Joe Theismann once said "a genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." No one will mistake the GM of Jim Irsay's Mullet for Norman Einstein after this draft, putting together a roster that is projected to finish eighth in Stampede Blue League 8 League and miss the playoffs. Unless changes are made, they will likely finish with a record of 6-7-0 (1,617 points). They went after guys who can tote the rock with their early picks, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Jamaal Charles (first round), Andre Ellington (second round), and Ryan Mathews (fourth round). This group will have to produce in order for Jim Irsay's Mullet to have a good season, as they are one of the highest-scoring groups of RBs in the league.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Jim Irsay's Mullet has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the entire season, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. Despite having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Jim Irsay's Mullet actually has the toughest first four games of the season.
Jim Irsay's Mullet is loaded at RB and DEF. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in Stampede Blue League 8 League?
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Jim Irsay's Mullet must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 10, both Adam Vinatieri and Nick Novak will be on bye.
Veteran Mentors on the Bench
While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 10 in the league with an average of 4.2 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 2 with 7.3 years).
Jim Irsay's Mullet knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Defense Wins Championships?
Jim Irsay's Mullet chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Dominating Duo
Jim Irsay's Mullet has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jamaal Charles and Alshon Jeffery) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Choosy Moms Choose Jamaal
- Jamaal Charles, RB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Owners who took a chance on Jamaal Charles were rewarded nicely last year, as he was owned on more playoff rosters across Yahoo! than any other RB.
Does Andre Ellington Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?
- A. Ellington, RB
- Round 2, Pick 22
Because his projected yardage figures are tasty. Ellington is ranked ninth in the league with 1,503 all-purpose yards.
257 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 3, Pick 27
Jeffery ranks eighth in the Stampede Blue League 8 League among wideouts with 257 projected fantasy points.
Rethinking That One
- M. Crabtree, WR
- Round 5, Pick 51
While drafted 51st overall, Michael Crabtree isn't projected among the NFL's top-30 in either receiving TDs (33rd with 5.9) or receiving yards (35th with 915).
That Just Happened
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 6, Pick 70
Why can't I find Cam Newton on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round value."
With three below-average positions on Jim Irsay's Mullet, TE and K are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 182, ADP 123
- Jermichael Finley
- Rank 186, ADP 120
- Alex Henery
- Rank 254, ADP 135
- Ryan Succop
- Rank 266, ADP 129
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..."