Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Samuel's Team 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 (4,666) record and fourth-place finish in OUTLAWS FANTASY II League. With their first five picks, Samuel's Team aimed for balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (44th overall), RBs Todd Gurley (4th) and Eddie Lacy (24th), and WRs Mike Evans (17th) and Randall Cobb (37th). They put together the highest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they have Gurley, Lacy, and Frank Gore to lead the way.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Samuel's Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the weakest schedules. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Samuel's Team also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
Samuel's Team is stacked at RB, but QB isn't too shabby, either.
Close to the Vest
Samuel's Team was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.
Samuel's Team scored the best value pick of the final round, drafting Chris Boswell at pick number 144.
No RB by Committee Here
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 1, Pick 4
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. Samuel's Team should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 344 projected touches this year.
Doling Out Nightmares
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 2, Pick 17
Mike Evans will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish sixth in the NFL with 8.6 receiving TDs.
He's Got an Ability to Simplify Things
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 5, Pick 44
As Mitch Hedberg once said, "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read." With 1,731 projected fantasy points, Drew Brees is a kid who'll turn opposing secondaries into childrens' books each week.
Was DeMarco Murray Worth it at Pick No. 57?
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 6, Pick 57
Samuel's Team sure hopes so. The Titans' running back is projected to notch 391 points this year, after producing 426 last year.
It Was a Learning Experience
- Julius Thomas, TE
- Round 7, Pick 64
Hey, remember that time Samuel's Team took Julius Thomas WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Thomas was the weakest value pick of the round.
With four below-average positions on Samuel's Team, TE and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 130, ADP 135
- Zach Miller
- Rank 134, ADP 136
- Los Angeles Defense
- Rank 171, ADP 86
- New England Defense
- Rank 179, ADP 89
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..."