If Susan Marker's Team2 handles adversity during the season the way they did in this draft, it's going to be a long year. After receiving the eighth overall pick they were clearly rattled, which was made evident by their draft performance. As a result, they are projected to finish 10th in TLC Staff League with a record of 0-14-0 (1,544 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Joe Flacco (8th overall), RB Giovani Bernard (13th), WR Brandon Marshall (28th), and TE Ladarius Green (33rd) within the first five rounds. They put together the bottom group of RBs in the league, as they added Bernard, Darren McFadden and Kenneth Dixon to their roster.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Susan Marker's Team2 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 season as a whole, they have the most difficult slate. Corresponding with the most taxing overall schedule, Susan Marker's Team2 also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season.
Like 10,000 Spoons When All You Need Is A Knife
Susan Marker's Team2's only stronger-than-average position is K.
The coach of Susan Marker's Team2 might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Joe Flacco) and second-drafted QB (Robert Griffin III) have very similar seasonal point projections.
The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem
It appears that Susan Marker's Team2 enjoys gambling, as they took chances on six "high-risk" picks.
Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up
Susan Marker's Team2 got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.
Susan Marker's Team2 knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Phillip Dorsett and Breshad Perriman are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Susan Marker's Team2.
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls
- Joe Flacco, QB
- Round 1, Pick 8
By taking Joe Flacco with the eighth overall pick, Susan Marker's Team2 should have shown more patience. According to the signal-caller's ADP of only 118.5 across all Yahoo! leagues, he could've been chosen later. TLC would disapprove.
A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven
- G. Bernard, RB
- Round 2, Pick 13
According to projections, Giovani Bernard will fall outside of the NFL top-20 in both rushing TDs (40th with 3.7) and yards (36th with 607). Seems like Susan Marker's Team2 just went with their gut on this one.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
- B. Marshall, WR
- Round 3, Pick 28
Guide to making the playoffs and winning the championship in your league: Step 1, create team. Step 2, draft Brandon Marshall. He was the 10th-most-owned player by playoff teams, as well as the 10th-most-owned player by championship teams.
Is He More of a Blocker?
- Ladarius Green, TE
- Round 4, Pick 33
Ladarius Green went with the 33rd pick, but is not projected as top-10 in receiving yards (37th with 267) or TDs (50th with 1.2) among NFL TEs.
Was Defense the Best Choice at Pick No. 53?
- Seattle, DEF
- Round 6, Pick 53
Susan Marker's Team2 apparently thinks so. Seattle's Defense is projected to notch 138 points this year, after producing 162 last season.
There are five positions that Susan Marker's Team2 could look to upgrade, including RB, which looks like their biggest area of need.
- Jonathan Stewart
- Rank 54, ADP 63
- Arian Foster
- Rank 68, ADP 85
- Rashad Jennings
- Rank 78, ADP 107
- Derrick Henry
- Rank 83, ADP 114
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..."