Picking 10th, Leonardo's Team put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected third-place finish in Yahoo Public 795587 League (9-5-0, 1,600 points). They wanted to shore up any RB concerns early, using three of their first five draft picks to draft RBs Adrian Peterson (second round), LeSean McCoy (fourth round), and DeMarco Murray (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are the top group of RBs in the league.
Leonardo's Team should use Week 9 to finally read War and Peace. Anything that isn't following their fantasy football team. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest schedules. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Leonardo's Team has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Selecting starting RBs should be a simple task most weeks for Leonardo's Team, as the projected point difference between their second-ranked (LeSean McCoy) and third-ranked (DeMarco Murray) RBs is significant.
The top half of the Leonardo's Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
Team of Winners
Leonardo's Team is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Adrian Peterson, Cam Newton, and Gary Barnidge).
Gary the Great
Drafting for last year's results is risky, but among all TEs in 2015, Barnidge ranked fourth in both TDs and yardage, third in receptions, and second in targets.
Mike Wallace is owned in only 6% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Leonardo's Team has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
A Nose for the End Zone
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 1, Pick 10
Projections are high for Dez Bryant. He's expected to hit paydirt 9.8 times, ranking him second in the NFL in receiving TDs. In addition, his 1,293 projected receiving yards put him at seventh in the league.
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 2, Pick 11
If Leonardo's Team had a nickel for every time Adrian Peterson is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 323 nickels.
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 3, Pick 30
Leonardo's Team may have found a gem in the third round, grabbing Cam Newton (30th overall pick vs. ADP of 19.3).
Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 4, Pick 31
Get on up, it's LeSean McCoy time! He's predicted to run cool this season with 201 projected points.
Let Me Check it Again
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 5, Pick 50
Why can't I find DeMarco Murray on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round flier."
WR, the only below-average position on Leonardo's Team, is one area that could potentially be upgraded.
- Sammie Coates
- Rank 119, ADP 132
- Markus Wheaton
- Rank 124, ADP 122
- Mohamed Sanu
- Rank 127, ADP 132
- Devin Funchess
- Rank 128, 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..."