Draft day is always an exciting time for fantasy football fans. The excitement quickly ends, however, when you put together a team like Tough Actin TiMaclin. With a projected finish of 10th in LongDongs League at 5-7-1 (1,436 points), that excitement has quickly turned to the seven stages of grief.
Tough Actin TiMaclin used all three of their keeper slots, focusing on roster balance. They elected to retain a QB (Russell Wilson, 35.7 ADP), RB (Arian Foster, 89 ADP), and WR (Jeremy Maclin, 52.4 ADP). From an ADP perspective, their top-ranked keeper (Russell Wilson) is less valuable than a first-round draft choice. Overall, the three keepers on Tough Actin TiMaclin are projected to be significantly less productive (by 22.1%) than the draft picks they replaced.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Tough Actin TiMaclin 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 season as a whole, they have one of the least challenging slates. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Tough Actin TiMaclin.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Tough Actin TiMaclin, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Arian Foster) and fourth-ranked (Jay Ajayi) RBs.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Tough Actin TiMaclin may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Batman Needs Robin
Just like Arian Foster needs Jay Ajayi. Tough Actin TiMaclin hedged their bets by snagging a couple of teammates with their third-round and ninth-round selections.
Here's the Kicker
You could see decent numbers from the Falcons' kicking game. Even though Matt Ryan is expected to be a top-5 producer in passing yards (fourth with 4,545), he's projected to end up just 22nd in the NFL with 22.9 TD passes.
Take One Play Off and He'll Burn You Deep
Matt Ryan is one of the most high-octane QBs in the NFL. Projections have him ranking fourth in both plays over 40 yards with 11.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Christine Michael is owned in only 1% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Tough Actin TiMaclin for their faith! Or not.
Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 1, Pick 1
Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of Jeremy Maclin had less value than any other pick of the round.
Not Afraid to Scramble
- Russell Wilson, QB
- Round 2, Pick 13
With 476 projected rushing yards (ranked third among QBs), Russell Wilson has multiple ways to bring in points.
How Rebellious of You
- Arian Foster, RB
- Round 3, Pick 25
Tough Actin TiMaclin said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Arian Foster).
Stolen In Broad Daylight
- E. Elliott, RB
- Round 4, Pick 37
Ezekiel Elliott was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.
- Sammy Watkins, WR
- Round 5, Pick 49
Tough Actin TiMaclin chose a WR who's highly likely to turn a deep ball into TD gold. Sammy Watkins is projected to rank fifth among NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.9 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.2.
With four below-average positions on Tough Actin TiMaclin, RB and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Kenneth Dixon
- Rank 157, ADP 127
- Jordan Howard
- Rank 159, ADP 129
- Cincinnati Defense
- Rank 201, ADP 137
- Pittsburgh Defense
- Rank 219, ADP 134
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..."