Beats by Ray Draft Report Card

B+
Grade

Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Beats by Ray Is a Team to Watch Out For

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Beats by Ray didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with an 8-5-0 (2,086) record and third-place finish in SAM Squad League. With their first five picks, Beats by Ray focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (34th overall), RBs Eddie Lacy (2nd) and Matt Forte (18th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (15th) and Brandin Cooks (31st). They have the top group of RBs in the league, as they added Lacy, Forte and Andre Ellington to their roster.

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Schedule

Beats by Ray should do pretty much anything other than watch football during Week 7. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the least challenging slate. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Beats by Ray also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Carrying the Load

    Beats by Ray has four above-average positions with RB and QB projected to lead the way.

  • Losing Focus

    Beats by Ray must have had to leave their draft party early. After tallying the most projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they managed the fewest during the second half.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With eight "low-risk" players among their 16 picks, Beats by Ray is looking for dependable help.

  • Top Heavy

    The top half of the Beats by Ray roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • Putting Their Best Foot Forward

    Beats by Ray knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • Checked Out Early

    Beats by Ray didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Feed Thy Beast

    Eddie Lacy will get the ball early and often, projected to finish third in the league with 329 touches.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    The Man at Mile-High

    Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, just three WRs (Brown, Sanders, Maclin) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Thomas.

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 18
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of SAM Squad League overlooked a gem, and Beats by Ray made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Matt Forte.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 34
    Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Beats by Ray drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He's projected to lead NFL QBs in plays over 40 yards with 13.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 5.1.

    • A. Ellington, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 47
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Andre Ellington with the 47th pick, even though his ADP is only 61 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

If Beats by Ray has a desire to make a roster move, TE and DEF are areas of need.

    • Zach Ertz
    • Rank 107, ADP 75
    • Kyle Rudolph
    • Rank 118, ADP 129
    • Kansas City Defense
    • Rank 209, ADP 126
    • San Francisco Defense
    • Rank 215, ADP 140
  • 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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Beats by Ray
1. (2) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (15) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (18) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
4. (31) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
5. (34) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
6. (47) Andre Ellington (Ari - RB)
7. (50) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
8. (63) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
9. (66) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
10. (79) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
11. (82) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
12. (95) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
13. (98) Mike Wallace (Min - WR)
14. (111) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
15. (114) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
16. (127) Larry Donnell (NYG - TE)
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