michael's Team Draft Report Card

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Le'Veon Bell
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Travis Kelce
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Drew Brees
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Led by a Terrific Group of RBs, michael's Team Can Compete With Anyone

Draft Summary

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.

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Schedule

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.

Draft Notes

  • 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.

  • Highlight Reel

    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.

  • Nearly There

    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.

  • Super Sleepers

    Austin Hooper and C.J. Prosise are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for michael's Team.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Bell is Hungry

    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
    Crafty Kelce

    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.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    A High-Volume Passer

    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.

    • L. Fitzgerald, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Climbing The Ladder

    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.

    • Jameis Winston, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 71
    If the Defense is Smithers, then Winston is Mr. Burns

    Jameis Winston likes to burn defenses over the top, ranking fifth among all QBs with 4.9 plays over 40 yards.

Best Available

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 Lost
    Points

    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

    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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michael's Team
1. (2) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (23) Travis Kelce (KC - TE)
3. (26) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (47) Davante Adams (GB - WR)
5. (50) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
6. (71) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
7. (74) Bilal Powell (NYJ - RB)
8. (95) Rishard Matthews (Ten - WR)
9. (98) Brandon Marshall (NYG - WR)
10. (119) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
11. (122) Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF)
12. (143) Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)
13. (146) Austin Hooper (Atl - TE)
14. (167) Kenny Stills (Mia - WR)
15. (170) C.J. Prosise (Sea - RB)

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