Entering the draft with the fourth overall pick, the expectations were high for Riddle's Rampage. Then they drafted. Those expectations quickly vanished with a projected eighth-place finish in Belgrade Beer Drinkers League at 5-9-0 (1,399 points).
Riddle's Rampage took advantage of nine of their 12 keeper slots, focusing on roster balance. They chose to hold on to a QB (Robert Griffin III, 63 ADP), RB (Adrian Peterson, 3.2 ADP), WR (Percy Harvin, 43.6 ADP), and TE (Julius Thomas, 33.2 ADP) as their five highest-ranked keepers. From an ADP perspective, their second-ranked keeper (Julius Thomas) is less valuable than a third-round draft choice. Overall, the keepers on Riddle's Rampage are projected to be clearly less productive (by 12.4%) than the draft picks they replaced.
While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Riddle's Rampage (five), Week 10 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the most difficult slates. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Riddle's Rampage has the league's toughest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Riddle's Rampage, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Maurice Jones-Drew) and fourth-ranked (Devonta Freeman) RBs.
The coach of Riddle's Rampage might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Robert Griffin III) and second-drafted QB (Jay Cutler) have very similar seasonal point projections.
The top half of the Riddle's Rampage roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).
Beginning with a Bang
Riddle's Rampage got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
Riddle's Rampage may have found a gem in the 10th round, grabbing T.Y. Hilton (94th overall pick vs. ADP of 57.6).
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing Roy Helu Jr. at pick 154 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Helu Jr. is owned on just a handful of teams across all Yahoo! leagues.
Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 4
Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank sixth in the league with 1,642 all-purpose yards.
- Julius Thomas, TE
- Round 2, Pick 14
Winning the championship for dummies: Step 1, create team. Step 2, draft Julius Thomas. He was the 10th-most-owned player by championship teams last season.
171 Excuses to Cheer for Percy Harvin
- Percy Harvin, WR
- Round 3, Pick 24
Harvin ranks eighth in the Belgrade Beer Drinkers League among wideouts with 171 projected fantasy points.
Basic Math is Optional
- R. Griffin III, QB
- Round 4, Pick 34
Michael Vick once claimed "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain.” With 584 projected rushing yards, Robert Griffin III can channel his inner Vick to help Riddle's Rampage this year.
It Was a Learning Experience
- Jay Cutler, QB
- Round 5, Pick 44
Hey, remember that time Riddle's Rampage took Jay Cutler WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Cutler was the weakest value pick of the round.
With four below-average positions on Riddle's Rampage, DEF and RB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Detroit Defense
- Rank 174, ADP 88
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 221, ADP 139
- Terrance West
- Rank 107, ADP 121
- LeGarrette Blount
- Rank 113, ADP 123
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..."