Shamblers Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Despite a Set of Beast RBs, Shamblers Will be Average This Season

Draft Summary

The GM of Shamblers took the fourth overall pick in the draft and turned it into a pretty decent team. Unless of course they planned on winning, because if that was the plan, then it didn't go very well. Shamblers will need to make some moves to improve their playoff chances, currently projected to finish eighth in Ars Technica #1 League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,629 points). They put together a three-headed monster in the backfield with their first three picks, selecting Jamaal Charles 4th overall, followed by Justin Forsett in the second round, and Lamar Miller in the third. If these players can play up to expectations, Shamblers can have some success. They are the best group of RBs in the league.

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Schedule

Shamblers should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the softest slates. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Shamblers.

Draft Notes

  • Strength in Numbers

    RB is the best position for Shamblers, though DEF and QB are also stronger-than-average.

  • Close to the Vest

    Shamblers was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Putting Their Best Foot Forward

    Shamblers knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Shamblers has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Justin Forsett and Peyton Manning) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Shamblers grabbed a sleeper in Carson Palmer with pick No. 148.

  • Bargain Shopper

    With three steals in the first 9 rounds (Adam Vinatieri, Sammy Watkins, and St. Louis), Shamblers made some shrewd moves.

Player Analysis

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    A Versatile Combination

    Jamaal Charles can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs with 459 projected receiving yards.

    • Justin Forsett, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 21
    Loading Up

    There's no doubt that ball-carriers were the top priority for Shamblers, as they went RB-RB-RB in the draft's first three rounds.

    • Lamar Miller, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

    Lamar Miller was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 45
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Peyton Manning is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish second in the NFL in passing TDs and fourth in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for Shamblers.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 52
    Outstanding Olsen

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, only one Tight End (Gronkowski) appeared on first-place rosters more often than Greg Olsen last year.

Best Available

If Shamblers has a desire to make a roster move, WR and TE are areas of need.

    • Brandon Coleman
    • Rank 141, ADP 127
    • Dorial Green-Beckham
    • Rank 142, ADP 128
    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 150, ADP 129
    • Larry Donnell
    • Rank 153, ADP 133
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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 ADP
    Pick 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 League
        Team     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 Points
    Week

    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..."

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Shamblers
1. (4) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
2. (21) Justin Forsett (Bal - RB)
3. (28) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
4. (45) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
5. (52) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
6. (69) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
7. (76) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
8. (93) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
9. (100) Adam Vinatieri (Ind - K)
10. (117) Eddie Royal (Chi - WR)
11. (124) Ryan Mathews (Phi - RB)
12. (141) Stevie Johnson (SD - WR)
13. (148) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
14. (165) Josh Hill (NO - TE)
15. (172) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
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