Trash Smackers should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking 10th, Trash Smackers bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of 10th in Another Sunday League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,903 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Jay Cutler (58th overall), RBs DeMarco Murray (10th) and Reggie Bush (34th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (15th) and Keenan Allen (39th). They put together one of the lowest-scoring combos of QBs in the league, as they added Cutler and Ryan Tannehill.
Trash Smackers should use Week 9 to consider life's great mysteries, like why is there only one word for thesaurus? That's still better time spent than checking fantasy football that week. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a softer-than-average slate. Trash Smackers has the opportunity to come out firing, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
A Dominating Pair
WR and TE are both projected to be really solid units for Trash Smackers.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Trash Smackers, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Ray Rice) and fourth-ranked (Lance Dunbar) RBs.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Trash Smackers may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Trash Smackers will need to get busy on the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only TE (Kyle Rudolph) and only K (Adam Vinatieri) will both be off that week.
Trash Smackers hedged their bets by scooping up Lance Dunbar in the 12th round to back up DeMarco Murray, his Cowboys teammate (a first-round selection).
A Dominating Duo
Trash Smackers has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (DeMarco Murray and Reggie Bush) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
An All-Purpose Stat-Stuffer
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 1, Pick 10
DeMarco Murray is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,431 total yards (983 rushing, 448 receiving).
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
- B. Marshall, WR
- Round 2, Pick 15
Brandon Marshall is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 93 projected catches rank fifth in the league.
A Versatile Combination
- Reggie Bush, RB
- Round 3, Pick 34
Reggie Bush can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 557.
- Jay Cutler, QB
- Round 5, Pick 58
Trash Smackers will probably regret their fifth-round choice. Jay Cutler, taken with the 58th overall pick, has an ADP of only 97.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Was Ray Rice Worth it at Pick No. 63?
- Ray Rice, RB
- Round 6, Pick 63
Trash Smackers sure hopes so. The Ravens' running back is projected to have 279 points this year, almost the same as his total from last year.
With four below-average positions on Trash Smackers, DEF and RB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Chicago Defanse
- Rank 212, ADP 121
- Indianapolis Defanse
- Rank 225, ADP 144
- James White
- Rank 127, ADP 125
- Khiry Robinson
- Rank 149, ADP 124
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..."