Ricky's Team Draft Report Card


Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Ricky's Team Is Going to Own This League

Draft Summary

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.

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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.

Draft Notes

  • 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.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Lacy is Hungry

    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
    Old Fashioned

    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
    The Alchemist

    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.

    • Russell Wilson, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 31
    Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run

    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.

    • K. Benjamin, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 34
    Keen on Kelvin

    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.

Best Available

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 Lost

    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-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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Ricky's Team
1. (2) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (15) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
3. (18) Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)
4. (31) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
5. (34) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
6. (47) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
7. (50) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
8. (63) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
9. (66) Connor Barth (TB - K)
10. (79) Chris Ivory (NYJ - RB)
11. (82) Allen Robinson (Jax - WR)
12. (95) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
13. (98) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
14. (111) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
15. (114) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
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