Well, a bad draft position led to an even worse draft. Picking seventh overall, Throw up the X is projected to land in 12th place in Dallas Premier Football League with a record of 2-11-0 (2,307 points). With their first five picks, Throw up the X aimed for balance, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (55th overall), RBs DeMarco Murray (18th) and Melvin Gordon (42nd), and WRs Dez Bryant (7th) and T.Y. Hilton (31st). They put together the worst group of RBs in the league, as they added Murray, Gordon, Doug Martin, and Andre Williams.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Throw up the X has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult slates. In addition to having the third-most demanding overall schedule, Throw up the X has the second-easiest first four games of the season.
Checked Out Early
Throw up the X didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
A Dominating Duo
Throw up the X has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (DeMarco Murray and T.Y. Hilton) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
Throw up the X nabbed a sleeper in Marvin Jones with pick No. 175.
The Bargain Whisperer
Throw up the X was hunting for steals throughout the draft, snapping up a trio of bargains in the first 10 rounds (Houston, Dan Carpenter, and Ben Roethlisberger).
Throw up the X Went All YOLO Here
Grabbing Andrew Sendejo at pick 127 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Sendejo is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
Take One Play Off and He Burns You
Ladarius Green racks up yards in chunks, ranking first among NFL TEs in percentage of receptions over 40 yards (3.6%).
The Power of Persuasion
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 1, Pick 7
Now would be a reasonable time for Throw up the X to encourage the Dallas Premier Football League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Dez Bryant and his 87 projected catches (ranked 10th in the NFL).
DeMarco Da Man
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 2, Pick 18
Across all Yahoo! leagues, only one Running Back (Le'Veon Bell) showed up on more first-place rosters than Murray last season.
Rarely Seen in the Wild
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 42
With 1,114 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.
Rare Company for Roethlisberger
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 5, Pick 55
Big Ben joined Aaron Rodgers as the only QBs to eclipse 4,000 yards and average at least 8.0 yards per attempt last season. He was also one of just four signal-callers to throw for 30+ TDs and have fewer than 10 interceptions on the year.
Milk Was a Bad Choice
- Doug Martin, RB
- Round 6, Pick 66
And so was drafting Doug Martin, the weakest value of the round.
There are four positions that Throw up the X could look to upgrade, including TE, which looks like their biggest area of need.
- Charles Clay
- Rank 171, ADP 127
- Benjamin Watson
- Rank 173, ADP 123
- Coby Fleener
- Rank 174, ADP 123
- Heath Miller
- Rank 195, 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..."