Some people get the first pick and promptly blow it. Not Rainbow Gnomes though, they took the top pick in the draft and built a formidable fantasy squad. Their drafting skills paved the way for a projected first place finish in Yahoo Public 387340 League with a record of 12-2-0 (1,648 points). They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Antonio Brown (first round), Alshon Jeffery (second round), and Jarvis Landry (fifth round). Rainbow Gnomes will rely heavily on this group, as they are the top group of WRs in the league.
Rainbow Gnomes can write off Week 9 as a scheduling injustice and use that time to consider other injustices: for example, why doesn't Chewbacca get a medal during the ceremony at the end of Star Wars? Wookie bias? They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the least challenging slate. Rainbow Gnomes has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
The Best Player Plays
Rainbow Gnomes is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4.6 years of NFL experience.
"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, Rainbow Gnomes accumulated the most during the second half. Vince Lombardi would be proud.
The coach of Rainbow Gnomes might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Blake Bortles) and second-drafted QB (Andy Dalton) have very similar seasonal point projections.
Close to the Vest
Rainbow Gnomes was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.
While the bottom half of the Rainbow Gnomes 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
Rainbow Gnomes got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
Death, Taxes, and Antonio Brown's Reliable Hands
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 1
Brown is projected to catch an NFL-leading 132 balls this year.
183 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 2, Pick 20
Jeffery ranks seventh in the Yahoo Public 387340 League among wideouts with 183 projected fantasy points.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 3, Pick 21
The rest of Yahoo Public 387340 League overlooked a gem, and Rainbow Gnomes made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Devonta Freeman.
Late Bloom for Landry
- Jarvis Landry, WR
- Round 5, Pick 41
Rainbow Gnomes may be sensing some WR1 potential in Landry, who was one of three players (along with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown) to see double-digit targets in each of the final four weeks of 2015.
Was Jonathan Stewart Worth it at Pick No. 60?
- J. Stewart, RB
- Round 6, Pick 60
Rainbow Gnomes sure hopes so. The Panthers' running back is projected to earn 165 points this year, after putting up 147 last year.
Rainbow Gnomes has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including RB and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- LeGarrette Blount
- Rank 93, ADP 112
- Ameer Abdullah
- Rank 102, ADP 114
- Ryan Tannehill
- Rank 138, ADP 132
- Jay Cutler
- Rank 148, ADP 122
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..."