FFL 2015 (ID# 285420)

GENIUS Draft Report Card

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Grade

In Spite of Some Early-Round Value Picks, GENIUS Choked in this Draft

Draft Summary

Entering the draft with the fifth overall pick, the expectations were high for GENIUS. Then they drafted. Those expectations quickly vanished with a projected 10th-place finish in FFL 2015 League at 1-12-0 (2,124 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Eddie Lacy (first round), LeSean McCoy (second round), and Carlos Hyde (fifth round). They landed the lowest-scoring group of WRs in the league, as they have Kelvin Benjamin, Golden Tate, DeSean Jackson, and Brandon Marshall for their rotation.

Schedule

GENIUS should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why abbreviation is such a long word. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average slate. GENIUS has a chance to come out of the gate hot and close strong, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Joseph Randle, GENIUS pounced on him at pick No. 156.

  • Bargain Shopper

    With three steals in the first 10 rounds (Brandon Marshall, DeSean Jackson, and Carlos Hyde), GENIUS made some shrewd moves.

  • Basic Math is Optional

    Michael Vick once claimed "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain.” With 482 projected rushing yards, Robert Griffin III can channel his inner Vick to help GENIUS this year.

  • Digging Deep

    Andy Dalton is owned in only 7% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward GENIUS for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 314 touches, Eddie Lacy is projected to rank fifth in the NFL in that category. How touching, GENIUS.

    • LeSean McCoy, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Traditionalist

    GENIUS stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Eddie Lacy and LeSean McCoy right off the bat.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 25
    Will a Run-Heavy Offense Hurt Production?

    GENIUS sure hopes not. Though he might not put up New Orleans-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.

    • K. Benjamin, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 36
    Being 6-Foot-5 Doesn't Hurt

    Unless you're a 5-Foot-9 cornerback, that is. Benjamin was one of three rookie WRs to reach the 1,000-yard mark last year, joining Beckham (1,305) and Evans (1,051). He led all rookies with 145 total targets in 2014.

    • Carlos Hyde, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 45
    Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

    Carlos Hyde will be trying to imitate Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl this season. He's expected to wind up eighth in the league with 8.5 rushing TDs.

Best Available

With three subpar positions on GENIUS, WR and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Eric Decker
    • Rank 80, ADP 89
    • Mike Wallace
    • Rank 83, ADP 92
    • San Francisco Defense
    • Rank 217, ADP 140
    • Carolina Defense
    • Rank 224, ADP 130
  • 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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GENIUS
1. (5) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (16) LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
3. (25) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
4. (36) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
5. (45) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
6. (56) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
7. (65) Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB)
8. (76) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
9. (85) Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)
10. (96) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
11. (105) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
12. (116) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
13. (125) Cleveland (Cle - DEF)
14. (136) Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
15. (145) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
16. (156) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)

Best Draft

Best Draft is awarded to the team with the most projected season points based on weekly optimal starting lineups.

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