Watch out. Somebody let Pay up loose in the draft room. When the smoke cleared, all that was left was an elite squad capable of destroying opponents at will. They are projected to finish first in Deflaters Gonna Deflate League with a record of 11-2-0 (1,959 points). They went after the diva position early, using three of their first five selections on WRs Antonio Brown (first round), Jeremy Maclin (fourth round), and Kelvin Benjamin (fifth round). They also have the top group of RBs in the league, as they have Devonta Freeman, Todd Gurley, Eddie Lacy, and Justin Forsett on their roster.
Pay up made use of their only keeper position to hold on to Todd Gurley (5.1 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is as valuable as a draft pick in the top half of the first round.
Pay up should do pretty much anything other than watch football during Week 8. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the softest slate. Corresponding with the easiest overall schedule, Pay up also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.
Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away
It's likely that in Week 9, Pay up will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Pay up, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Eddie Lacy) and fourth-ranked (Justin Forsett) RBs.
Pay up has four positions that are stronger than league average. While RB, DEF, and K are projected to be good, WR is the best on Pay up.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Pay up picked up projected top-3 players (Antonio Brown, Devonta Freeman, and Todd Gurley).
Team of Champions
Pay up is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy rosters, including Antonio Brown, Devonta Freeman, and Carson Palmer.
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Pay up chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 2
Brown appeared on more Y! Fantasy playoff rosters than any other wide receiver, and accrued a whopping 193 targets over the course of the 2015 season (second only to Julio Jones, who got 203).
Better Lucky Than Good?
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 3, Pick 26
The rest of Deflaters Gonna Deflate League overlooked a gem, and Pay up made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Devonta Freeman.
Rethinking That One
- K. Benjamin, WR
- Round 5, Pick 50
Kelvin Benjamin may not justify his 50th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-20 in both yards (30th with 967) and TDs (22nd with 7.3).
The Heist Is On
- Carson Palmer, QB
- Round 6, Pick 71
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Pay up got a steal in snatching Carson Palmer in the sixth round (71st overall pick vs. ADP of 55.2).
A Bit of a Reach
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 7, Pick 74
Pay up went out on a limb with their seventh-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Jimmy Graham has an ADP of 121.1, but he was grabbed at pick No. 74. Patience is a virtue, Pay up.
If Pay up wants to upgrade, TE and QB are areas they could go after first.
- Clive Walford
- Rank 157, ADP 130
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 169, ADP 134
- Joe Flacco
- Rank 159, ADP 119
- Brock Osweiler
- Rank 164, ADP 121
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..."