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Tom's Top-Notch Team Draft Report Card

Todd Gurley
Devonta Freeman
T.Y. Hilton
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Led by a Terrific Group of RBs, Tom's Top-Notch Team Has a Loaded Roster

Draft Summary

Corresponding with a solid draft slot (fifth overall), Tom's Top-Notch Team had a stellar showing. With a mark of 10-3-0 (1,709 points), they're projected to finish third in The dirty dozen League. They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Ben Roethlisberger (53rd overall), RBs Todd Gurley (5th) and Devonta Freeman (20th), and WRs T.Y. Hilton (29th) and Randall Cobb (44th). They put together the best group of RBs in the league, as they added Freeman, Gurley, and LeGarrette Blount.

Looks like somebody did their homework. With a draft like that, you could nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame with your eyes closed. Go on, we dare you.


While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Tom's Top-Notch Team (three), Week 8 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the least difficult schedules. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Tom's Top-Notch Team.

Draft Notes

  • In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

    The GM of Tom's Top-Notch Team must have had to leave their draft party early. After tallying the most projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they racked up the fewest during the second half.

  • Drink Plenty of Milk

    With an average of 7.2 years of NFL experience, Tom's Top-Notch Team has the greatest chance of losing a player to osteoporosis.

  • Top Heavy

    The top half of the Tom's Top-Notch Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • Checked Out Early

    Tom's Top-Notch Team didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Team of Champions

    Tom's Top-Notch Team is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Todd Gurley, Devonta Freeman, and Tom Brady).

  • Full Control Early On

    Tom's Top-Notch Team began things with a bang, nabbing the most projected points in the league during the draft's first half.

Player Analysis

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Feed The Beast

    Over here we have a rarity in the wild named Todd Gurley. Projected to get a league-leading 349 touches, he feasts on feeble defenses.

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 20

    Tom's Top-Notch Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman right off the bat.

    • B. Roethlisberger, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 53
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards.

    • Delanie Walker, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 68
    The Titan to Target

    Walker led all TEs in both targets (133) and receptions (94) last year, and received double-digit targets in seven of the 15 games in which he played.

    • E. Sanders, WR
    • Round 7, Pick 77
    Was the 77th Pick the Right Time for Emmanuel Sanders?

    Tom's Top-Notch Team apparently believes it is. The Broncos' wide receiver is projected to earn 150 points this year, after putting up 172 last year.

Best Available

Tom's Top-Notch Team has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including WR and DEF, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Michael Thomas
    • Rank 119, ADP 129
    • Phillip Dorsett
    • Rank 120, ADP 134
    • Oakland Defense
    • Rank 184, ADP 122
    • Philadelphia Defense
    • Rank 206, ADP 142
  • 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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Tom's Top-Notch Team
1. (5) Todd Gurley (LA - RB)
2. (20) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
3. (29) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
4. (44) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
5. (53) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
6. (68) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
7. (77) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
8. (92) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
9. (101) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
10. (116) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
11. (125) Minnesota (Min - DEF)
12. (140) Laquon Treadwell (Min - WR)
13. (149) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
14. (164) Graham Gano (Car - K)
15. (173) Rueben Randle (Chi - WR)

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