Filler Meat Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Led by an Elite Group of RBs, Filler Meat Has a Legit Squad

Draft Summary

Picking seventh, Filler Meat put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected sixth-place finish in stanly docs League (7-7-0, 1,445 points). They wanted to shore up any RB concerns early, using three of their first five draft picks to draft RBs Le'Veon Bell (first round), Joseph Randle (third round), and Doug Martin (fifth round). These players will be heavily relied upon by Filler Meat, as they are one of the best groups of RBs in the league.

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Schedule

Filler Meat should drop off the grid during Week 6. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the softest schedules. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Filler Meat also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Allocation

    TE is the strongest position for Filler Meat, though DEF and RB aren't too shabby either.

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Filler Meat may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • Starting Slowly

    Filler Meat got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • A Dominating Duo

    Filler Meat has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Le'Veon Bell and T.Y. Hilton) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, Filler Meat chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

  • Mr. Mendoza

    Charles Sims is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Filler Meat has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Bell is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank fifth in the NFL with 312 touches.

    • Joseph Randle, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 31
    A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven

    Joseph Randle went with the 31st overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Filler Meat, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (27th with 775) and TDs (26th with 5.2). Appears that Filler Meat just went with their gut on this one.

    • Philip Rivers, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 66
    Like Face Wash for Teenagers

    Filler Meat was proactive about grabbing a QB. They reached for Philip Rivers at pick number 66 even though his ADP is only 107.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Pierre Garcon, WR
    • Round 7, Pick 79
    Was Pierre Garcon Worth it at Pick No. 79?

    Filler Meat sure hopes so. The Redskins' WR is projected to put up 117 points this year, after getting 93 last season.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 8, Pick 90
    Biggest Steal

    If other Yahoo! users are right, Filler Meat got a steal in the eighth round, when they selected Jimmy Graham (90th overall pick vs. ADP of 30.9).

Best Available

With three subpar positions on Filler Meat, WR and QB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Brandon LaFell
    • Rank 109, ADP 110
    • DeVante Parker
    • Rank 127, ADP 127
    • Andy Dalton
    • Rank 135, ADP 126
    • Alex Smith
    • Rank 165, ADP 120
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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 ADP
    Pick 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 League
        Team     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 Points
    Week

    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..."

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Filler Meat
1. (7) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (18) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
3. (31) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
4. (42) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
5. (55) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
6. (66) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
7. (79) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
8. (90) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
9. (103) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
10. (114) New England (NE - DEF)
11. (127) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
12. (138) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
13. (151) Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
14. (162) Charles Sims (TB - RB)
15. (175) Percy Harvin (Buf - WR)
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