As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." raiders really took that message to heart as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Yahoo Public 828456 League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,321). While they'll try to blame their poor season on the bad draft slot, the other GMs will know raiders simply just dropped the ball. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Demaryius Thomas (first round), A.J. Green (second round), and DeSean Jackson (fifth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, raiders will benefit. They are the most prolific group of WRs in the league.
raiders should drop off the grid during Week 9. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the hardest slates. Along with having the second-most taxing overall schedule, raiders also has the most difficult last four games of the season.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
raiders might require waiver wire help in Week 4, as their No. 1- (Demaryius Thomas), No. 2- (A.J. Green) and No. 4-ranked (Emmanuel Sanders) WRs will all be idle that week.
While the bottom half of the raiders roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).
Defense Wins Championships?
raiders chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Pair of Proven Winners
raiders has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Demaryius Thomas and DeSean Jackson) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
raiders grabbed a sleeper in Markus Wheaton with pick No. 128.
Colin Kaepernick can deliver fantasy glory to raiders with his arm and his legs. Kaepernick has 664 projected rushing yards, and ranks first among QBs in that category.
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
- D. Thomas, WR
- Round 1, Pick 8
Demaryius Thomas is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 106 projected catches rank second in the league.
182 More Reasons to Appreciate A.J. Green
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 2, Pick 13
Green ranks sixth in the Yahoo Public 828456 League among WRs with 182 projected fantasy points.
How Rebellious of You
- Alfred Morris, RB
- Round 3, Pick 28
raiders said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Alfred Morris).
A Super Duper Signal-Caller
- Matt Ryan, QB
- Round 6, Pick 53
Matt Ryan is projected to rack up 304 points this year, enough to rank fifth among all QBs.
Taking a Chance
- Zach Ertz, TE
- Round 7, Pick 68
With their seventh-round pick, raiders threw caution to the wind. They took Zach Ertz at pick number 68 despite an ADP of 111.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.
raiders has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Coby Fleener
- Rank 179, ADP 138
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 182, ADP 122
- Carlos Hyde
- Rank 80, ADP 119
- Ray Rice
- Rank 81, ADP 101
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..."