Veni Vidi Vici! Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered", this perfectly describes the drafting tactics of McKerrow Crows, who yielded a projected second-place finish (11-2-0, 2,780 points) in BeerDrinkersUnite League. They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Cam Newton (20th overall), RB Mark Ingram (21st), WR Antonio Brown (1st), and TE Greg Olsen (40th) within the first five rounds. They also landed the best QB tandem in the league, as they added Eli Manning and Newton.
McKerrow Crows should use Week 8 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the softest slate. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, McKerrow Crows also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, McKerrow Crows picked up projected top-two players (Antonio Brown, Justin Tucker, and Denver).
McKerrow Crows may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Eli Manning) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.
Close to the Vest
McKerrow Crows was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 17 picks.
This is the American version, folks. McKerrow Crows elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.
Team of Winners
McKerrow Crows is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Antonio Brown, Cam Newton, and Mark Ingram).
McKerrow Crows elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 1
Brown appeared on more Y! Fantasy playoff rosters than any other wide receiver, and accrued a whopping 193 targets over the course of the 2015 season (second only to Julio Jones, who got 203).
Did McKerrow Crows Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 2, Pick 20
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
If it Ain't Broke
- Mark Ingram, RB
- Round 3, Pick 21
Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, McKerrow Crows didn't grab their first RB (Mark Ingram) until the third round.
All Over the Field
- Greg Olsen, TE
- Round 4, Pick 40
Greg Olsen is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (fourth with 6.9) and receiving yards (third with 940).
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Julian Edelman, WR
- Round 5, Pick 41
Julian Edelman is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 92 projected catches rank seventh in the league.
McKerrow Crows has a legit team overall with no subpar positions, but TE is one position they may want to improve if they feel like tinkering.
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 136, ADP 136
- Zach Miller
- Rank 137, ADP 136
- Jared Cook
- Rank 150, ADP 134
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 154, ADP 135
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..."