The late Maya Angelou once said the greatest gift you can give yourself is forgiveness. Patrick's Team should consider taking that advice to heart after yielding a projected finish of eighth (1-13-0 1,916 points) despite drafting in the 5 slot. They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting LeSean McCoy (third round), Melvin Gordon (fourth round), and Darren Sproles (fifth round). Despite that strategy, they ended up with the worst group of RBs in the league.
Patrick's Team should do pretty much anything other than watch football during Week 10. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult slates. Patrick's Team has the opportunity to finish the season on a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
A Pair of Strengths
Patrick's Team has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and QB.
Patrick's Team elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Going with just a single TE (Jason Witten) and K (Steven Hauschka), Patrick's Team opted to add depth at other positions.
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing De'Anthony Thomas at pick 85 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Thomas is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Aaron Rodgers, QB
- Round 1, Pick 5
Though he attempted 32.5 passes per game (just 22nd in the league), Rodgers threw for the seventh-most yards (4,381) and third-most TDs (38) last season. A whopping 33 QBs tossed more interceptions than Rodgers' five.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 2, Pick 12
Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank 10th in the league.
If it Ain't Broke
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 21
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Patrick's Team didn't grab their first RB (LeSean McCoy) until the third round.
Rarely Seen in the Wild
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 28
With 1,118 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.
Let Me Check it Again
- Darren Sproles, RB
- Round 5, Pick 37
Why can't I find Darren Sproles on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round flier."
While Patrick's Team is expected to be weak across four positions, RB is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.
- Doug Martin
- Rank 67, ADP 103
- Giovani Bernard
- Rank 80, ADP 100
- Shane Vereen
- Rank 92, ADP 119
- Tevin Coleman
- Rank 93, 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..."