As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." Tu Papi Chulo really took that message to heart as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Bird up League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,474). While they'll try to blame their poor season on the bad draft slot, the other GMs will know Tu Papi Chulo simply just dropped the ball. With their first five picks, Tu Papi Chulo focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Cam Newton (10th overall), RBs Eddie Lacy (11th) and DeMarco Murray (31st), and WRs Tavon Austin (30th) and Donte Moncrief (50th). They also have the worst group of WRs in the league, as they added Golden Tate, Moncrief, Willie Snead, and Austin.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Tu Papi Chulo has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Tu Papi Chulo.
Great Idea, Poor Execution
Tu Papi Chulo might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 10, as their No. 1- (Golden Tate), No. 2- (Donte Moncrief) and No. 5-ranked (Phillip Dorsett) WRs will all be resting that week.
Doing It By Committee
Here's hoping that there are enough balls to go around for the Indianapolis Colts, as Tu Papi Chulo scooped up a couple of their WRs in the middle of the draft (Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett).
Team of Winners
Tu Papi Chulo 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 (Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Gary Barnidge).
Defense Wins Championships?
Tu Papi Chulo chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Gary the Great
Drafting for last year's results is risky, but among all TEs in 2015, Barnidge ranked fourth in both TDs and yardage, third in receptions, and second in targets.
A Multifaceted Machine
Sims is a dual-threat back for Tu Papi Chulo, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 536.
Did Tu Papi Chulo Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 1, Pick 10
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
Taking a Chance
- Tavon Austin, WR
- Round 3, Pick 30
With their third-round pick, Tu Papi Chulo threw caution to the wind. They took Tavon Austin at pick number 30 despite an ADP of 107.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Rethinking That One
- Donte Moncrief, WR
- Round 5, Pick 50
While drafted 50th overall, Donte Moncrief isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (22nd with 7.3) or receiving yards (24th with 1,014).
Was Golden Tate the Best Choice at a Pick at No. 51?
- Golden Tate, WR
- Round 6, Pick 51
Tu Papi Chulo apparently thinks so. The Lions' wideout is projected to put up 152 points this year, after getting 119 last year.
Was Martellus Bennett Worth it at Pick No. 70?
- M. Bennett, TE
- Round 7, Pick 70
Tu Papi Chulo sure hopes so. The Patriots' tight end is projected to put up 95 points this year, after only netting 62 last year.
With four subpar positions on Tu Papi Chulo, WR and TE are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.
- Kamar Aiken
- Rank 110, ADP 127
- Devin Funchess
- Rank 111, ADP 126
- Eric Ebron
- Rank 132, ADP 135
- Jason Witten
- Rank 137, 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..."