Vanpelt Draft Report Card

Michael Thomas
Jordan Howard
Dalvin Cook
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After Some Early Gambles, Vanpelt Isn't Exactly a Team That Can Win

Draft Summary

Meat Loaf once told USA Today that he had to file an extension because he chose to put together his fantasy-player draft list rather than work on his income-tax filing. The manager of Vanpelt should aim for that level of dedication next time, as they're projected to finish 12th in The Rubber Band aka La Liga League with a record of 3-10-0 (2,228 points). They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Jordan Howard (second round), Dalvin Cook (third round), and Ameer Abdullah (fifth round). Despite that strategy, they ended up with the worst set of RBs in the league.

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Vanpelt should use Week 5 to ponder life's deeper mysteries, like if someone claims "I always lie" then is that person lying or telling the truth? They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Along with having the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, Vanpelt has the second-softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Vanpelt might require waiver wire help in Week 9, as their No. 1- (Jordan Howard), No. 2- (Dalvin Cook) and No. 4-ranked (Dion Lewis) RBs will all be idle that week.

  • A Pair of Strengths

    Vanpelt has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and DEF.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Vanpelt will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their only K (Wil Lutz) and only DEF (Denver) will both be on bye that week.

  • Close to the Vest

    Vanpelt was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing nine "low-risk" players out of 16 picks.

  • Very Sneaky, Vanpelt

    They nabbed a sleeper in Dion Lewis with pick No. 178.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Derek Carr likes to score quickly, ranking second among NFL QBs with 3 TDs over 40 yards.

Player Analysis

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of Michael Thomas had less value than any other pick of the round.

    • Jordan Howard, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 287 touches, Jordan Howard is projected to rank seventh in the NFL in that category. Vanpelt demands more!

    • Dalvin Cook, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 34
    Following Your Heart?

    According to projections, Dalvin Cook will fall outside of the NFL top-20 in both rushing TDs (24th with 6.4) and yards (23rd with 760). Seems like Vanpelt just went with their gut on this one.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    Red Zone Regression

    After eight straight seasons of recording five or more touchdowns, Olsen reeled in just three last year. Vanpelt expects a return to the norm in 2017.

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 58
    That Just Happened

    Why can't I find Ameer Abdullah on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."

Best Available

With four below-average positions on Vanpelt, WR and K are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Allen Hurns
    • Rank 175, ADP 128
    • Will Fuller V
    • Rank 194, ADP 129
    • Sebastian Janikowski
    • Rank 184, ADP 110
    • Stephen Hauschka
    • Rank 195, ADP 112
  • 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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1. (10) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
2. (15) Jordan Howard (Chi - RB)
3. (34) Dalvin Cook (Min - RB)
4. (39) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
5. (58) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
6. (63) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
7. (82) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
8. (87) Rishard Matthews (Ten - WR)
9. (106) Denver (Den - DEF)
10. (111) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
11. (130) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
12. (135) Zay Jones (Buf - WR)
13. (154) Wil Lutz (NO - K)
14. (159) Taylor Gabriel (Atl - WR)
15. (178) Dion Lewis (NE - RB)
16. (183) J.J. Nelson (Ari - WR)

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