When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Vandelay Industries, which flipped its 12th overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Victory is Mine League (9-4-0, 1,857 points). They made it a point of focus to load up on pass-catchers, using four of their first seven selections to snag WRs A.J. Green (first round), Allen Robinson (second round), Marvin Jones Jr. (sixth round), and John Brown (seventh round). They ended up with one of the top QB tandems in the league, as they added Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford.
Week 9 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Vandelay Industries should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just anything that isn't fantasy football. It might not be pretty. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the easiest schedules. Corresponding with the second-easiest overall schedule, Vandelay Industries also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Vandelay Industries, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (T.J. Yeldon) and fourth-ranked (Jerick McKinnon) RBs.
Vandelay Industries minimized risk by choosing seven consistent players among their 15 picks.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
Vandelay Industries will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Chandler Catanzaro) and only DEF (Arizona) will both be on bye that week.
Vandelay Industries hedged their bets by scooping up Spencer Ware in the 12th round to back up Jamaal Charles, his Chiefs teammate (a third-round selection).
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Vandelay Industries chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
Vandelay Industries grabbed a sleeper in Will Fuller with pick No. 156.
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 12
A.J. Green is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 90 projected catches rank ninth in the league.
244 More Reasons to Appreciate Allen Robinson
- Allen Robinson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 13
Robinson ranks ninth in the Victory is Mine League among WRs with 244 projected fantasy points.
Haters Gonna Hate
- Jamaal Charles, RB
- Round 3, Pick 36
The rest of Victory is Mine League overlooked a gem, and Vandelay Industries made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Jamaal Charles.
Like Elway in His Prime
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 4, Pick 37
Drew Brees is projected to lead the NFL in both passing yards (4,832) and passing TDs (31.8).
Taking a Chance
- G. Bernard, RB
- Round 5, Pick 60
With their fifth-round pick, Vandelay Industries threw caution to the wind. They took Giovani Bernard at pick number 60 despite an ADP of 102.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Vandelay Industries could potentially upgrade RB and TE, but RB is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Dion Lewis
- Rank 164, ADP 93
- Karlos Williams
- Rank 167, ADP 116
- DeAndre Washington
- Rank 168, ADP 125
- Jordan Howard
- Rank 182, ADP 127
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..."