Each week I will review the Bottom-Up Build contest, looking at how the winner got to the top of the leaderboard. The purpose of the Bottom-Up Build is to put players in that you would feel comfortable rostering in a regular contest (price considered floor and high ceiling) so that when you’re building for these other contests, you’re not struggling with the last couple spots and jamming someone in that you are uncomfortable with.
Rules :: Max $44k Salary (exceeding $44k salary will disqualify entry); must use OWS avatar to be eligible for prizes
Total Entries :: 200 (156 eligible since 39 didn’t have an OWS avatar and three didn’t enter a lineup
Prizes (Edge Points) :: 1st = 100 Edge // 2nd = 50 // 3rd = 25
Highest Owned Player :: Jaylen Wadde – 48%
See All The Entries :: Contest Link
SpasticToaster won by building a roster that allowed him to pay up for the second-highest priced QB on the slate, Kyler Murray ($8.2k). He double-stacked Murray with Rondale Moore ($4k) and AJ Green ($3.7) and ran it back with K.J. Osborn ($3.3k). These four players from the same game went for 5.15x. This was just the fourth-highest total on the slate but still had a total over 50. The highest owned game environment and highest total on the slate (DAL-LAC) disappointed with the total going well under.
Kyler Murray was always going to be lower-owned in this contest with the salary cap restriction but what’s interesting is that his ownership in this contest (3.5) wasn’t much lower than the Wildcat (5.52%) and Millionaire Maker (6.5%). Murray always has one of the biggest ceilings on any slate which can elevate the ceiling of the players around him and from the opposing offense, especially with a game total of 50+.
The first two slates of the season have been much lower scoring than anticipated. Yet, we’ve seen game environments and players with some of the biggest ceilings going overlooked. This past week, it was Derrick Henry Week and Kyler Murray. In Week 1, it was Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes. Building from the bottom-up can help fit these players into our lineup. Occasionally, we can get stuck on having to lock in one of these high-priced players right away. But when we build lineups from the bottom-up, it can allow these overlooked, high-priced, high ceiling players to fall into our lap based on our remaining salary allocation.
My best weeks last season were when I realized Sunday morning, after reviewing my lineups, that there’s a game environment I love, but is going overlooked by myself and the field. Sunday morning is when I feel like I have all of my lineups built, and I have a sense of what the field is going to do, and I can look at lineups as a whole group working together. So far this season, I’ve struggled with my process and giving myself enough time to feel good going into a slate. Because I’ve learned about the importance of process from JM over the years, it’s easy to recognize what I need to do to improve. Where I need to get better is execution.
Every week, you can click here for the newest contest link for the upcoming Bottom-Up Tourney.