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QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Joseph Randle, Todd Gurley, C.J. Spiller, Charles Sims
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Mike Evans, Brandon Marshall, Davante Adams
TE: Tyler Eifert, Antonio Gates
PK: Stephen Gostkowski
TD: St. Louis Rams

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.

You must be among the favorites in this league and have positioned yourself to grab one of the playoff spots. But before you start engraving the trophy, realize that the draft is not the end of the story. Things can and do go wrong, so you need to remain diligent throughout the year to ensure you remain strong until the playoffs.

Bottom line:
  • With great inseason management, we think you have about a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With good inseason management, we think you have about a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With average inseason management, we think you have a 81 percent chance of making the playoffs.

QB Summary:

We expect Ben Roethlisberger 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.

Tom Brady, who we have rated as the #8 QB, is a nice backup and could conceivably emerge as either a starter for your team or, if Roethlisberger plays as expected, some tempting trade bait for teams with quarterback troubles.

Incidentally, Brady has what we project as a bad matchup (BUF) during Roethlisberger's bye.

RB Summary:

Your starting running back group is a strength, particularly Marshawn Lynch as a top running back. Our projections have Lynch ranked sixth and Joseph Randle ranked at #16.

Your bench also looks good. Todd Gurley should be a good third running back; he's a likely flex starter. We also very much approve of the selection of C.J. Spiller, and not just because you can hold the Mark Ingram owner hostage. He's a fine fourth running back in his own right.

Charles Sims is a solid depth pick.

WR Summary:

Nice work here. We like all your starting receivers, as our projections indicate that they give you a combined 2.0 point-per-game advantage over an average opponent in this league. Demaryius Thomas is our #3 ranked receiver, Mike Evans is #12, and we have Brandon Marshall 20th.

Your bench also looks good. Davante Adams looks great as a fourth receiver.

TE Summary:

This is a pretty motley crew. We don't see Tyler Eifert as a viable starter or Antonio Gates as an above average backup. Help is needed.

Kicker Summary:

With Stephen Gostkowski, you should be above average at the position.

Defense Summary:

The Rams are our #2 ranked defense, so you're in good shape here.


Potential Free Agents

Listed in order of preference. We don't know exactly who is available in your league, but here is a list of players who might be available and could be upgrades over some of your depth players, listed in order of preference. Your players are listed in red for comparison. Players who might not mesh well with the bye weeks of your key players are grayed out.


QB: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

RB: Shane Vereen (11), Bishop Sankey (4), Danny Woodhead (10), Matt Jones (8), Tre Mason (6), Ryan Mathews (8), David Cobb (4), Darren Sproles (8), Alfred Blue (9), Darren McFadden (6), Charles Sims (6).

WR: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

TE: Zach Ertz (8), Jason Witten (6), Dwayne Allen (10), Kyle Rudolph (5), Jordan Cameron (5), Tyler Eifert (7), Heath Miller (11), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6), Coby Fleener (10), Owen Daniels (7), Antonio Gates (10).

PK: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

TD: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.