Betelnut Barbarians Draft Report Card

Mike Evans
Rob Gronkowski
Drew Brees
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With Too Many Reaches Early, Betelnut Barbarians Still Has Work To Do

Draft Summary

Betelnut Barbarians was set up perfectly to draft a playoff-caliber team with the third overall pick. Instead of using that to their advantage, however, they chose to go a different route that's geared more towards losing. They're only projected to finish 10th in Sunday Sessions Dirty Dozen League with a mark of 3-10-0 (2,056 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (27th overall), RB Ameer Abdullah (46th), WR Mike Evans (3rd), and TE Rob Gronkowski (22nd) within the first five rounds. They also ultimately collected the lowest-scoring set of RBs in the league, as they have Mike Gillislee, Abdullah, Derrick Henry, and Jeremy Hill for their rotation.

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Keeper Summary

Betelnut Barbarians used their only keeper slot to hold on to Mike Evans (7.7 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is as valuable as a draft pick in the bottom half of the first round.


Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Betelnut Barbarians has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult schedules. In addition to having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Betelnut Barbarians also has the toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Carrying the Load

    Betelnut Barbarians has a trio of above-average positions leading the way (TE, DEF, and QB).

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    Betelnut Barbarians drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Rob Gronkowski, New England, and Drew Brees).

  • Nearly There

    The top half of the Betelnut Barbarians roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 3). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 11).

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Betelnut Barbarians has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Mike Evans and Drew Brees) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • A Pair With Potential

    O.J. Howard and Zay Jones are a couple of late-round fliers with intriguing upside for Betelnut Barbarians.

  • Insider Trading?

    Zay Jones is owned in only 9% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Betelnut Barbarians has some solid insider sources, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • Mike Evans, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    Monster Mike

    Second only to Jordy Nelson in receiving TDs last season, Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other wide receiver.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 2, Pick 22
    Risky Rob

    He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2011, but a healthy Gronk is still one of the toughest matchups for opposing NFL defenses.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 27
    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.

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 46
    How Rebellious of You

    Betelnut Barbarians said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first (Ameer Abdullah).

    • Tyreek Hill, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 51
    Rethinking That One

    Tyreek Hill went with the 51st pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-50 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (87th) and receiving yards (69th) with 4.6 and 758 respectively.

Best Available

There are three positions that Betelnut Barbarians could look to upgrade, including RB, which looks like their biggest area of need.

    • Spencer Ware
    • Rank 45, ADP 59
    • Jonathan Stewart
    • Rank 106, ADP 116
    • Jacquizz Rodgers
    • Rank 117, ADP 125
    • Joe Williams
    • Rank 158, ADP 129
  • 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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Betelnut Barbarians
1. (3) Mike Evans (TB - WR)
2. (22) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
3. (27) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (46) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
5. (51) Tyreek Hill (KC - WR)
6. (70) Mike Gillislee (NE - RB)
7. (75) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
8. (94) Cameron Meredith (Chi - WR)
9. (99) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
10. (118) Derrick Henry (Ten - RB)
11. (123) New England (NE - DEF)
12. (142) O.J. Howard (TB - TE)
13. (147) Zay Jones (Buf - WR)
14. (166) Wil Lutz (NO - K)

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