Having the top pick in the draft doesn't guarantee a championship-caliber squad. In this case, however, it very well could. Taylor's Team did what top-tier fantasy footballers do when they land the No. 1 overall pick. They built a juggernaut. The team is particularly strong at the running back position, as Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler are slated to combine for the highest point total of all starting RB groups in the league. Taylor's Team are predicted to finish in first place in Beginners Luck with a mark of 14-1 (2,398 points).
- A.J. Brown
What a great early-round value for Taylor's Team, who selected Brown in the 4th round, about 10 picks later than his ADP of 22. Coming off a season in which he recorded 70 catches for 1,075 yards and 11 TDs in 14 games, totaling 213 fantasy points, Brown is projected to score 248 fantasy points with the Titans. That makes him a valuable No. 2 WR for this squad.
- Josh Jacobs
There were 15 players chosen by Taylor's Team, and Jacobs is slated to be the least likely to live up to last year among the group on the offensive side of the ball. Coming off a season in which he ran for 1,065 yards and 12 TDs and recorded 33 receptions for 238 yards, totaling 215 fantasy points, Jacobs is projected to score 200 fantasy points with the Raiders, a 7% reversal. That would make him the No. 4 RB for this squad.
Week 13 will bring on a case of the Bye Week Blues for Taylor's Team, as they have four players on a bye (Christian McCaffrey, A.J. Brown, DJ Moore, and Robert Tonyan). Fortunately, your Week 13 opponent, Player 1... Fight!!, will be tackling a similar struggle with three players (Ryan Tannehill, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones) on a bye week.
With a strength of schedule rated as the easiest according to projections, Taylor's Team have drawn an easy path in Beginners Luck this season. But that doesn't mean you can rest easy. If you're not attentive, even soft schedules can turn problematic overnight.
Taylor's Team have compiled a fairly young squad with an average of 3.8 years of NFL experience, ranking as the 2nd-youngest group in the league. Still, they didn't select any of the nine rookies drafted.
In spite of open slots at QB and TE in the 5th round, Taylor's Team selected RB David Montgomery with the 33rd pick, filling the WR/RB/TE flex position instead of a position of greater importance.
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..."