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    Tequila Sunrisers Draft Report Card

    B
    Grade

    Slated for a Third-Place Finish, Tequila Sunrisers Obviously Did Their Homework

    Draft Summary

    Watch out for Tequila Sunrisers. Taking advantage of a solid draft spot (seventh overall), they built a team poised to do some damage in 4th and Inches League. Tequila Sunrisers is expected to finish third with a record of 10-3-0 (1,528 points). With five WRs on the roster, Tequila Sunrisers has a quality group of receivers; their WRs are projected to average 210 points this season, near the league average of 200. They ended up with one of the worst RB combos in the league, as they added Doug Martin and Trent Richardson.

    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, Tequila Sunrisers has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the least difficult slates. Along with having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Tequila Sunrisers has the softest last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • One Will Rise Up Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

      Tequila Sunrisers is hoping that either Trent Richardson or Ahmad Bradshaw will emerge as a serious threat for the Indianapolis Colts.

    • QB Controversy?

      Tequila Sunrisers may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Russell Wilson) and second-drafted QB (Jake Locker) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

    • Strength in Numbers

      TE is the best position for Tequila Sunrisers, though QB and K are also stronger-than-average.

    • Up, Up, and Away

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

    • Show Some ID

      Tequila Sunrisers isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.6 years of NFL experience.

    • It's How You Finish

      Tequila Sunrisers must have had a motivational halftime speech, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

    Player Analysis

      • Dez Bryant, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 7
      It's Normal to Have Those Feelings at Your Age

      Terrell Owens once said "I love me some me." While T.O. falls in love with himself, Tequila Sunrisers is head over heels for Dez Bryant, who's projected to lead all WRs with 314 fantasy points.

      • Doug Martin, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 26
      Mr. Do-It-All

      Doug Martin is projected to finish eighth in the league with 1,484 total yards (1,050 rushing, 434 receiving).

      • Julius Thomas, TE
      • Round 3, Pick 39
      Raising Trophies?

      Winning the championship for dummies: Step 1, create team. Step 2, draft Julius Thomas. He was the 10th-most-owned player by championship teams last season.

      • M. Crabtree, WR
      • Round 4, Pick 58
      Rethinking That One

      Michael Crabtree went with the 58th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-30 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (37th) with 6 and 926 respectively.

      • T. Richardson, RB
      • Round 5, Pick 71
      Trigger Happy

      With their fifth-round pick, Tequila Sunrisers pulled the trigger. They drafted Trent Richardson at pick number 71 despite an ADP of just 94.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Best Available

    Tequila Sunrisers has one below-average position, DEF, that they should attempt to upgrade.

      • Baltimore Defense
      • Rank 235, ADP 142
      • New York Defense
      • Rank 241, ADP 126
      • Miami Defense
      • Rank 243, ADP 127
      • Dallas Defense
      • Rank 275, ADP 121
    • 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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    Tequila Sunrisers
    1. (7) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
    2. (26) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
    3. (39) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
    4. (58) Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)
    5. (71) Trent Richardson (Ind - RB)
    6. (90) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
    7. (103) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
    8. (122) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
    9. (135) Cecil Shorts III (Jax - WR)
    10. (154) Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind - RB)
    11. (167) James Jones (Oak - WR)
    12. (186) Chicago (Chi - DEF)
    13. (199) Jake Locker (Ten - QB)
    14. (218) Blair Walsh (Min - K)
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