The Replacements Draft Report Card


Led by a Talented WR Corps, 50 Shades of Green Obviously Did Their Homework

Draft Summary

The GM of 50 Shades of Green took the second overall pick and handled it like a seasoned professional. After putting their sweet drafting skills on display for the rest of the league, they're left with a squad that's projected to finish second in FFL (Foster Fantasy League) League with a record of 10-3-0 (1,643 points). With five WRs on the roster, 50 Shades of Green has a star-studded wideout group that's projected to average 148 points this season. The league average is 125. They have the top group of WRs in the league, as they have Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, and Eric Decker on their team.

Looks like somebody did their homework. With a draft like that, you could nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame with your eyes closed. Go on, we dare you.

Keeper Summary

50 Shades of Green used both of their keeper spots to retain Peyton Manning (38.1 ADP) and Stephen Gostkowski (76 ADP). From an ADP perspective, their top-ranked keeper (Peyton Manning) is less valuable than a first-round draft choice. Overall, the two keepers on 50 Shades of Green are projected to be substantially less productive (by 28.4%) than the draft picks they replaced.


Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, 50 Shades of Green has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the most difficult slates. Corresponding with the second-most taxing overall schedule, 50 Shades of Green also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Allocation

    WR is the strongest position for 50 Shades of Green, though DEF and K aren't too shabby either.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At four different positions, 50 Shades of Green picked up projected top-two players (including Antonio Brown, Phil Dawson, and Buffalo).

  • Aging Stars

    The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.7 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 4.2 years).

  • Team of Champions

    50 Shades of Green is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Peyton Manning, Antonio Brown, and Justin Forsett).

  • Single-Bar Facemasks

    50 Shades of Green knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • Big D

    50 Shades of Green elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

Player Analysis

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Maybe Manning Will Surprise

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Peyton Manning was the weakest value pick of the round.

    • S. Gostkowski, K
    • Round 2, Pick 19
    Taking a Chance

    With their second-round pick, 50 Shades of Green threw caution to the wind. They took Stephen Gostkowski at pick number 19 despite an ADP of 76 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

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

    • Justin Forsett, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    If it Ain't Broke

    Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, 50 Shades of Green didn't grab their first RB (Justin Forsett) until the fourth round.

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 59
    Biggest Steal

    50 Shades of Green may have found a gem in the sixth round, grabbing Mark Ingram (59th overall pick vs. ADP of 38.3).

Best Available

TE, the only subpar position on 50 Shades of Green, is one area that could potentially be upgraded.

    • Vernon Davis
    • Rank 132, ADP 128
    • Jordan Reed
    • Rank 133, ADP 136
    • Josh Hill
    • Rank 147, ADP 132
    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 150, ADP 135
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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-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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The Replacements
1. (2) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
2. (19) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
3. (22) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
4. (39) Justin Forsett (Bal - RB)
5. (42) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
6. (59) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
7. (62) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
8. (79) Jordan Cameron (Mia - TE)
9. (82) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
10. (99) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
11. (102) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
12. (119) Joique Bell (Det - RB)
13. (122) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
14. (139) New England (NE - DEF)
15. (142) Colin Kaepernick (SF - QB)
16. (159) DeVante Parker (Mia - WR)
17. (162) Duke Johnson Jr. (Cle - RB)
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