Trophy Wife Draft Report Card


After Some Early Gambles, Trophy Wife Needs Work to Reach Playoffs

Draft Summary

Look, Trophy Wife, not everyone achieves the "above" in "above average," it has to be earned. Just be happy being an average GM, and maybe with a little hard work and a better draft next season, your team will reach that milestone. Trophy Wife didn't kill their playoff aspirations with this draft, but they'll have to do some extra work to get there. For now, they're projected to finish in seventh-place in Labor Pains League at 5-8-0 (1,900 points). They wanted to make sure they had plenty of wideout options, picking Demaryius Thomas (first round), Brandin Cooks (fourth round), Amari Cooper (sixth round), and Nelson Agholor (seventh round) with four of their first seven selections. They put together the worst group of RBs in the league, as they added Ameer Abdullah, Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden to their roster.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Trophy Wife has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the most difficult slates. Along with the second-most demanding overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Trophy Wife.

Draft Notes

  • Show Some ID

    Trophy Wife isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 3.5 years of NFL experience.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With seven "low-risk" players among their 13 picks, Trophy Wife is looking for dependable help.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, Trophy Wife chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    Trophy Wife didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Trophy Wife has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Demaryius Thomas and Andrew Luck) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Mr. Mendoza

    Rueben Randle is owned in only 10% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Trophy Wife has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    The Man at Mile-High

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, just three WRs (Brown, Sanders, Maclin) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Thomas last year.

    • Andrew Luck, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Trophy Wife Made Sure Luck Was On Their Side

    Any questions about Luck's development were quelled last year, as the Indy gunslinger firmly entrenched himself among fantasy's elite at the QB position.

    • Alfred Morris, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    How Rebellious of You

    Trophy Wife said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Alfred Morris).

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Let Me Check it Again

    Why can't I find Ameer Abdullah on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round flier."

    • Amari Cooper, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 52
    Derek Carr's New Toy

    And now Trophy Wife gets to play, too. Cooper's projected to finish in the top-20 for receptions this year, something that hasn't happened in Oakland since Jerry Porter ten years ago.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on Trophy Wife, RB and TE are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Ryan Mathews
    • Rank 92, ADP 118
    • Shane Vereen
    • Rank 93, ADP 119
    • Kyle Rudolph
    • Rank 118, ADP 128
    • Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    • Rank 126, ADP 133
  • 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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Trophy Wife
1. (9) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
2. (12) Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)
3. (29) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
4. (32) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
5. (49) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
6. (52) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
7. (69) Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR)
8. (72) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
9. (89) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
10. (92) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
11. (109) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
12. (112) Carolina (Car - DEF)
13. (129) Rueben Randle (NYG - WR)
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