Even Mel Kiper Jr. can't scowl at this draft performance. And he even has a scowl when he's smiling. Despite a late draft pick, Vikings_42 assembled a team that is projected to finish third in The Brookside Hood League with a record of 8-5-0 (1,724 points). They clearly wanted to put together a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on Odell Beckham Jr. (first round), Jordy Nelson (third round), and Julian Edelman (fourth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Vikings_42 will benefit. They are one of the top groups of WRs in the league.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Vikings_42 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 a tougher-than-average slate. Vikings_42 could run into an early buzz saw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.
Strength in Numbers
TE is the best position for Vikings_42, though RB and WR are also stronger-than-average.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Vikings_42 picked up projected top-3 players (Jordan Reed, Odell Beckham Jr., and Graham Gano).
While the bottom half of the Vikings_42 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. 11).
A Pair of Proven Winners
Vikings_42 has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAngelo Williams) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
It's How You Finish
Vikings_42 made every other squad look silly after some amazing halftime adjustments, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Robert Griffin III and Nelson Agholor are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Vikings_42.
Does Odell Beckham Jr. Enjoy Fajitas?
- O. Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 1, Pick 4
Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Beckham Jr. is projected to rank ninth in the league with 1,528 all-purpose yards.
- Jamaal Charles, RB
- Round 2, Pick 21
Jamaal Charles is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,471 total yards (1,127 rushing, 343 receiving).
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 3, Pick 28
Vikings_42 chose a WR who's highly likely to turn a deep ball into TD gold. Jordy Nelson is projected to rank fifth among NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Julian Edelman, WR
- Round 4, Pick 45
Julian Edelman is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 92 projected catches rank seventh in the league.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Jordan Reed, TE
- Round 5, Pick 52
The rest of The Brookside Hood League overlooked a gem, and Vikings_42 made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Jordan Reed.
If Vikings_42 is looking to make a roster move, QB is a position they could look to upgrade first.
- Jay Cutler
- Rank 149, ADP 122
- Brock Osweiler
- Rank 167, ADP 122
- Jared Goff
- Rank 200, ADP 118
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..."