2017 Pros vs Joes Winning Roster Analysis

What does it take to succeed in the FFPC Draft Expert format? In this best ball format you draft a deep roster of 28 players whose performances are optimized into the flexible 10 man starting lineup of the FFPC. That lineup consists of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D and 2 flex (RB/WR/TE).

To help answer this question, we took a deeper dive into the WINNING rosters of the 6 teams who each won their individual Pros vs Joes league in 2017. All of the rosters drafted, and position allocations, are listed below. A formula for success here? Perhaps. Take a glance at the names of the owners of these teams. Some of the most notable names in the industry are here, so following their lead regarding roster construction may not be bad advice. An optimal assortment of positions among the overall roster is just one pieces of the puzzle. Being a knowledgable player and populating those rosters spots with some sure things at the beginning of your draft, in addition to grabbing a few sleepers that you have confidence in is also key. Keep in mind these particular drafts are held in late July, so these owners are WAY ahead of the curve in their player prognostications.

Here is a summary of the roster construction used by each team:

2017 Pros vs Joes Winning Roster Construction

Draft PvJ – 1 PvJ – 2 PvJ – 3 PvJ – 4 PvJ – 5 PvJ – 6
Owner Mike Visconti Mike Beers John Rozek Jarosz / Gray Brandon Marianne Lee Jay Myers
QB 4 2 3 3 3 2
RB 6 6 6 7 7 7
WR 7 10 10 8 8 9
TE 5 4 3 4 4 5
PK 3 3 3 3 3 2
DF 3 3 3 3 3 3

Here are the actual rosters drafted by each team, displayed side by side you can can compare draft strategies:

2017 Pros vs Joes Winning Rosters

Draft PvJ – 1 PvJ – 2 PvJ – 3 PvJ – 4 PvJ – 5 PvJ – 6
Owner Mike Visconti Mike Beers John Rozek Jarosz / Gray Brandon Marianne Lee Jay Myers
Draft Slot 11 4 10 9 4 2
1 Melvin Gordon Antonio Brown Mike Evans A.J. Green Odell Beckham Le”Veon Bell
2 Travis Kelce DeMarco Murray Rob Gronkowski Jordy Nelson Jordan Howard Leonard Fournette
3 Allen Robinson Todd Gurley Joe Mixon Ty Montgomery Todd Gurley DeAndre Hopkins
4 Greg Olsen Alshon Jeffery Christian McCaffrey Alshon Jeffery Jarvis Landry Alshon Jeffery
5 Stefon Diggs Tyreek Hill Marshawn Lynch Tyreek Hill Zach Ertz Jarvis Landry
6 Carlos Hyde Mark Ingram Zach Ertz Kyle Rudolph Jamison Crowder Stefon Diggs
7 Theo Riddick Drew Brees Randall Cobb Derrick Henry C.J. Anderson Frank Gore
8 Russell Wilson Coby Fleener Matt Ryan Doug Martin LeGarrette Blount Donte Moncrief
9 Samaje Perine Kenny Britt Corey Davis Jack Doyle Rishard Matthews Julius Thomas
10 Austin Hooper Matt Forte Cam Newton Jameis Winston Philip Rivers Jared Cook
11 Adam Thielen Jonathan Stewart Kevin White Eli Manning Cameron Brate Matt Ryan
12 Carson Palmer Ted Ginn Alvin Kamara Adam Thielen Blake Bortles Breshad Perriman
13 Brian Hoyer Sam Bradford Josh Doctson Alvin Kamara Cooper Kupp Evan Engram
14 Darren Sproles Charles Clay Evan Engram Thomas Rawls Kenny Stills Ryan Tannehill
15 Kenny Stills Zach Miller KC Team Defense Joe Flacco Brian Hoyer Latavius Murray
16 Taylor Gabriel Adam Vinatieri Stephen Gostkowski Chris Thompson SEA Team Defense Rex Burkhead
17 Vernon Davis Caleb Sturgis PHI Team Defense Mychal Rivera Gerald Everett Tyler Higbee
18 Jared Goff LA Team Defense T.J. Yeldon Allen Hurns Mason Crosby Marlon Mack
19 WAS Team Defense John Ross Cairo Santos Wayne Gallman Mohamed Sanu Tavon Austin
20 DeAndre Washington BAL Team Defense Phil Dawson Adam Vinatieri De”Angelo Henderson Matt Prater
21 Adam Vinatieri Kendall Wright CHI Team Defense Phil Dawson Greg Zuerlein LA Team Defense
22 Josh Lambo Phillip Dorsett Torrey Smith PHI Team Defense GB Team Defense Chandler Catanzaro
23 Aldrick Rosas NYJ Team Defense Marquise Goodwin Ryan Succop Kenny Golladay Chris Ivory
24 DAL Team Defense Randy Bullock Chris Conley Tyler Boyd Jeremy McNichols Brandon Coleman
25 IND Team Defense Kamar Aiken Paxton Lynch DAL Team Defense Andrew Franks OAK Team Defense
26 Marquise Goodwin Dontrelle Inman Chris Godwin Mike Williams Donnel Pumphrey Adam Shaheen
27 George Kittle Wendell Smallwood Lance Dunbar CLE Team Defense NYJ Team Defense Chris Godwin
28 Eli Rogers Adam Shaheen ArDarius Stewart Larry Donnell Jake Butt SF Team Defense

Some of the interesting observations made include the items below, but after reviewing the rosters, you are likely to draw your own conclusions as well.

* All teams rostered either 2 or 3 QB’s
* All teams rostered either 2 or 3 PK’s
* All teams rostered exactly 3 Defenses
* All teams rostered between 7 and 10 WR’s
* All teams rostered between 6 or 7 RB’s
* Majority of teams had EITHER Todd Gurley or Alvin Kamara