So earlier today on Barstool Feitelberg posted a blog with a draftkings type pricing cost to build your top 5 office characters and still stay under the $50,000 cap.
If you know anything about me you know The Office is my all time favorite show.
No exaggeration I've seen every episode at least 5 times, probably closer to 10. It's my go to show on netflix before bed.
***Pro tip: don't watch a new show before bed because when you inevitably fall asleep during it you will lost and forgot where you left off. So I never watch new shows when I'm getting tired. Usually rotate the office, sunny and arrested development.
The Office is IMO the best comedy tv show of all time. Never seen Seinfeld (sorry). Obviously it's wicked funny, but it also has a great storyline and has cast that you just fall in love with.
A lot of barstool fans have bashed Feits a lot and am in the opposite camp, I like him and think he has a lot of funny views and is great on Kfc Radio. However I could not stand idly by after he posted this top 5.
Obviously with the salary cap you can't just pick all the universal favorites in Michael, Jim and Dwight etc. you need to think outside the box. However he came up with Michael, Stanley, Darryl, Kelly and Robert California. GROSS. Robert California may be one of my least favorite tv characters ever. He gives JD McCoy a run for his money IMO.
I think the pricing model makes NO SENSE. For example, Meredith who IMO is the worst major character comes in at $9,900. Awful value, I wouldn't spend $20 on her for the list.
So I'm going to give what I think is the best value you can get with my Top 5 Office Characters using the listed chart. Again it is tough and I understand Feits was handcuffed with the salary cap but I think I can come up with a better 5.
#1. Michael Scott $15,500 ($34,500 remaining)
For my money Michael Scott may be the funniest character in the history of tv. When deciding my list I know I had to put him on A.S.A.P. as possible. That being said it sure costs a ton at $15,500, I'm no math major but that's like a third of the entire cap.
However Michael Scott is the straw that stirs the drink. Even if that drink is just milk and sugar. The Office simply isn't the show it is was without Michael Scott. As a die-hard Office fan I did still enjoy the final 2 seasons without him but theres no denying it was never same.
Michael Scott was groundbreaking with his humor, very lovable and despite what at times would seem like incompetence, he had moments where he'd show he was some sort of mad genius when it came to business. Despite his zany techniques he helped make the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin the most successful of the entire company.
Whether he was marking the Asian waitress so he'd know who she was, eating mayonnaise with olives, falling into a Kai Pond, declaring bankruptcy or promising to pay for college for an entire grade Michael Scott was simply the best. I don't care if it cost the entire $50,000 I'm picking Michael Scott first overall. Even if I have to declare bankruptcy.
#2. Jim Halpert $12,200 ($22,300 remaining)
In the NFL teams have to make tough decisions all the time. Obviously you'd love to have Gronk, Odell Beckham Jr, JJ Watt, and Von Miller on your roster but if just isn't realistic in the salary cap era.
I'd love to have Dwight, Jim, Kevin, Stanley, Andy and Creed all of my favorite characters in my top 5 but it just can't happen. Jim has the most reasonable salary of the major stars so he's the second member of my top 5 and is not a bad option at all.
As much as The Office is about Michael running the office, the show's storyline is just as heavily based around the relationship between Jim and Pam. Starting early in season 1 where we see Jim has feelings for Pam then in season 2 he finally makes a move in the finale, only to move to Connecticut in season 3 after she denies him. We all know what happens I don't need to recap the entire series for you. As much as I love the humor of the show, the romantic storyline of Jim and Pam is a key factor in making this show so universally loved. I'm a big hopeless romantic. In the show's final season where their relationship is tested, the lengths he goes to and changes he makes to save their marriage truly made me love Jim even though I already did. Yeah the final few episodes may have made me cry. Not going to confirm or deny that.
In addition to that storyline Jim is also one of the funniest characters on the show. A lot of the time he could make you laugh just with his physical reactions and face and not even have to use dialogue. His relationship with Dwight that evolved from pranks to eventual real friendship is a major key of the series as well. Their relationship was the classic two man team of the over the top guy (Dwight) and the straight man (Jim) who's calm demeanor in crazy situations made him funny.
I love the dynamic between Jim and Dwight, it is one of the best parts of the show but again this list isn't about picking everybody and with Dwight's salary just a hair below Michael's at $14,800 it just isn't possible to include him and still be able to fill out a roster.
Jim's humor, relationship with Pam, and overall importance to the success of The Office give him a spot on my roster. Can't have The Office without him.
#3 Oscar Martinez $8400 ($13,900 remaining)
Oscar Martinez is a value play here at $8,400. The openly gay, Mexican Oscar Martinez was a groundbreaking character on tv as one of the first openly gay characters in history. Oscar uses his brains and differences to be one of the funniest characters on the show who I don't think gets the credit he deserves.
Most characters on the Office have a major relationship with at least one other cast member, with Oscar his is with Kevin Malone. Oscar is probably the smartest employees at the Scranton branch of DM while Kevin is probably the dumbest. In a loophole of sorts to include Kevin in my list I'm going with Oscar as my third member.
Personally I think Oscar is very underrated, his wit and attitude make him hilarious in his own way. He also is a lot more important to the story line of the show in the last few seasons in comparison to the other cast members around his price. That was a big factor in picking Oscar too.
#4: Toby Flenderson $7700 ($6200 remaining)
Originally when I was planning how to make my 5 I had Pam in this spot. I love Pam and think she's great and it's no secret I'm a huge fan of her and Jim and their story but after some thought I decided Toby was more worthy for my top 5.
Toby is the office's HR rep and Michael Scott's biggest enemy. He is also divorced, which Michael loves to bring up as much as possible. After leaving off Stanley who I love, I couldn't keep another one of Michael Scott's biggest detractors off the list. Toby is frankly a huge pussy with his droll, boring personality but that is what makes this character hysterical. He is the perfect ying to Michael's yang in maintaining the dynamic of the office. Toby has a lot of wit and can add to the humor of the show with his own unique style.
#5 Jan Levinson ($5000, total salary used $48,000)
With less than 6500 left the choices were not great. It was between Pete, Clark and Jan. When you give me those three Jan wins in a LANDSLIDE. In the last season Pete and Clark were basically just there I didn't really like either.
Jan is the crazy, yet beautiful VP of sales for Dunder Miflin. She starts as Michael's boss who eventually becomes his lover for a short period. I actually loved Jan on the Office her style of comedy was one mainly of cringeworthy-ness. When her and Micheal were hooking up and eventually started dating she seemed to always be saying or doing something that while funny, could be hard to watch with how uncomfortable it made me feel. Her work in episodes like the deposition, and dinner party pretty much landed her a spot on my team. Not that it matters but I think she's the hottest cast member of the entire show.
Best remembered for her fling with Michael Scott and failed candle making business despite not being a featured cast member for the show's duration you could have a lot worse characters here than Jan. True Office fans can appreciate her importance to the show and how funny her character could be.
So that is my five. Again obviously it is tough to do with the salary cap but that is what makes it fun. I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on the list and how they'd make their fives.
The prices honestly seemed a little off to me. I think Creed is hands down the most underrated character and thought he'd a lot less expensive. I'm guessing many people felt the same price and caused him to be overvalued with so many people thinking he's underrated that in a way he becomes overrated at least price wise.
Kevin too at 13,100 seemed a little steep. I love him but I don't think you can have him as the third highest.
Gabe, Merideth and Erin too are way too expensive for what they brought to the table. I hate Gabe and Meredith. Erin wasn't awful but when you are talking about the office she is rather forgettable.
BTW if money is not a factor and I'm picking funniest non stars (Michael, Dwight, Jim, Pam and Andy) here is my top 10.
5. David Wallace
10. Hank the Janitor