Club Championships 2021: Ultiworld Fantasy Draft (Men’s)

Which squad of men's Nationals players would come out on top?

Sockeye's Trent Dillon misses a defensive bid against Machine's Joe White at the 2021 Pro Championships.
Sockeye’s Trent Dillon misses a defensive bid against Machine’s Joe White at the 2021 Pro Championships. Photo: Sam Hotaling —

Ultiworld’s 2021 coverage of the club men’s division is presented by Spin Ultimate; all opinions are those of the author(s). Find out how Spin can get you, and your team, looking your best this season.

Ultimate isn’t yet to a place where franchises are paying general managers to go out and draft or sign the best players to compete for their club. But that certainly won’t stop us from pretending it is!

We’re back for another one of our favorite annual exercises around the Club Championships — matching our wits against each other in trying to draft the best team of players to win a championship right now made up of those attending Nationals. This year, we’re pitting a trio of Ultiworld staffers against one lucky Ultiworld subscriber who was selected in our Discord.1

Our participants as theoretical GMs for the men’s division draft are Senior Editor Keith Raynor, Editor-in-Chief Charlie Eisenhood, and Staff Writer Alex Rubin of Ultiworld, along with subscriber Matt Graves. Matt graduated from the University of Richmond in 2012. He played on several club teams in the Richmond/Charlottesville area after graduating but never became more than a mediocre-at-best Regionals level player. He found his calling coaching the Richmond Spidermonkeys from 2014-2020 — they were D-III National Champions in 2017 and he won Ultiworld’s DIII COTY in 2019.

We drafted seven players per team. Without further ado, let’s get to the draft grid:

1Jack Williams
Dylan Freechild (Sockeye)John Stubbs
Joe White
2Raphael Hayes
Ryan Osgar
Matt Rehder
Ben Jagt
3Pawel Janas
Trent Dillon
Jimmy Mickle
Eric Taylor
4Antoine Davis
Simon Higgins
Johnny Bansfield
Leandro Marx
5John Randolph
Chris Kocher
Michael Ing
Simon Montague
6Grant Lindsley
Mac Hecht
Sol Yanuck
(Ring of Fire)
Ben Lohre
7Cole Jurek
(Sub Zero)
Rowan McDonnell
Nate Goff
Allen Laviolette

Here is what the drafters had to say about their picks:

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