Michael's Team Draft Report Card

Le'Veon Bell
T.Y. Hilton
Amari Cooper
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Predicted to Finish Fourth, Michael's Team is a Team to Keep an Eye On

Draft Summary

Michael's Team put together an underrated roster that might not dominate week in and week out, but will be firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by season's end. They're projected to finish the season with an 8-6-0 record (1,527 points) in Yahoo Public 120159 League, which will be good enough for fourth. They clearly wanted to assemble a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on T.Y. Hilton (second round), Amari Cooper (third round), and Sammy Watkins (fourth round). They ultimately landed the most prolific RB pair in the league, as they'll depend on Le'Veon Bell and Carlos Hyde to carry the load.

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Week 10 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Michael's Team should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just anything that isn't fantasy football. It might not be pretty. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first month and final month of the season project to be close to league-average in terms of difficulty for Michael's Team.

Draft Notes

  • Risk Averse

    Michael's Team minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 15 picks.

  • Team of Champions

    Michael's Team assembled a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Le'Veon Bell, T.Y. Hilton, and Amari Cooper.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Michael's Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Ageless Wonder

    Currently in eighth place all-time with 13,065 career rushing yards, Gore is only 620 yards away from leapfrogging Dickerson, Bettis, and Tomlinson into fifth place. If he can get up to 1,037 rushing yards, he'll pass Curtis Martin for fourth-place.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Derek Carr likes to score quickly, ranking second among NFL QBs with 3 TDs over 40 yards.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Le'Veon Bell Doesn't Read the Playbook

    The playbook reads him. Michael's Team should be in decent shape if Bell gets his 327 projected touches this year.

    • T.Y. Hilton, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 19
    Thank You, T.Y.!

    Hilton notched career-highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards last year. Only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) appeared more often on fantasy rosters that had earned a spot in their league's playoffs.

    • Amari Cooper, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    Essentially Elite?

    Though he didn't burst into super-stardom like many predicted, Cooper still delivered last season: only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) were rostered more frequently by first-place fantasy squads in 2016.

    • Sammy Watkins, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    Rethinking That One

    Sammy Watkins may not justify his 39th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-30 in both yards (46th with 915) and TDs (44th with 6.1).

    • Marcus Mariota, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 59
    Marcus Mariota Likes His Eggs Scrambled

    And a little runny, eh? Mariota is projected to deliver 405 rushing yards, and ranks fourth among QBs in that category.

Best Available

Michael's Team has four positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including DEF and TE, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Cincinnati Defense
    • Rank 214, ADP 145
    • Tennessee Defense
    • Rank 221, ADP 127
    • Coby Fleener
    • Rank 139, ADP 133
    • Julius Thomas
    • Rank 144, 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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Michael's Team
1. (2) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (19) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
3. (22) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
4. (39) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
5. (42) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
6. (59) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
7. (62) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
8. (79) New England (NE - DEF)
9. (82) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
10. (99) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
11. (102) Jamison Crowder (Was - WR)
12. (119) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
13. (122) Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)
14. (139) Cameron Brate (TB - TE)
15. (142) Baltimore (Bal - DEF)

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