Yahoo Public 285420 (ID# 285420)

Patriots 2 Draft Report Card

C-
Grade

Loaded With Patriots, Patriots 2 Needs Work

Draft Summary

While Patriots 2 is no world-beater, this is a team that could potentially reach the playoffs if some things go their way. Picking ninth overall, Patriots 2 is projected to land in seventh place in Yahoo Public 285420 League with a record of 6-8-0 (1,474 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Tom Brady (9th overall), RB Jonathan Stewart (49th), WR Sammy Watkins (29th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (12th) within the first five rounds. They put together the highest-scoring TE tandem in the league, as they added Gronkowski and Ladarius Green.

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Schedule

Week 9 might require some artful managing from Patriots 2, as their top two projected scorers (Brock Osweiler and Tom Brady) will be off with byes. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. Corresponding with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Patriots 2 also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Belichick or Bust

    The fantasy hopes of Patriots 2 rest heavily on the fortunes of Brady's crew, as they have four Patriots on their roster.

  • AARP Card's in the Mail

    With an average of 8.8 years of NFL experience, Patriots 2 is the team most likely to have a player qualify for a senior citizen discount.

  • Starting Slowly

    Patriots 2 got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Patriots 2 chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Patriots 2 has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • The Golden Boot

    Steven Hauschka is projected to lead the NFL with 4.7 makes from 50+ yards.

Player Analysis

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

    By taking Tom Brady with the ninth overall pick, Patriots 2 should have shown more patience. According to the signal-caller's ADP of only 65 across all Yahoo! leagues, he could've been chosen later. TLC would disapprove.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

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

    • Sammy Watkins, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    170 Excuses to Cheer for Sammy Watkins

    Watkins ranks ninth in the Yahoo Public 285420 League among wideouts with 170 projected fantasy points.

    • Julian Edelman, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    The Alchemist

    Patriots 2 chose the WR most likely to turn deep balls into TD gold. Julian Edelman is projected to lead all NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 111.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 42.7.

    • J. Stewart, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    How Rebellious of You

    Patriots 2 said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fifth round to pick up their first (Jonathan Stewart).

Best Available

While Patriots 2 is projected to have four subpar positions, QB is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Matthew Stafford
    • Rank 117, ADP 129
    • Matt Ryan
    • Rank 120, ADP 127
    • Jay Cutler
    • Rank 137, ADP 126
    • Ryan Tannehill
    • Rank 142, ADP 128
  • 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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Patriots 2
1. (9) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
2. (12) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
3. (29) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
4. (32) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
5. (49) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
6. (52) Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR)
7. (69) Dion Lewis (NE - RB)
8. (72) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
9. (89) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
10. (92) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
11. (109) Brock Osweiler (Hou - QB)
12. (112) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
13. (129) Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ - QB)
14. (132) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
15. (149) Ladarius Green (Pit - TE)
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