A late round draft pick would fluster the novice fantasy football manager, but this was obviously not the first rodeo for MarshallLaw. They were able to flip the 10th overall pick into an expected finish of second place with a record of 8-4-1 (1,775 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Russell Wilson (39th overall), RB Andre Ellington (34th), WR Demaryius Thomas (15th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (10th) within the first five rounds. They put together the worst group of RBs in the league, as they have Ellington, Doug Martin, Duke Johnson Jr., and Jonas Gray on their roster.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, MarshallLaw has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a harder-than-average schedule. MarshallLaw has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
One Will Rise Up Like a Phoenix From the Ashes
MarshallLaw is hoping that either Anquan Boldin or Torrey Smith will emerge as a serious threat for the San Francisco 49ers.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
MarshallLaw drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Rob Gronkowski, Buffalo, and Josh Scobee).
Stockpiling Talent at TE
MarshallLaw should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE is definitely the strongest among them.
MarshallLaw hedged their bets by scooping up David Johnson in the 14th round to back up Andre Ellington, his Cardinals teammate (a third-round selection).
MarshallLaw elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Pair of Proven Winners
MarshallLaw has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Rob Gronkowski and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
- Rob Gronkowski, TE
- Round 1, Pick 10
Across all Yahoo! leagues, no Tight End appeared on first-place rosters more often than Rob Gronkowski last year.
The Man at Mile-High
- D. Thomas, WR
- Round 2, Pick 15
Across all Yahoo! leagues, just three WRs (Brown, Sanders, Maclin) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Thomas last year.
How Rebellious of You
- A. Ellington, RB
- Round 3, Pick 34
MarshallLaw said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Andre Ellington).
Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run
- Russell Wilson, QB
- Round 4, Pick 39
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 MarshallLaw.
Milk Was a Bad Choice
- Doug Martin, RB
- Round 5, Pick 58
And so was drafting Doug Martin, the weakest value of the round.
MarshallLaw could potentially upgrade RB and QB, but RB is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Darren Sproles
- Rank 170, ADP 114
- Ahmad Bradshaw
- Rank 182, ADP 113
- Fred Jackson
- Rank 184, ADP 118
- Chris Johnson
- Rank 210, ADP 115
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..."