Free Scotland Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Despite Reaching for a Few Early-Rounders, Free Scotland Is a Team to Keep an Eye On

Draft Summary

When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Free Scotland, which flipped its 11th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in The Jerk Store League (8-6-0, 2,129 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Peyton Manning (38th overall), RBs Matt Forte (11th) and Melvin Gordon (35th), and WRs Randall Cobb (14th) and Mike Wallace (59th). They built one of the bottom groups of WRs in the league, as they have Cobb, Rueben Randle, Ty Montgomery, and Devin Funchess for their rotation.

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Keeper Summary

Free Scotland chose to use none of their two keeper spots, instead leaving their fantasy fate solely in the hands of the draft.

Schedule

Free Scotland might as well plan a vacation for Week 7. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Free Scotland has the opportunity to finish the season on a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Positional Fortitude

    Free Scotland has five positions that are stronger than league average. While DEF, RB, and K are projected to be good, QB is the best on Free Scotland.

  • New York Giants Fan?

    Free Scotland is a believer in the hopes of the New York Giants this season, grabbing a couple of players on that team sooner than their ADPs might suggest.

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, Free Scotland chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Team of Champions

    Free Scotland is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Matt Forte, Randall Cobb, and Peyton Manning).

  • Returning to Greatness

    If special teams contributions count in The Jerk Store League, Free Scotland may have found a gem in Ty Montgomery. Including his 1,031 projected return yards, he ranks eighth in the league with 1,614 all-purpose yards.

  • Free Scotland Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Andre Roberts at pick 179 was just a bit of a stretch. Roberts is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 11
    Forte is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 306 touches.

    • Randall Cobb, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

    Randall Cobb was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 35
    Rarely Seen in the Wild

    With 1,114 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 38
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Peyton Manning is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish second in the NFL in passing TDs and fourth in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for Free Scotland.

    • Mike Wallace, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 59
    That Just Happened

    Why can't I find Mike Wallace on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round value."

Best Available

Free Scotland has one weak area, WR, that they may want to improve.

    • Donte Moncrief
    • Rank 175, ADP 125
    • Greg Jennings
    • Rank 196, ADP 119
    • Wes Welker
    • Rank 251, ADP 114
    • Tavon Austin
    • Rank 289, ADP 114
  • 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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Free Scotland
1. (11) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
2. (14) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
3. (35) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
4. (38) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
5. (59) Mike Wallace (Min - WR)
6. (62) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
7. (83) Rueben Randle (NYG - WR)
8. (86) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
9. (107) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)
10. (110) Joique Bell (Det - RB)
11. (131) Houston (Hou - DEF)
12. (134) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
13. (155) Ty Montgomery (GB - WR)
14. (158) Lance Dunbar (Dal - RB)
15. (179) Andre Roberts (Was - WR)
16. (182) Allen Hurns (Jax - WR)
17. (203) Nate Washington (Hou - WR)
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