Gridiron Gorilla figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the 10th overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 8-6-0 (1,560 points). With that record, they will likely finish fourth in Yahoo Public 387340 League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Cam Newton (30th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (11th) and Thomas Rawls (50th), and WRs A.J. Green (10th) and Demaryius Thomas (31st). They put together the highest-scoring QB combo in the league, as they added Newton and Tyrod Taylor.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Gridiron Gorilla has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the least difficult slates. Corresponding with the third-easiest overall schedule, Gridiron Gorilla also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.
Bold Strategy, Cotton
Let's see if it pays off. With identical bye weeks, both Chris Boswell and Josh Brown will both just be kickin' it on the sidelines for Gridiron Gorilla in Week 8.
This is the American version, folks. Gridiron Gorilla elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.
Team of Champions
Gridiron Gorilla is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Adrian Peterson, Cam Newton, and Thomas Rawls).
You Snooze, You Lose
While the rest of the league slept on Kevin White, Gridiron Gorilla pounced on him at pick No. 130.
Basic Math is Optional
Michael Vick once claimed, "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain.” With 497 projected rushing yards, Tyrod Taylor can channel his inner Vick to help Gridiron Gorilla this year.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 10
A.J. Green is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 90 projected catches rank ninth in the league.
Haters Gonna Hate
- A. Peterson, RB
- Round 2, Pick 11
The rest of Yahoo Public 387340 League overlooked a gem, and Gridiron Gorilla made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Adrian Peterson.
Did Gridiron Gorilla Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 3, Pick 30
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Carolina's signal-caller.
Let Me Check it Again
- Thomas Rawls, RB
- Round 5, Pick 50
Why can't I find Thomas Rawls on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round flier."
Was Golden Tate Worth it at Pick No. 51?
- Golden Tate, WR
- Round 6, Pick 51
Gridiron Gorilla sure hopes so. The Lions' WR is projected to put up 152 points this year, after getting 119 last season.
Gridiron Gorilla has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (TE and WR), but TE is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.
- Virgil Green
- Rank 145, ADP 136
- Vance McDonald
- Rank 146, ADP 138
- Clive Walford
- Rank 157, ADP 130
- Charles Clay
- Rank 162, ADP 133
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..."