Picking 11th, DirtyBirds put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Phi Mu Dellta 16-17 League (8-5-0, 1,685 points). They clearly wanted to put together a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on DeAndre Hopkins (second round), Amari Cooper (third round), and Demaryius Thomas (fourth round). They put together one of the lowest-scoring combos of QBs in the league, as they have Ben Roethlisberger and Marcus Mariota on the roster.
DirtyBirds made use of their only keeper position to hold on to Doug Martin (25 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is less valuable than a first-round draft pick.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, DirtyBirds 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 a softer-than-average schedule. DirtyBirds has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for DirtyBirds, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Jeremy Langford) and fourth-ranked (Justin Forsett) RBs.
A Dominating Pair
DirtyBirds has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Doug Martin and DeAndre Hopkins) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
With three steals in the first 10 rounds (Seattle, Delanie Walker, and Ben Roethlisberger), DirtyBirds made some shrewd moves.
Not Afraid to Scramble
With 378 projected rushing yards (ranked fifth among QBs), Marcus Mariota has multiple ways to bring in points.
- Doug Martin, RB
- Round 1, Pick 11
If DirtyBirds had a nickel for every time Doug Martin is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 306 nickels.
Diagnosis: more DeAndre!
- D. Hopkins, WR
- Round 2, Pick 14
Hopkins' breakout was just what the doctor ordered for fantasy owners last year. Only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's star WR.
Like a Prancing Unicorn
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 5, Pick 59
Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for DirtyBirds.
- J. Langford, RB
- Round 6, Pick 62
With their sixth-round pick, DirtyBirds pulled the trigger. They drafted Jeremy Langford at pick number 62 despite an ADP of just 81.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Was LeGarrette Blount the Best Choice at Pick No. 83?
- L. Blount, RB
- Round 7, Pick 83
DirtyBirds apparently thinks so. The Patriots' RB is projected to earn 150 points this year, after putting up 117 last season.
QB and WR are projected to be the worst units for DirtyBirds.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Rank 128, ADP 132
- Ryan Tannehill
- Rank 138, ADP 131
- Kendall Wright
- Rank 175, ADP 130
- Terrance Williams
- Rank 177, ADP 123
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..."