Red Devils figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the third overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 7-6-0 (1,624 points). With that record, they will likely finish fifth in Stampede Blue League 5 League. They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Adrian Peterson (first round), Andre Ellington (second round), and Bishop Sankey (fifth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Red Devils will benefit. They are one of the best groups of RBs in the league.
Red Devils can write off Week 10 as a scheduling injustice and use that time to consider other injustices: for example, why doesn't Chewbacca get a medal during the ceremony at the end of Star Wars? Wookie bias? They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the easiest schedules. Corresponding with the third-easiest overall schedule, Red Devils also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Red Devils picked up projected top-3 players (Stephen Gostkowski, Adrian Peterson, and Dan Bailey).
The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.2 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 12 with 3.2 years).
This is the American version, folks. Red Devils elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.
Defense Wins Championships?
Red Devils chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Stephen Gostkowski, Jason Witten, and Arizona), Red Devils made some shrewd moves.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Red Devils got a steal in snatching Stephen Gostkowski in the ninth round (99th overall pick vs. ADP of 76.2).
Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank fifth in the league with 1,641 all-purpose yards.
- A. Ellington, RB
- Round 2, Pick 22
Red Devils stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Adrian Peterson and Andre Ellington right off the bat.
256 More Reasons to Appreciate Jordy Nelson
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 3, Pick 27
Nelson ranks ninth in the Stampede Blue League 5 League among WRs with 256 projected fantasy points.
The Power of Persuasion
- Andre Johnson, WR
- Round 4, Pick 46
Now would be a reasonable time for Red Devils to encourage the Stampede Blue League 5 League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Andre Johnson and his 87 projected catches (ranked eighth in the NFL).
Apparently ADP is Overrated
- Bishop Sankey, RB
- Round 5, Pick 51
With their fifth-round pick, Red Devils pulled the trigger. They took Bishop Sankey at pick number 51 despite an ADP of just 72.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
While Red Devils is expected to be weak across three positions, TE is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.
- Coby Fleener
- Rank 179, ADP 137
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 182, ADP 122
- Jared Cook
- Rank 195, ADP 131
- Brent Celek
- Rank 211, ADP 123
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..."