While Ezekiel Elliott continued his training in Cabo San Lucas and Melvin Gordon remained away from the Chargers this past Saturday, I participated in the NFFC Classic Draft, held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. It's a first-class event that's been running strong for 16 years, held by the folks over at NFC, who offer high stakes fantasy sports contests in multiple sports.
The contest I entered offers participants an opportunity to win some pretty big cash from an overall prize pool of over $350,000, including an $85,000 grand prize. Despite the competitive nature of the event, it's always a pleasure to interact with the other draftees, an astute group that includes some familiar faces (a few sporting their classic team jerseys and apparel) now that I have three of these live drafts in the books.
The NFFC Classic is a 14-team, full-PPR, 20-round draft, using a third-round reversal format. The results are posted below. The draft order was determined by a Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) process, and I wound up with the No. 3 pick overall. I was pretty happy with that slot, as it ensured that I'd be able to land a top-tier running back. With Elliott still a holdout, that tier went three deep in my mind: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara. My second choice in terms of selection slotting would have been pick No. 14, in order to take advantage of the reversal/back-to-back component, but knowing that