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    Victory Formation Draft Report Card

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    With a Projected Finish of Second, Victory Formation Has Chance to Win This Thing

    Draft Summary

    Victory Formation took advantage of a favorable draft slot and built the kind of roster that makes opponents "go out of town" or "spend time with the kids" when they see your team on the schedule. Victory Formation is projected to finish second in Pump Fake League at 11-2-0 (1,637 points). They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Drew Brees (23rd overall), RBs LeSean McCoy (2nd) and Toby Gerhart (26th), and WRs Andre Johnson (47th) and Michael Crabtree (50th). They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they have Johnson, Kendall Wright, and Crabtree on the roster.

    With a draft like that, you might as well make it official. Nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Victory Formation has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest schedules. Along with the second-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Victory Formation.

    Draft Notes

    • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

      Victory Formation drafted top-3 players at a trio of different positions (Drew Brees, Carolina, and LeSean McCoy).

    • Aging Stars

      The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.1 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 4.7 years).

    • A Dominating Duo

      Victory Formation has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (LeSean McCoy and Drew Brees) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • Apparently ADP is Overrated

      With their ninth-round pick, Victory Formation pulled the trigger. They took Carlos Hyde at pick number 98 despite an ADP of just 113.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

      Kenny Stills is a classic deep-ball weapon, ranking fourth among NFL WRs in percentage of receptions over 40 yards (6.2%).

    Player Analysis

      • LeSean McCoy, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 2
      Does LeSean McCoy Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. McCoy is projected to rank sixth in the league with 1,639 total yards.

      • Drew Brees, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 23
      Like a Prancing Unicorn

      Drew Brees is a fantasy dream. He's projected to finish second in the NFL in both passing TDs (37.9) and passing yards (5,130).

      • Toby Gerhart, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 26
      Rarely Seen in the Wild

      With 1,108 projected yards on the ground, Toby Gerhart is an elusive three-down back.

      • M. Crabtree, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 50
      Rethinking That One

      Michael Crabtree went with the 50th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-30 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (37th) with 6 and 926 respectively.

      • T. Williams, WR
      • Round 6, Pick 71
      Was Terrance Williams Worth it at Pick No. 71?

      Victory Formation sure hopes so. The Cowboys' WR is projected to improve to the tune of 199 points this year, after only putting up 146 last season.

    Best Available

    Victory Formation is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (TE and WR), but TE is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

      • Owen Daniels
      • Rank 119, ADP 123
      • Delanie Walker
      • Rank 148, ADP 134
      • Garrett Graham
      • Rank 163, ADP 137
      • Tim Wright
      • Rank 174, ADP 139
    • 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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    Victory Formation
    1. (2) LeSean McCoy (Phi - RB)
    2. (23) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
    3. (26) Toby Gerhart (Jax - RB)
    4. (47) Andre Johnson (Hou - WR)
    5. (50) Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)
    6. (71) Terrance Williams (Dal - WR)
    7. (74) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
    8. (95) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    9. (98) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
    10. (119) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
    11. (122) Carolina (Car - DEF)
    12. (143) Matt Prater (Det - K)
    13. (146) Kenny Stills (NO - WR)
    14. (167) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
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