New York Wops Draft Report Card

Ezekiel Elliott
Odell Beckham Jr.
Jay Ajayi
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Led by a Terrific Backfield, New York Wops Has Look of a Playoff Team

Draft Summary

Picking fourth, New York Wops put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected second-place finish in Not Dem Boyz League (10-4-0, 1,729 points). They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (second round), Jordy Nelson (fourth round), and DeAndre Hopkins (fifth round). They finished the draft with the best group of RBs in the league, as they added Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Ajayi, and DeMarco Murray to the team.

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New York Wops should use Week 8 to think about anything other than fantasy football, like, based on principal, should vegetarians be allowed to eat animal crackers? They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the weakest schedule.

Draft Notes

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    New York Wops will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Alshon Jeffery), fourth- (Sammy Watkins), and fifth-ranked (DeAndre Hopkins) wideouts.

  • Shouldering the Burden?

    New York Wops has three above-average positions on their roster: RB, QB, and K.

  • Team of Champions

    New York Wops is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, six of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy rosters, including Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Ajayi, and Jordy Nelson.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    New York Wops chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • New York Wops is Down With DeMarco

    Finishing the year with 1,664 total yards and 12 touchdowns, only David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell appeared on more postseason fantasy rosters than Murray.

  • Matty Ice, Oh So Nice

    Second only to Brees in total passing yardage, the league MVP accounted for 9.3 yards per attempt in 2016 (a number that was more than a yard better than any other QB).

Player Analysis

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Feed Thy Beast

    Ezekiel Elliott will get the ball early and often, and he's projected to finish third in the league with 327 touches.

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 2, Pick 5
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Not Dem Boyz League overlooked a gem, and New York Wops made the highest value pick of the round by taking Odell Beckham Jr.

    • Jay Ajayi, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 12
    Does Jay Ajayi Enjoy Fajitas?

    Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Ajayi is projected to rank fourth in the league with 1,515 all-purpose yards.

    • Jordy Nelson, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 13
    Nifty Nelson

    Jordy Nelson returned to form last year after missing all of 2015. The Packers wideout led the league in red zone targets, and only Mike Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters last season.

    • D. Hopkins, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 20
    Let's Call it a Learning Experience

    Hey, remember that time New York Wops took DeAndre Hopkins WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Hopkins was the weakest value pick of the round.

Best Available

New York Wops has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including TE and DEF, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Martellus Bennett
    • Rank 92, ADP 67
    • Zach Ertz
    • Rank 97, ADP 85
    • Los Angeles Defense
    • Rank 175, ADP 117
    • Baltimore Defense
    • Rank 187, ADP 131
  • 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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New York Wops
1. (4) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
2. (5) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
3. (12) Jay Ajayi (Phi - RB)
4. (13) Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)
5. (20) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
6. (21) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
7. (28) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
8. (29) Denver (Den - DEF)
9. (36) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
10. (37) DeMarco Murray (Ten - RB)
11. (44) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
12. (45) Alshon Jeffery (Phi - WR)
13. (52) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
14. (53) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
15. (60) Carolina (Car - DEF)

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