Team Newbs should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking 13th, Team Newbs bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of 13th in KIC-ers Football League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,550 points). They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Mike Evans (second round), Eric Decker (third round), and DeSean Jackson (fifth round). They also have one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they added Lamar Miller, DeMarco Murray, Isaiah Crowell, and Terrance West.
Week 9 might require some artful managing from Team Newbs. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the toughest slates. In addition to having the second-most demanding overall schedule, Team Newbs has the league's easiest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.
Like 10,000 Spoons When All You Need Is A Knife
Team Newbs's only stronger-than-average position is K.
Close to the Vest
Team Newbs was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 14 picks.
The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 13 with 3.7 years).
Terrance West and Will Fuller are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Team Newbs.
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Team Newbs chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing Terrance West at pick 181 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. West is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy
- Lamar Miller, RB
- Round 1, Pick 13
With 313 touches, Lamar Miller is projected to rank fourth in the NFL in that category. How touching, Team Newbs.
Defensive Coordinators Plan Specifically for Evans
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 2, Pick 16
Mike Evans is expected to reach paydirt 8.7 times, placing him sixth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 4, Pick 44
DeMarco Murray went with the 44th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Team Newbs, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (26th with 778) and TDs (22nd with 5.8). Appears that Team Newbs just went with their gut on this one.
That Just Happened
- DeSean Jackson, WR
- Round 5, Pick 69
Why can't I find DeSean Jackson on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."
- Carson Palmer, QB
- Round 6, Pick 72
If other Yahoo! users are right, Team Newbs got a steal in the sixth round, when they selected Carson Palmer (72nd overall pick vs. ADP of 54.8).
While Team Newbs is projected to have five below-average positions, TE is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.
- Virgil Green
- Rank 135, ADP 129
- Clive Walford
- Rank 155, ADP 129
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 170, ADP 135
- Ladarius Green
- Rank 176, ADP 120
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..."