Well, a bad draft position led to an even worse draft. Picking seventh overall, NinjaBoot is projected to land in 11th place in Final Fantasy Football VIII League with a record of 4-8-1 (1,275 points). With their first five picks, NinjaBoot aimed for balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (55th overall), RBs Matt Forte (18th) and Joseph Randle (42nd), and WRs Dez Bryant (7th) and Mike Evans (31st). They have one of the highest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they have Bryant, Evans, Keenan Allen, and Roddy White for their rotation.
NinjaBoot should use Week 6 to finally read War and Peace. Anything that isn't following their fantasy football team. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. NinjaBoot will have to be on top of their game as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.
Maybe You Should Add Tony Gonzalez While You're At It
NinjaBoot must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 5, both Jordan Cameron and Kyle Rudolph will be on bye.
Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for NinjaBoot, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Keenan Allen) and fourth-ranked (Roddy White) wideouts.
Sky's the Limit
With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, NinjaBoot hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
NinjaBoot nabbed a sleeper in Kyle Rudolph with pick No. 151.
In terms of projected points, the choice of Jay Cutler was the strongest pick of the final round. Savvy move there, NinjaBoot.
The Power of Persuasion
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 1, Pick 7
Now would be a reasonable time for NinjaBoot to encourage the Final Fantasy Football VIII League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Dez Bryant and his 87 projected catches (ranked 10th in the NFL).
Forte is Hungry
- Matt Forte, RB
- Round 2, Pick 18
And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 306 touches.
On a Scale of 1 to America
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 3, Pick 31
How free will Mike Evans get in the secondary? He's projected to put up 1,244 receiving yards this year.
A Bit of a Reach
- Joseph Randle, RB
- Round 4, Pick 42
NinjaBoot went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Joseph Randle has an ADP of 57.2, but he was grabbed at pick No. 42. Patience is a virtue, NinjaBoot.
Take One Play Off and He Burns You
- Matt Ryan, QB
- Round 5, Pick 55
NinjaBoot drafted one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Matt Ryan. Among NFL QBs, he's projected to rank third in plays over 40 yards with 11.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.4.
TE and QB are expected to be the worst positions for NinjaBoot and a potential area of need.
- Josh Hill
- Rank 147, ADP 131
- Ladarius Green
- Rank 150, ADP 135
- Jameis Winston
- Rank 148, ADP 123
- Derek Carr
- Rank 154, ADP 120
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..."