Coinciding with a juicy draft position (third overall), The Deflators had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish third in Ars Technica #1 League with a record of 8-5-0 (1,648 points). With their first five picks, The Deflators aimed for balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (27th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (3rd) and LeSean McCoy (22nd), and WRs Golden Tate (46th) and Brandon Marshall (51st). They built the best RB tandem in the league, as they have Peterson and McCoy to carry the load.
The Deflators should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why abbreviation is such a long word. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a less-challenging-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, The Deflators has the softest last four games of the season.
Earning Your Paycheck
The Deflators will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Golden Tate), fourth- (Doug Baldwin), and fifth-ranked (Pierre Garcon) wideouts.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
The Deflators drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Adrian Peterson, Phil Dawson, and Drew Brees).
Get Off My Lawn
With an average of 8.9 years of NFL experience, The Deflators is the oldest and by default, least exciting team in the league.
You Snooze, You Lose
While the rest of the league slept on Ty Montgomery, The Deflators pounced on him at pick No. 147.
The Deflators Went All YOLO Here
Grabbing Ty Montgomery at pick 147 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Montgomery is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
Returning to Greatness
If special teams contributions count in Ars Technica #1 League, The Deflators may have found a gem in Ty Montgomery. Including his 1,031 projected return yards, he ranks fifth in the league with 1,626 all-purpose yards.
No RB by Committee Here
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Adrian Peterson. The Deflators should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 333 projected touches this year.
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 2, Pick 22
The Deflators stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy right off the bat.
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 3, Pick 27
The Deflators drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He's projected to drop bombs on DBs this year, to lead NFL QBs in plays over 40 yards with 13.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 5.1.
A Big, Strong Threat
- Jason Witten, TE
- Round 6, Pick 70
Jason Witten ranks fifth in the Ars Technica #1 League among TEs with 110 projected fantasy points. If the pundits are wrong and he places outside the top-10, The Deflators could be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
- R. Jennings, RB
- Round 7, Pick 75
With their seventh-round pick, The Deflators pulled the trigger. They drafted Rashad Jennings at pick number 75 despite an ADP of just 98.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.
If The Deflators is looking to make a roster move, WR is a position they could look to upgrade first.
- Brandon Coleman
- Rank 141, ADP 127
- Dorial Green-Beckham
- Rank 142, ADP 128
- Percy Harvin
- Rank 145, ADP 121
- Breshad Perriman
- Rank 149, ADP 126
Bye Week Points LostPoints
Each bar represents the total projected season points for each player that's on bye that week. This chart shows any potential bye week issues.
Pick Number Minus ADPPick Number
Bars above zero indicate a pick was selected later than a player's ADP. Bars below zero show players that were taken earlier than their ADP.
Avg Points by Position vs LeagueTeam League
The average projected points for all the players at each position versus the average projected points for all players at that position in the league.
Schedule by Opponent PointsWeek
Week-by-week schedule with each opponent's projected season points. This chart shows any difficult or easy stretches in the schedule.
How We Grade
Draft grades are based strictly on teams' draft performances. This is calculated by counting the number of fantasy points teams are projected to score over the course of the season using their optimal line-ups. The grades do not take schedule into account. Because of bye weeks and other variables it is possible to earn a high grade yet be projected to finish in the middle of the pack. The opposite is also true. Bottom line: Fantasy Football is like the real game. You can draft the greatest talent in the world but you still need to manage your team every week to get the most out of that talent. As a wise man once said, "On any given Sunday..."