In Spite of Some Early-Round Value Picks, New England Hit Men Can Make the Playoffs if They Just Replace Most of the Team
What is that horrible smell? It smells like burnt hair. Oh, never mind, it's just the New England Hit Men roster. It'll take more than a plug-in to fix this team, which is projected to finish 10th in NEXT FFL League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,159 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Andrew Luck (25th overall), RB Giovani Bernard (24th), WR T.Y. Hilton (48th), and TE Jimmy Graham (1st) within the first five rounds. They built one of the most prolific TE combos in the league, as they have Graham and Antonio Gates on their team.
Week 10 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. New England Hit Men should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just keep New England Hit Men away from the TV. It won't be pretty. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have an easier-than-average schedule. New England Hit Men 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.
Checked Out Early
New England Hit Men didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
A Dominating Duo
New England Hit Men has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jimmy Graham and Knowshon Moreno) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
With four steals in the first 8 rounds (including Wes Welker, Stephen Gostkowski, and St. Louis), New England Hit Men made some shrewd moves.
Kenbrell Thompkins is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward New England Hit Men for their faith! Or not.
This Mr. Irrelevant gets No Parade
In terms of projected points, the choice of Kenbrell Thompkins was the weakest pick of the final round. You had one last chance and you blew it, New England Hit Men.
Is He a Tight End or a Wide Receiver?
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 1, Pick 1
Jimmy Graham was owned on more championship teams across Yahoo! than any other TE in 2013.
- Andrew Luck, QB
- Round 3, Pick 25
Andrew Luck will be making it rain on defenses this year, and is forecasted to finish ninth in the NFL with 4,151 passing yards.
Rethinking That One
- T.Y. Hilton, WR
- Round 4, Pick 48
While drafted 48th overall, T.Y. Hilton isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (26th with 6.2) or receiving yards (26th with 1,010).
The Power of Persuasion
- V. Jackson, WR
- Round 5, Pick 49
Now would be a reasonable time for New England Hit Men to encourage the NEXT FFL League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Vincent Jackson and his 88 projected catches (ranked ninth in the NFL).
The Heist Is On
- Wes Welker, WR
- Round 6, Pick 72
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, New England Hit Men got a steal in snatching Wes Welker in the sixth round (72nd overall pick vs. ADP of 45.8).
New England Hit Men is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (WR and DEF), but WR is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.
- Jordan Matthews
- Rank 135, ADP 130
- Kenny Stills
- Rank 139, ADP 132
- Kenny Britt
- Rank 142, ADP 131
- Danny Amendola
- Rank 143, 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..."
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