It doesn't matter how you get to the playoffs, it only matters that you get there. Alexander's Team is a squad built to get there and is projected to finish fifth in TLC Staff League with a record of 8-5-1 (1,891 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Cam Newton (3rd overall), RB David Johnson (18th), WR Mike Evans (23rd), and TE Greg Olsen (43rd) within the first five rounds. They also have the best QB pair in the league, as they have Newton and Philip Rivers on the roster.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Alexander's 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. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest slates. Alexander's Team has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
A Dominating Duo
QB and RB are both projected to be really solid units for Alexander's Team.
Close to the Vest
Alexander's Team was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.
With four steals in the first 9 rounds (including C.J. Anderson, Doug Baldwin, and Brandin Cooks), Alexander's Team made some shrewd moves.
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
Alexander's Team grabbed a sleeper in Josh Gordon with pick No. 123.
Alexander's Team chose one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Philip Rivers. Among NFL QBs, he's forecasted to rank fifth in both plays over 40 yards with 11.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Earning His Keep
Projections have Philip Rivers finishing with 28.9 passing TDs and 4,577 yards, good enough to rank him at eighth and fifth respectively.
Did Alexander's Team Just Dab?
- Cam Newton, QB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.
David Johnson Doesn't Read the Playbook
- David Johnson, RB
- Round 2, Pick 18
The playbook reads him. Alexander's Team should be in decent shape if Johnson gets his 314 projected touches this year.
Doling Out Nightmares
- Mike Evans, WR
- Round 3, Pick 23
Mike Evans will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish sixth in the NFL with 8.7 receiving TDs.
Stolen In Broad Daylight
- Greg Olsen, TE
- Round 5, Pick 43
Greg Olsen was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.
- C.J. Anderson, RB
- Round 6, Pick 58
If other Yahoo! users are right, Alexander's Team got a steal in the sixth round, when they selected C.J. Anderson (58th overall pick vs. ADP of 29).
Alexander's Team has four positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including DEF and TE, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Minnesota Defense
- Rank 179, ADP 112
- Oakland Defense
- Rank 184, ADP 122
- Jared Cook
- Rank 125, ADP 132
- Virgil Green
- Rank 145, ADP 134
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..."