Van Whalen Draft Report Card


With Too Many Reaches Early, Van Whalen Might Make Playoffs but Probably Not

Draft Summary

With the right set of circumstances, Van Whalen could potentially make the playoffs. A tough draft spot led to a fairly tough draft. Picking eighth overall, they're projected to land in eighth place in JD To The Rescue League with a record of 6-7-0 (1,747 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Tom Brady (56th overall), RB Melvin Gordon (32nd), WR Calvin Johnson (17th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (8th) within the first five rounds. They ended up with the lowest-scoring QB tandem in the league, as they added Teddy Bridgewater and Brady.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


While Week 11 has the most players on bye for Van Whalen (three), Week 4 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Van Whalen will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Highlight Reel

    Van Whalen is loaded at TE, but WR isn't too shabby, either.

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, Van Whalen chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

  • Full Control Early On

    Van Whalen began things with a bang, nabbing the most projected points in the league during the draft's first half.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    A Modern-Day Threat, Sort of Like "Beliebers"

    TE is the new secret weapon in the NFL, and Rob Gronkowski leads the way with 214 projected fantasy points.

    • Calvin Johnson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Van Whalen to encourage the JD To The Rescue League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Calvin Johnson and his 89 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 32
    How Rebellious of You

    Van Whalen said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Melvin Gordon).

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 56
    Let Me Check it Again

    Why can't I find Tom Brady on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round flier."

    • Jameis Winston, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 65
    It's a Bold Strategy Cotton, Let's See if it Pays Off For 'Em

    Jameis Winston has an ADP of only 122.7 across all Yahoo! leagues, and wasn't quite worth the 65th overall pick.

Best Available

While Van Whalen is expected to be weak across four positions, DEF is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

    • Kansas City Defense
    • Rank 209, ADP 126
    • San Francisco Defense
    • Rank 215, ADP 140
    • Miami Defense
    • Rank 230, ADP 131
    • Detroit Defense
    • Rank 233, ADP 136
  • 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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Van Whalen
1. (8) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (17) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
3. (32) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
4. (41) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
5. (56) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
6. (65) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
7. (80) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
8. (89) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
9. (104) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
10. (113) Isaiah Crowell (Cle - RB)
11. (128) Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB)
12. (137) Connor Barth (TB - K)
13. (152) Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF)
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