Andy Dufresne once said that "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Sadly, hope might be the only thing that Team RamRod can cling to as their playoff aspirations are dwindling quickly. They picked ninth overall in Ars Technica #1 League and are forecasted to finish seventh with a record of 6-7-0 (1,563 points). They made it a point of focus to load up on pass-catchers, using four of their first seven selections to snag WRs Julio Jones (first round), Davante Adams (fourth round), Jeremy Maclin (sixth round), and Nelson Agholor (seventh round). They landed the most prolific QB combo in the league, as they added Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota to their squad.
Team RamRod should use Week 10 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a softer-than-average schedule. Along with the sixth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Team RamRod.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
Team RamRod drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Andrew Luck, Julio Jones, and Matt Bryant).
It appears that Team RamRod likes to gamble, as they took chances on six volatile selections.
A Dominating Duo
Team RamRod has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Andrew Luck and Jeremy Maclin) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
You Snooze, You Lose
While the rest of the league slept on Marcus Mariota, Team RamRod pounced on him at pick No. 153.
No Back-Up No Cry
Ignoring roster depth, Team RamRod chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Not Afraid to Scramble
With 530 projected rushing yards (ranked fourth among QBs), Marcus Mariota has multiple ways to bring in points.
Team RamRod Says 'Hello' to Julio
- Julio Jones, WR
- Round 1, Pick 9
Jones was the lone NFL player to notch 30 catches of at least 20 yards last season, and only Odell Beckham, Jr. averaged more receiving yards per game in 2014.
Team RamRod Made Sure Luck Was On Their Side
- Andrew Luck, QB
- Round 2, Pick 16
Any questions about Luck's development were quelled last year, as the Indy gunslinger firmly entrenched himself among fantasy's elite at the QB position.
How Rebellious of You
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 3, Pick 33
Team RamRod said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Melvin Gordon).
Taking a Chance
- Davante Adams, WR
- Round 4, Pick 40
With their fourth-round pick, Team RamRod threw caution to the wind. They took Davante Adams at pick number 40 despite an ADP of 107.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Jumpin' For Jeremy
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 6, Pick 64
Across all Yahoo! leagues, only two WRs (Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Maclin last season.
Team RamRod has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Ladarius Green
- Rank 150, ADP 129
- Larry Donnell
- Rank 153, ADP 133
- Charles Sims
- Rank 160, ADP 126
- Knile Davis
- Rank 177, 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..."