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    Battle Warriors Draft Report Card

    A+
    Grade

    Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Battle Warriors Is Loaded with Studs Everywhere

    Draft Summary

    Whether or not Battle Warriors was talking trash in the draft chat room is irrelevant and you have no proof. What there is proof of, though, is a dominant draft performance by Battle Warriors that led to a season projection of 12-2-0 (2,669 points) and a second-place finish in Assist Protect Defend League. With six RBs on the roster, Battle Warriors loaded up on solid options; their RBs are projected to average 159 points this season, close to the league average of 154. They put together the lowest-scoring group of WRs in the league, as they have A.J. Green, Cordarrelle Patterson, Golden Tate, and James Jones for their rotation.

    With a draft like that, you might as well make it official. Nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Battle Warriors can write off Week 4 as a scheduling injustice and use that time to consider other injustices: for example, why doesn't Chewbacca get a medal during the ceremony at the end of Star Wars? Wookie bias? They have seven players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the easiest slates. Battle Warriors has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

    Draft Notes

    • Asset Management

      Battle Warriors is loaded at TE and RB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in Assist Protect Defend League?

    • Officially Mediocre

      While the bottom half of the Battle Warriors roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).

    • Starting Slowly

      Battle Warriors got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

    • A Dominating Duo

      Battle Warriors has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Julius Thomas and Matthew Stafford) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • You Snooze, You Lose

      While the rest of the league slept on Jason Pierre-Paul, Battle Warriors pounced on him at pick No. 174.

    • A Versatile Combination

      Pierre Thomas can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 532.

    Player Analysis

      • A. Peterson, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 3
      Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank second in the league with 1,857 total yards.

      • A.J. Green, WR
      • Round 2, Pick 14
      194 More Reasons to Appreciate A.J. Green

      Green ranks sixth in the Assist Protect Defend League among WRs with 194 projected fantasy points.

      • Julius Thomas, TE
      • Round 3, Pick 19
      The Tightest of Ends

      Julius Thomas is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (second with 8.3) and receiving yards (fourth with 868).

      • Rob Gronkowski, TE
      • Round 4, Pick 30
      Stolen In Broad Daylight

      Rob Gronkowski was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

      • Toby Gerhart, RB
      • Round 5, Pick 35
      Yardage Machine

      Toby Gerhart is projected to tally 1,105 yards on the ground, placing him at 10th in the NFL in that category.

    Best Available

    There are three positions that Battle Warriors could look to improve, including WR and DEF, which look like the biggest areas of need.

      • Kenny Stills
      • Rank 135, ADP 129
      • Jordan Matthews
      • Rank 136, ADP 129
      • New England Defanse
      • Rank 196, ADP 99
      • Chicago Defanse
      • Rank 209, ADP 132
    • 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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    Battle Warriors
    1. (3) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
    2. (14) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
    3. (19) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
    4. (30) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
    5. (35) Toby Gerhart (Jax - RB)
    6. (46) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
    7. (51) Cordarrelle Patterson (Min - WR)
    8. (62) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
    9. (67) Ben Tate (Min - RB)
    10. (78) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
    11. (83) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
    12. (94) Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)
    13. (99) Maurice Jones-Drew (Oak - RB)
    14. (110) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
    15. (115) James Jones (Oak - WR)
    16. (126) Lavonte David (TB - LB)
    17. (131) Alec Ogletree (StL - LB)
    18. (142) Darrelle Revis (NE - CB)
    19. (147) Barry Church (Dal - S)
    20. (158) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
    21. (163) Vontaze Burfict (Cin - LB)
    22. (174) Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG - DE)
    23. (179) Jared Allen (Chi - DE)
    24. (190) Tim Jennings (Chi - CB)
    25. (195) Kyle Williams (Buf - DT)
    26. (206) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
    27. (211) Danny Amendola (NE - WR)
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