Donte's Team Draft Report Card


After Some Early Gambles, Donte's Team Wet the Bed

Draft Summary

Maybe these pre-season projections will get Donte's Team to play with a chip on their shoulder. It's definitely going to require some sort of extra effort if they hope to reach the playoffs. Hell, it may require extra effort just to get a win. Donte's Team is projected to go 4-9-0 (1,749 points) and finish ninth in JD To The Rescue League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (18th overall), RBs Carlos Hyde (31st) and Todd Gurley (55th), and WRs Dez Bryant (7th) and Golden Tate (42nd). They put together the bottom RB duo in the league, as they added Hyde and Gurley.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


Donte's Team should pick up a new hobby, like bird watching, during Week 9. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Donte's Team has the league's easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Up, Up, and Away

    With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Donte's Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Donte's Team grabbed a sleeper in Vernon Davis with pick No. 151.

  • Mr. Irrelevant

    In terms of projected points, the choice of Vernon Davis with the 151st pick gave Donte's Team the worst pick of the final round. This Mr. Irrelevant gets no parade, unfortunately.

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank 10th in the league.

    • M. Stafford, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 18
    Like Face Wash for Teenagers

    Donte's Team was proactive about grabbing a QB. They reached for Matthew Stafford at pick number 18 even though his ADP is only 94.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Carlos Hyde, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 31
    If it Ain't Broke

    Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Donte's Team didn't grab their first RB (Carlos Hyde) until the third round.

    • Allen Robinson, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 66
    Was Allen Robinson the Best Choice at a Pick at No. 66?

    Donte's Team apparently thinks so. The Jaguars' wideout is projected to improve to the tune of 174 points this year, after only putting up 97 last year.

    • Seattle, DEF
    • Round 7, Pick 79
    Was Defense a Smart Decision at Pick No. 79?

    Donte's Team sure hopes so. Seattle's D is projected to score 199 points this year, nearly identical to his total last year.

Best Available

With three subpar positions on Donte's Team, TE and RB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    • Rank 126, ADP 134
    • Jordan Reed
    • Rank 133, ADP 136
    • Bishop Sankey
    • Rank 129, ADP 124
    • David Johnson
    • Rank 146, 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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Donte's Team
1. (7) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (18) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
3. (31) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
4. (42) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
5. (55) Todd Gurley (StL - RB)
6. (66) Allen Robinson (Jax - WR)
7. (79) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
8. (90) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
9. (103) Sam Bradford (Phi - QB)
10. (114) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
11. (127) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
12. (138) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
13. (151) Vernon Davis (Den - TE)
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