While this draft by Optimism. Hope. didn't exactly set the world on fire, it didn't destroy their playoff aspirations either. They are expected to be in the mix for a playoff spot with a projected seventh-place finish in BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League at 5-9-0 (1,550 points). They wanted to shore up any RB concerns early, using three of their first five draft picks to draft RBs Eddie Lacy (first round), Montee Ball (second round), and C.J. Spiller (fifth round). This group will have to produce in order for Optimism. Hope. to have a good season, as they are one of the most prolific groups of RBs in the league.
Optimism. Hope. should do pretty much anything other than watch football during Week 9. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the easiest slates. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Optimism. Hope. also has the softest last four games of the season.
WR is the strongest position for Optimism. Hope., though QB and K aren't too shabby either.
Up, Up, and Away
With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Optimism. Hope. hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
Show Some ID
Optimism. Hope. isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 3.5 years of NFL experience.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, Optimism. Hope. chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).
A Dominating Duo
Optimism. Hope. has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Eddie Lacy and Alshon Jeffery) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Does Eddie Lacy Enjoy Fajitas?
- Eddie Lacy, RB
- Round 1, Pick 7
Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Lacy is projected to rank ninth in the league with 1,501 all-purpose yards.
Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme
- Montee Ball, RB
- Round 2, Pick 14
Get on up, it's Montee Ball time! He should run cool this season with 220 projected points.
217 More Reasons to Appreciate Alshon Jeffery
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 3, Pick 27
Jeffery ranks eighth in the BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League among WRs with 217 projected fantasy points.
Throwing Caution to the Wind
- Joique Bell, RB
- Round 6, Pick 54
They grabbed Joique Bell with the 54th pick, even though his ADP is only 87.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
TDs Like a Boss
- Nick Foles, QB
- Round 7, Pick 67
Although he ranks outside the top-20 in projected passing yards (21st with 3,953), Nick Foles is expected to land fifth in the NFL in TD passes with 30.2.
With three below-average positions on Optimism. Hope., TE and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Charles Clay
- Rank 119, ADP 123
- Martellus Bennett
- Rank 120, ADP 118
- Detroit Defense
- Rank 174, ADP 86
- Houston Defense
- Rank 183, ADP 91
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..."