1
B Robert Woods 1 Paxton Lynch 1 Ted Ginn 1 Aaron Jones 1
Shane Vereen 1

Because the league went from 12 to 14 teams this year, I knew quarterbacks would be especially scarce in this QB-FLEX format. Accordingly, my strategy was to make sure I had two quality quarterbacks who could not lose their jobs except due to injury and fill in from there. I actually wanted to get three quality QBs, but given the depth of the rosters, I had to let that go – especially after I found myself going big at TE.

I didn’t intend to spend $54 on TE. It just happened when I found myself bidding against Scott Pianowski for Rob Gronkowski – who neither of us like – in the low 30s. My thinking was Gronk in a two-TE league was worth at least 40, and I’d bid him up and let the people that actually want to own him push me out. Except that never happened, and he stuck at 34.

Jimmy Graham is now my No. 3 overall TE, I had too much money left when he came up and resolved to get him. I’d have preferred to pay $16 or $17 – what I thought he’d be – but given the format, and the lack of depth in the Seahawks’ WR corps, I’m okay with it, though it cost me a couple decent WR in the end game.

I’m weak at RB, and my third receiver for now is Kevin White, so I’ll have work to do at both positions. But this league is more or less standard with respect to RB/WR and extra deep at QB/TE. As such, the problem I have is the one I’d prefer.

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Normally, I punt kicker and defense, opting as some did for extra lottery tickets during training camp, but in the deeper format, I felt there would be worse choices in September and actually paid $2 for Justin Tucker who is the greatest kicker in NFL history. Moreover, the team often seems content to let him attempt kicks from 55-yards or more.

For my discussion with Dalton Del Don on this draft, click here.

For Dalton’s and Andy Behrens’ takes, click here.