Even Mel Kiper Jr. can't scowl at this draft performance. And he even has a scowl when he's smiling. Despite a late draft pick, Dawgs on Top assembled a team that is projected to finish second in Guts & Glory League with a record of 8-5-0 (1,861 points). They waited until the ninth round to secure their top quarterback, picking up Tom Brady with the 85th overall selection. They ended up with the highest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they added Devonta Freeman, Jamaal Charles, Ryan Mathews, and LeGarrette Blount to their roster.
Dawgs on Top should use Week 9 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 five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. In addition to having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Dawgs on Top also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Shouldering the Burden
Dawgs on Top has four above-average positions with RB and TE projected to lead the way.
"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, Dawgs on Top accumulated the most during the second half. Vince Lombardi would be proud.
Good to Have Balance, Right?
While the bottom half of the Dawgs on Top 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).
Dawgs on Top got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
Team of Winners
Dawgs on Top is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (DeAndre Hopkins, Devonta Freeman, and Tom Brady).
Better Late Than Never
Dawgs on Top finished on a high note, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Targeting the Texan
- D. Hopkins, WR
- Round 1, Pick 5
Hopkins was one of just three wideouts (along with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown) to get at least 190 targets last year, and only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's stud WR.
An All-Purpose Stat-Stuffer
- Jamaal Charles, RB
- Round 2, Pick 16
Jamaal Charles is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,471 total yards (1,127 rushing, 343 receiving).
Better Lucky Than Good?
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 3, Pick 25
The rest of Guts & Glory League overlooked a gem, and Dawgs on Top made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Devonta Freeman.
Rethinking That One
- Doug Baldwin, WR
- Round 4, Pick 36
Doug Baldwin went with the 36th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-30 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (31st) with 6.4 and 950 respectively.
All Over the Field
- Greg Olsen, TE
- Round 5, Pick 45
Greg Olsen is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (fourth with 6.9) and receiving yards (third with 942).
QB and WR are expected to be the worst positions for Dawgs on Top and a potential area of need.
- Andy Dalton
- Rank 104, ADP 111
- Matt Ryan
- Rank 120, ADP 128
- Kamar Aiken
- Rank 110, ADP 128
- Phillip Dorsett
- Rank 122, 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..."