WIIIILLLSON Draft Report Card


Projected to Finish Ninth, Michael's Team Should Have Tried Harder

Draft Summary

If Michael's Team handles adversity during the season the way they did in this draft, it's going to be a long year. After receiving the ninth overall pick they were clearly rattled, which was made evident by their draft performance. As a result, they are projected to finish ninth in Deal Fantasy Football League with a record of 5-8-0 (2,096 points). With six WRs on the roster, Michael's Team guaranteed the WR position was taken care of. Compared to the league average of 133, their WRs projected average of 129 points won't be much different than the rest of the wideouts around the league. They landed the worst group of RBs in the league, as they have Matt Forte, Jonathan Stewart, Arian Foster, and Alfred Blue on their team.

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


Michael's Team should use Week 9 to consider life's great mysteries, like why there's only one word for thesaurus. That's still time better spent than checking fantasy football that week. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Michael's Team.

Draft Notes

  • Doing It By Committee

    By picking up a pair of Houston Texans RBs in the middle rounds of the draft (Arian Foster and Alfred Blue), Michael's Team will be hoping there are enough fantasy points to go around in that backfield.

  • QB or Bust

    QB is the only stronger-than-average position group for Michael's Team.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Michael's Team will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 7, as their only TE (Martellus Bennett) and only DEF (Denver) will both be idle that week.

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    Michael's Team didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Team of Champions?

    Michael's Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Matt Forte, Emmanuel Sanders, and Arian Foster.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, Michael's Team chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

Player Analysis

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    The Back to Target

    It's hard to ignore just how involved Forte is in Chicago's offensive scheme. He led all RBs with 130 total targets in 2014 -- more than DeMarco Murray (64) and Jamaal Charles (59) combined.

    • Calvin Johnson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Michael's Team to encourage the Deal Fantasy Football League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Calvin Johnson and his 89 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).

    • Russell Wilson, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run

    He won't get too flashy in the passing game, but the ability to create with his legs makes Wilson a legitimate threat to NFL defenses -- and to future fantasy opponents of Michael's Team.

    • E. Sanders, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Denver Dynamite

    A bargain at his ADP last season, Sanders was one of just four WRs to notch 100 receptions in 2014. Only one other WR (Antonio Brown) appeared more often on championship rosters across Yahoo! last season.

    • Ryan Tannehill, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Take Shelter

    Ryan Tannehill will be making it rain on defenses this year, and is forecasted to finish seventh in the NFL with 4,457 passing yards.

Best Available

While Michael's Team is expected to be weak across five positions, RB is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.

    • Duke Johnson Jr.
    • Rank 112, ADP 125
    • David Cobb
    • Rank 128, ADP 125
    • Reggie Bush
    • Rank 132, ADP 116
    • Charles Sims
    • Rank 135, ADP 126
  • 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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1. (9) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
2. (12) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
3. (29) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
4. (32) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
5. (49) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
6. (52) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
7. (69) Martellus Bennett (Chi - TE)
8. (72) Andre Johnson (Ind - WR)
9. (89) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
10. (92) Alfred Blue (Hou - RB)
11. (109) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
12. (112) Kenny Stills (Mia - WR)
13. (129) Andrew Hawkins (Cle - WR)
14. (132) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
15. (149) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
16. (152) Denver (Den - DEF)
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