The dirty dozen (ID# 490964)

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Ezekiel Elliott
Keenan Allen
Cam Newton
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In Spite of Some Early-Round Reaches, Brad's Fine Team Has a Squad Built to Reach the Playoffs

Draft Summary

Picking eighth, Brad's Fine Team put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected fifth-place finish in The dirty dozen League (7-6-0, 1,642 points). They went after the diva position early, using three of their first five selections on WRs Keenan Allen (second round), Tyler Lockett (fourth round), and Kelvin Benjamin (fifth round). They also built the bottom TE duo in the league, as they have Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green on their team.

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Brad's Fine Team should just disappear for a while during Week 7. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest schedules. Corresponding with the third-easiest overall schedule, Brad's Fine Team also has the league's second-easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Brad's Fine Team will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their only K (Connor Barth) and only DEF (Seattle) will both be on bye that week.

  • Veteran Mentors on the Bench

    While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 12 in the league with an average of 3.1 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 2 with 6.4 years).

  • Biggest Steal

    Brad's Fine Team may have found a gem in the ninth round, grabbing Antonio Gates (104th overall pick vs. ADP of 89.6).

  • Mr. Mendoza

    Darren Sproles is owned in only 7% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Brad's Fine Team has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

  • Not Afraid to Scramble

    With 378 projected rushing yards (ranked fifth among QBs), Marcus Mariota has multiple ways to bring in points.

Player Analysis

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 296 touches, Ezekiel Elliott is projected to rank ninth in the NFL in that category. How touching, Brad's Fine Team.

    • Keenan Allen, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    203 Reasons for Brad's Fine Team to Appreciate Keenan Allen

    Allen ranks 10th in the The dirty dozen League among WRs with 203 projected fantasy points.

    • Cam Newton, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 32
    Did Brad's Fine Team Just Dab?

    Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.

    • Tyler Lockett, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 41
    Taking a Chance

    With their fourth-round pick, Brad's Fine Team threw caution to the wind. They took Tyler Lockett at pick number 41 despite an ADP of 86.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • K. Benjamin, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 56
    Rethinking That One

    Kelvin Benjamin may not justify his 56th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-20 in both yards (29th with 969) and TDs (21st with 7.4).

Best Available

Brad's Fine Team is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (TE and K), but TE is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

    • Eric Ebron
    • Rank 132, ADP 135
    • Vance McDonald
    • Rank 146, ADP 138
    • Clive Walford
    • Rank 157, ADP 130
    • Charles Clay
    • Rank 162, ADP 133
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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 ADP
    Pick 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 League
        Team     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 Points

    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..."

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1. (8) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
2. (17) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
3. (32) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
4. (41) Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR)
5. (56) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
6. (65) Derrick Henry (Ten - RB)
7. (80) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
8. (89) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
9. (104) Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
10. (113) Darren Sproles (Phi - RB)
11. (128) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
12. (137) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
13. (152) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
14. (161) Ladarius Green (Pit - TE)
15. (176) Connor Barth (Chi - K)

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