Thunderducks put together an underrated roster that might not dominate week in and week out, but will be firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by season's end. They're projected to finish the season with a 10-3-0 (4,500) record in Team Canada League, which will be good enough for third. They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Alex Smith (37th overall), RBs LeSean McCoy (4th) and Marshawn Lynch (17th), and WRs A.J. Green (24th) and Alshon Jeffery (44th). They put together the best group of RBs in the league, as they added McCoy, Lynch and Ray Rice to their roster.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Thunderducks 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 entire season, they have the softest schedule. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Thunderducks also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
"It's Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It's Whether You Get Up"
After drafting the fewest projected points in the league over the draft's first half, Thunderducks accumulated the most during the second half. Vince Lombardi would be proud.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Thunderducks picked up projected top-two players (Stephen Gostkowski, LeSean McCoy, and Carolina).
While the bottom half of the Thunderducks roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 10).
Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up
Thunderducks got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
It's How You Finish
Thunderducks must have had a motivational halftime speech, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
A Pair of Proven Winners
Thunderducks has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (LeSean McCoy and Alshon Jeffery) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Does LeSean McCoy Enjoy Fajitas?
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 1, Pick 4
Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. McCoy is projected to rank fifth in the league with 1,645 total yards.
- Marshawn Lynch, RB
- Round 2, Pick 17
Thunderducks stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch before targeting other positions.
224 Excuses to Cheer for A.J. Green
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 3, Pick 24
Green ranks eighth in the Team Canada League among wideouts with 224 projected fantasy points.
- Alex Smith, QB
- Round 4, Pick 37
Alex Smith can deliver fantasy glory to Thunderducks with his arm and his legs. Smith has 361 projected rushing yards, and ranks fifth among QBs in that category.
Stolen In Broad Daylight
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 5, Pick 44
Alshon Jeffery was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.
Thunderducks has one subpar position, TE, that they should attempt to upgrade.
- Garrett Graham
- Rank 161, ADP 137
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 186, ADP 126
- Jermichael Finley
- Rank 190, ADP 121
- Tim Wright
- Rank 210, ADP 138
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..."