I PLEAD THE FIF Draft Report Card

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Jay Ajayi
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Melvin Gordon
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Leonard Fournette
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Led by a Terrific Backfield, I PLEAD THE FIF is Going to Blow Through This League

Draft Summary

A late round draft pick would fluster the novice fantasy football manager, but this was obviously not the first rodeo for I PLEAD THE FIF. They were able to flip the 10th overall pick into an expected finish of first place with a record of 11-2-0 (1,637 points). They went all-in on running backs early, using their first three selections to grab Jay Ajayi (10th overall), Melvin Gordon (15th), and Leonard Fournette (34th). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, I PLEAD THE FIF will benefit. They are the most prolific set of RBs in the league.

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Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, I PLEAD THE FIF has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. I PLEAD THE FIF will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Because Three Running Backs Wouldn't be Enough

    I PLEAD THE FIF drafted four RBs, even though only a couple can be started each week.

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    I PLEAD THE FIF will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (John Brown), fourth- (Donte Moncrief), and fifth-ranked (Mike Wallace) wideouts.

  • Up, Up, and Away

    With five players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, I PLEAD THE FIF hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • Stockpiling Talent at RB

    I PLEAD THE FIF should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. RB is definitely the strongest among them.

  • The Best Player Plays

    I PLEAD THE FIF is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4.1 years of NFL experience.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With six "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, I PLEAD THE FIF is looking for dependable help.

Player Analysis

    • Jay Ajayi, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Advanced Math

    If I PLEAD THE FIF had a nickel for every time Jay Ajayi is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 309 nickels.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    From San Diego to Los Angeles

    And now to I PLEAD THE FIF. Despite missing the final three games of the season, Gordon recorded the ninth-most touches (295) in the league, accounting for 1,416 total yards and 12 TDs.

    • L. Fournette, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 34
    Stepping on a Banana Peel

    Leonard Fournette slipping to I PLEAD THE FIF could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    On a Scale of 1 to America

    How free will Brandin Cooks be in the secondary? He's projected to rack up 1,231 receiving yards this year.

    • Travis Kelce, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 58
    I PLEAD THE FIF Hops Aboard the Travis Train

    Though KC's offense attempted the eighth-fewest passes in the league, only two tight ends (Rudolph and Olsen) saw more targets than Kelce last season.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on I PLEAD THE FIF, QB and K are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Tyrod Taylor
    • Rank 133, ADP 127
    • Jay Cutler
    • Rank 140, ADP 130
    • Sebastian Janikowski
    • Rank 184, ADP 110
    • Stephen Hauschka
    • Rank 195, ADP 110
  • 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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I PLEAD THE FIF
1. (10) Jay Ajayi (Phi - RB)
2. (15) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
3. (34) Leonard Fournette (Jax - RB)
4. (39) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
5. (58) Travis Kelce (KC - TE)
6. (63) Terrelle Pryor Sr. (Was - WR)
7. (82) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
8. (87) Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)
9. (106) Paul Perkins (NYG - RB)
10. (111) Mike Wallace (Bal - WR)
11. (130) John Brown (Ari - WR)
12. (135) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
13. (154) Carson Wentz (Phi - QB)
14. (159) Atlanta (Atl - DEF)
15. (178) Blair Walsh (Sea - K)

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