Will's Optimal Team Draft Report Card

Melvin Gordon
A.J. Green
Keenan Allen
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Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, Will's Optimal Team Needs Roster Improvements

Draft Summary

While this draft by Will's Optimal Team didn't exactly set the world on fire, it didn't destroy their playoff aspirations either. They are expected to be in the mix for a playoff spot with a projected sixth-place finish in FOOTBALL NUTS League at 6-7-0 (2,126 points). With four RBs on the roster, Will's Optimal Team has a quality backfield; their RBs are projected to average 179 points this season, close to the league average of 184. They've ultimately got the worst QB duo in the league, as they added Kirk Cousins and Carson Palmer to their squad.

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Will's Optimal Team can write off Week 9 as a scheduling injustice and use that time to consider other injustices: for example, why doesn't Chewbacca get a medal during the ceremony at the end of Star Wars? Wookie bias? They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a weaker-than-average schedule. Will's Optimal Team has the opportunity to start and finish with a flurry, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Sky's the Limit

    With seven players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Will's Optimal Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • Risk Averse

    Will's Optimal Team minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 14 picks.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Will's Optimal Team has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Melvin Gordon and Jimmy Graham) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Austin Hooper, Will's Optimal Team pounced on him at pick No. 133.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Carson Palmer likes to score quickly, ranking third among NFL QBs with 3 TDs over 40 yards.

  • Chicks Dig the Long Ball

    Matt Prater is projected to lead the NFL with 8 makes from 50+ yards.

Player Analysis

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    Melvin Gordon Doesn't Read the Playbook

    The playbook reads him. Will's Optimal Team should be in decent shape if Gordon gets his 298 projected touches this year.

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    Will's Optimal Team Gets Groovy With Green

    A.J. averaged 11.0 targets, 7.3 receptions, and 107.1 yards in nine games prior to getting injured in Week 11 last year. The 29-year-old Bengals star is healthy and primed for a big campaign this season.

    • Keenan Allen, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Rethinking That One

    While drafted 28th overall, Keenan Allen isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (24th with 7.9) or receiving yards (28th with 1,015).

    • Ty Montgomery, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 33
    A Multifaceted Machine

    Montgomery is a dual-threat back for Will's Optimal Team, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 531.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 48
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of FOOTBALL NUTS League overlooked a gem, and Will's Optimal Team made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Jimmy Graham.

Best Available

While Will's Optimal Team is expected to be weak across three positions, QB is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.

    • Andy Dalton
    • Rank 104, ADP 118
    • Eli Manning
    • Rank 115, ADP 124
    • Carson Wentz
    • Rank 123, ADP 130
    • Tyrod Taylor
    • Rank 133, ADP 127
  • 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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Will's Optimal Team
1. (8) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
2. (13) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
3. (28) Keenan Allen (LAC - WR)
4. (33) Ty Montgomery (GB - RB)
5. (48) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
6. (53) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
7. (68) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
8. (73) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
9. (88) Kenny Britt (Cle - WR)
10. (93) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
11. (108) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
12. (113) New England (NE - DEF)
13. (128) Matt Prater (Det - K)
14. (133) Austin Hooper (Atl - TE)

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Best Draft is awarded to the team with the most projected season points based on weekly optimal starting lineups.

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