Playoffs?! 9 Players 8 Souls is projected to finish in 12th-place in Unicorns and Show Ponies League with a 1-13-0 (2,161 points) record and you want to talk about playoffs?! 9 Players 8 Souls should just hope they can win a few games, let alone reach the playoffs. They loaded up on pass-catching weapons early on, using four of their first seven selections to acquire WRs Mike Evans (first round), Golden Tate (fifth round), Jeremy Maclin (sixth round), and Stefon Diggs (seventh round). They also ended up landing the lowest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they have Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Eddie Lacy, and Frank Gore on their roster.
While Week 9 has the most players on bye for 9 Players 8 Souls (four), Week 7 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the toughest schedule. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, 9 Players 8 Souls also has the most difficult last four games of the season.
A Pair of Strengths
9 Players 8 Souls has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and QB.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and 9 Players 8 Souls may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Get Off My Lawn
With an average of 8.1 years of NFL experience, 9 Players 8 Souls is the oldest and by default, least exciting team in Unicorns and Show Ponies League.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
9 Players 8 Souls will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only K (Sebastian Janikowski) and only DEF (Baltimore) will both be on bye that week.
Veteran Mentors on the Bench
While the top half of the roster, from a projected points perspective, is relatively young (ranked No. 10 in the league with an average of 4.9 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 1 with 11.3 years).
9 Players 8 Souls got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
Maybe Evans Will Surprise
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 1, Pick 5
Despite being an above-average player at his position, Mike Evans was ultimately the weakest value pick of the round.
A Versatile Combination
- C. McCaffrey, RB
- Round 2, Pick 20
Christian McCaffrey can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fourth among RBs with 587 projected receiving yards.
Haters Gonna Hate
- Rob Gronkowski, TE
- Round 3, Pick 29
The rest of Unicorns and Show Ponies League overlooked a gem, and 9 Players 8 Souls made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Rob Gronkowski.
Following Your Heart?
- Joe Mixon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 44
According to projections, Joe Mixon will fall outside of the NFL top-20 in both rushing TDs (29th with 5.7) and yards (29th with 712). Seems like 9 Players 8 Souls just went with their gut on this one.
- Golden Tate, WR
- Round 5, Pick 53
Golden Tate is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 93 projected catches rank eighth in the league.
With four below-average positions on 9 Players 8 Souls, RB and WR are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- C.J. Prosise
- Rank 138, ADP 126
- Darren Sproles
- Rank 147, ADP 122
- Marqise Lee
- Rank 158, ADP 130
- Nelson Agholor
- Rank 163, ADP 127
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..."