Thanks autodraft figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the seventh overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 8-5-0 (1,713 points). With that record, they will likely finish fifth in Celtic Fantasy Football League. They aimed for having a balanced roster throughout, taking QB Drew Brees (42nd overall), RBs DeMarco Murray (18th) and Isaiah Crowell (31st), and WRs Mike Evans (7th) and Allen Robinson (55th). They've ultimately got one of the lowest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they have Evans, Robinson, Kenny Britt, and Sterling Shepard on their team.
Thanks autodraft should use Week 9 to ponder life's deeper mysteries, like if someone claims "I always lie" then is that person lying or telling the truth? They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the least challenging schedules. In addition to having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Thanks autodraft also has the league's easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
RB is the strongest position for Thanks autodraft, but QB and K are also stronger than the league average at those positions.
Close to the Vest
Thanks autodraft was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 16 picks.
The top half of the roster, from a projected points perspective, is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 8.9 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 4.3 years).
Putting Their Best Foot Forward
Thanks autodraft knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Team of Champions
Thanks autodraft is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Mike Evans, DeMarco Murray, and Drew Brees).
Defense Wins Championships?
Hoping to play the favorable matchups week-to-week, Thanks autodraft chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 1, Pick 7
Second only to Jordy Nelson in receiving TDs last season, Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other wide receiver.
Thanks autodraft is Down With DeMarco
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 2, Pick 18
Finishing the year with 1,664 total yards and 12 touchdowns, only David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell appeared on more postseason fantasy rosters than Murray.
A High-Volume Passer
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 4, Pick 42
Brees led the NFL in attempts, completions, and passing yardage last season. Among all QBs, only Brady and Rodgers appeared on more championship rosters than the future Hall-of-Famer in 2016.
Rethinking That One
- Allen Robinson, WR
- Round 5, Pick 55
While drafted 55th overall, Allen Robinson isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (28th with 7.7) or receiving yards (22nd with 1,040).
- Mike Gillislee, RB
- Round 6, Pick 66
Thanks autodraft chose the RB most likely to turn a small gap into TD gold. Mike Gillislee is projected to lead NFL RBs in TDs of over 40 yards with 1.1.
Thanks autodraft has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including DEF and TE, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Cincinnati Defense
- Rank 208, ADP 146
- Tennessee Defense
- Rank 214, ADP 137
- Jared Cook
- Rank 189, ADP 127
- David Njoku
- Rank 202, 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..."