Bye Week Draft Report Card


Despite an Exciting Set of WRs, Dirtbaggery Has a Solidly Average Roster

Draft Summary

While this draft by Dirtbaggery didn't exactly set the world on fire, it didn't destroy their playoff aspirations either. They are expected to be in the mix for a playoff spot with a projected seventh-place finish in Illegal Touching League at 6-7-0 (1,602 points). They used their first three picks on wideouts Dez Bryant (11th overall), Odell Beckham Jr. (14th), and Jeremy Maclin (35th), giving them a competitive "500" team that should dominate the playground in no time. They ended up with the bottom group of RBs in the league, as they have Todd Gurley, Shane Vereen, Joseph Randle, and Tre Mason for their rotation.

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Week 6 might require some waiver-wire magic from Dirtbaggery, as their top two projected scorers (Ben Roethlisberger and Odell Beckham Jr.) will be relaxing at home that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a more-difficult-than-average schedule. Dirtbaggery has a chance to get off to a fast start, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average. However, their closing stretch of four games is expected to be tougher than average.

Draft Notes

  • A Dominating Pair

    WR and DEF are both projected to be really solid units for Dirtbaggery.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Dirtbaggery will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Dan Carpenter) and only DEF (Buffalo) will both be on bye that week.

  • Golden Handcuff

    Dirtbaggery hedged their bets by scooping up Tre Mason in the 11th round to back up Todd Gurley, his Rams teammate (a sixth-round selection).

  • A Dominating Duo

    Dirtbaggery has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Odell Beckham Jr. and Jeremy Maclin) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Super Sleepers

    Maxx Williams and Jameis Winston are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Dirtbaggery.

  • Bargain Shopper

    With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Buffalo, Jordan Cameron, and Joseph Randle), Dirtbaggery made some shrewd moves.

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 11
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Dirtbaggery to encourage the Illegal Touching League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Dez Bryant and his 87 projected catches (ranked 10th in the NFL).

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Finishing With a Bang

    From Week 9 through Week 17, Beckham torched the NFL for 81 catches, 1,199 yards and nine touchdowns (on 115 total targets).

    • Jeremy Maclin, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 35
    Jumpin' For Jeremy

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, only two WRs (Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Maclin last season.

    • Sammy Watkins, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 38
    Buffalo's Soldier

    Watkins was just 18 yards shy from being the fourth rookie WR to notch 1,000 receiving yards last season (Beckham, Evans, Benjamin).

    • B. Roethlisberger, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 59
    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.

Best Available

Dirtbaggery has four positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Vernon Davis
    • Rank 132, ADP 128
    • Jordan Reed
    • Rank 133, ADP 136
    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
    • Andre Williams
    • Rank 137, ADP 122
  • 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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Bye Week
1. (11) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (14) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
3. (35) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
4. (38) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
5. (59) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
6. (62) Todd Gurley (StL - RB)
7. (83) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
8. (86) Shane Vereen (NYG - RB)
9. (107) Jordan Cameron (Mia - TE)
10. (110) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
11. (131) Tre Mason (StL - RB)
12. (134) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
13. (155) Maxx Williams (Bal - TE)
14. (158) Knile Davis (KC - RB)
15. (179) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
16. (182) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
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