Beast of the East parlayed a solid draft slot (fifth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 10-3-0 (1,536 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Teke Football League XVII-A League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (33rd overall), RBs LeSean McCoy (24th) and DeAngelo Williams (61st), and WRs DeAndre Hopkins (5th) and Julian Edelman (52nd). They also built a legit group of WRs, as they added Hopkins, Edelman, Vincent Jackson, and DeVante Parker.
Beast of the East should use Week 8 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a softer-than-average schedule. Along with having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Beast of the East has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
The City of Champions?
The fantasy hopes of Beast of the East rest heavily on the fortunes of Pittsburgh, as they have four Steelers players on their roster.
In Week 8, both Pittsburgh and Miami will be on bye. Drafting two defenses with the same bye week is a unique strategy, Beast of the East.
While the bottom half of the Beast of the East roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 11).
Beast of the East knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Defense Wins Championships?
Beast of the East chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Dominating Pair
Beast of the East has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (DeAndre Hopkins and DeAngelo Williams) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Diagnosis: more DeAndre!
- D. Hopkins, WR
- Round 1, Pick 5
Hopkins' breakout was just what the doctor ordered for fantasy owners last year. Only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's star WR.
McCoy is Hungry
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 2, Pick 24
And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 296 touches.
Like a Prancing Unicorn
- B. Roethlisberger, QB
- Round 3, Pick 33
Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards.
- Julian Edelman, WR
- Round 4, Pick 52
Julian Edelman is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 92 projected catches rank seventh in the league.
That Just Happened
- D. Williams, RB
- Round 5, Pick 61
Why can't I find DeAngelo Williams on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."
TE and DEF are expected to be the weakest positions for Beast of the East and a potential area of need.
- Clive Walford
- Rank 162, ADP 129
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Rank 207, ADP 129
- Green Bay Defense
- Rank 246, ADP 133
- Indianapolis Defense
- Rank 253, ADP 129
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..."