When the draft countdown clock hit zero, the GM of Stud Muffins put their game face on. Firing on all cylinders from the 12th spot in the draft, they put together a team that's projected to finish second in LongDongs League with a record of 10-3-0 (1,556 points).
Stud Muffins took advantage of all three of their keeper spots. Their top-ranked retained players from an ADP perspective were: Julio Jones (4.3 ADP), Todd Gurley (5.2 ADP), and Mike Evans (24.1 ADP). On average, their three keepers are clearly more valuable (by 10.8%) than the average draft picks that they replaced.
Week 11 might require some waiver-wire magic from Stud Muffins. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have the weakest slate. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Stud Muffins also has the league's easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
TE is the strongest position for Stud Muffins, though WR and RB aren't too shabby either.
Stud Muffins minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 15 picks.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Stud Muffins will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 4, as their only K (Cody Parkey) and only DEF (Philadelphia) will both be on bye that week.
A Dominating Pair
Stud Muffins has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Julio Jones and Todd Gurley) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Robert Griffin III and Cody Parkey are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Stud Muffins.
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Stud Muffins chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Just Heave it to Julio
- Julio Jones, WR
- Round 1, Pick 12
The lone NFL player to see 200 targets last season, only DeAndre Hopkins appeared on more first-place rosters than Jones in 2015.
No RB by Committee Here
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 2, Pick 24
Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. Stud Muffins should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 342 projected touches this year.
Doling Out Nightmares
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 3, Pick 36
Mike Evans will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish sixth in the NFL with 8.5 receiving TDs.
Better Lucky Than Good?
- Jordan Reed, TE
- Round 5, Pick 60
The rest of LongDongs League overlooked a gem, and Stud Muffins made the highest value pick of the round by taking Jordan Reed.
Earning His Keep
- Philip Rivers, QB
- Round 6, Pick 72
Projections have Philip Rivers finishing with 28.4 passing TDs and 4,543 yards, good enough to rank him at eighth and fifth respectively.
While Stud Muffins is expected to be weak across three positions, K is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.
- Connor Barth
- Rank 215, ADP 87
- Shayne Graham
- Rank 221, ADP 96
- Chris Boswell
- Rank 223, ADP 105
- Nick Folk
- Rank 226, ADP 122
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..."