Marshall Law figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the eighth overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 8-5-0 (1,362 points). With that record, they will likely finish third in Footballers 4 Life League. With their first five picks, Marshall Law aimed for balance, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (33rd overall), RBs Matt Forte (8th) and Le'Veon Bell (28th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (13th) and Vincent Jackson (48th). They ended up with a better-than-average group of WRs, as they have Marshall, Jackson, Michael Floyd, and T.Y. Hilton on their team.
While Week 10 has the most players on bye for Marshall Law (five), Week 9 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest slates. In addition to having the third-easiest overall schedule, Marshall Law also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Marshall Law will need an assist from the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only TE (Kyle Rudolph), only K (Nick Novak), and only DEF (Houston) will all be on bye that week.
Earning Your Paycheck
Marshall Law will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Michael Floyd), fourth- (T.Y. Hilton), and fifth-ranked (Terrance Williams) wideouts.
Shouldering the Burden?
Marshall Law has three above-average positions on their roster: QB, RB, and WR.
Close to the Vest
Marshall Law was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 14 picks.
The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 6.9 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 9 with 3.7 years).
A Pair of Proven Winners
Marshall Law has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Matt Forte and Matthew Stafford) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Does Matt Forte Enjoy Fajitas?
- Matt Forte, RB
- Round 1, Pick 8
Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Forte is projected to rank fourth in the league with 1,700 total yards.
The Power of Persuasion
- B. Marshall, WR
- Round 2, Pick 13
Now would be a reasonable time for Marshall Law to encourage the Footballers 4 Life League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Brandon Marshall and his 94 projected catches (ranked fifth in the NFL).
A Super Duper Signal-Caller
- M. Stafford, QB
- Round 4, Pick 33
Matthew Stafford is projected to rack up 339 points this year, enough to rank third among all QBs.
- V. Jackson, WR
- Round 5, Pick 48
If other Yahoo! users are right, Marshall Law got a steal in the fifth round, when they selected Vincent Jackson (48th overall pick vs. ADP of 35.2).
Was the 53rd Pick the Right Time for Michael Floyd?
- Michael Floyd, WR
- Round 6, Pick 53
Marshall Law apparently believes it is. The Cardinals' wide receiver is projected to net 161 points this year, after putting up 150 last year.
While Marshall Law is projected to have three subpar positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.
- San Francisco Defense
- Rank 164, ADP 71
- Indianapolis Defense
- Rank 231, ADP 144
- Baltimore Defense
- Rank 242, ADP 141
- Tampa Bay Defense
- Rank 247, ADP 140
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..."