Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Monkey Man didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with an 8-6-0 (1,547) record and third-place finish in Yahoo Public 391938 League. They went after the diva position early, using three of their first five selections on WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (first round), Brandon Marshall (second round), and Kelvin Benjamin (fifth round). They also built the most prolific QB duo in the league, as they have Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins on the roster.
Monkey Man should use Week 9 to finally build that mini trainyard. Really just about anything other than checking fantasy football will do. They have seven players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a tougher-than-average slate. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Monkey Man also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Belichick or Bust
The fantasy hopes of Monkey Man rest heavily on the fortunes of Brady's crew, as they have four Patriots on their roster.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, Monkey Man picked up projected top-two players (Cam Newton, Stephen Gostkowski, and Carolina).
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Monkey Man will need to get busy on the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only TE (Martellus Bennett) and only K (Stephen Gostkowski) will both be off that week.
Team of Champions
Monkey Man assembled a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Cam Newton.
My One and Only
Ignoring roster depth, Monkey Man chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Monkey Man chose one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Kirk Cousins. Among NFL QBs, he's forecasted to rank fifth in both plays over 40 yards with 11.1 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Does Odell Beckham Jr. Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?
- O. Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 1, Pick 2
Because his all-purpose yardage projections are tasty. Beckham Jr. is ranked fourth in the league with 1,579 all-purpose yards.
The Power of Persuasion
- B. Marshall, WR
- Round 2, Pick 19
Now would be a reasonable time for Monkey Man to encourage the Yahoo Public 391938 League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Brandon Marshall and his 92 projected catches (ranked eighth in the NFL).
Did Monkey Man Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 3, Pick 22
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Carolina's signal-caller.
If it Ain't Broke
- Dion Lewis, RB
- Round 4, Pick 39
Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Monkey Man didn't grab their first RB (Dion Lewis) until the fourth round.
Was Jeremy Langford Worth it at Pick No. 59?
- J. Langford, RB
- Round 6, Pick 59
Monkey Man sure hopes so. The Bears' running back is projected to earn 149 points this year, after putting up 126 last year.
There are three positions that Monkey Man could look to upgrade, including TE, which looks like their biggest area of need.
- Zach Miller
- Rank 141, ADP 137
- Jared Cook
- Rank 143, ADP 134
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 150, ADP 132
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Rank 151, 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..."