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    Monte Grossman Draft Report Card

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    Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Missouri Love Has Great Shot at Playoffs

    Draft Summary

    Missouri Love delivered a solid draft performance, taking the fourth overall draft slot and turning it into a team with playoff potential. With an expected record of 7-6-0 (1,778 points), they're projected to finish fourth in US 15 League. They addressed the QB position early, using their first two picks on QBs Nick Foles (4th overall) and Alex Smith (17th). They have the most prolific group of WRs in the league, as they added Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Wes Welker, and Marques Colston.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??

    Schedule

    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Missouri Love 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 a weaker-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Missouri Love.

    Draft Notes

    • A Dominating Pair

      WR and QB are both projected to be really solid units for Missouri Love.

    • How Much Tread's Left on the Tires

      With an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience, Missouri Love is the team most likely to have a player become a grandpa.

    • Bargain Shopper

      With four steals in the first 9 rounds (including Dez Bryant, Wes Welker, and Randall Cobb), Missouri Love made some shrewd moves.

    Player Analysis

      • Nick Foles, QB
      • Round 1, Pick 4
      Thanks for Clearing That Up, Terry

      Terry Bradshaw once said “I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid.” Missouri Love hopes that drafting Nick Foles and his 30.1 projected passing TDs was a choice that Bradshaw wouldn't make.

      • Alex Smith, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 17
      Time to Sign Up for Andy Behrens' Fantasy Camp

      Despite being selected 17th overall, Alex Smith is not projected among the NFL's top-15 in either passing TDs (18th with 22.4) or passing yards (16th with 3,923).

      • Marshawn Lynch, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 24
      If it Ain't Broke

      Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Missouri Love didn't grab their first RB (Marshawn Lynch) until the third round.

      • Frank Gore, RB
      • Round 4, Pick 37
      It Might be Yogging with a Soft "J"

      Even if you ran as fast as you could, it'd look like slow motion compared to Frank Gore. The RB is projected to rack up 8.6 rushing TDs this year, eighth in the league.

      • K. Moreno, RB
      • Round 6, Pick 57
      Keeping the D Honest

      Knowshon's production saw a huge boost in 2013, as opposing defenses were too busy focusing their attention on the Broncos' aerial attack. Savvy fantasy players took note, and Moreno was owned on more championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other RB.

    Best Available

    There are four positions that Missouri Love could look to improve, including DEF and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

      • Buffalo Defanse
      • Rank 215, ADP 138
      • Indianapolis Defanse
      • Rank 225, ADP 144
      • Carlos Hyde
      • Rank 80, ADP 116
      • Terrance West
      • Rank 88, ADP 120
    • Bye Week Points Lost
      Points

      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 ADP
      Pick 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 League
          Team     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 Points
      Week

      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..."

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    Monte Grossman
    1. (4) Nick Foles (Phi - QB)
    2. (17) Alex Smith (KC - QB)
    3. (24) Marshawn Lynch (Sea - RB)
    4. (37) Frank Gore (SF - RB)
    5. (44) Steven Jackson (Atl - RB)
    6. (57) Knowshon Moreno (Mia - RB)
    7. (64) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
    8. (77) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
    9. (84) Wes Welker (Den - WR)
    10. (97) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
    11. (104) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
    12. (117) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
    13. (124) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    14. (137) New England (NE - DEF)
    15. (144) Anquan Boldin (SF - WR)
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