Even though Rick Phillips's Team didn't have a high draft pick (seventh overall), it didn't matter, as they built a legit squad capable of taking it to any opponent that gets in their way. As far as projections go, they will probably finish third in Dartmouth Drunks League with a record of 9-4-0 (1,781 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (7th overall), RB Devonta Freeman (31st), WR A.J. Green (18th), and TE Julius Thomas (42nd) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the highest-scoring groups of RBs in the league, as they added Freeman, Danny Woodhead, Theo Riddick, and Charles Sims.
Week 8 might require some artful managing from Rick Phillips's Team, as their top two projected scorers (Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco) will be off that weekend. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the softest schedules. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Rick Phillips's Team also has the easiest first four games of the season.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Rick Phillips's Team might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 11, as their No. 1- (Devonta Freeman), No. 2- (Danny Woodhead) and No. 5-ranked (Bilal Powell) RBs will all be resting that week.
Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away
It's likely that in Week 8, Rick Phillips's Team will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
Rick Phillips's Team might require waiver wire help in Week 9, as their No. 1- (A.J. Green), No. 2- (Julian Edelman) and No. 4-ranked (DeSean Jackson) WRs will all be idle that week.
Tread Left on the Tires
With an average of 6.8 years of NFL experience, Rick Phillips's Team is the team most likely to have a player become a grandpa.
The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 5.5 years).
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Rick Phillips's Team chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Like a Prancing Unicorn
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 1, Pick 7
Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for Rick Phillips's Team.
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 2, Pick 18
A.J. Green is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 90 projected catches rank ninth in the league.
If it Ain't Broke
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 3, Pick 31
Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Rick Phillips's Team didn't grab their first RB (Devonta Freeman) until the third round.
A Big Target in the Red Zone
- Julius Thomas, TE
- Round 4, Pick 42
With 6.1 projected TD catches, Julius Thomas ranks fifth in the NFL among TEs in that category.
Rethinking That One
- Julian Edelman, WR
- Round 5, Pick 55
Julian Edelman went with the 55th pick, even though he's projected to fall outside of the top-20 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (24th) and receiving yards (27th) with 7.2 and 995 respectively.
Rick Phillips's Team has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (DEF and QB), but DEF is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.
- Oakland Defense
- Rank 184, ADP 122
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 190, ADP 133
- Pittsburgh Defense
- Rank 208, ADP 134
- Green Bay Defense
- Rank 236, ADP 133
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..."