When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Aaron It Out, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Welcome Levi Stadium League (8-6-0, 1,699 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Drew Brees (13th overall), RB Zac Stacy (28th), WR Roddy White (48th), and TE Jimmy Graham (8th) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the worst groups of WRs in the league, as they have White, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, and Dwayne Bowe for their rotation.
Week 6 would be a good opportunity for Aaron It Out to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most challenging schedules. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Aaron It Out also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Aaron It Out picked up projected top-two players (Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, and Cody Parkey).
Team of Champions
Aaron It Out is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, and Zac Stacy.
The Sleepy Trio
Aaron It Out selected three late-round sleepers (Ahmad Bradshaw, Derek Carr, and Cody Parkey).
No Back-Up Necessary
Going with just a single TE (Jimmy Graham) and K (Cody Parkey), Aaron It Out opted to add depth at other positions.
Aaron It Out Went All YOLO Here
Grabbing Derek Carr at pick 133 was just a bit of a stretch. Carr is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
A Return to Huge Numbers
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 1, Pick 8
Sean Payton's return to the Saints' sideline seemed to work out for Jimmy Graham, who was owned on more championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other TE.
Is Drew Brees Religious?
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 2, Pick 13
With 407 projected points, Aaron It Out will be hoping Brees is the answer to their prayers.
How Rebellious of You
- Zac Stacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 28
Aaron It Out said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Zac Stacy).
Throwing Caution to the Wind
- Ray Rice, RB
- Round 6, Pick 53
They grabbed Ray Rice with the 53rd pick, even though his ADP is only 97.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Was the 68th Pick the Right Time for Mike Wallace?
- Mike Wallace, WR
- Round 7, Pick 68
Aaron It Out apparently believes it is. The Dolphins' wide receiver is projected to net 188 points this year, after putting up 163 last year.
With three below-average positions on Aaron It Out, WR and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Markus Wheaton
- Rank 109, ADP 127
- Brian Hartline
- Rank 115, ADP 130
- Ryan Tannehill
- Rank 138, ADP 134
- Josh McCown
- Rank 141, ADP 134
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..."