If Sugarbears 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 12th in Dartmouth Drunks League with a record of 2-11-0 (1,687 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Kirk Cousins (9th overall), RB Eddie Lacy (33rd), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (16th), and TE Ladarius Green (40th) within the first five rounds. They also built the worst TE pair in the league, as they have Antonio Gates and Green on their team.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Sugarbears has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a harder-than-average schedule. 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 Sugarbears.
The coach of Sugarbears might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Kirk Cousins) and second-drafted QB (Derek Carr) have very similar seasonal point projections.
Batman Needs Robin
Just like Eddie Lacy needs James Starks. Sugarbears hedged their bets by snagging a couple of teammates with their third-round and 14th-round selections.
Veteran Mentors on the Bench
While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 10 in the league with an average of 4 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 2 with 7 years).
Sugarbears got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
With three steals in the first 8 rounds (Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., and Stephen Gostkowski), Sugarbears made some shrewd moves.
James Starks is owned in only 3% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Sugarbears for their faith! Or not.
It's a Bold Strategy Cotton, Let's See if it Pays Off
- Kirk Cousins, QB
- Round 1, Pick 9
Kirk Cousins has an ADP of only 109.8 across all Yahoo! leagues, and wasn't quite worth the ninth overall pick.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- O. Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 2, Pick 16
The rest of Dartmouth Drunks League overlooked a gem, and Sugarbears made the highest value pick of the round by taking Odell Beckham Jr.
Wait For It
- Eddie Lacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 33
Sugarbears held off on drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to snag their "lead back" (Eddie Lacy).
Is He More of a Blocker?
- Ladarius Green, TE
- Round 4, Pick 40
Ladarius Green went with the 40th pick, but is not projected as top-10 in receiving yards (36th with 267) or TDs (50th with 1.2) among NFL TEs.
- D. Thomas, WR
- Round 6, Pick 64
If other Yahoo! users are right, Sugarbears got a steal in the sixth round, when they selected Demaryius Thomas (64th overall pick vs. ADP of 32.4).
Sugarbears has four positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with TE being the most immediate need.
- Dwayne Allen
- Rank 114, ADP 127
- Virgil Green
- Rank 145, ADP 136
- Vance McDonald
- Rank 146, ADP 138
- Clive Walford
- Rank 157, ADP 130
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..."