For some the 10th overall pick is a challenge, for others it's a blessing, but for Vegas Gladiators it looks to be a curse and an early indicator of the season ahead. Most teams in the league will pick up an easy win against Vegas Gladiators, resulting in their projected 3-10-0 record (1,996 points) and eighth-place finish in FOOTBALL NUTS League. They obviously understand how important the running back position is in fantasy football. They used three of their first five picks on RBs Dalvin Cook (third round), Lamar Miller (fourth round), and C.J. Anderson (fifth round). Even so, they ended up with one of the worst groups of RBs in the league.
Vegas Gladiators should use Week 11 to finally read War and Peace. Anything that isn't following their fantasy football team. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult slates. Along with the second-most demanding overall schedule, the first four games and last four games of the season are fairly average for Vegas Gladiators.
Vegas Gladiators minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 14 picks.
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Vegas Gladiators chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).
It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Vegas Gladiators didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
A Dominating Pair
Vegas Gladiators has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jordy Nelson and LeGarrette Blount) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Vegas Gladiators scored the best value pick of the final round, drafting New York at pick number 131.
Maybe Thomas Will Surprise
- Michael Thomas, WR
- Round 1, Pick 10
Despite being an above-average player at his position, Michael Thomas was ultimately the weakest value pick of the round.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 11
Jordy Nelson returned to form last year after missing all of 2015. The Packers wideout led the league in red zone targets, and only Mike Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters last season.
How Rebellious of You
- Dalvin Cook, RB
- Round 3, Pick 30
Vegas Gladiators said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Dalvin Cook).
It's a Bold Strategy Cotton, Let's See if it Pays Off
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 6, Pick 51
Cam Newton has an ADP of only 73.9 across all Yahoo! leagues, and wasn't quite worth the 51st overall pick.
Was DeVante Parker the Best Choice at Pick No. 70?
- DeVante Parker, WR
- Round 7, Pick 70
Vegas Gladiators apparently thinks so. The Dolphins' wideout is projected to significantly exceed his production (155 points) from last year.
With three below-average positions on Vegas Gladiators, RB and TE are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.
- Jacquizz Rodgers
- Rank 119, ADP 125
- Rex Burkhead
- Rank 124, ADP 124
- Cameron Brate
- Rank 132, ADP 131
- C.J. Fiedorowicz
- Rank 136, ADP 135
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..."