As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." VolenteDeo really took that message to heart as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Password is Taco League with a record of 2-12-0 (1,436). While they'll try to blame their poor season on the bad draft slot, the other GMs will know VolenteDeo simply just dropped the ball. They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Colin Kaepernick (9th overall), RB Mark Ingram (33rd), WR DeSean Jackson (57th), and TE Jimmy Graham (16th) within the first five rounds. They landed the lowest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they added Ingram, Chris Ivory, Shane Vereen, and Charles Sims.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, VolenteDeo 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 season as a whole, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. VolenteDeo has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
VolenteDeo minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 15 picks.
Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up
VolenteDeo got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
VolenteDeo grabbed a sleeper in Charles Sims with pick No. 177.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, VolenteDeo got a steal in snatching Eric Decker in the ninth round (105th overall pick vs. ADP of 90.4).
Blake Bortles is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward VolenteDeo for their faith! Or not.
Blake Bortles Likes His Eggs Scrambled
And a little runny, eh? Bortles is projected to deliver 372 rushing yards, and ranks fifth among QBs in that category.
Like Face Wash for Teenagers
- C. Kaepernick, QB
- Round 1, Pick 9
VolenteDeo was proactive about grabbing a QB. They reached for Colin Kaepernick at pick number 9 even though his ADP is only 123.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Doling Out Nightmares
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 2, Pick 16
Jimmy Graham will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish ninth in the NFL with 8.3 receiving TDs.
If it Ain't Broke
- Mark Ingram, RB
- Round 3, Pick 33
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, VolenteDeo didn't grab their first RB (Mark Ingram) until the third round.
A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven
- Chris Ivory, RB
- Round 4, Pick 40
Chris Ivory went with the 40th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for VolenteDeo, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (21st with 1,016) and TDs (28th with 5.1). Appears that VolenteDeo just went with their gut on this one.
Was Michael Floyd Worth it at Pick No. 64?
- Michael Floyd, WR
- Round 6, Pick 64
VolenteDeo sure hopes so. The Cardinals' WR is projected to get 123 points this year, just a bit better than last season.
With four subpar positions on VolenteDeo, RB and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- David Johnson
- Rank 146, ADP 126
- Jonas Gray
- Rank 151, ADP 121
- Andy Dalton
- Rank 135, ADP 125
- Jameis Winston
- Rank 148, ADP 123
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..."