As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." Royal Bruisers really took that message to heart as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Apollo M.O.V.E. League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,757). While they'll try to blame their poor season on the bad draft slot, the other GMs will know Royal Bruisers simply just dropped the ball. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs A.J. Green (first round), Demaryius Thomas (third round), and Michael Floyd (fifth round). They put together one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they added Lamar Miller, Thomas Rawls, Charles Sims, and Paul Perkins.
Ever wonder what exactly was inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Royal Bruisers should use Week 9 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the most difficult schedule. In addition to having the most demanding overall schedule, Royal Bruisers also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.
Like 10,000 Spoons When All You Need Is A Knife
Royal Bruisers's only stronger-than-average position is K.
Royal Bruisers minimized risk by choosing 12 consistent players among their 23 picks.
Royal Bruisers knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Defense Wins Championships?
Royal Bruisers chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Corey Coleman and Paul Perkins are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Royal Bruisers.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Royal Bruisers got a steal in snatching Blair Walsh in the ninth round (108th overall pick vs. ADP of 92.2).
Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 12
Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of A.J. Green had less value than any other pick of the round.
Haters Gonna Hate
- Lamar Miller, RB
- Round 2, Pick 13
The rest of Apollo M.O.V.E. League overlooked a gem, and Royal Bruisers made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Lamar Miller.
Move Over Marshawn
- Thomas Rawls, RB
- Round 4, Pick 37
Rawls produced a ridiculous 5.6 YPC last season, and among all RBs, only Devonta Freeman and DeAngelo Williams appeared more often on first-place fantasy rosters.
That Just Happened
- Michael Floyd, WR
- Round 5, Pick 60
Why can't I find Michael Floyd on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."
Was Travis Kelce Worth Pick No. 61?
- Travis Kelce, TE
- Round 6, Pick 61
Royal Bruisers apparently thinks so. The Chiefs' TE is projected to have 63 points this year, almost the same as his total from last season.
There are five positions that Royal Bruisers could look to improve, including DEF and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Baltimore Defense
- Rank 281, ADP 123
- Kenneth Dixon
- Rank 157, ADP 127
- Karlos Williams
- Rank 168, ADP 116
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..."