Topdogs Draft Report Card


Despite Reaching for a Few Early-Rounders, Topdogs is Loaded with Talent

Draft Summary

Watch out. Somebody let Topdogs loose in the draft room. When the smoke cleared, all that was left was an elite squad capable of destroying opponents at will. They are projected to finish third in BLACK OPS League with a record of 10-4-0 (4,981 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Andrew Luck (2nd overall), RBs Matt Forte (26th) and Doug Martin (50th), and WRs Antonio Brown (14th) and DeSean Jackson (38th). They built one of the highest-scoring QB combos in the league, as they added Luck and Tony Romo.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Topdogs has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Topdogs could run into an early gauntlet, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Management

    Topdogs is loaded at WR and QB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in BLACK OPS League?

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Topdogs will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 6, as their only K (Dan Bailey) and only DEF (Dallas) will both be on bye that week.

  • Nearly There

    The top half of the Topdogs roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).

  • Team of Champions

    Topdogs 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 (Andrew Luck, Antonio Brown, and Matt Forte).

  • Beginning with a Bang

    Topdogs got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • Did Stretch Armstrong Make That Pick?

    Grabbing Mike Tolbert at pick 170 was definitely a reach. Tolbert is owned on just a handful of teams across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Andrew Luck, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Topdogs 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.

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of BLACK OPS League overlooked a gem, and Topdogs made the highest value pick of the round by taking Antonio Brown.

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    How Rebellious of You

    Topdogs said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Matt Forte).

    • Doug Martin, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Apparently ADP is Overrated

    With their fifth-round pick, Topdogs pulled the trigger. They took Doug Martin at pick number 50 despite an ADP of just 93.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • L. Fitzgerald, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 62
    Was Larry Fitzgerald the Best Choice at a Pick at No. 62?

    Topdogs apparently thinks so. The Cardinals' wideout is projected to net 248 points this year, after putting up 203 last year.

Best Available

Topdogs has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (TE and DEF), but TE is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.

    • Tyler Eifert
    • Rank 105, ADP 113
    • Vernon Davis
    • Rank 132, ADP 128
    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 150, ADP 135
    • Larry Donnell
    • Rank 153, 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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1. (2) Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)
2. (14) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
3. (26) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
4. (38) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
5. (50) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
6. (62) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
7. (74) Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
8. (86) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
9. (98) Dallas (Dal - DEF)
10. (110) Percy Harvin (Buf - WR)
11. (122) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
12. (134) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
13. (146) Brandon Pettigrew (Det - TE)
14. (158) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
15. (170) Mike Tolbert (Car - RB)
16. (182) Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB)
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