When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with The Lord's Pumpkins, which flipped its sixth overall pick into a projected third-place finish in Sons of Light League (9-5-0, 1,552 points). With their first five picks, The Lord's Pumpkins aimed for balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (38th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (6th) and LeSean McCoy (22nd), and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (11th) and Andre Johnson (27th). They built the best group of RBs in the league, as they added Peterson, McCoy, and C.J. Spiller.
While Week 9 has the most players on bye for The Lord's Pumpkins (three), Week 5 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the entire season, they have a less-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, The Lord's Pumpkins has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Selecting starting RBs should be a simple task most weeks for The Lord's Pumpkins, as the projected point difference between their second-ranked (LeSean McCoy) and third-ranked (C.J. Spiller) RBs is significant.
The Lord's Pumpkins is loaded at RB, but QB isn't too shabby, either.
The Lord's Pumpkins minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 15 picks.
AARP Card's in the Mail
With an average of 7.4 years of NFL experience, The Lord's Pumpkins is the team most likely to have a player qualify for a senior citizen discount.
Team of Champions
The Lord's Pumpkins 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 (Odell Beckham Jr., Peyton Manning, and Jeremy Maclin).
No Back-Up No Cry
Ignoring roster depth, The Lord's Pumpkins chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
No RB by Committee Here
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 6
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Adrian Peterson. The Lord's Pumpkins should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 333 projected touches this year.
The Definition of Explosive
- O. Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 2, Pick 11
Following New York's Bye in Week 8, Beckham torched the NFL for 81 catches, 1,199 yards and nine touchdowns (on 115 total targets).
Feed Thy Beast
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 22
LeSean McCoy will get the ball early and often, projected to finish second in the league with 331 touches.
Doling Out Nightmares
- Andre Johnson, WR
- Round 4, Pick 27
Andre Johnson will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish eighth in the NFL with 8.4 receiving TDs.
Like a Prancing Unicorn
- Peyton Manning, QB
- Round 5, Pick 38
Peyton Manning is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish second in the NFL in passing TDs and fourth in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for The Lord's Pumpkins.
With four below-average positions on The Lord's Pumpkins, DEF and TE are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Philadelphia Defense
- Rank 183, ADP 77
- Baltimore Defense
- Rank 199, ADP 102
- Tyler Eifert
- Rank 105, ADP 119
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 122, ADP 112
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..."