Isiah Thompson holds the slowest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine in the last decade with a mark of 6.02 seconds. That's still faster than this start to the season will be for Brian's Team, which is projected to finish third in Let's Do It For The Dinosaurs League with a record of 10-3-0 (1,284 points). They used their first three picks on wideouts Dez Bryant (7th overall), Calvin Johnson (18th), and Mike Evans (31st), giving them a competitive "500" team that should dominate the playground in no time. This group will have to produce in order for Brian's Team to have a good season, as they are the top group of WRs in the league.
Brian's Team should use Week 6 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a softer-than-average schedule. Along with having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Brian's Team has the second-softest last four games of the season.
Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for Brian's Team, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Mike Evans) and fourth-ranked (Torrey Smith) wideouts.
Putting Their Best Foot Forward
Brian's Team knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
A Multifaceted Machine
Spiller is a dual-threat back for Brian's Team, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks second among RBs in projected receiving yards with 533.
Returning to Greatness
If special teams contributions count in Let's Do It For The Dinosaurs League, Brian's Team may have found a gem in C.J. Spiller. Including his 1,004 projected return yards, he ranks second in the league with 1,962 all-purpose yards.
Andy Dalton is owned in only 7% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Brian's Team for their faith! Or not.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 1, Pick 7
Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank ninth in the league.
- Calvin Johnson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 18
Calvin Johnson is expected to reach paydirt 10.2 times, placing him second in the NFL in projected receiving TDs. His 1,319 projected receiving yards also rank him fifth in the league.
166 More Reasons to Appreciate Mike Evans
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 3, Pick 31
Evans ranks 10th in the Let's Do It For The Dinosaurs League among WRs with 166 projected fantasy points.
If it Ain't Broke
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 42
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Brian's Team didn't grab their first RB (Melvin Gordon) until the fourth round.
Rare Company for Roethlisberger
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 5, Pick 55
Big Ben joined Aaron Rodgers as the only QBs to eclipse 4,000 yards and average at least 8.0 yards per attempt last season. He was also one of just four signal-callers to throw for 30+ TDs and have fewer than 10 interceptions on the year.
Brian's Team has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including RB and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Devonta Freeman
- Rank 101, ADP 123
- David Cobb
- Rank 106, ADP 125
- Alex Smith
- Rank 165, ADP 121
- Blake Bortles
- Rank 168, ADP 123
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..."