Entering the draft with the fifth overall pick, the expectations were high for The BIG O. Then they drafted. Those expectations vanished quickly with a projected mediocre sixth-place finish in Yahoo Public 821267 League at 7-7-0 (1,526 points). With their first five picks, The BIG O focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Tom Brady (36th overall), RBs Lamar Miller (16th) and Carlos Hyde (45th), and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (5th) and DeAndre Hopkins (25th). They ultimately landed one of the top TE pairs in the league, as they added Jimmy Graham and Hunter Henry.
Week 8 might require some artful managing from The BIG O. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have a more-difficult-than-average schedule. Corresponding with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, The BIG O also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At three different positions, The BIG O picked up projected top-two players (Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Brady, and Jimmy Graham).
How Can You Defend This?
In Week 8, both Arizona and Green Bay will be on bye. Drafting two defenses with the same bye week is a unique strategy, The BIG O.
The top half of the roster, from a projected points perspective, is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.5 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 5.2 years).
The BIG O elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Dominating Pair
The BIG O has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Tom Brady and Jimmy Graham) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Low Floor, High Ceiling?
The BIG O grabbed a sleeper in Corey Davis with pick No. 136.
Big Numbers in the Big Apple
- O. Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 1, Pick 5
Last season, Beckham logged his third straight campaign of 90+ receptions, 1,300+ receiving yards, and 10+ TDs. Only one NFL player (Mike Evans) saw more targets in 2016.
Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?
- Lamar Miller, RB
- Round 2, Pick 16
Despite being an above-average player at his position, Lamar Miller was the weakest value pick of the round.
- Tom Brady, QB
- Round 4, Pick 36
For the second consecutive season, Tom appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other QB. Over that 28-game stretch, he's averaged 297.3 yards, 2.3 TDs, and 0.3 INTs per outing.
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 6, Pick 56
A bargain at his ADP last season, no tight end appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Jimmy Graham.
That Just Happened
- L. Fitzgerald, WR
- Round 7, Pick 65
Why can't I find Larry Fitzgerald on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."
RB and DEF are projected to be the weakest units for The BIG O.
- Doug Martin
- Rank 87, ADP 105
- Matt Forte
- Rank 95, ADP 113
- New York Defense
- Rank 218, ADP 144
- Atlanta Defense
- Rank 227, ADP 118
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..."