Look, Dirty dogs, not everyone achieves the "above" in "above average," it has to be earned. Just be happy being an average GM, and maybe with a little hard work and a better draft next season, your team will reach that milestone. Dirty dogs didn't kill their playoff aspirations with this draft, but they'll have to do some extra work to get there. For now, they're projected to finish in fifth-place in 'The league' League at 7-7-0 (1,931 points). With this kind of investment in the WR position by Dirty dogs, they can only hope this trio resembles "The Greatest Show on Turf." They used their first three picks to draft Calvin Johnson in the first round (7th overall), Antonio Brown in the second (10th), and Jordy Nelson in the third (23rd). Dirty dogs will rely heavily on this group, as they are the highest-scoring group of WRs in the league.
While Week 5 has the most players on bye for Dirty dogs (four), Week 11 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the entire season, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Dirty dogs.
"It's Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It's Whether You Get Up"
After drafting the fewest projected points in the league over the draft's first half, Dirty dogs accumulated the most during the second half. Vince Lombardi would be proud.
While the bottom half of the Dirty dogs 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. 8).
Team of Champions?
Dirty dogs is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, and Justin Forsett.
Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up
Dirty dogs got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
Sam Bradford and Jameis Winston are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Dirty dogs.
It's How You Finish
Dirty dogs must have had a motivational halftime speech, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
The Power of Persuasion
- Calvin Johnson, WR
- Round 1, Pick 7
Now would be a reasonable time for Dirty dogs to encourage the 'The league' League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Calvin Johnson and his 89 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 2, Pick 10
The rest of 'The league' League overlooked a gem, and Dirty dogs made the highest value pick of the round by taking Antonio Brown.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 3, Pick 23
Dirty dogs chose the WR most likely to turn deep balls into TD gold. Jordy Nelson is projected to lead all NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.6 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.2.
If it Ain't Broke
- Justin Forsett, RB
- Round 4, Pick 26
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Dirty dogs didn't grab their first RB (Justin Forsett) until the fourth round.
Rare Company for Roethlisberger
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 5, Pick 39
Big Ben joined Aaron Rodgers as the only QBs to eclipse 4,000 yards and average at least 8.0 yards per attempt last season. He was also one of just four signal-callers to throw for 30+ TDs and have fewer than 10 interceptions on the year.
With four below-average positions on Dirty dogs, TE and RB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Rank 128, ADP 134
- Jordan Reed
- Rank 139, ADP 137
- Doug Martin
- Rank 67, ADP 103
- Giovani Bernard
- Rank 80, ADP 100
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..."