When the draft countdown clock hit zero, the GM of e-money put their game face on. Firing on all cylinders from the eighth spot in the draft, they put together a team that's projected to finish second in CONNvicts League with a record of 10-4-0 (2,036 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (13th overall), RB Zac Stacy (28th), WR Vincent Jackson (48th), and TE Jimmy Graham (8th) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they have Stacy, Le'Veon Bell, and Bernard Pierce on the roster.
e-money can chalk up Week 4 as a loss. 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 weakest schedules. Despite having the second-easiest overall schedule, e-money actually has the second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Assessing the Assets
TE is the strongest position for e-money, though QB and DEF are also better than the league's average.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, e-money picked up projected top-two players (Peyton Manning, Jimmy Graham, and Carolina).
Full Control Early On
e-money began things with a bang, nabbing the most projected points in the league during the draft's first half.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, e-money chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).
Team of Champions?
e-money 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: Jimmy Graham, Peyton Manning, and Zac Stacy.
The Bargain Whisperer
e-money was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Carolina, Vincent Jackson, and Le'Veon Bell).
A Return to Huge Numbers
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 1, Pick 8
Sean Payton's return to the Saints' sideline seemed to work out for Jimmy Graham, who was owned on more championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other TE.
Fantasy is Better Than Reality
- Peyton Manning, QB
- Round 2, Pick 13
Even though he fell short in Super Bowl 48, Peyton Manning was more likely to be owned on a 2013 Yahoo! championship roster than any other QB.
If it Ain't Broke
- Zac Stacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 28
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, e-money didn't grab their first RB (Zac Stacy) until the third round.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- V. Jackson, WR
- Round 5, Pick 48
The rest of CONNvicts League overlooked a gem, and e-money made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Vincent Jackson.
Was Pierre Garcon Worth it at Pick No. 53?
- Pierre Garcon, WR
- Round 6, Pick 53
e-money sure hopes so. The Redskins' WR is projected to get 189 points this year, after producing 221 last season.
WR and K are expected to be the weakest positions for e-money and a potential area of need.
- Jarrett Boykin
- Rank 132, ADP 129
- Kenny Britt
- Rank 143, ADP 130
- Nick Novak
- Rank 207, ADP 128
- Dan Carpenter
- Rank 217, ADP 127
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..."