Smif&Mackpa$$rushOP Draft Report Card

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Grade

Despite a Set of Beast RBs, PurpleJEE$UZisOP! Obviously Hates Winning

Draft Summary

It's not everyday you see this type of draft performance. PurpleJEE$UZisOP! took the first 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 5-7-1, good enough for a "book-a-weekend-getaway-during-the-playoffs," ninth, in Final Fantasy Football VIII League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (49th overall), RBs Eddie Lacy (1st) and Lamar Miller (24th), and WRs Jordan Matthews (25th) and Brandon Marshall (48th). They put together the best RB combo in the league, as they added Lacy and Miller.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.

Schedule

PurpleJEE$UZisOP! should just disappear for a while during Week 5. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the most challenging slate. In addition to having the most grueling overall schedule, PurpleJEE$UZisOP! has the second-toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for PurpleJEE$UZisOP!, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Brandon Marshall) and fourth-ranked (Michael Crabtree) wideouts.

  • Miami Dolphins Fan?

    PurpleJEE$UZisOP! reached twice to draft a Miami Dolphins player.

  • Close to the Vest

    PurpleJEE$UZisOP! was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 14 picks.

  • Top Heavy

    The top half of the PurpleJEE$UZisOP! roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, PurpleJEE$UZisOP! chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    PurpleJEE$UZisOP! didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Eddie Lacy Doesn't Read the Playbook

    The playbook reads him. PurpleJEE$UZisOP! should be in decent shape if Lacy gets his 329 projected touches this year.

    • Lamar Miller, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 24
    Traditionalist

    PurpleJEE$UZisOP! stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Eddie Lacy and Lamar Miller right off the bat.

    • J. Matthews, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 25
    Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Jordan Matthews was the weakest value pick of the round.

    • B. Roethlisberger, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Steel-town Signal-Caller

    Roethlisberger wound up tied with Drew Brees wound for the most passing yards in the league last year, though Big Ben got to 4,952 with 51 fewer passing attempts.

    • Jarvis Landry, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 72
    Returning to Greatness

    If special teams contributions count in Final Fantasy Football VIII League, PurpleJEE$UZisOP! may have found a gem in Jarvis Landry. Including his 1,218 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,169 all-purpose yards.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on PurpleJEE$UZisOP!, TE and WR are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Josh Hill
    • Rank 147, ADP 131
    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 150, ADP 135
    • Markus Wheaton
    • Rank 121, ADP 127
    • Kenny Stills
    • Rank 123, ADP 127
  • 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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Smif&Mackpa$$rushOP
1. (1) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (24) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
3. (25) Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR)
4. (48) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
5. (49) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
6. (72) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
7. (73) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
8. (96) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
9. (97) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
10. (120) Martavis Bryant (Pit - WR)
11. (121) Bishop Sankey (Ten - RB)
12. (144) Brandon Coleman (NO - WR)
13. (145) Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR)
14. (168) Caleb Sturgis (Phi - K)
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