It was almost too hard to watch as muddy waters took the sixth pick and drove any playoff hopes they had right off a cliff. They are projected to finish 5-8-0 (1,685), bad enough for a ninth-place finish in Dartmouth Drunks League. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Andrew Luck (6th overall), RB Ezekiel Elliott (30th), WR Jordy Nelson (19th), and TE Delanie Walker (43rd) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the bottom groups of WRs in the league, as they have Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Emmanuel Sanders, and Mohamed Sanu on their team.
Week 11 might require some waiver-wire magic from muddy waters. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a weaker-than-average slate. In addition to having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, muddy waters also has the softest last four games of the season.
In terms of projected points, the choice of Marcus Mariota was the strongest pick of the final round. Savvy move, muddy waters.
Marcus Mariota Likes His Eggs Scrambled
And a little runny, eh? Mariota is projected to deliver 378 rushing yards, and ranks fifth among QBs in that category.
Like Face Wash for Teenagers
- Andrew Luck, QB
- Round 1, Pick 6
muddy waters was proactive about grabbing a QB. They reached for Andrew Luck at pick number 6 even though his ADP is only 38.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 19
muddy waters chose a WR who's highly likely to turn a deep ball into TD gold. Jordy Nelson is projected to rank fourth among NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.1.
The Heist Is On
- E. Elliott, RB
- Round 3, Pick 30
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, muddy waters got a steal in snatching Ezekiel Elliott in the third round (30th overall pick vs. ADP of 7).
The Titan to Target
- Delanie Walker, TE
- Round 4, Pick 43
Walker led all TEs in both targets (133) and receptions (94) last year, and received double-digit targets in seven of the 15 games in which he played.
Rethinking That One
- K. Benjamin, WR
- Round 5, Pick 54
Kelvin Benjamin may not justify his 54th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-20 in both yards (29th with 969) and TDs (21st with 7.4).
With three subpar positions on muddy waters, DEF and WR are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Oakland Defense
- Rank 184, ADP 122
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 190, ADP 133
- Stefon Diggs
- Rank 89, ADP 115
- Travis Benjamin
- Rank 98, ADP 118
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..."