Circle the Wagons Draft Report Card

Le'Veon Bell
Michael Thomas
Leonard Fournette
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Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Circle the Wagons Will Dominate the League

Draft Summary

"Veni, Vidi, Vici" is Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered", this perfectly describes the drafting tactics of Circle the Wagons, who yielded a projected second-place finish (10-3-0, 1,803 points) in Byrd Fan Club League. With six WRs on the roster, Circle the Wagons loaded up on solid pass catchers; their WRs are projected to average 179 points this season, close to the league average of 171. They ultimately built the highest-scoring RB combo in the league, as they added Le'Veon Bell and Leonard Fournette to the team.

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Week 8 would be a good opportunity for Circle the Wagons to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the β€œstretch” run. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the weakest schedule. Corresponding with the easiest overall schedule, Circle the Wagons also has the league's second-easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Circle the Wagons might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 5, as their No. 1- (Michael Thomas), No. 2- (Demaryius Thomas) and No. 5-ranked (Jamison Crowder) WRs will all be resting that week.

  • Good Luck With That One!

    Circle the Wagons will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Jordan Matthews), fourth- (Rishard Matthews), and fifth-ranked (Jamison Crowder) wideouts.

  • Positional Fortitude

    Circle the Wagons has four positions that are stronger than league average. While TE, QB, and WR are projected to be good, RB is the best on Circle the Wagons.

  • Quarterback Controversy?

    Circle the Wagons may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted (Marcus Mariota) and second-drafted (Dak Prescott) QBs have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

  • Circle the Wagons will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 7, as their only K (Matt Prater) and only DEF (Houston) will both be on bye that week.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With seven "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Circle the Wagons is looking for dependable help.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 327 touches, Le'Veon Bell is projected to rank second in the NFL in that category. Circle the Wagons demands more!

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 23
    216 More Reasons to Appreciate Michael Thomas

    Thomas ranks 10th in the Byrd Fan Club League among WRs with 216 projected fantasy points.

    • L. Fournette, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Byrd Fan Club League overlooked a gem, and Circle the Wagons made the highest value pick of the round by taking Leonard Fournette.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Panther Performance

    Olsen saw an increase in targets for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. It was his third straight 1,000-yard campaign and ninth year in a row suiting up for all 16 games.

    • J. Crowder, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 71
    Was Jamison Crowder the Best Choice at Pick No. 71?

    Circle the Wagons apparently thinks so. The Redskins' wideout is projected to score 162 points this year, nearly identical to his total last year.

Best Available

Circle the Wagons could potentially upgrade K and DEF, but K is the position they'll want to focus on first.

    • Stephen Hauschka
    • Rank 197, ADP 110
    • Brandon McManus
    • Rank 203, ADP 125
    • Cairo Santos
    • Rank 208, ADP 125
    • Chandler Catanzaro
    • Rank 228, ADP 130
  • 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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Circle the Wagons
1. (2) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (23) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
3. (26) Leonard Fournette (Jax - RB)
4. (47) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
5. (50) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
6. (71) Jamison Crowder (Was - WR)
7. (74) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
8. (95) LeGarrette Blount (Phi - RB)
9. (98) Dak Prescott (Dal - QB)
10. (119) Thomas Rawls (Sea - RB)
11. (122) Houston (Hou - DEF)
12. (143) Jordan Matthews (Buf - WR)
13. (146) Rishard Matthews (Ten - WR)
14. (167) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
15. (170) Matt Prater (Det - K)

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