With the NCAA Tournament around the corner, we thought it’d be a good time to bust out our own bracket by creating fantasy super-teams from each NFL division.
The idea: Figure out which division could create the best fantasy football team.
It’s pretty straightforward. We created a fantasy “team” within each of the eight divisions consisting of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex, 1 K, and 1 D/ST. The teams were decided based on our early 2018 rankings (with kickers and defenses decided based on 2017 scoring).
A few players are pending free agents, but they were considered a part of their 2017 team for this exercise.
The “Dream Teams”
|AFC East – The Patriots Onslaught|
No surprise here: It’s almost all Patriots, with two Dolphins (Drake and Landry) and one Bills player (McCoy) making the squad. No Jets players made the cut.
This team features a ton of speed with McCoy, Drake, Lewis, Cooks, and Landry, and the best real-life red-zone duo in the league in Brady-Gronk.
|AFC North – Pittsburgh’s Killer B’s|
With this fantasy dream team, you get to pair Le’Veon Bell with Antonio Brown (while adding in A.J. Green for good measure).
This is a top-heavy roster, but it does feature at least one player from all four teams. Will it be enough in the tournament?
|AFC South – Deshaun Watson leads the charge|
That’s right: Deshaun Watson leads the AFC South’s fantasy dream team, not Andrew Luck. How many touchdowns could he throw with DeAndre Hopkins and T.Y. Hilton on his team?
The low-key upside of this fantasy squad is the nice Fournette-Jaguars correlation. And Derrick Henry makes for a great RB2 after DeMarco Murray was released. This fantasy “dream team” features at least one player from all four teams.
|AFC West – All Chargers and Chiefs … and one Raider|
This all-AFC West squad features no Broncos players and just one Raiders player (Cooper).
The core of Hunt-Gordon-Allen-Hill-Kelce is one of the strongest of all divisions.
|NFC East – Elliott, OBJ headline the division|
|WR1||Odell Beckham Jr.|
This roster features two of the biggest stars in fantasy at their respective positions: Elliott at RB and Beckham at WR. Wentz and Ertz are also among the strongest at their respective positions.
There are no players from the Washington Redskins on this fantasy “dream team.”
|NFC North – Aaron Rodgers hooks up with Minnesota’s wideout duo|
This is a fantasy team, but it’s fun to imagine what Aaron Rodgers would do with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs at his disposal.
This team is loaded at wideout and features the Rodgers-Adams stack. Howard is underrated as a fantasy running back, and Cook flashed plenty of promise in limited time last year. This fantasy “dream team” features at least one player from all four teams.
|NFC South – Kamara and Ingram team up again|
The core of this all-NFC South roster is ridiculous, with Kamara and Ingram at running back and Michael Thomas and Julio Jones at wideout, with Mike Evans in the flex.
This roster also features the Newton-Olsen stack. This fantasy “dream team” features at least one player from all four teams.
|NFC West – The best RB combo in the league|
|RB1||Todd Gurley II|
The NFC West’s roster features in Gurley and Johnson the players who could be the top two overall players off the board in some fantasy drafts this year.
Hyde’s inclusion at the flex position ensures that all four NFC West rosters are represented here.
The tournament: Round 1 matchups
I randomly “seeded” the eight teams to create a bracket. We’ll first pit the AFC teams and NFC teams against one another to create conference champions before deciding the final victor.
Round 1 matchups:
|AFC East||vs.||AFC South|
|QB||Tom Brady||QB||Deshaun Watson|
|RB1||LeSean McCoy||RB1||Leonard Fournette|
|RB2||Kenyan Drake||RB2||Derrick Henry|
|WR1||Brandin Cooks||WR1||DeAndre Hopkins|
|WR2||Jarvis Landry||WR2||T.Y. Hilton|
|TE||Rob Gronkowski||TE||Delanie Walker|
|FLEX||Dion Lewis||FLEX||Allen Robinson|
|K||Stephen Gostkowski||K||Ryan Succop|
|AFC North||vs.||AFC West|
|QB||Ben Roethlisberger||QB||Philip Rivers|
|RB1||Le'Veon Bell||RB1||Kareem Hunt|
|RB2||Joe Mixon||RB2||Melvin Gordon|
|WR1||Antonio Brown||WR1||Keenan Allen|
|WR2||A.J. Green||WR2||Tyreek Hill|
|TE||Tyler Eifert||TE||Travis Kelce|
|FLEX||Josh Gordon||FLEX||Amari Cooper|
|K||Justin Tucker||K||Harrison Butker|
|NFC South||vs.||NFC West|
|QB||Cam Newton||QB||Russell Wilson|
|RB1||Alvin Kamara||RB1||Todd Gurley II|
|RB2||Mark Ingram||RB2||David Johnson|
|WR1||Michael Thomas||WR1||Doug Baldwin|
|WR2||Julio Jones||WR2||Larry Fitzgerald|
|TE||Greg Olsen||TE||Jimmy Graham|
|FLEX||Mike Evans||FLEX||Carlos Hyde|
|K||Matt Bryant||K||Greg Zuerlein|
|NFC East||vs.||NFC North|
|QB||Carson Wentz||QB||Aaron Rodgers|
|RB1||Ezekiel Elliott||RB1||Dalvin Cook|
|RB2||Jay Ajayi||RB2||Jordan Howard|
|WR1||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR1||Davante Adams|
|WR2||Alshon Jeffery||WR2||Adam Thielen|
|TE||Zach Ertz||TE||Kyle Rudolph|
|FLEX||Dez Bryant||FLEX||Stefon Diggs|
|K||Jake Elliott||K||Matt Prater|
Check in Saturday to see how the first round is decided!