The Benchwarmers Draft Report Card


Projected to Finish Sixth, The Benchwarmers Has No Idea How to Draft a Winning Team

Draft Summary

The Benchwarmers should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking eighth, The Benchwarmers bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of sixth in MB's Misfits League with a record of 7-7-0 (2,101 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Andrew Luck (8th overall), RB Le'Veon Bell (9th), WR Alshon Jeffery (25th), and TE Jimmy Graham (24th) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they have Bell, C.J. Spiller, Melvin Gordon, and Rashad Jennings on their roster.

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While Week 9 has the most players on bye for The Benchwarmers (four), Week 10 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, The Benchwarmers has the league's second-toughest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    The Benchwarmers might require waiver wire help in Week 11, as their No. 1- (Le'Veon Bell), No. 2- (C.J. Spiller) and No. 4-ranked (Rashad Jennings) RBs will all be idle that week.

  • A Dominating Pair

    QB and WR are both projected to be really solid units for The Benchwarmers.

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    The Benchwarmers didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Team of Champions

    The Benchwarmers 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 (Andrew Luck, Le'Veon Bell, and Emmanuel Sanders).

  • No Back-Up Necessary

    By choosing only a single QB (Andrew Luck) and DEF (Kansas City), The Benchwarmers decided to add depth elsewhere on the roster.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    The Benchwarmers nabbed a sleeper in C.J. Spiller with pick No. 89.

Player Analysis

    • Andrew Luck, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    Making Sure Luck's on Your Side

    Any questions about Luck's development were silenced last season, as the Colts' signal-caller firmly establsihed himself among fantasy's elite.

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 9
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 313 touches, Le'Veon Bell is projected to rank fifth in the NFL in that category. How touching, The Benchwarmers.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 24
    Will His Production Drop-Off?

    The Benchwarmers sure hopes not. Though he might not put up Saints-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.

    • Alshon Jeffery, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 25
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of MB's Misfits League overlooked a gem, and The Benchwarmers made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Alshon Jeffery.

    • Jarvis Landry, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 40
    196 Excuses to Cheer for Jarvis Landry

    Landry ranks eighth in the MB's Misfits League among wideouts with 196 projected fantasy points.

Best Available

With three subpar positions on The Benchwarmers, DEF and RB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Arizona Defense
    • Rank 193, ADP 87
    • New England Defense
    • Rank 194, ADP 92
    • Ryan Mathews
    • Rank 92, ADP 120
    • Shane Vereen
    • Rank 93, ADP 119
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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 ADP
    Pick 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 League
        Team     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 Points

    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..."

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The Benchwarmers
1. (8) Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)
2. (9) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
3. (24) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
4. (25) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
5. (40) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
6. (41) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
7. (56) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
8. (57) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
9. (72) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
10. (73) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
11. (88) Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
12. (89) C.J. Spiller (NO - RB)
13. (104) Ray Rice (Bal - RB)
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