The Brees Knees Draft Report Card

Le'Veon Bell
Ezekiel Elliott
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Led by a Terrific Group of RBs, 1.21 JJ Watts Drafted Like a Yahoo Expert

Draft Summary

Watch out. Somebody let 1.21 JJ Watts loose in the draft room. When the smoke cleared, all that was left was an elite squad capable of destroying opponents at will. They are projected to finish third in 2017 Coca-Cola Kroger Team League with a record of 9-5-0 (1,795 points). With their first five picks, 1.21 JJ Watts focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (26th overall), RBs Le'Veon Bell (2nd) and Ezekiel Elliott (23rd), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (47th) and Larry Fitzgerald (50th). They ultimately collected one of the highest-scoring groups of RBs in the league, as they added Bell, Elliott, Mike Gillislee, and Frank Gore.

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1.21 JJ Watts might as well plan a vacation for Week 6. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest schedules. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first month and final month of the season project to be close to league-average in terms of difficulty for 1.21 JJ Watts.

Draft Notes

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    1.21 JJ Watts drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Seattle, Le'Veon Bell, and Drew Brees).

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    1.21 JJ Watts will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 6, as their only TE (Tyler Eifert) and only DEF (Seattle) will both be idle that week.

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, 1.21 JJ Watts chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Team of Winners

    1.21 JJ Watts is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, and Drew Brees).

  • Ageless Wonder

    Currently in eighth place all-time with 13,065 career rushing yards, Gore is only 620 yards away from leapfrogging Dickerson, Bettis, and Tomlinson into fifth place. With 1,037 yards, he'll lay claim to fourth-place (passing Curtis Martin).

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Advanced Math

    If 1.21 JJ Watts had a nickel for every time Le'Veon Bell is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 327 nickels.

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 23
    Old Fashioned

    1.21 JJ Watts stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott before targeting other positions.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    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.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 47
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, 1.21 JJ Watts got a steal in snatching Demaryius Thomas in the fourth round (47th overall pick vs. ADP of 33.4).

    • L. Fitzgerald, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Taking a Chance

    With their fifth-round pick, 1.21 JJ Watts threw caution to the wind. They took Larry Fitzgerald at pick number 50 despite an ADP of 65.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on 1.21 JJ Watts, TE and WR are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Austin Hooper
    • Rank 128, ADP 137
    • Cameron Brate
    • Rank 133, ADP 131
    • Eric Decker
    • Rank 96, ADP 109
    • Kenny Britt
    • Rank 99, ADP 118
  • 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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The Brees Knees
1. (2) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (23) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
3. (26) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (47) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
5. (50) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
6. (71) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
7. (74) Mike Gillislee (NE - RB)
8. (95) Robby Anderson (NYJ - WR)
9. (98) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
10. (119) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
11. (122) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
12. (143) Jordan Matthews (Buf - WR)
13. (146) Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)

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