Picking eighth, Mad World put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected fifth-place finish in BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League (7-7-0, 1,566 points). If they have a bad season, it won't be due to a lack of wide receivers, as they used three of their first five selections to pick up WRs A.J. Green (second round), Antonio Brown (fourth round), and Pierre Garcon (fifth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Mad World will benefit. They are the best group of WRs in the league.
Week 4 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Mad World should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just keep Mad World away from the TV. It won't be pretty. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have an easier-than-average schedule. Mad World has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
Strength in Numbers
In order, the three best positions for Mad World are TE, WR, and DEF.
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor
Mad World might need to consult a fortune teller each week. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Russell Wilson) have similar seasonal point projections.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Mad World will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 4, as their only K (Steven Hauschka) and only DEF (Cincinnati) will both be on bye that week.
A Pair of Proven Winners
Mad World has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jimmy Graham and Antonio Brown) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, Mad World chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Take One Play Off and He Burns You
Pierre Thomas is always a threat to break off a long one, ranking second among NFL RBs in percentage of touches over 40 yards (1.2%).
Is He a Tight End or a Wide Receiver?
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 1, Pick 8
Jimmy Graham was owned on more championship teams across Yahoo! than any other TE in 2013.
225 Excuses to Cheer for A.J. Green
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 2, Pick 13
Green ranks sixth in the BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League among wideouts with 225 projected fantasy points.
If it Ain't Broke
- Alfred Morris, RB
- Round 3, Pick 28
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Mad World didn't grab their first RB (Alfred Morris) until the third round.
Stolen In Broad Daylight
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 4, Pick 33
Antonio Brown was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.
The Power of Persuasion
- Pierre Garcon, WR
- Round 5, Pick 48
Now would be a reasonable time for Mad World to encourage the BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Pierre Garcon and his 89 projected catches (ranked eighth in the NFL).
Mad World has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including QB and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Rank 94, ADP 116
- Andy Dalton
- Rank 121, ADP 123
- LeGarrette Blount
- Rank 113, ADP 124
- Mark Ingram
- Rank 116, ADP 122
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..."