Mark It Zero Draft Report Card


Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Mark It Zero Is a Team to Watch

Draft Summary

Mark It Zero figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the 10th overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 7-6-0 (1,596 points). With that record, they will likely finish sixth in Ars Technica #1 League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (first round), Calvin Johnson (second round), and Andre Johnson (fourth round). They put together the lowest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they added Frank Gore, Doug Martin, and Giovani Bernard to the team.

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Ever wonder what exactly was inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Mark It Zero should use Week 10 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average slate. Mark It Zero could run into an early buzz saw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Maybe You Should Add Tony Gonzalez While You're At It

    Mark It Zero must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 8, both Julius Thomas and Jordan Reed will be on bye.

  • Assessing the Assets

    WR is the strongest position for Mark It Zero, though DEF and K are also better than the league's average.

  • Big D

    Mark It Zero elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Duke Johnson Jr., Mark It Zero pounced on him at pick No. 154.

  • Colin Kaepernick Likes His Eggs Scrambled

    And a little runny, eh? Kaepernick is projected to deliver 634 rushing yards, and ranks first among QBs in that category.

  • Insider Trading?

    Duke Johnson Jr. is owned in only 9% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Mark It Zero has some solid insider sources, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Blackjack Beckham

    A 21-year-old rookie who was injured to begin the year, Beckham concluded 2014 with 21 targets in Week 17 against Philadelphia. No other player saw more targets in a single game all season.

    • Calvin Johnson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Mark It Zero to encourage the Ars Technica #1 League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Calvin Johnson and his 89 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 34
    How Rebellious of You

    Mark It Zero said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Frank Gore).

    • Andre Johnson, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    Delivering Nightmares

    Andre Johnson will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish eighth in the NFL with 8.4 receiving TDs.

    • Tony Romo, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 58
    Mark It Zero's Stud Signal-Caller

    Tony Romo is projected to rack up 355 points this year, enough to rank sixth among all QBs.

Best Available

There are three positions that Mark It Zero could look to improve, including TE and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 150, ADP 129
    • Larry Donnell
    • Rank 153, ADP 133
    • Charles Sims
    • Rank 160, ADP 126
    • Knile Davis
    • Rank 177, ADP 126
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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-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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Mark It Zero
1. (10) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
2. (15) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
3. (34) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
4. (39) Andre Johnson (Ind - WR)
5. (58) Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
6. (63) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
7. (82) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
8. (87) Houston (Hou - DEF)
9. (106) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
10. (111) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
11. (130) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)
12. (135) Colin Kaepernick (SF - QB)
13. (154) Duke Johnson Jr. (Cle - RB)
14. (159) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
15. (178) Carolina (Car - DEF)
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