Drafted by Many, ROI for Few

Big performers in week three turned into highly-drafted players in week four. But with a dip in performance across the board, the $250K Run & Gun contest is still up for grabs for users who have players playing tonight.


After a couple of good performances, a lot of people jumped on the silver-and-black bandwagon. With all of the positivity surrounding the Raiders’ explosive offense, it’s not surprising that Derek Carr topped the quarterback list. However, it was a rough week for QBs, so no one really separated themselves much from the pack.

It was unexpected to say the least that Jameis Winston — who threw four picks  had more fantasy points than Carr, Aaron Rodgers, or Tyrod Taylor. Crazy. And unless Russell Wilson outperforms his average, it will be a pretty pedestrian week for the QBs. To the 3.24% that put their faith in Colin Kaepernick… hopefully everyone else in your lineup came through.

Derek Carr OAK 20.46%
Aaron Rodgers GB 18.66%
Andy Dalton CIN 12.55%
Cam Newton CAR 10.16%
Tyrod Taylor BUF 7.76%
Matt Ryan ATL 4.91%
Russell Wilson SEA 4.11%
Carson Palmer ARI 3.35%
Colin Kaepernick SF 3.24%
Philip Rivers SD 2.72%
Peyton Manning DEN 2.53%
Blake Bortles JAX 1.6%
Eli Manning NYG 1.39%
Matt Hasselbeck IND 1.28%
Sam Bradford PHI 1.17%


Running Back

Wow. Users can fill their lineups with up to four running backs and over half rostered Karlos Williams, believing that he would shred the Giants’ weak run defense. His 40 rush yards proved otherwise. On the other hand, Devonta Freeman proved he’s no flash in the pan with back-to-back three TD games, making his owners very happy and justifying his almost 10% jump in percentage owned.

However, the real winners were those who took a chance on Doug Martin, Duke Johnson Jr, Jeremy Hill and C.J. Spiller. Less than 1% had one of the four drafted and they are all in the top five in fantasy points for running backs this week.

Karlos Williams BUF 52.58%
Latavius Murray OAK 32.12%
Matt Forte CHI 24.07%
Devonta Freeman ATL 23.99%
Jamaal Charles KC 18.46%
Frank Gore IND 17.85%
Melvin Gordon SD 12.18%
Lance Dunbar DAL 10.92%
Thomas Rawls SEA 9.69%
Mark Ingram NO 8.18%
Eddie Lacy GB 7.92%
Joseph Randle DAL 7.56%
Danny Woodhead SD 5.62%
Carlos Hyde SF 4.94%
T.J. Yeldon JAX 4.63%
Adrian Peterson MIN 4.37%
Giovani Bernard CIN 2.48%
Ameer Abdullah DET 2.45%
Darren Sproles PHI 1.96%
Chris Johnson ARI 1.94%
Arian Foster HOU 1.41%
Shane Vereen NYG 1.39%
Jonathan Stewart CAR 1.31%
C.J. Anderson DEN 1.1%
Theo Riddick DET 1%


Wide Receiver

Week four was not nearly as kind to the top pass catchers as week three was. Go-to players like Randall Cobb and Julio Jones can’t even be found on the top performers list. Vincent Jackson, Tavon Austin, Jeremy Maclin and Leonard Hankerson all had low draft percentages but nice numbers for their owners. Still time for Calvin Johnson and Doug Baldwin to climb the leader board by the end of Monday night.

Randall Cobb GB 41.77%
Julio Jones ATL 36.18%
Amari Cooper OAK 33.45%
A.J. Green CIN 22.03%
James Jones GB 19.02%
Larry Fitzgerald ARI 15.48%
Demaryius Thomas DEN 15.18%
DeAndre Hopkins HOU 13.83%
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 12.83%
Michael Crabtree OAK 12.13%
Marvin Jones CIN 10.33%
Percy Harvin BUF 8.62%
Keenan Allen SD 7.6%
Jordan Matthews PHI 6.64%
Allen Hurns JAX 5.86%
Mike Evans TB 5.75%
Emmanuel Sanders DEN 5.75%
Allen Robinson JAX 5.65%
Ted Ginn Jr. CAR 4.63%
Brandin Cooks NO 4.6%
Donte Moncrief IND 4.08%
Anquan Boldin SF 3.29%
Robert Woods BUF 2.51%
John Brown ARI 2.48%
Pierre Garcon WAS 2.46%
Doug Baldwin SEA 2.38%
Jeremy Maclin KC 2.24%
Ty Montgomery GB 2.12%
Stevie Johnson SD 1.99%
T.Y. Hilton IND 1.54%
Cecil Shorts III HOU 1.12%


Tight End

With Rob Gronkowski out, there was more parity between the TEs from a percentage-drafted standpoint. Only six players reached double-digit fantasy points, leaving many owners disappointed with their choices. Martellus Bennett and Charles Clay performed as predicted though, with 25.30 and 23.30 fantasy points respectively.

Greg Olsen CAR 23.1%
Martellus Bennett CHI 19.68%
Charles Clay BUF 17.57%
Jordan Reed WAS 12.02%
Jimmy Graham SEA 7.89%
Travis Kelce KC 7.68%
Tyler Eifert CIN 6.27%
Jason Witten DAL 3.32%
Kyle Rudolph MIN 3.14%
Eric Ebron DET 1.73%
Richard Rodgers GB 1.43%
Gary Barnidge CLE 1.36%
Jared Cook STL 1.25%



Staying true to theme, the defense not found on this list is the one that put the most fantasy points on the board. The Falcons were shutting out the Texans until they scored 21 in the fourth, leaving Atlanta with 21 fantasy points as well. Nearly 40% of users took the Broncos, Cardinals or Seahawks, and at this point only Seattle has the chance to provide a solid return on investment.

Denver Broncos DEN 19.36%
Arizona Cardinals ARI 19.32%
Seattle Seahawks SEA 18.17%
Green Bay Packers GB 7.81%
Philadelphia Eagles PHI 7.76%
Carolina Panthers CAR 6.58%
San Diego Chargers SD 3.77%
Cincinnati Bengals CIN 2.98%
Indianapolis Colts IND 2.83%
Jacksonville Jaguars JAX 2.61%
Buffalo Bills BUF 2.46%
Oakland Raiders OAK 1.81%

We’re constantly working to improve the experience on FantasyDraft, and we’ll be adding this percentage-drafted detail to our contests later in the 2015 NFL season.

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