Over the Toppers Draft Report Card

Devonta Freeman
Michael Thomas
Rob Gronkowski
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Predicted to Finish Fourth, Over the Toppers Will be a Tough Team

Draft Summary

When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Over the Toppers, which flipped its 10th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Official WrestleCrap Thunder League (8-5-0, 1,458 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Drew Brees (39th overall), RB Devonta Freeman (10th), WR Michael Thomas (15th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (34th) within the first five rounds. They ultimately landed the bottom QB tandem in the league, as they added Brees and Brian Hoyer to their squad.

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Week 5 might require some artful managing from Over the Toppers, as their top two projected scorers (Drew Brees and Devonta Freeman) will be on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the softest slate. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Over the Toppers also has the softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Pair of Strengths

    Over the Toppers has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and RB.

  • Sky's the Limit

    With five players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Over the Toppers hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Hoping to play the favorable matchups week-to-week, Over the Toppers chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Very Sneaky, Over the Toppers

    They nabbed a sleeper in Brian Hoyer with pick No. 159.

  • No, Over the Toppers, He Won't Give You A Follow

    There's a distinct possibility that Brad Evans' keyboard breaks from all the tweets he'll post about Mike Gillislee this year. The Patriots' weapon is projected to lead all RBs in TD plays over 40 yards.

  • Over the Toppers Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Brian Hoyer at pick 159 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Hoyer is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Devonta Freeman Doesn't Read the Playbook

    The playbook reads him. Over the Toppers should be in decent shape if Freeman gets his 272 projected touches this year.

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    178 Excuses to Cheer for Michael Thomas

    Thomas ranks 10th in the Official WrestleCrap Thunder League among wideouts with 178 projected fantasy points.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 34
    Better Lucky Than Good

    The rest of Official WrestleCrap Thunder League overlooked a gem, and Over the Toppers made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Rob Gronkowski.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    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 5, Pick 58
    Let's Call it a Learning Experience

    Hey, remember that time Over the Toppers took Ameer Abdullah WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Abdullah was the weakest value pick of the round.

Best Available

With four below-average positions on Over the Toppers, K and QB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Chandler Catanzaro
    • Rank 227, ADP 130
    • Josh Lambo
    • Rank 229, ADP 136
    • Alex Smith
    • Rank 174, ADP 122
    • DeShone Kizer
    • Rank 187, ADP 122
  • 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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Over the Toppers
1. (10) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
2. (15) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
3. (34) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
4. (39) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
5. (58) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
6. (63) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
7. (82) Willie Snead (NO - WR)
8. (87) Houston (Hou - DEF)
9. (106) Stephen Hauschka (Buf - K)
10. (111) Mike Gillislee (NE - RB)
11. (130) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
12. (135) Jordan Matthews (Buf - WR)
13. (154) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
14. (159) Brian Hoyer (SF - QB)
15. (178) Tennessee (Ten - DEF)

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