All that time spent doing fantasy football research instead of actual work wasn't a waste of time after all, as michael's Team is projected to finish with a record of 9-4-0; good enough for third in The Ghost of Chase Daniel League. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Drew Brees (26th overall), RB Le'Veon Bell (2nd), WR Davante Adams (47th), and TE Travis Kelce (23rd) within the first five rounds. They ultimately have one of the most prolific groups of RBs in the league, as they added Bell, Bilal Powell, and C.J. Prosise.
michael's Team should use Week 8 to finally build that mini trainyard. Really just about anything other than checking fantasy football will do. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have an easier-than-average slate. In addition to having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, michael's Team has the second-hardest last four games of the season.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
michael's Team will definitely need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their four WRs with the most projected seasonal points (Davante Adams, Brandon Marshall, Rishard Matthews, and Larry Fitzgerald) will all be on bye that week.
michael's Team is stacked at RB, but QB isn't too shabby, either.
Close to the Vest
michael's Team was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing nine "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.
The top half of the michael's Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 10).
A Pair of Proven Winners
michael's Team has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Le'Veon Bell and Drew Brees) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Austin Hooper and C.J. Prosise are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for michael's Team.
Bell is Hungry
- Le'Veon Bell, RB
- Round 1, Pick 2
And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank second in the NFL with 327 touches.
- Travis Kelce, TE
- Round 2, Pick 23
The primary weapon in KC's passing attack, Travis Kelce led all tight ends with a career-high 1,125 receiving yards last season. Only Le'Veon Bell (685) had more yards-after-catch than Kelce's 655.
A High-Volume Passer
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 3, Pick 26
Brees led the NFL in attempts, completions, and passing yardage last season. Among all QBs, only Brady and Rodgers appeared on more championship rosters than the future Hall-of-Famer in 2016.
Climbing The Ladder
- L. Fitzgerald, WR
- Round 5, Pick 50
Currently in ninth place with 14,389 career receiving yards, Fitzgerald is just 904 yards away from moving all the way up to third place all-time. Only five WRs (Evans, Nelson, Brown, Cooper, Hilton) appeared on more championship rosters last season.
If the Defense is Smithers, then Winston is Mr. Burns
- Jameis Winston, QB
- Round 6, Pick 71
Jameis Winston likes to burn defenses over the top, ranking fifth among all QBs with 4.9 plays over 40 yards.
There are four positions that michael's Team could look to improve, including WR and K, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Cooper Kupp
- Rank 157, ADP 127
- Marqise Lee
- Rank 158, ADP 130
- Stephen Hauschka
- Rank 195, ADP 112
- Brandon McManus
- Rank 203, ADP 125
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..."