Eagles #1 Draft Report Card

C
Grade

Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, Eagles #1 Will Be Alone at the Bottom

Draft Summary

Entering the draft with the fourth overall pick, the expectations were high for Eagles #1. Then they drafted. Those expectations quickly vanished with a projected 10th-place finish in The Crow's Nest League at 1-13-0 (2,660 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (17th overall), RB T.J. Yeldon (4th), WR Brandin Cooks (24th), and TE Greg Olsen (37th) within the first five rounds. They have the lowest-scoring RB duo in the league, as they added Yeldon and Chris Ivory.

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

Schedule

While Week 8 has the most players on bye for Eagles #1 (four), Week 5 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Along with having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Eagles #1 has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Carrying the Load

    Eagles #1 has a trio of above-average positions leading the way (QB, DEF, and K).

  • QB Controversy?

    Eagles #1 may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Peyton Manning) and second-drafted QB (Ryan Tannehill) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Eagles #1 will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 6, as their only K (Dan Bailey) and only DEF (St. Louis) will both be on bye that week.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Victor Cruz, Eagles #1 pounced on him at pick No. 144.

  • Do You Know if Ryan Tannehill is Religious?

    With 1,136 projected points, Eagles #1 is hoping Tannehill will be the answer to their prayers.

  • A Stretch of the Imagination

    Grabbing Anthony Fasano at pick 164 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Fasano is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • T.J. Yeldon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed T.J. Yeldon with the fourth pick, even though his ADP is only 83.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of Peyton Manning had less value than any other pick of the round.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 24
    185 Excuses to Cheer for Brandin Cooks

    Cooks ranks 10th in the The Crow's Nest League among wideouts with 185 projected fantasy points.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 37
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of The Crow's Nest League overlooked a gem, and Eagles #1 made the highest value pick of the round by taking Greg Olsen.

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 57
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Ameer Abdullah, the weakest value of the round.

Best Available

There are three positions that Eagles #1 could look to improve, including TE and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Heath Miller
    • Rank 195, ADP 124
    • Jared Cook
    • Rank 206, ADP 125
    • Tre Mason
    • Rank 110, ADP 120
    • Duke Johnson Jr.
    • Rank 115, ADP 125
  • 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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Eagles #1
1. (4) T.J. Yeldon (Jax - RB)
2. (17) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
3. (24) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
4. (37) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
5. (44) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
6. (57) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
7. (64) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
8. (77) Chris Ivory (NYJ - RB)
9. (84) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
10. (97) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
11. (104) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
12. (117) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
13. (124) Ryan Mathews (Phi - RB)
14. (137) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
15. (144) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
16. (157) Reggie Wayne (NE - WR)
17. (164) Anthony Fasano (Ten - TE)
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