Thad's Standout Team should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking eighth, Thad's Standout Team bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of ninth in Dy Nasty League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,873 points). They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Matt Ryan (13th overall), RBs Le'Veon Bell (33rd) and Trent Richardson (48th), and WRs A.J. Green (8th) and Sammy Watkins (28th). They built the bottom group of RBs in the league, as they added Bell, Ray Rice, Richardson, and Tre Mason.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Thad's Standout Team 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 the most challenging slate. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, Thad's Standout Team also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.
Thad's Standout Team is stacked at QB, but DEF isn't too shabby, either.
You Snooze, You Lose
While the rest of the league slept on Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Thad's Standout Team pounced on him at pick No. 188.
With three steals in the first 12 rounds (DeSean Jackson, Jordan Cameron, and Le'Veon Bell), Thad's Standout Team made some shrewd moves.
Take One Play Off and He Burns You
Kenny Stills is a classic deep-ball weapon, ranking fifth among NFL WRs in percentage of receptions over 40 yards (6.2%).
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing Austin Seferian-Jenkins at pick 188 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Seferian-Jenkins is owned on just a handful of teams across all Yahoo! leagues.
224 Excuses to Cheer for A.J. Green
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 8
Green ranks sixth in the Dy Nasty League among wideouts with 224 projected fantasy points.
Thad's Standout Team's Stud Signal-Caller
- Matt Ryan, QB
- Round 2, Pick 13
Matt Ryan is projected to rack up 349 points this year, enough to rank seventh among all QBs.
Taking a Chance
- Sammy Watkins, WR
- Round 3, Pick 28
With their third-round pick, Thad's Standout Team threw caution to the wind. They took Sammy Watkins at pick number 28 despite an ADP of 104.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
If it Ain't Broke
- Le'Veon Bell, RB
- Round 4, Pick 33
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Thad's Standout Team didn't grab their first RB (Le'Veon Bell) until the fourth round.
Was Alex Smith Worth it at Pick No. 53?
- Alex Smith, QB
- Round 6, Pick 53
Thad's Standout Team sure hopes so. The Chiefs' signal-caller is projected to get 308 points this year, just a bit better than last season.
Thad's Standout Team has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Martellus Bennett
- Rank 120, ADP 119
- Delanie Walker
- Rank 148, ADP 134
- Brian Hartline
- Rank 117, ADP 130
- Doug Baldwin
- Rank 139, ADP 128
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..."