Having the top pick in the draft doesn't always lead to championships. But, in this case, it's going to. Rachel's Genius Team did what professional fantasy footballers do when they land the No. 1 overall pick and built a juggernaut. They are projected to finish in first place in Beat the Brits League with a mark of 10-4-0 (1,766 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Cam Newton (21st overall), RBs Mark Ingram (20th) and Jeremy Hill (41st), and WRs Antonio Brown (1st) and Donte Moncrief (40th). They ended up with the highest-scoring group of WRs in the league, as they have Brown, Moncrief, and Michael Crabtree.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Rachel's Genius Team 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 entire season, they have one of the weakest schedules. Along with the third-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Rachel's Genius Team.
Shouldering the Burden
Rachel's Genius Team has four above-average positions with WR and QB projected to lead the way.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
At four different positions, Rachel's Genius Team picked up projected top-two players (including Cam Newton, Antonio Brown, and Stephen Gostkowski).
Team of Champions
Rachel's Genius Team 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 (Antonio Brown, Mark Ingram, and Cam Newton).
Defense Wins Championships?
Rachel's Genius Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Dwayne Allen and Tevin Coleman are a couple of late-round fliers with decent upside for Rachel's Genius Team.
Beginning with a Bang
Rachel's Genius Team got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 1
Brown appeared on more Y! Fantasy playoff rosters than any other wide receiver, and accrued a whopping 193 targets over the course of the 2015 season (second only to Julio Jones, who got 203).
Ingram is Hungry
- Mark Ingram, RB
- Round 2, Pick 20
And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 283 touches.
Did Rachel's Genius Team Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 3, Pick 21
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
Rethinking That One
- Donte Moncrief, WR
- Round 4, Pick 40
Donte Moncrief went with the 40th pick, even though he's projected to fall outside of the top-20 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (24th) and receiving yards (25th) with 7.3 and 1,013 respectively.
Milk Was a Bad Choice
- M. Jones Jr., WR
- Round 6, Pick 60
And so was drafting Marvin Jones Jr., the weakest value of the round.
RB and TE are expected to be the weakest positions for Rachel's Genius Team and a potential area of need.
- Bilal Powell
- Rank 124, ADP 127
- James White
- Rank 147, ADP 124
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 132, ADP 135
- Jimmy Graham
- Rank 135, ADP 121
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..."