It's not everyday you see this type of draft performance. Gridiron Grinders took the second overall pick and turned it into what experts would describe as a "mediocre, if not disappointing," draft. They are projected to finish with a record of 5-9-0, good enough for a "book-a-weekend-getaway-during-the-playoffs," 10th, in stanly docs League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (2nd overall), RBs Frank Gore (23rd) and Latavius Murray (26th), and WRs Golden Tate (47th) and Nelson Agholor (50th). They have the top TE combo in the league, as they have Rob Gronkowski and Richard Rodgers.
Gridiron Grinders might as well plan a vacation for Week 10. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the most difficult slate. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, Gridiron Grinders also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.
Selecting starting RBs should be a simple task most weeks for Gridiron Grinders, as the projected point difference between their second-ranked (Latavius Murray) and third-ranked (Danny Woodhead) RBs is significant.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Gridiron Grinders may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
TE or Bust
TE is the only above-average position group for Gridiron Grinders.
The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem
It seems like Gridiron Grinders likes to gamble -- they rolled the dice on six "high-risk" picks.
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team
Gridiron Grinders is a believer in the hopes of the Carolina Panthers this year, grabbing a pair of players on that squad earlier than their ADPs might suggest.
Richard Rodgers and Mike Tolbert are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Gridiron Grinders.
- Aaron Rodgers, QB
- Round 1, Pick 2
Though he attempted 32.5 passes per game (just 22nd in the league), Rodgers threw for the seventh-most yards (4,381) and third-most TDs (38) last season. A whopping 33 QBs tossed more interceptions than Rodgers' five.
Throwing Caution to the Wind
- Nelson Agholor, WR
- Round 5, Pick 50
They grabbed Nelson Agholor with the 50th pick, even though his ADP is only 100.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Rob Gronkowski, TE
- Round 7, Pick 74
Gridiron Grinders may have found a gem in the seventh round, grabbing Rob Gronkowski (74th overall pick vs. ADP of 8.5).
With five below-average positions on Gridiron Grinders, WR and RB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Brandon LaFell
- Rank 109, ADP 110
- DeVante Parker
- Rank 127, ADP 127
- Tevin Coleman
- Rank 94, ADP 107
- David Cobb
- Rank 106, ADP 125
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..."