Big Board Showdown Draft Guide

Champions Round Manifesto Vol. 5

Introduction 🎬

Welcome back to Champions Round. It’s been a trying time for all of us. The coronavirus pandemic has taken away our sense of normalcy and has put many lives in danger. We hope you are all practicing social distancing and are trying to stay as safe and healthy as possible.

With the NFL Draft being one of our only American sporting events remaining for the near future, we hope we can bring you some entertainment during this difficult time.

With that being said, we are very excited to announce our new Champions Round game mode: Big Board Showdown. Seven Rounds, One Champion. What is the Big Board Showdown? It is our NFL Draft fantasy game! We have been working hard to bring the best offseason fantasy football experience to you. Now it is finally time to unveil our product.

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So how will this fantasy experience work?

On April 16th, we will be opening up leagues at 12 pm PST. You and your league (6 to 12 players) will be able to draft your teams made up exclusively of incoming NFL rookies. Live Drafts will be open from April 16th to April 23rd, the date of Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

Since this is the inaugural version of this game mode, some of the best strategies can be created by you on the fly. We can’t wait to hear what formulas you’ve come up with to win your leagues.

Now, let’s lay out some basics of our new game mode for you.

Scoring System and Rosters 🛠

Each roster will have 12 spots, with no bench spots. You will be asked to draft two Quarterbacks, two Running Backs, two Wide Receivers, one Tight End, four Defensive players and one Flex Spot that can be used on any player.

Your goal is just like any other fantasy game mode: Score more points than everyone else and become a champion! How do you score points? Well, the higher your players are drafted by NFL teams, the more points you’ll score.

Here is our scoring system for Big Board Showdown:

And here’s your final part of the scoring system, and our Big Board Bonus…..if your roster includes the player that is chosen with the last pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, aka Mr. Irrelevant, you will get a 50 Point Bonus added to your overall score.

Prospects 🎁

When you open up the Champions Round app and look through the available players list prior to your league draft, you will notice that the prospects have different colored backgrounds. There are three sets of colors: Gold, Blue and Silver.

During our design process, we wanted to give you a visual cue as to whom the best players in the draft are. That is why we came up with this color system. We hope you enjoy it.

Projections and Content 💡

During the Big Board Showdown draft, you will see that every player has a projected draft position. These projections are just that, projections. Things changes, teams trade up and down, prospects get injured. However, these projections still have value for you while you’re drafting.

For example, LSU QB Joe Burrow is widely expected to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. His current projection reads R1, P1. If he is taken first overall, he would score 20 points for your fantasy team. If you use the projections correctly, along with your own knowledge and intuition, you can become a champion!

In terms of content, we are going to be releasing mock drafts, player profiles and other content.

Strategy 🏆

After doing many mock drafts of our new game mode, we have come up with what we believe is a good strategy for success.

First, you’re going to need a QB. There are three or four QBs that are believed to be first round picks: Joe Burrow (LSU), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Jordan Love (Utah State). The drop off from there is steep, so you may want to consider investing in a top QB early on in your drafts.

I would also suggest you use a top pick on one of the offensive lineman that are expected to go in Round 1: Mekhi Becton (Louisville), Jedrick Wills (Alabama), Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Tristan Wirfs (Iowa) and Josh Jones (Houston). These offensive lineman will be in your Flex Spot on your rosters.

There are a lot of defensive players that will be taken in the first two rounds, so unless you’re drafting Chase Young (Ohio State), I would suggest passing on defensive players in the first round.

There are also a ton of wide receivers that are going to be taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. This could end up being the best WR class of the last two decades and we could see as many as 12 taken in the first two rounds. It may be wise to wait a bit on wide receiver.

The rest is up to you. Create a strategy, build a roster and become a champion!

NFL Draft Experience 🏈

We sincerely hope you love our Big Board Showdown game mode and will follow along during the NFL Draft. Our app will be a great second screen experience for viewers of the NFL Draft and we will have live scoring during the course of the three-day draft.

Good luck because #YouGotNextPick



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