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    Shaky Roots Draft Report Card

    C
    Grade

    Despite a Formidable Set of WRs, Shaky Roots Isn't Exactly What You'd Call "Good"

    Draft Summary

    Shaky Roots should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking seventh, Shaky Roots bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of sixth in FREAKS League with a record of 5-11-1 (1,942 points).

    Stupid autodraft! Right? Since you can’t be blamed for that draft, go ahead and nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Keeper Summary

    Shaky Roots made use of all three of their keeper spots. Their top-ranked retained players from an ADP perspective were: Matt Forte (4.9 ADP), Demaryius Thomas (9.5 ADP), and Dez Bryant (10.9 ADP). From an ADP perspective, their third-ranked keeper (Dez Bryant) is more valuable than a second-round draft choice. Overall, the three keepers on Shaky Roots are projected to be slightly more productive (by 5.2%) than the draft picks they replaced.

    Schedule

    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Shaky Roots 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 entire season, they have a more-difficult-than-average schedule. In addition to having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Shaky Roots also has the most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Good Luck With That One!

      Shaky Roots will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Cordarrelle Patterson), fourth- (Emmanuel Sanders), and fifth-ranked (Percy Harvin) wideouts.

    • Highlight Reel

      Shaky Roots is loaded at WR, but DEF isn't too shabby, either.

    • The Sky's the Limit

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

    • The Best Player Plays

      Shaky Roots is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4.6 years of NFL experience.

    • Officially Mediocre

      While the bottom half of the Shaky Roots 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. 7).

    • A Dominating Duo

      Shaky Roots has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Matt Forte and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    Player Analysis

      • Matt Forte, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 7
      Does Matt Forte Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Forte is projected to rank fourth in the league with 1,698 total yards.

      • D. Thomas, WR
      • Round 2, Pick 10
      Stolen In Broad Daylight

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

      • Dez Bryant, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 23
      Bryant is More of a Full-Service Guy

      Rodney Dangerfield claimed he once went to a massage parlor that was self-service. With 209 projected fantasy points this year, Dez Bryant should serve Shaky Roots a little better than that.

      • C. Patterson, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 39
      Returning to Greatness

      If special teams contributions count in FREAKS League, Shaky Roots may have found a gem in Cordarrelle Patterson. Including his 863 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 1,866 all-purpose yards.

      • Chris Johnson, RB
      • Round 6, Pick 42
      Apparently ADP is Overrated

      With their sixth-round pick, Shaky Roots pulled the trigger. They took Chris Johnson at pick number 42 despite an ADP of just 89.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Best Available

    With four subpar positions on Shaky Roots, TE and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

      • Charles Clay
      • Rank 118, ADP 124
      • Ladarius Green
      • Rank 133, ADP 129
      • Eli Manning
      • Rank 135, ADP 132
      • Johnny Manziel
      • Rank 136, ADP 130
    • 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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    Shaky Roots
    1. (7) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
    2. (10) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
    3. (23) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
    4. (39) Cordarrelle Patterson (Min - WR)
    5. (42) Chris Johnson (NYJ - RB)
    6. (55) Percy Harvin (NYJ - WR)
    7. (58) Nick Foles (Phi - QB)
    8. (63) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
    9. (71) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
    10. (74) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
    11. (87) Shane Vereen (NE - RB)
    12. (90) Ben Tate (Min - RB)
    13. (103) Justin Hunter (Ten - WR)
    14. (106) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
    15. (119) Terrance West (Cle - RB)
    16. (122) Cincinnati (Cin - DEF)
    17. (135) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
    18. (138) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
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