Playoffs?! Are you kidding me, playoffs?! Actually, yeah that could happen. FireBomber put together a quality team and is projected to finish in fourth-place in Yahoo Public 631214 League at 9-5-0 (1,565 points). With their first five picks, FireBomber aimed for balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (26th overall), RBs Todd Gurley (6th) and Le'Veon Bell (15th), and WRs Randall Cobb (35th) and Jarvis Landry (46th). They put together one of the lowest-scoring tandems of WRs in the league, as they added Landry and Larry Fitzgerald to their fantasy roster.
FireBomber should use Week 8 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest slates. Along with the second-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for FireBomber.
Earning Your Paycheck
FireBomber will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Kelvin Benjamin), fourth- (Randall Cobb), and fifth-ranked (Emmanuel Sanders) wideouts.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, FireBomber chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).
A Dominating Pair
FireBomber has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Todd Gurley and Cam Newton) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Beginning with a Bang
FireBomber got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
FireBomber grabbed a sleeper in Corey Coleman with pick No. 135.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, FireBomber got a steal in snatching Ryan Mathews in the ninth round (86th overall pick vs. ADP of 71).
No RB by Committee Here
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 1, Pick 6
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. FireBomber should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 342 projected touches this year.
- Le'Veon Bell, RB
- Round 2, Pick 15
FireBomber stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell right off the bat.
Did FireBomber Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 3, Pick 26
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
Taking a Chance
- Randall Cobb, WR
- Round 4, Pick 35
With their fourth-round pick, FireBomber threw caution to the wind. They took Randall Cobb at pick number 35 despite an ADP of 45.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Jumping on Jarvis:
- Jarvis Landry, WR
- Round 5, Pick 46
FireBomber may see some WR1 potential in Landry, who was one of three players (along with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown) to see double-digit targets in each of the final four weeks of 2015.
TE and WR are expected to be the worst positions for FireBomber and a potential area of need.
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 136, ADP 136
- Vance McDonald
- Rank 148, ADP 138
- Stefon Diggs
- Rank 103, ADP 120
- Sammie Coates
- Rank 119, ADP 131
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..."