Toe drafted like a bat out of hell in this one. Meat Loaf once told the NY Times that he's played in as many as 60 fantasy leagues in a year, and he would surely approve of this drafting display. Toe assembled a squad built to reach the playoffs and is projected to finish fifth in Whittier OC Battle League with a record of 8-5-0 (1,920 points). They went all-in on running backs early, using their first three selections to grab David Johnson (1st overall), Todd Gurley (24th), and Kareem Hunt (25th). If these players can play up to expectations, Toe can have some success. They are the most prolific set of RBs in the league.
Toe can write off Week 8 as a scheduling injustice and use that time to consider other injustices: for example, why doesn't Chewbacca get a medal during the ceremony at the end of Star Wars? Wookie bias? They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the weakest schedules. Corresponding with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Toe also has the second-softest last four games of the season.
Clever Idea, Mediocre Execution
Toe might require waiver wire help in Week 8, as their No. 1- (David Johnson), No. 2- (Todd Gurley) and No. 4-ranked (Shane Vereen) RBs will all be idle that week.
A Talented Trio
Toe has three above-average positions on their roster (RB, DEF, and QB).
While the bottom half of the Toe roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 3), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
No Back-Up No Cry
Ignoring roster depth, Toe picked only one player at three different positions (QB, TE, and DEF).
At picks No. 144 and 168, Toe snagged a couple of late-round fliers with upside in Shane Vereen and Cooper Kupp.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Toe got a steal in snatching Jarvis Landry in the ninth round (97th overall pick vs. ADP of 67.7).
Feed The Beast
- David Johnson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 1
Over here we have a rarity in the wild named David Johnson. Projected to get a league-leading 344 touches, he feasts on feeble defenses.
Todd Gurley Doesn't Read the Playbook
- Todd Gurley, RB
- Round 2, Pick 24
The playbook reads him. Toe should be in decent shape if Gurley gets his 307 projected touches this year.
Swiss Cheese D
- M. Bryant, WR
- Round 4, Pick 48
Martavis Bryant is a constant threat to find holes in the defense. He's projected to rack up 10.5 receiving TDs this year, third in the league.
That Just Happened
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 6, Pick 72
Why can't I find Jeremy Maclin on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."
- Kyle Rudolph, TE
- Round 7, Pick 73
No tight end saw more overall targets (or red zone targets) than Rudolph last season, and Toe will hope that trend continues.
Toe has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (WR and TE), but WR is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.
- Robby Anderson
- Rank 144, ADP 128
- Sterling Shepard
- Rank 154, ADP 126
- Marqise Lee
- Rank 158, ADP 130
- Tyler Lockett
- Rank 162, ADP 128
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..."