Collusion might be the only way to stop Shay Essays this year, as they are projected to finish with a record of 9-4-0; good enough for third in Land 9 League. They obviously understand how important the running back position is in fantasy football. They used three of their first five picks on RBs Eddie Lacy (second round), C.J. Anderson (third round), and Ryan Mathews (fourth round). They ended up with the top group of WRs in the league, as they have Antonio Brown, Golden Tate, Michael Crabtree, and Willie Snead on their team.
Shay Essays should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why Greenland is ice and Iceland is green. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. 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 less-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the sixth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Shay Essays.
Shouldering the Burden?
Shay Essays has three above-average positions on their roster: WR, RB, and DEF.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Shay Essays may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
Shay Essays will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Phil Dawson) and only DEF (Pittsburgh) will both be on bye that week.
While the bottom half of the Shay Essays 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. 10).
Better Late Than Never
Shay Essays finished on a high note, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Shay Essays may have found a gem in the 11th round, grabbing Blake Bortles (121st overall pick vs. ADP of 78.8).
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 1
With a grip that would make Spider-Man jealous, Antonio Brown has serious value in all PPR leagues. He's projected to catch an NFL-leading 132 balls this year.
- C.J. Anderson, RB
- Round 3, Pick 25
With 7 rushing TDs, C.J. Anderson is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in that category.
Apparently ADP is Overrated
- Ryan Mathews, RB
- Round 4, Pick 48
With their fourth-round pick, Shay Essays pulled the trigger. They took Ryan Mathews at pick number 48 despite an ADP of just 73.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Rethinking That One
- Golden Tate, WR
- Round 5, Pick 49
Golden Tate went with the 49th pick, even though he's projected to fall outside of the top-20 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (28th) and receiving yards (21st) with 6.8 and 1,041 respectively.
Was the 72nd Pick the Right Time for Michael Crabtree?
- M. Crabtree, WR
- Round 6, Pick 72
Shay Essays apparently believes it is. The Raiders' wide receiver is projected to notch 152 points this year, after producing 167 last year.
Shay Essays has three positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with TE being the most immediate need.
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 169, ADP 134
- Ladarius Green
- Rank 174, ADP 120
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Rank 197, ADP 129
- Richard Rodgers
- Rank 205, ADP 123
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..."