In correlation with this draft, Deflatriots has decided to open a nice little side business that teaches inferior opponents how to draft like a boss. After Deflatriots hopped off the bus they used to take the rest of these kids to school, they built a roster that's projected to finish second in Nitty Gritty Dirt League with a record of 8-4-2 (1,607 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Cam Newton (6th overall), RB Devonta Freeman (15th), WR Amari Cooper (26th), and TE Coby Fleener (46th) within the first five rounds. They also have the top QB duo in the league, as they added Newton and Andy Dalton to their squad.
Deflatriots should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the weakest schedules. Along with the third-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Deflatriots.
On the Rise
Deflatriots hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution
Deflatriots will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Stephen Gostkowski) and only DEF (New England) will both be on bye that week.
Veteran Mentors on the Bench
While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 10 in the league with an average of 5 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 1 with 7 years).
A Pair of Proven Winners
Deflatriots has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Cam Newton and Devonta Freeman) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Deflatriots got a steal in snatching Michael Floyd in the ninth round (86th overall pick vs. ADP of 67.3).
Did Deflatriots Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 1, Pick 6
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Carolina's signal-caller.
Haters Gonna Hate
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 2, Pick 15
The rest of Nitty Gritty Dirt League overlooked a gem, and Deflatriots made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Devonta Freeman.
Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?
- Amari Cooper, WR
- Round 3, Pick 26
Despite being an above-average player at his position, Amari Cooper was the weakest value pick of the round.
Carlos Hyde Doesn't Read the Playbook
- Carlos Hyde, RB
- Round 4, Pick 35
The playbook reads him. Deflatriots should be in decent shape if Hyde gets his 292 projected touches this year.
All Over the Field
- Coby Fleener, TE
- Round 5, Pick 46
Coby Fleener is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (third with 6.9) and receiving yards (fourth with 874).
If Deflatriots wants to upgrade, TE and WR are areas they could go after first.
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 136, ADP 136
- Zach Miller
- Rank 137, ADP 136
- Kamar Aiken
- Rank 111, ADP 128
- Sammie Coates
- Rank 119, ADP 132
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..."