Rome wasn't built in a day, but Ricky's Team built a Holy Roman Empire-formidable team in less than two hours. They are projected to go 11-3-0 (1,573 points) and finish in first. They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Russell Wilson (31st overall), RBs Eddie Lacy (2nd) and Matt Forte (15th), and WRs Jordy Nelson (18th) and Kelvin Benjamin (34th). They put together one of the most prolific RB pairs in the league, as they added Lacy and Forte.
Ricky's Team should use Week 7 to consider life's great mysteries, like why there's only one word for thesaurus. That's still time better spent than checking fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the easiest schedules. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Ricky's Team has the league's easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Good Luck With That One!
Ricky's Team will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Allen Robinson), fourth- (DeSean Jackson), and fifth-ranked (Marques Colston) wideouts.
Close to the Vest
Ricky's Team was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.
I Keep Getting Older
And they stay the same age. Ricky's Team isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 5.8 years of NFL experience.
Defense Wins Championships?
Ricky's Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Dominating Duo
Ricky's Team has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Matt Forte and Jordy Nelson) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Taking a Chance
With their ninth-round pick, Ricky's Team threw caution to the wind. They took Connor Barth at pick number 66 despite an ADP of 77.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Lacy is Hungry
- Eddie Lacy, RB
- Round 1, Pick 2
And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank third in the NFL with 322 touches.
- Matt Forte, RB
- Round 2, Pick 15
Ricky's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Eddie Lacy and Matt Forte before targeting other positions.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 3, Pick 18
Ricky's Team chose the WR most likely to turn deep balls into TD gold. Jordy Nelson is projected to lead all NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.6 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.2.
Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run
- Russell Wilson, QB
- Round 4, Pick 31
He won't get too flashy in the passing game, but the ability to create with his legs makes Wilson a legitimate threat to NFL defenses -- and to future fantasy opponents of Ricky's Team.
Keen on Kelvin
- K. Benjamin, WR
- Round 5, Pick 34
Benjamin was one of three rookie WRs to reach the 1,000-yard mark last year, joining Beckham (1,305) and Evans (1,051). He led all rookies with 145 total targets in 2014.
Ricky's Team could potentially upgrade TE and WR, but TE is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Rank 124, ADP 134
- Tyler Eifert
- Rank 130, ADP 131
- Kyle Rudolph
- Rank 133, ADP 133
- Jordan Reed
- Rank 146, ADP 137
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..."