Entering the draft with the fourth overall pick, the expectations were high for Bruise Cruse. Then they drafted. Those expectations quickly vanished with a projected mediocre eighth-place finish in Any Given Sunday (Hope UCC) League at 7-7-0 (1,408 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Tom Brady (53rd overall), RB Marshawn Lynch (4th), WR Jeremy Maclin (60th), and TE Jimmy Graham (25th) within the first five rounds. They have the worst group of WRs in the league, as they added Maclin, Larry Fitzgerald and Pierre Garcon for their rotation.
Bruise Cruse should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have an easier-than-average slate. Bruise Cruse has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
Bruise Cruse drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Jimmy Graham, Marshawn Lynch, and Matt Bryant).
Drink Plenty of Milk
With an average of 8.4 years of NFL experience, Bruise Cruse has the greatest chance of losing a player to osteoporosis.
You Snooze, You Lose
While the rest of the league slept on Charles Sims, Bruise Cruse pounced on him at pick No. 172.
Charles Sims is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Bruise Cruse for their faith! Or not.
Feed Thy Beast
- Marshawn Lynch, RB
- Round 1, Pick 4
Marshawn Lynch will get the ball early and often, projected to finish fourth in the league with 313 touches.
A Big, Reliable Threat
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 2, Pick 25
Jimmy Graham ranks second in the Any Given Sunday (Hope UCC) League among TEs with 122 projected fantasy points.
Rarely Seen in the Wild
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 3, Pick 32
With 1,114 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.
Do You Know if Tom Brady is Religious?
- Tom Brady, QB
- Round 4, Pick 53
With 308 projected points, Bruise Cruse is hoping Brady will be the answer to their prayers.
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 5, Pick 60
Across all Yahoo! leagues, only two WRs (Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders) appeared on first-place rosters more often than Maclin last year.
WR, the only subpar position on Bruise Cruse, is one area that could potentially be upgraded.
- Victor Cruz
- Rank 113, ADP 109
- Percy Harvin
- Rank 145, ADP 121
- Breshad Perriman
- Rank 149, ADP 127
- Dwayne Bowe
- Rank 157, ADP 127
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..."