When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with MAX's mini-pads, which flipped its ninth overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Kick Rocks League (9-4-0, 1,547 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Tom Brady (16th overall), RB Ray Rice (40th), WR Calvin Johnson (9th), and TE Vernon Davis (57th) within the first five rounds. They ended up with one of the best QB tandems in the league, as they have Brady and Tony Romo on the roster.
MAX's mini-pads decided to disregard their only keeper spot, instead leaving their fantasy fate solely in the hands of the draft.
MAX's mini-pads can chalk up Week 11 as a loss. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the weakest schedules. MAX's mini-pads has the opportunity to come out firing, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
MAX's mini-pads may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Tom Brady) and second-drafted QB (Tony Romo) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.
The Bargain Whisperer
MAX's mini-pads was hunting for steals throughout the draft, snapping up a trio of bargains in the first 9 rounds (Le'Veon Bell, Toby Gerhart, and Terrance Williams).
A Super Duper Signal-Caller
Tony Romo is projected to rack up 560 points this year, enough to rank seventh among all QBs.
Tony Romo is one of the most dynamic NFL QBs. Projections have him ranking fifth in plays over 40 yards with 11.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Earning His Keep
According to projections, Tony Romo should finish ranked eighth in the league in passing TDs (28.9) and fifth in passing yards (4,784).
MAX's mini-pads Went All YOLO Here
Grabbing Stephen Hill at pick 177 was just a bit of a stretch. Hill is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Calvin Johnson, WR
- Round 1, Pick 9
MAX's mini-pads chose the WR most likely to turn deep balls into TD gold. Calvin Johnson is projected to lead all NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 4.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.
Rethinking That One?
- Tom Brady, QB
- Round 2, Pick 16
Despite being an above-average player at his position, Tom Brady was the weakest value pick of the round.
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
- Randall Cobb, WR
- Round 3, Pick 33
Randall Cobb is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank 10th in the league.
How Rebellious of You
- Ray Rice, RB
- Round 4, Pick 40
MAX's mini-pads said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first (Ray Rice).
A Big Target in the Red Zone
- Vernon Davis, TE
- Round 5, Pick 57
With 6.6 projected TD catches, Vernon Davis ranks fourth in the NFL among TEs in that category.
MAX's mini-pads has four positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Tyler Eifert
- Rank 137, ADP 133
- Heath Miller
- Rank 160, ADP 134
- Brian Hartline
- Rank 117, ADP 130
- Josh Gordon
- Rank 119, ADP 123
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..."