Avenging Ninjas Draft Report Card


Led by an Elite Group of RBs, Avenging Ninjas Has the Studs to Reach Playoffs

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Avenging Ninjas didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with an 8-6-0 (2,756) record and fifth-place finish in The Crow's Nest League. RB depth won't be the issue this season as Avenging Ninjas loaded up, drafting Adrian Peterson (1st overall), DeMarco Murray (20th), and Matt Forte (21st) with their first three selections. These players will be heavily relied upon by Avenging Ninjas, as they are the best group of RBs in the league.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Avenging Ninjas 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 a weaker-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Avenging Ninjas.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Avenging Ninjas, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (DeMarco Murray) and fourth-ranked (Rashad Jennings) RBs.

  • Highlight Reel

    Avenging Ninjas is stacked at TE, but RB isn't too shabby, either.

  • QB Controversy?

    The coach of Avenging Ninjas might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Russell Wilson) and second-drafted QB (Colin Kaepernick) have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

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

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Avenging Ninjas grabbed a sleeper in Brandon Coleman with pick No. 161.

  • The Bargain Whisperer

    Avenging Ninjas was hunting for steals throughout the draft, snapping up a trio of bargains in the first 10 rounds (Jason Witten, Arizona, and Dan Carpenter).

Player Analysis

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Feed The Beast

    Over here we have a rarity in the wild named Adrian Peterson. Projected to get a league-leading 333 touches, he feasts on feeble defenses.

    • DeMarco Murray, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    DeMarco Da Man

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, only one Running Back (Le'Veon Bell) showed up on more first-place rosters than Murray last season.

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 21
    The Back to Target

    It's hard to ignore just how involved Forte is in Chicago's offensive scheme. He led all RBs with 130 total targets in 2014 -- more than DeMarco Murray (64) and Jamaal Charles (59) combined.

    • Russell Wilson, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run

    He won't get too flashy in the passing game, but the ability to create with his legs makes Wilson a legitimate threat to NFL defenses -- and to future fantasy opponents of Avenging Ninjas.

    • Andre Johnson, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 41
    Doling Out Nightmares

    Andre Johnson will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish eighth in the NFL with 8.4 receiving TDs.

Best Available

There are four positions that Avenging Ninjas could look to improve, including K and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Matt Bryant
    • Rank 216, ADP 129
    • Nick Folk
    • Rank 219, ADP 144
    • Marcus Mariota
    • Rank 134, ADP 121
    • Andy Dalton
    • Rank 135, ADP 125
  • 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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Avenging Ninjas
1. (1) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
2. (20) DeMarco Murray (Phi - RB)
3. (21) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
4. (40) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
5. (41) Andre Johnson (Ind - WR)
6. (60) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
7. (61) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
8. (80) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
9. (81) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
10. (100) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
11. (101) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
12. (120) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
13. (121) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
14. (140) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
15. (141) Colin Kaepernick (SF - QB)
16. (160) Rueben Randle (NYG - WR)
17. (161) Brandon Coleman (NO - WR)
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