When the draft countdown clock hit zero, the GM of LAChargers2015 put their game face on. Firing on all cylinders from the 12th spot in the draft, they put together a team that's projected to finish second in Sayde's First Football Season League with a record of 11-2-0 (1,341 points). With their first five picks, LAChargers2015 focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Andrew Luck (12th overall), RBs Arian Foster (53rd) and Rashad Jennings (76th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (21st) and Andre Johnson (44th). They have one of the best groups of WRs in the league, as they added Johnson, Johnson, Devin Funchess, and Kendall Wright.
While LAChargers2015 is projected to have three below-average positions, QB is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.
Week 9 might require some artful managing from LAChargers2015. They have five 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. In addition to having the seventh-easiest overall schedule, LAChargers2015 has the softest last four games of the season.
TE is the strongest position for LAChargers2015, though WR and K aren't too shabby either.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
LAChargers2015 will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Steven Hauschka) and only DEF (Detroit) will both be on bye that week.
A Dominating Duo
LAChargers2015 has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Andrew Luck and Arian Foster) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
LAChargers2015 grabbed a sleeper in Robert Griffin III with pick No. 277.
No Back-Up No Cry
Ignoring roster depth, LAChargers2015 chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
The Bargain Whisperer
LAChargers2015 was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up four steals in the first 11 rounds (including Steven Hauschka, Detroit, and Darren Sproles).
LAChargers2015 Made Sure Luck Was On Their Side
- Andrew Luck, QB
- Round 1, Pick 12
Any questions about Luck's development were quelled last year, as the Indy gunslinger firmly entrenched himself among fantasy's elite at the QB position.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Calvin Johnson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 21
The rest of Sayde's First Football Season League overlooked a gem, and LAChargers2015 made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Calvin Johnson.
Defensive Coordinators Plan Specifically for Johnson
- Andre Johnson, WR
- Round 3, Pick 44
Andre Johnson is expected to reach paydirt 8.4 times, placing him eighth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
If it Ain't Broke
- Arian Foster, RB
- Round 4, Pick 53
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, LAChargers2015 didn't grab their first RB (Arian Foster) until the fourth round.
Throwing Caution to the Wind
- R. Jennings, RB
- Round 5, Pick 76
They grabbed Rashad Jennings with the 76th pick, even though his ADP is only 98.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
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..."