The Sticky Bandits was handed a solid draft position and apparently they saw that as an opportunity to blow it. Even though they had the third overall pick, they're projected to finish ninth in LongDongs League with a mark of 6-7-0 (1,459 points).
The Sticky Bandits made use of all three of their keeper spots, focusing on roster balance. They elected to retain a QB (Cam Newton, 19.4 ADP), RB (Eddie Lacy, 28.6 ADP), and WR (Alshon Jeffery, 21.9 ADP). From an ADP perspective, their top-ranked keeper (Cam Newton) is less valuable than a first-round draft choice. Overall, the three keepers on The Sticky Bandits are projected to be slightly less productive (by 7%) than the draft picks they replaced.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, The Sticky Bandits 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 one of the most challenging slates. In addition to having the second-most taxing overall schedule, The Sticky Bandits has the toughest first four games of the season.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
The Sticky Bandits will need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their three WRs with the most projected seasonal points (Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman, and Larry Fitzgerald) will all be on bye that week.
QB is the strongest position for The Sticky Bandits, but RB and WR are also stronger than the league average at those positions.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
The Sticky Bandits will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Chandler Catanzaro) and only DEF (Houston) will both be on bye that week.
Batman Needs Robin
Just like Eddie Lacy needs James Starks. The Sticky Bandits hedged their bets by snagging a couple of teammates with their third-round and 14th-round selections.
A Dominating Pair
The Sticky Bandits has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Cam Newton and Mark Ingram) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
The Bargain Whisperer
The Sticky Bandits was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up four steals in the first 9 rounds (including Mark Ingram, Julius Thomas, and Kelvin Benjamin).
Throwing Caution to the Wind
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 1, Pick 3
They grabbed Alshon Jeffery with the third pick, even though his ADP is only 21.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Did The Sticky Bandits Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 2, Pick 15
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
Wait For It
- Eddie Lacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 27
The Sticky Bandits held off on drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to snag their "lead back" (Eddie Lacy).
- Mark Ingram, RB
- Round 4, Pick 39
If other Yahoo! users are right, The Sticky Bandits got a steal in the fourth round, when they selected Mark Ingram (39th overall pick vs. ADP of 22.1).
- Julian Edelman, WR
- Round 5, Pick 51
Julian Edelman is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 91 projected catches rank eighth in the league.
While The Sticky Bandits is expected to be weak across three positions, DEF is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.
- Cincinnati Defense
- Rank 201, ADP 137
- Pittsburgh Defense
- Rank 219, ADP 134
- Green Bay Defense
- Rank 246, ADP 133
- Indianapolis Defense
- Rank 253, ADP 129
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..."