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    RamRod Draft Report Card

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    Led by a Stellar WR Corps, RamRod Will Be a Juggernaut

    Draft Summary

    This draft by RamRod was like a finely tuned Peyton Manning-led offense, with all the pieces falling into place. Just like Peyton's offense, RamRod is expected to score a lot of points this season and finish third in Taco Island League at 9-5-0 (1,539 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Matt Ryan (57th overall), RBs DeMarco Murray (16th) and Rashad Jennings (33rd), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (9th) and Roddy White (40th). They landed one of the best groups of WRs in the league, as they have Thomas, White, and Kendall Wright.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??

    Schedule

    RamRod should drop off the grid during Week 9. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the least challenging schedules. RamRod has the opportunity to start and finish with a flurry, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

    Draft Notes

    • On Autopilot

      Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for RamRod, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Kendall Wright) and fourth-ranked (Hakeem Nicks) wideouts.

    • A Talented Trio

      RamRod has three positions on their roster that are stronger than the league's average (QB, TE, and RB).

    • Risk Averse

      RamRod minimized risk by choosing eight consistent players among their 16 picks.

    • Bold Strategy, RamRod

      Let's see if it pays off. In Week 9, both Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould will be on bye for RamRod.

    • Fantasy FĂștbol

      This is the American version, folks. RamRod elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

    • A Pair of Proven Winners

      RamRod has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Demaryius Thomas and DeMarco Murray) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    Player Analysis

      • D. Thomas, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 9
      The Power of Persuasion

      Now would be a reasonable time for RamRod to encourage the Taco Island League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Demaryius Thomas and his 106 projected catches (ranked second in the NFL).

      • DeMarco Murray, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 16
      Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme

      Get on up, it's DeMarco Murray time! He should run cool this season with 231 projected points.

      • R. Jennings, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 33
      A Bit of a Reach

      RamRod went out on a limb with their third-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Rashad Jennings has an ADP of 58, but he was grabbed at pick No. 33. Patience is a virtue, RamRod.

      • Matt Ryan, QB
      • Round 5, Pick 57
      A Super Duper Signal-Caller

      Matt Ryan is projected to rack up 358 points this year, enough to rank fifth among all QBs.

      • Jason Witten, TE
      • Round 6, Pick 64
      A Big Target for the QB

      Jason Witten ranks fourth in the Taco Island League among TEs with 159 projected fantasy points.

    Best Available

    With three subpar positions on RamRod, K and WR are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

      • Nick Folk
      • Rank 230, ADP 145
      • Shaun Suisham
      • Rank 232, ADP 146
      • Jarrett Boykin
      • Rank 132, ADP 129
      • Aaron Dobson
      • Rank 141, ADP 127
    • 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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    RamRod
    1. (9) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
    2. (16) DeMarco Murray (Dal - RB)
    3. (33) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
    4. (40) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
    5. (57) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
    6. (64) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
    7. (81) Bishop Sankey (Ten - RB)
    8. (88) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    9. (105) Denver (Den - DEF)
    10. (112) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
    11. (129) Ladarius Green (SD - TE)
    12. (136) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
    13. (153) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
    14. (160) Hakeem Nicks (Ind - WR)
    15. (177) Brandon LaFell (NE - WR)
    16. (184) Robbie Gould (Chi - K)
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