Whether or not Tug Speedman was talking trash in the draft chat room is irrelevant and you have no proof. What there is proof of, though, is a dominant draft performance by Tug Speedman that led to a season projection of 10-3-0 (1,736 points) and a second-place finish in Phi Mu Dellta 16-17 League. They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (53rd overall), RB Todd Gurley (5th), WR Dez Bryant (29th), and TE Jordan Reed (44th) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the best groups of RBs in the league, as they added Gurley, Lamar Miller, Chris Ivory, and Derrick Henry.
Tug Speedman made use of their only keeper slot to hold on to Todd Gurley (5.1 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is as valuable as a draft pick in the top half of the first round.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Tug Speedman has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the entire season, they have the least challenging slate. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Tug Speedman also has the easiest first four games of the season.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Tug Speedman picked up projected top-3 players (Jordan Reed, Drew Brees, and Todd Gurley).
Clive Walford is owned in only 3% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Tug Speedman for their faith! Or not.
No RB by Committee Here
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 1, Pick 5
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. Tug Speedman should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 354 projected touches this year.
- Lamar Miller, RB
- Round 2, Pick 20
Tug Speedman stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Todd Gurley and Lamar Miller before targeting other positions.
- Dez Bryant, WR
- Round 3, Pick 29
If other Yahoo! users are right, Tug Speedman got a steal in the third round, when they selected Dez Bryant (29th overall pick vs. ADP of 14.9).
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Jordan Reed, TE
- Round 4, Pick 44
Jordan Reed is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 89 projected catches rank 10th in the league.
Like Marino in His Prime
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 5, Pick 53
Drew Brees is projected to lead the NFL in both passing yards (4,839) and passing TDs (31.9).
Tug Speedman could potentially upgrade DEF and WR, but DEF is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 190, ADP 135
- Pittsburgh Defense
- Rank 208, ADP 135
- Green Bay Defense
- Rank 236, ADP 133
- Indianapolis Defense
- Rank 243, ADP 130
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..."