Picking 12th, The Smurfs built a team that probably isn't even worth talking about. It wouldn't be fair to give the good teams a recap and not the bad ones, though, so here goes. They are expected to finish ninth in PAUL's FF League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,307 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting DeMarco Murray (second round), Ryan Mathews (fourth round), and Bishop Sankey (fifth round). They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they have Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton on the roster.
The Smurfs should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why abbreviation is such a long word. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a harder-than-average slate. Despite having the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, The Smurfs actually has the second-softest last four games of the season.
WR or Bust
WR is the only above-average position group for The Smurfs.
Show Some ID
The Smurfs isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.8 years of NFL experience.
No Back-Up No Cry
Ignoring roster depth, The Smurfs chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
182 More Reasons to Appreciate A.J. Green
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 12
Green ranks sixth in the PAUL's FF League among WRs with 182 projected fantasy points.
Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 2, Pick 13
Get on up, it's DeMarco Murray time! He's predicted to run cool this season with 202 projected points.
That Just Happened
- Bishop Sankey, RB
- Round 5, Pick 60
Why can't I find Bishop Sankey on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round value."
- Chris Johnson, RB
- Round 6, Pick 61
With their sixth-round pick, The Smurfs pulled the trigger. They drafted Chris Johnson at pick number 61 despite an ADP of just 89.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- C. Kaepernick, QB
- Round 7, Pick 84
Colin Kaepernick can deliver fantasy glory to The Smurfs with his arm and his legs. Kaepernick has 664 projected rushing yards, and ranks first among QBs in that category.
The Smurfs has five positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including RB and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Christine Michael
- Rank 116, ADP 125
- James White
- Rank 127, ADP 125
- Josh McCown
- Rank 145, ADP 133
- Sam Bradford
- Rank 178, ADP 124
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..."