Playoffs?! Are you kidding me, playoffs?! Actually, yeah that could happen. Cheeks put together a quality team and is projected to finish in fourth-place in BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League at 8-6-0 (1,534 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Zac Stacy (third round), Toby Gerhart (fourth round), and Ray Rice (fifth round). In spite of that positional emphasis, they landed one of the lowest-scoring groups of RBs in the league.
Cheeks should just disappear for a while during Week 11. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Cheeks also has the most difficult last four games of the season.
Good Luck With That One!
Cheeks will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Brandin Cooks), fourth- (Jeremy Maclin), and fifth-ranked (Markus Wheaton) wideouts.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Cheeks may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
QB or Bust
QB is the only above-average position group for Cheeks.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Cheeks will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only TE (Kyle Rudolph) and only DEF (New England) will both be idle that week.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, Cheeks picked only one player at three different positions (QB, TE, and DEF).
A Pair of Proven Winners
Cheeks has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Peyton Manning and Zac Stacy) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Fantasy is Better Than Reality
- Peyton Manning, QB
- Round 1, Pick 9
Even though he fell short in Super Bowl 48, Peyton Manning was more likely to be owned on a 2013 Yahoo! championship roster than any other QB.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 2, Pick 12
The rest of BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League overlooked a gem, and Cheeks made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Dez Bryant.
How Rebellious of You
- Zac Stacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 29
Cheeks said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Zac Stacy).
- Toby Gerhart, RB
- Round 4, Pick 32
If Cheeks had a nickel for every time Toby Gerhart is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 285 nickels.
Was Kyle Rudolph Worth it at Pick No. 52?
- Kyle Rudolph, TE
- Round 6, Pick 52
Cheeks sure hopes so. The Vikings' tight end is projected to put up 130 points this year, after only netting 64 last year.
With four below-average positions on Cheeks, TE and WR are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Charles Clay
- Rank 119, ADP 123
- Martellus Bennett
- Rank 120, ADP 118
- Dwayne Bowe
- Rank 114, ADP 118
- Hakeem Nicks
- Rank 117, ADP 124
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..."