Peyton Place Draft Report Card


Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Don's Team Has Great Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

Don's Team figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the second overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 8-6-0 (1,561 points). With that record, they will likely finish third in Operations Dream Team League. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (18th overall), RB Eddie Lacy (2nd), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (15th), and TE Greg Olsen (31st) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the most prolific groups of RBs in the league, as they added Lacy, Lamar Miller, and T.J. Yeldon to the team.

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Don's Team should use Week 7 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the softest slates. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Don's Team also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Don's Team must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 9, both Justin Tucker and Matt Prater will be on bye.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With six "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Don's Team is looking for dependable help.

  • Good to Have Balance, Right?

    While the bottom half of the Don's Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 6).

  • Single-Bar Facemasks

    Don's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • Team of Champions?

    Don's Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Odell Beckham Jr., Peyton Manning, and Jeremy Maclin.

  • Better Late Than Never

    Don's Team finished on a high note, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Advanced Math

    If Don's Team had a nickel for every time Eddie Lacy is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 329 nickels.

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    Blackjack Beckham

    A 21-year-old rookie who was injured to begin the year, Beckham concluded 2014 with 21 targets in Week 17 against Philadelphia. No other player saw more targets in a single game all season.

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 18
    Maybe Manning Will Surprise

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

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 31
    Outstanding Olsen

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, only one Tight End (Gronkowski) appeared on first-place rosters more often than Greg Olsen last year.

    • Lamar Miller, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 34
    Yardage Machine

    Lamar Miller is projected to tally 1,143 yards on the ground, placing him at eighth in the NFL in that category.

Best Available

If Don's Team is interested in making a roster move, WR is one area they could improve.

    • Marques Colston
    • Rank 89, ADP 109
    • Eddie Royal
    • Rank 90, ADP 113
    • Torrey Smith
    • Rank 91, ADP 110
    • Martavis Bryant
    • Rank 100, ADP 69
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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-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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Peyton Place
1. (2) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (15) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
3. (18) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
4. (31) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
5. (34) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
6. (47) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
7. (50) Davante Adams (GB - WR)
8. (63) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
9. (66) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
10. (79) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
11. (82) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
12. (95) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
13. (98) Matt Prater (Det - K)
14. (111) T.J. Yeldon (Jax - RB)
15. (114) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)
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