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  1. almost half your team off week 9. Both QB off week 9. No K.
  2. I give him 18% chance.
  3. LOL. Hyde is already hurt again. Murray is going to split carries. Sims is a back up. You have one active WR. All your TE's suck and have the same bye. Your QB is not elite. You have no bye week depth. You might win a few games when Gordon replaces Sims in your lineup.
  4. Didn't read any of these before posting them...
  5. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Binky the doormat Overview: We think you're looking good at quarterback and running back. The receiver corps is a concern though. The good news is that, of all of the weaknesses to have, this one is usually the most survivable. At receiver, it's often relatively easy to find fill-in guys on a weekly basis until a better player emerges during the season. Last year wide receivers like Doug Baldwin and Allen Hurns went undrafted or late in many leagues. But these guys likely helped the fantasy teams that landed them in 2015. Stay atop the news and watch the target report to find the break out players weeks before the rest of the world wants them and you'll be in the mix. Players we particularly like on this team include C.J. Anderson, Torrey Smith, and Travis Benjamin. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 65 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 33 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Drew Brees rated #5 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. But we like the pick of our #22-rated QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, to go with him. Hopefully between the two of them, you should be able to cobble together some good production at the position, but this strategy always carries with it the downside that you'll drive yourself crazy trying to decide who to start from week to week. RB Summary: We have LeVeon Bell ranked #9 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Running Back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. We love C.J. Anderson as a 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. Likewise, Arian Foster should be excellent at RB3. LeGarrette Blount looks great as a 4th Running Back. WR Summary: We have Alshon Jeffery ranked #11 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. Torrey Smith is a little below average as a 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. But Travis Benjamin should be a fairly good WR3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Robert Woods should serve as a very solid 4th Wide Receiver. Mike Wallace should also be solidly above average at WR5. Tough to do better than Anquan Boldin at WR6. TE Summary: Zach Ertz should be above average as a starting tight end. We have him ranked 8th overall at the position. Virgil Green is an adequate second tight end. PK Summary: With Chandler Catanzaro, you should be above average at the position. TD Summary: When you don't have an elite defense, one option is a committee approach. That is, try to get two cheap defenses whose schedules fit well together. Here are a few teams that are available and whose schedules fit best with the Jets', along with the combined schedule that each would create: Jets + Giants = DAL | BUF | WAS | SEA | GB | BAL | BAL | CLE | PHI | LA | CHI | CLE | IND | DAL | MIA | PHI | BUF Jets + Colts = DET | DEN | SD | JAX | CHI | HOU | TEN | CLE | MIA | LA | TEN | PIT | IND | SF | MIA | OAK | JAX Jets + Packers = JAX | BUF | DET | SEA | NYG | DAL | CHI | CLE | IND | TEN | WAS | PHI | IND | SF | CHI | MIN | DET
  6. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: LarryAllen Overview: In a competitive league, almost every team has a weakness. It's almost impossible to build a team that is strong at all three core positions (quarterback, running back and wide receiver). As you probably suspect, we perceive your weakness to be at the quarterback position. Of all the deficiencies to have though, this is usually the easiest one to mask. Footballguys owner David Dodds even recommends you go into your draft with the goal of landing the top RBs and WRs while waiting to grab QBs late. Value-Based Drafting principles also suggest that teams constructed in this manner end up being strong. But for this team to reach it's full potential, you might need to have a quick trigger finger at the QB position and stay on the look out for good quarterback help. Last year Blake Bortles could be had very cheap in August, but ended up contributing to a lot of fantasy championships. In 2014 it was Ben Roethlisberger; 2013 it was Nick Foles; in 2012 it was Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. Quarterbacks like these can be found every year, and that could be the key to your team's success. Your weakness at QB might make for a challenging year, but we don't think it will doom you. Players we particularly like on this team include Tyrod Taylor, Josh Brown, and Latavius Murray. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 40 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 20 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Tyrod Taylor rated #11 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. And we don't think Mark Sanchez (ranked #72 among quarterbacks) is even a viable backup. You might want to explore the possibility of upgrading at the backup QB slot, as it shouldn't cost you too much (we'll make some specific suggestions at the end of the report). If Tyrod Taylor turns in the season we expect, this position won't ruin you, but you are dangerously thin here. Incidentally, Sanchez has what we project as a great matchup during Taylor's bye. RB Summary: We have Adrian Peterson ranked #8 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Running Back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. But we do like your depth at RB, so we're not concerned about it. We love Latavius Murray as a 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. Likewise, Jonathan Stewart should be excellent at RB3. We don't particulary like Reggie Bush as a 4th Running Back. WR Summary: We have Mike Evans ranked #12 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. But we do like your depth at WR, so we're not concerned about it. We see Kelvin Benjamin as an average 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. We think Kevin White makes a fine 3rd Wide Receiver --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Laquon Treadwell should be a good 4th Wide Receiver. Terrance Williams should also be solidly above average at WR5. Tough to do better than Chris Hogan at WR6. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Some of our staffers have Kelvin Benjamin as high as #14, which would make him a great 2nd Wide Receiver and even a legitimate WR1. Mark Wimer's take: "Ted Ginn caught 10 TDs from Cam Newton during 2015 as an 'emergency' #1 wide receiver - and Kelvin Benjamin has A) much better hands B) a clear path back to being Newton's number one target and C) all reports indicate his recovery from a 2015 training camp injury (ACL) is going well. Benjamin should EASILY surpass Ginn's 44 receptions and 739 receiving yards from last year. However, as of the slate of third preseason games, Benjamin is having conditioning issues and Devin Funchess is pressing him for touches on the football. As a result, Benjamin is moving down in my rankings a touch, while Funchess has moved up significantly. Both should see lots of opportunity from the outstanding Cam Newton, but I think that the pie is going to be divided up more evenly between Benjamin and Funchess than I envisioned earlier in the preseason." TE Summary: Jimmy Graham is viable but below average as a starting tight end (we have him ranked #16). We're also not too fired up about Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a backup. PK Summary: Josh Brown, our 12th ranked kicker, won't win the league for you, but he'll do. TD Summary: When you don't have an elite defense, one option is a committee approach. That is, try to get two cheap defenses whose schedules fit well together. Here are a few teams that are available and whose schedules fit best with the Jaguars', along with the combined schedule that each would create: Jaguars + Giants = DAL | SD | BAL | IND | GB | CHI | OAK | TEN | PHI | HOU | CHI | CLE | DEN | DAL | DET | TEN | IND Jaguars + Packers = JAX | SD | BAL | IND | NYG | DAL | CHI | TEN | IND | TEN | DET | PHI | DEN | SEA | CHI | TEN | IND Jaguars + Buccaneers = ATL | SD | BAL | IND | CAR | CHI | SF | TEN | ATL | CHI | DET | SEA | SD | MIN | DAL | TEN | IND
  7. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Jmon348 Overview: Let's start by remarking that we appreciate your old-school leanings: you have a team marked by strength at the running back position. But with the quarterback and wide receiver both being less strong, you may need to do something to change the outlook of this team. Your deficiencies are likely to show themselves through the bye weeks, so try to manuever early in improving the quarterback and/or receiver positions before week four. Keep an eye out for quarterbacks like Blake Bortles from last season, Ben Roethlisberger from the year before, and Nick Foles from the year before that. All were available cheap in August, and all contributed to fantasy championship teams. Similarly, wide receivers like Doug Baldwin and Allen Hurns were available after a lot of the drafts last season. Landing some of this year's top waiver players would be a huge help, so pay close attention to increased workloads, targets, injuries, etc. Players we particularly like on this team include Ryan Tannehill, Antonio Gates, Blair Walsh, Jordan Matthews, and Frank Gore. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 35 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Ryan Tannehill rated #16 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. And we're not crazy about Dak Prescott (ranked #30 among quarterbacks) as a backup. If Ryan Tannehill turns in the season we expect, this position won't ruin you, but it probably won't be a strength either. And if things go wrong, it could be a long year at QB. Incidentally, Prescott has what we project as a good matchup during Tannehill's bye. Tony Romo is a solid depth pick. RB Summary: Ezekiel Elliott is a solid choice as a top Running Back. He's our #7 RB, so you're ahead of most teams there. Frank Gore should be a good 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. Bilal Powell should also be solidly above average at RB3. Tough to do better than Chris Thompson at RB4. WR Summary: We have Brandin Cooks ranked #16 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. Jordan Matthews should be a good 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Doug Baldwin will also be among the best WR3s in the league --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Stefon Diggs looks great as a 4th Wide Receiver. But we are not at all excited about Davante Adams as a 5th WR. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Some of our staffers have Brandin Cooks as high as #8, which would make him an above average 1st Wide Receiver. Mark Wimer's take: "#1 wide receiver for Drew Brees - and there will be plenty of balls in the air for the Saints again this year as they will be in catch-up mode often thanks to a truly awful defensive squad. Cooks will get his chances in this scenario, and should be a consistently excellent fantasy receiver. Despite the poor showing in the second preseason game by Brees (he did without Cooks in that contest, by the way), I am still confident about Cooks in the regular season." TE Summary: Though neither of them is elite, you have two viable starting tight ends in Antonio Gates and Martellus Bennett. If one of them breaks out, or if you play the matchups well, you'll probably get good production from the position. PK Summary: With Blair Walsh, you should be above average at the position. TD Summary: The Minnesota Vikings are our #8 ranked defense, so you're in good shape here.
  8. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Jmon348 Overview: Let's start by remarking that we appreciate your old-school leanings: you have a team marked by strength at the running back position. But with the quarterback and wide receiver both being less strong, you may need to do something to change the outlook of this team. Your deficiencies are likely to show themselves through the bye weeks, so try to manuever early in improving the quarterback and/or receiver positions before week four. Keep an eye out for quarterbacks like Blake Bortles from last season, Ben Roethlisberger from the year before, and Nick Foles from the year before that. All were available cheap in August, and all contributed to fantasy championship teams. Similarly, wide receivers like Doug Baldwin and Allen Hurns were available after a lot of the drafts last season. Landing some of this year's top waiver players would be a huge help, so pay close attention to increased workloads, targets, injuries, etc. Players we particularly like on this team include Ryan Tannehill, Antonio Gates, Blair Walsh, Jordan Matthews, and Frank Gore. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 35 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Ryan Tannehill rated #16 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. And we're not crazy about Dak Prescott (ranked #30 among quarterbacks) as a backup. If Ryan Tannehill turns in the season we expect, this position won't ruin you, but it probably won't be a strength either. And if things go wrong, it could be a long year at QB. Incidentally, Prescott has what we project as a good matchup during Tannehill's bye. Tony Romo is a solid depth pick. RB Summary: Ezekiel Elliott is a solid choice as a top Running Back. He's our #7 RB, so you're ahead of most teams there. Frank Gore should be a good 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. Bilal Powell should also be solidly above average at RB3. Tough to do better than Chris Thompson at RB4. WR Summary: We have Brandin Cooks ranked #16 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. Jordan Matthews should be a good 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Doug Baldwin will also be among the best WR3s in the league --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Stefon Diggs looks great as a 4th Wide Receiver. But we are not at all excited about Davante Adams as a 5th WR. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Some of our staffers have Brandin Cooks as high as #8, which would make him an above average 1st Wide Receiver. Mark Wimer's take: "#1 wide receiver for Drew Brees - and there will be plenty of balls in the air for the Saints again this year as they will be in catch-up mode often thanks to a truly awful defensive squad. Cooks will get his chances in this scenario, and should be a consistently excellent fantasy receiver. Despite the poor showing in the second preseason game by Brees (he did without Cooks in that contest, by the way), I am still confident about Cooks in the regular season." TE Summary: Though neither of them is elite, you have two viable starting tight ends in Antonio Gates and Martellus Bennett. If one of them breaks out, or if you play the matchups well, you'll probably get good production from the position. PK Summary: With Blair Walsh, you should be above average at the position. TD Summary: The Minnesota Vikings are our #8 ranked defense, so you're in good shape here.
  9. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Bucksoh Overview: Your receivers are the strongest part of this team. It's rare for us to endorse a team with weaknesses at quarterback and running back, but we're doing it right here! You should have a contender here. But your margin for error in terms of inseason management could be a bit thinner than some of your competitors'. You must remain committed to finding 2016's emergent players at RB and QB. Players we particularly like on this team (and there's a lot to like here) include Matthew Stafford, Matt Forte, Allen Robinson, Eric Ebron, and the Steelers defense. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 39 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Matthew Stafford rated #12 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. We strongly recommend that you add a backup QB (we'll make some specific suggestions at the end of the report). We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. RB Summary: We have Matt Forte ranked #11 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Running Back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. Melvin Gordon should serve as a very solid 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. But we are not at all excited about Christine Michael as a 3rd RB. Terrance West is a little below average as a 4th Running Back. Though some teams will probably be content to roster as few as four players here, it was not a bad idea to take a few extras because you're not particularly strong overall at the position. Of your remaining guys, we like Alfred Morris the best, but you should keep the one you think has the best chance of putting up starter numbers. The rest might be considered expendable if you find you need roster space elsewhere. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Christine Michael is ranked #30 by some of our writers, which would make him a great 3rd Running Back and even a legitimate RB2. Alessandro Miglio reasons, "We've seen the preseason hype for Christine Michael before, and it has gone nowhere. In fact, he has been cut by three teams in the past year. So why give him such a lofty ranking? Simple: the hype is real this time. His coaches are singing his praises, and he looks like a serious challenger to start over Thomas Rawls." WR Summary: We have Allen Robinson ranked #7 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. But we do like your depth at WR, so we're not concerned about it. Amari Cooper should serve as a very solid 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Michael Floyd should also be solidly above average at WR3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Markus Wheaton should serve as a very solid 4th Wide Receiver. But Sammie Coates is out of his league as a 5th WR. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Sammie Coates is ranked #44 by some of our writers, which would make him a great 5th Wide Receiver and even a legitimate WR3. Matt Waldman reasons, "Coates' greatest issue has been tracking the football over his head. It won't be an easy fix. But he is a good rebounder facing the quarterback, a good runner after the catch, and operating in an offense that can play to his strengths. He's worth a late pick and could easily move up my board with a training camp that matches the hype from OTAs. Despite a preseason game of miscues, his overall summer performance has been strong." TE Summary: Eric Ebron is viable but below average as a starting tight end (we have him ranked #15). We're also not too fired up about Jordan Cameron as a backup. PK Summary: At about 0.96 points per game above average, Stephen Gostkowski is our 1st ranked kicker, so you're set here. TD Summary: The Pittsburgh Steelers are probably not a difference-maker at defense, but they should be OK. When you don't have an elite defense, one option is a committee approach. That is, try to get two cheap defenses whose schedules fit well together. Here are a few teams that are available and whose schedules fit best with the Steelers', along with the combined schedule that each would create: Steelers + Buccaneers = ATL | CIN | PHI | DEN | NYJ | MIA | SF | OAK | BAL | DAL | CLE | IND | SD | BUF | DAL | BAL | CLE Steelers + Colts = DET | DEN | SD | JAX | CHI | MIA | TEN | KC | BAL | DAL | TEN | IND | NYJ | HOU | MIN | BAL | CLE Steelers + Redskins = PIT | DAL | PHI | CLE | BAL | PHI | DET | CIN | BAL | DAL | CLE | DAL | NYG | PHI | CAR | CHI | CLE
  10. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: BENDER lambskin Overview: Congratulations! You seem to have grabbed quality players at every turn of this draft. It's rare indeed to be better than the average team at the three core positions (quarterback, running back and receiver), but we think this team is. While this squad looks good, weakness at the supporting positions is keeping us from declaring it the league favorite. Still, you'd much rather be strong at QB/RB/WR and weak elsewhere than the reverse. Players we particularly like on this team (and there's a lot to like here) include Jameis Winston, Lamar Miller, Justin Tucker, the Eagles defense, and Eric Decker. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 80 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Jameis Winston rated #7 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. But we like the pick of our #13-rated QB, Philip Rivers, to go with him. Hopefully between the two of them, you should be able to cobble together some good production at the position, but this strategy always carries with it the downside that you'll drive yourself crazy trying to decide who to start from week to week. RB Summary: Lamar Miller is a solid choice as a top Running Back. He's our #3 RB, so you're ahead of most teams there. Thomas Rawls should serve as a very solid 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. We also see James Starks as an above average RB3. WR Summary: We have Jordy Nelson ranked #10 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. But we do like your depth at WR, so we're not concerned about it. Eric Decker should serve as a very solid 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. John Brown should be adequate at WR3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Steve Smith should serve as a very solid 4th Wide Receiver. Dorial Green-Beckham should also be solidly above average at WR5. Eli Rogers should serve as a very solid 6th Wide Receiver. Pharoh Cooper should also be solidly above average at WR7. Because you're not particularly strong overall at the position, adding some depth here was a good idea. But we're not convinced Jeff Janis is the right player for the job. Check the end of the report for some alternative suggestions. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Some of our staffers have John Brown as high as #27, which would make him a great 3rd Wide Receiver and even a legitimate WR2. Justin Howe's take: "Brown should again jockey with Michael Floyd for position as Carson Palmer's No. 2 option. But Brown has won that battle in both his first NFL seasons, so as Larry Fitzgerald ages, Brown appears poised to see the strongest bump. And his upside in a 120-target season is considerable; Brown is an absolute speed demon, but is used on all levels of the field and sees moderate red zone work. He'll need the Cardinals offense to repeat its 2015 success, but there's a high-WR2 ceiling at play here. Just keep an eye on his scary preseason concussion." TE Summary: Delanie Walker should be above average as a starting tight end. We have him ranked 5th overall at the position. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. PK Summary: At about 0.52 points per game above average, Justin Tucker is our 2nd ranked kicker, so you're set here. TD Summary: We think the Philadelphia Eagles are the #4 defense in the league, at about 0.34 points per game above average
  11. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Bonzai Overview: We think you're looking good at quarterback and running back, and tight end is a plus for this team as well. Your squad is therefore easy for us to like despite a bit of weakness at the receiver position. But as weaknesses go, this is one is survivable. It's usually relatively easy to find fill-in guys on a weekly basis until a better player emerges during the season. As long as you stay on top of things inseason, you should be a legitimate contender. Players we particularly like on this team (and there's a lot to like here) include Jamaal Charles, DeSean Jackson, Sterling Shepard, and Rishard Matthews. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 75 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 43 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We expect Andrew Luck to be a solid starter. According to our projections, he's the #4 QB, so you should be better off than most teams in the starting quarterback slot. Andy Dalton, who we have rated as the #18 QB, is a nice backup and could conceivably emerge as either a starter for your team or, if Andrew Luck plays as expected, some tempting trade bait for teams with quarterback troubles. Incidentally, Dalton has what we project as a good matchup during Luck's bye. RB Summary: Jamaal Charles is a solid choice as a top Running Back. He's our #4 RB, so you're ahead of most teams there, which is good considering that, overall, Running Back is probably not going to be your strongest position. Isaiah Crowell is a little below average as a 2nd Running Back. Spencer Ware also figures to be a bit iffy as a 3rd RB. C.J. Prosise is a little below average as a 4th Running Back. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Spencer Ware is ranked #47 by some of our writers, which would make him a fine 3rd Running Back. Jason Wood reasons, "Ware has outplayed Charcandrick West this preseason, and should be considered the first man up if Jamaal Charles relapses." WR Summary: We have Brandon Marshall ranked #13 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. We see DeSean Jackson as an average 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Sterling Shepard is an excellent WR3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Rishard Matthews looks great as a 4th Wide Receiver (another likely flex starter). Mohamed Sanu will also be among the best WR5s in the league. We see Terrelle Pryor as an average 6th Wide Receiver. TE Summary: Greg Olsen should be above average as a starting tight end. We have him ranked 4th overall at the position. Kyle Rudolph is a nice backup. PK Summary: Adam Vinatieri, our 11th ranked kicker, won't win the league for you, but he'll do. TD Summary: The Cincinnati Bengals are probably not a difference-maker at defense, but they should be OK. When you don't have an elite defense, one option is a committee approach. That is, try to get two cheap defenses whose schedules fit well together. Here are a few teams that are available and whose schedules fit best with the Bengals', along with the combined schedule that each would create: Bengals + Packers = JAX | PIT | DEN | MIA | DAL | DAL | CLE | ATL | IND | TEN | BUF | PHI | PHI | CLE | CHI | HOU | BAL Bengals + Browns = PHI | BAL | DEN | MIA | DAL | TEN | CLE | NYJ | DAL | BAL | BUF | BAL | PHI | CLE | BUF | SD | BAL Bengals + Giants = DAL | PIT | DEN | MIA | DAL | BAL | CLE | WAS | PHI | NYG | CHI | CLE | PHI | CLE | DET | PHI | BAL
  12. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Jon mx Overview: This team is built around strong quarterback play. But it has some issues post-draft. Your only real core strength is at quarterback, yet that's often the easiest position to fill during the season. Your relative lack of strength at running back and receiver have the potential to make things challenging for you. To turn this team into a top contender, you might need to be an active player on the waiver wire and in league trade talks. Last year running backs like David Johnson and Devonta Freeman could be had dirt cheap at the draft. Additionally, wide receivers like Doug Baldwin and Eric Decker were available after a lot of the drafts. You would benefit from landing some of this year's top waiver plays, so pay close attention to increased workloads, targets, injuries, etc. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 35 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 15 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We expect Russell Wilson to be a solid starter. According to our projections, he's the #3 QB, so you should be better off than most teams in the starting quarterback slot. Robert Griffin III, who we have rated as the #24 QB, is a nice backup and could conceivably emerge as either a starter for your team or, if Russell Wilson plays as expected, some tempting trade bait for teams with quarterback troubles. Incidentally, Griffin III has what we project as a bad matchup during Wilson's bye. RB Summary: We have Eddie Lacy ranked #15 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Running Back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. And we also have some doubts about whether your depth at RB is going to make up for it, so this could be an area of some concern. Ameer Abdullah should serve as a very solid 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. We also see Jay Ajayi as an above average RB3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Tevin Coleman looks great as a 4th Running Back. WR Summary: We have Keenan Allen ranked #9 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. And we also have some doubts about whether your depth at WR is going to make up for it, so this could be an area of some concern. We don't particulary like Corey Coleman as a 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Kamar Aiken also looks somewhat weak as a 3rd WR. Seth Roberts is a little below average as a 4th Wide Receiver. Brandon LaFell also looks somewhat weak as a 5th WR. We see Braxton Miller as an average 6th Wide Receiver. Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes: Some of our staffers have Corey Coleman as high as #28, which would make him a fine 2nd Wide Receiver. Steve Holloway's take: "Corey Coleman was a standout high school athlete who ran a 10.83 in the 100-meters and also excelled at the triple jump. He was considered a four star recruit for football and went to Baylor. He dominated in his junior year winning the Biletnikoff Award after making 74 catches for 1,363 yards and 20 TDs, including 4 TDs in a single game. He was drafted at 15th overall by the Cleveland Browns. Although their offense has not been great over the past few years, Coleman could receive his fair share of targets as a rookie and compete for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year." Some members of our staff have Kamar Aiken ranked as high as 45th, which would make him a fine 3rd Wide Receiver. Mark Wimer defends his high ranking as follows: "Aiken is moving up my wide receiver board as it becomes clear that Steve Smith had a catastrophic Achilles injury last season (it was torn in two places, and his wife compared it to 'shredded chicken'). The rehab has been extremely painful according to Smith, and I doubt he'll be a dominant force at 37 coming off such a major injury. Aiken is the future as #1 wide receiver in Baltimore, and the future is now." TE Summary: Coby Fleener should be above average as a starting tight end. We have him ranked 6th overall at the position. Jared Cook is a nice backup. PK Summary: Mike Nugent, our 20th ranked kicker, is below average but probably adequate. TD Summary: We think the Arizona Cardinals are the #3 defense in the league, at about 0.75 points per game above average
  13. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Wild bill Overview: Congratulations! You seem to have grabbed quality players at every turn of this draft. It's rare indeed to be better than the average team at the three core positions (quarterback, running back and receiver), but we think this team is. Tight end, of course, is also a big plus for this team. While this squad looks good, weakness at the supporting positions is keeping us from declaring it the league favorite. Still, you'd much rather be strong at QB/RB/WR and weak elsewhere than the reverse. Players we particularly like on this team (and there's a lot to like here) include Devonta Freeman, Travis Kelce, Chris Boswell, and Theo Riddick. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 85 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 75 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Eli Manning rated #10 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. Joe Flacco, our #27 quarterback, should be solid as a backup, but we're not sure if he can hold down the fort as a starter if circumstances force him to be one. RB Summary: Devonta Freeman is a solid choice as a top Running Back. He's our #6 RB, so you're ahead of most teams there. Theo Riddick should be a good 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. DeAngelo Williams is a handcuff, but we'd like him as a 3rd Running Back even if you didn't have LeVeon Bell. Shaun Draughn should serve as a very solid 4th Running Back. Since you're strong at the position, you probably don't absolutely need to roster more than four players here. Of your remaining guys, we like Javorius Allen the best, but you should keep the one you think has the best chance of putting up starter numbers. The rest might be considered expendable if you find you need roster space elsewhere. WR Summary: We have Dez Bryant ranked #6 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Wide Receiver, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. Randall Cobb should serve as a very solid 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. DeVante Parker should also be solidly above average at WR3 --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. Tyler Boyd should serve as a very solid 4th Wide Receiver. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. TE Summary: Travis Kelce should be above average as a starting tight end. We have him ranked 3rd overall at the position. Vance McDonald is a nice backup. PK Summary: At about 0.28 points per game above average, Chris Boswell is our 4th ranked kicker, so you're set here. TD Summary: We think the Denver Broncos are the #2 defense in the league, at about 0.81 points per game above average.
  14. League: Tim Leeg Draft: Tim Leeg Team: Flap icon Overview: Congratulations! You seem to have grabbed quality players at every turn of this draft. It's rare indeed to be better than the average team at the three core positions (quarterback, running back and receiver), but we think this team is. While this squad looks good, weakness at the supporting positions is keeping us from declaring it the league favorite. Still, you'd much rather be strong at QB/RB/WR and weak elsewhere than the reverse. Players we particularly like on this team include LeSean McCoy, the Rams defense, T.Y. Hilton, and Tyler Lockett. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they're typically being drafted. With great inseason management, we think you have about a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. With good inseason management, we think you have about a 35 percent chance of making the playoffs. With average inseason management, we think you have a 15 percent chance of making the playoffs. QB Summary: We have Carson Palmer rated #9 among quarterbacks. This makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. But we like the pick of our #23-rated QB, Jay Cutler, to go with him. Hopefully between the two of them, you should be able to cobble together some good production at the position, but this strategy always carries with it the downside that you'll drive yourself crazy trying to decide who to start from week to week. RB Summary: We have LeSean McCoy ranked #10 at the position. So while he's passable as a first Running Back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling. But we do like your depth at RB, so we're not concerned about it. Jeremy Langford should be a good 2nd Running Back; he's a likely flex starter. Rashad Jennings should also be solidly above average at RB3. We see Dion Lewis as an average 4th Running Back. WR Summary: DeAndre Hopkins is a solid choice as a top Wide Receiver. He's our #4 WR, so you're ahead of most teams there. T.Y. Hilton looks great as a 2nd Wide Receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Tyler Lockett will also be among the best WR3s in the league --- also probably a frequent flex contributor. We don't particulary like Josh Doctson as a 4th Wide Receiver. But Will Fuller should be a fairly good WR5. We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up. TE Summary: Julius Thomas is just OK as a starting tight end (we have him ranked #10). So the pick of Clive Walford, who we see as a solid backup, was wise. PK Summary: Don forget to pick up a kicker before the season starts. TD Summary: The Los Angeles Rams are probably not a difference-maker at defense, but they should be OK.