The Uncle Rico's Draft Report Card


Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, The Uncle Rico's Won't Go Down Easily

Draft Summary

Picking late (ninth overall), The Uncle Rico's did what they could with what they were given. While this team isn't a juggernaut by any means, it's a team capable of reaching the playoffs if the chips fall their way. They are expected to finish third in The Crow's Nest with a record of 10-4-0 (2,788 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (9th overall), RB Jeremy Hill (12th), WR Jeremy Maclin (32nd), and TE Jimmy Graham (29th) within the first five rounds. They have the highest-scoring QB pair in the league, as they added Brees and Matthew Stafford to their squad.

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The Uncle Rico's should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the easiest slates. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, The Uncle Rico's also has the easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Management

    The Uncle Rico's is loaded at TE and RB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in The Crow's Nest League?

  • Big D

    The Uncle Rico's elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    The Uncle Rico's has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jeremy Maclin and Cody Parkey) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Trigger Happy

    With their ninth-round pick, The Uncle Rico's pulled the trigger. They drafted Larry Donnell at pick number 89 despite an ADP of just 132.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.

  • Insider Trading?

    Donte Moncrief is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) The Uncle Rico's has some solid insider sources, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Terrance Williams is a classic deep-ball weapon, ranking fourth among NFL WRs in percentage of receptions over 40 yards (7.3%).

Player Analysis

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    He's Got an Ability to Simplify Things

    As Mitch Hedberg once said, "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read." With 1,192 projected fantasy points, Drew Brees is a kid who'll turn opposing secondaries into childrens' books each week.

    • Jeremy Hill, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    It's not that Gio Bernard Wasn't Good

    It's that Jeremy Hill was just that great. The first-year RB from LSU paced all rookies in rush attempts (222), rushing yards (1,124), and rush TDs (9).

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Will a Run-Heavy Offense Hurt Production?

    The Uncle Rico's sure hopes not. Though he might not put up New Orleans-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.

    • Jeremy Maclin, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Mighty Maclin

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, only two WRs (Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders) appeared on first-place rosters more often than Maclin last year.

    • Alfred Morris, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of The Crow's Nest League overlooked a gem, and The Uncle Rico's made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Alfred Morris.

Best Available

There are three positions that The Uncle Rico's could look to improve, including DEF and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Carolina Defense
    • Rank 221, ADP 136
    • Miami Defense
    • Rank 230, ADP 131
    • Percy Harvin
    • Rank 145, ADP 121
    • Breshad Perriman
    • Rank 149, ADP 126
  • 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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The Uncle Rico's
1. (9) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
2. (12) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
3. (29) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
4. (32) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
5. (49) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
6. (52) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
7. (69) John Brown (Ari - WR)
8. (72) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
9. (89) Larry Donnell (NYG - TE)
10. (92) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
11. (109) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
12. (112) Cody Parkey (Phi - K)
13. (129) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
14. (132) Kenny Stills (Mia - WR)
15. (149) Terrance Williams (Dal - WR)
16. (152) San Francisco (SF - DEF)
17. (169) Isaiah Crowell (Cle - RB)
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