All that time spent doing fantasy football research instead of actual work wasn't a waste of time after all, as Manuel's Dandy Team is projected to finish with a record of 11-3-0; good enough for second in 2LEGIT2QUIT League. They wanted to shore up any RB concerns early, using three of their first five draft picks to draft RBs David Johnson (first round), Christian McCaffrey (third round), and Joe Mixon (fourth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are the best group of RBs in the league.
Manuel's Dandy Team should use Week 8 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have five 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. Manuel's Dandy 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.
Just Like Choosing Your Favorite Taylor Swift Song
Manuel's Dandy Team will have some tricky calls to make each week at RB, with a slim projected points difference between their third- (Mike Gillislee), fourth- (Joe Mixon), and fifth-ranked (Duke Johnson Jr.) RBs.
Manuel's Dandy Team has four positions that are stronger than league average. While RB, K, and DEF are projected to be good, TE is the best on Manuel's Dandy Team.
Low Floor, High Ceiling?
Manuel's Dandy Team grabbed a sleeper in Corey Davis with pick No. 140.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, Manuel's Dandy Team chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Taking a Chance
With their ninth-round pick, Manuel's Dandy Team threw caution to the wind. They took Marvin Jones Jr. at pick number 81 despite an ADP of 127.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.
No, Manuel's Dandy Team, He Won't Give You A Follow
There's a distinct possibility that Brad Evans' keyboard breaks from all the tweets he'll post about Mike Gillislee this year. The Patriots' weapon is projected to lead all RBs in TD plays over 40 yards.
No Backfield Committee Here
- David Johnson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 1
Projected to touch the ball 344 times this year (most in the NFL), David Johnson could deliver for Manuel's Dandy Team each and every week.
He Can Catch, Too
- C. McCaffrey, RB
- Round 3, Pick 21
Christian McCaffrey is a dual-threat back, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs with 587 projected receiving yards.
A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven
- Joe Mixon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 40
Joe Mixon went with the 40th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Manuel's Dandy Team, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (28th with 712) and TDs (30th with 5.7). Appears that Manuel's Dandy Team just went with their gut on this one.
Not Afraid to Scramble
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 5, Pick 41
With 475 projected rushing yards (ranked second among QBs), Cam Newton has multiple ways to bring in points.
Was Martellus Bennett the Right Call at Pick No. 61?
- M. Bennett, TE
- Round 7, Pick 61
Manuel's Dandy Team sure hopes so. The Packers' TE is projected to put up 130 points this year, after getting 113 last season.
WR and QB are projected to be the weakest units for Manuel's Dandy Team.
- Rishard Matthews
- Rank 108, ADP 117
- Adam Thielen
- Rank 113, ADP 125
- Tyrod Taylor
- Rank 133, ADP 127
- Joe Flacco
- Rank 155, ADP 130
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..."