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.
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.
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.
Devonta Freeman Doesn't Read the Playbook
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 1, Pick 10
The playbook reads him. Over the Toppers should be in decent shape if Freeman gets his 272 projected touches this year.
178 Excuses to Cheer for Michael Thomas
- Michael Thomas, WR
- Round 2, Pick 15
Thomas ranks 10th in the Official WrestleCrap Thunder League among wideouts with 178 projected fantasy points.
Better Lucky Than Good
- Rob Gronkowski, TE
- Round 3, Pick 34
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.
A High-Volume Passer
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 4, Pick 39
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.
Let's Call it a Learning Experience
- Ameer Abdullah, RB
- Round 5, Pick 58
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.
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 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..."