Slim Roethlisberger Draft Report Card

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Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, Uncle Rick Can Make the Playoffs if They Just Replace Most of the Team

Draft Summary

As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." Uncle Rick really took that message to heart as they're projected to finish near the bottom of L O B League with a record of 3-11-0 (2,054). While they'll try to blame their poor season on the bad draft slot, the other GMs will know Uncle Rick simply just dropped the ball. They obviously understand how important the running back position is in fantasy football. They used three of their first five picks on RBs Jamaal Charles (first round), Jeremy Hill (third round), and Carlos Hyde (fifth round). They have the bottom QB duo in the league, as they added Ryan Tannehill and Sam Bradford.

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Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Uncle Rick has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. In addition to having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Uncle Rick has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Talented Trio

    Uncle Rick has three above-average positions on their roster (TE, WR, and K).

  • Risk Averse

    Uncle Rick minimized risk by choosing seven consistent players among their 17 picks.

  • Nearly There

    The top half of the Uncle Rick roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 7).

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, Uncle Rick chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

  • Uncle Rick Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Richard Sherman at pick 107 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Sherman is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 6
    Does Jamaal Charles Enjoy Fajitas?

    Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Charles is projected to rank 10th in the league with 1,544 total yards.

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 11
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of L O B League overlooked a gem, and Uncle Rick made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Antonio Brown.

    • Jeremy Hill, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    It's not that Gio Bernard Wasn't Good

    It's that Jeremy Hill was just that great. The first-year RB from LSU paced all rookies in rush attempts (222), rushing yards (1,124), and rush TDs (9).

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 27
    Will His Production Drop-Off?

    Uncle Rick 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.

    • Carlos Hyde, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 38
    It Might be Yogging with a Soft "J"

    Even if you ran as fast as you could, it'd look like slow motion compared to Carlos Hyde. The RB is projected to rack up 8.4 rushing TDs this year, seventh in the league.

Best Available

While Uncle Rick is expected to be weak across three positions, DEF is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

    • Philadelphia Defense
    • Rank 183, ADP 77
    • New England Defense
    • Rank 194, ADP 92
    • Baltimore Defense
    • Rank 199, ADP 102
    • Green Bay Defense
    • Rank 207, ADP 113
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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

    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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Slim Roethlisberger
1. (6) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
2. (11) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
3. (22) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
4. (27) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
5. (38) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
6. (43) Chris Ivory (NYJ - RB)
7. (54) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
8. (59) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
9. (70) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
10. (75) Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR)
11. (86) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
12. (91) Alfred Blue (Hou - RB)
13. (102) Sam Bradford (Phi - QB)
14. (107) Richard Sherman (Sea - CB)
15. (118) Miami (Mia - DEF)
16. (123) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
17. (134) Shane Vereen (NYG - RB)
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