It was almost too hard to watch as Big Papi took the fifth pick and drove any playoff hopes they had right off a cliff. They are projected to finish 2-11-0 (1,600 points), bad enough for an 11th-place finish in Byrd Fan Club League. They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Melvin Gordon (first round), Dalvin Cook (third round), and Joe Mixon (fourth round). They wound up with one of the top sets of WRs in the league, as they added Amari Cooper, Martavis Bryant, Golden Tate, and DeVante Parker.
Ever wonder what exactly was inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Big Papi should use Week 9 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. 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 most daunting schedules. Corresponding with the second-most grueling overall schedule, Big Papi also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.
A Pair of Strengths
Big Papi has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and WR.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Big Papi will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Mason Crosby) and only DEF (Green Bay) will both be on bye that week.
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Big Papi chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).
Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up
Big Papi got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
A Dominating Pair
Big Papi has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Carson Palmer has a cannon, projected to rank third among all QBs with 3 TDs over 40 yards.
From San Diego to Los Angeles
- Melvin Gordon, RB
- Round 1, Pick 5
And now to Big Papi. Despite missing the final three games of the season, Gordon recorded the ninth-most touches (295) in the league, accounting for 1,416 total yards and 12 TDs.
- Amari Cooper, WR
- Round 2, Pick 20
Though he didn't burst into super-stardom like many predicted, Cooper still delivered last season: only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) were rostered more frequently by first-place fantasy squads in 2016.
Apparently ADP is Overrated
- Dalvin Cook, RB
- Round 3, Pick 29
With their third-round pick, Big Papi pulled the trigger. They took Dalvin Cook at pick number 29 despite an ADP of just 53.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Yeah, But He Totally Retweeted Me Once!
- Joe Mixon, RB
- Round 4, Pick 44
Although he was taken 44th overall in the fantasy draft, Joe Mixon isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in rushing TDs (30th with 5.7) or rushing yards (28th with 712).
- Golden Tate, WR
- Round 5, Pick 53
Defenses Hate Him, Quarterbacks Love Him! Golden Tate is expected to catch almost everything this year, as his 93 projected receptions rank eighth in the league.
There are four positions that Big Papi could look to upgrade, including QB, which looks like their biggest area of need.
- Carson Wentz
- Rank 122, ADP 130
- Tyrod Taylor
- Rank 129, ADP 127
- Sam Bradford
- Rank 160, ADP 124
- Joe Flacco
- Rank 161, ADP 130
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..."