Hopefully just because this draft was average, Baby Ducklings won't purchase a muscle car or jacked-up truck to overcompensate. And hey, with the right breaks, maybe this team can reach the playoffs. They are projected to finish seventh in The River DFW League with a record of 6-8-0 (1,504 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (51st overall), RB Todd Gurley (3rd), WR Brandin Cooks (22nd), and TE Jordan Reed (46th) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the best TE combos in the league, as they have Reed and Jason Witten on their team.
Baby Ducklings should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why there's only one word for thesaurus. That's still time better spent than checking fantasy football that week. Their top three projected scorers (Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Tannehill and Todd Gurley) will be off that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the toughest schedules. Along with having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Baby Ducklings also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.
Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away
It's likely that in Week 8, Baby Ducklings will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Tannehill will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.
Baby Ducklings is stacked at TE, but QB isn't too shabby, either.
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing Brice Butler at pick 171 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Butler is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
This Mr. Irrelevant gets No Parade
In terms of projected points, the choice of Brice Butler was the weakest pick of the final round. You had one last chance and you blew it, Baby Ducklings.
No RB by Committee Here
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. Baby Ducklings should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 349 projected touches this year.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Keenan Allen, WR
- Round 3, Pick 27
Keenan Allen is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 99 projected catches rank fifth in the league.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Jordan Reed, TE
- Round 4, Pick 46
The rest of The River DFW League overlooked a gem, and Baby Ducklings made the highest value pick of the round by taking Jordan Reed.
Like a Prancing Unicorn
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 5, Pick 51
Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for Baby Ducklings.
It Was a Learning Experience
- Josh Gordon, WR
- Round 6, Pick 70
Hey, remember that time Baby Ducklings took Josh Gordon WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Gordon was the weakest value pick of the round.
With four below-average positions on Baby Ducklings, WR and DEF are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Tajae Sharpe
- Rank 126, ADP 126
- Rishard Matthews
- Rank 144, ADP 132
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 190, ADP 133
- Philadelphia Defense
- Rank 206, ADP 142
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..."