Rounders drafted like a bat out of hell in this one. Meat Loaf once told the NY Times that he's played in as many as 60 fantasy leagues in a year, and he would surely approve of this drafting display. Rounders assembled a squad built to reach the playoffs and is projected to finish sixth in Woodleaf League with a record of 7-7-0 (1,559 points). If they have a bad season, it won't be due to a lack of wide receivers, as they used three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Antonio Brown (first round), Michael Thomas (third round), and Tyreek Hill (fifth round). These guys could be the key to the season for Rounders, as they are the best set of WRs in the league.
Rounders should use Week 5 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Although they have the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Rounders actually has the second-hardest last four games of the season.
Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for Rounders, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Tyreek Hill) and fourth-ranked (Corey Coleman) wideouts.
Up, Up, and Away
With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Rounders hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
Rounders minimized risk by choosing seven consistent players among their 15 picks.
Defense Wins Championships?
Hoping to play the favorable matchups week-to-week, Rounders chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
With five steals in the first 9 rounds (including Joe Mixon, Michael Thomas, and Isaiah Crowell), Rounders made some shrewd moves.
Going with just a single TE (Tyler Eifert) and K (Matt Bryant), Rounders opted to add depth at other positions.
Get a Grip
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 6
Check that dude for stickum! Antonio Brown figures to be a PPR monster this season, with an NFL-leading 110 projected catches.
Leonard Fournette Doesn't Read the Playbook
- L. Fournette, RB
- Round 2, Pick 19
The playbook reads him. Rounders should be in decent shape if Fournette gets his 279 projected touches this year.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
- Michael Thomas, WR
- Round 3, Pick 30
Michael Thomas is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 94 projected catches rank sixth in the league.
Rethinking That One
- Tyreek Hill, WR
- Round 5, Pick 54
Tyreek Hill went with the 54th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-50 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (89th) and receiving yards (72nd) with 4.6 and 761 respectively.
Earning His Keep
- Kirk Cousins, QB
- Round 6, Pick 67
Projections have Kirk Cousins finishing with 28.7 passing TDs and 4,671 yards, good enough to rank him at ninth and third respectively.
If Rounders wants to upgrade, DEF and TE are areas they could go after first.
- Baltimore Defense
- Rank 185, ADP 138
- Green Bay Defense
- Rank 190, ADP 141
- C.J. Fiedorowicz
- Rank 136, ADP 135
- David Njoku
- Rank 202, ADP 130
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..."