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    Ride Them Down Draft Report Card


    Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Ride Them Down Has a Squad Built to Reach the Playoffs

    Draft Summary

    Ride Them Down figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the eighth overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 7-6-0 (1,619 points). With that record, they will likely finish fourth in Stampede Blue League 3 League. With their first five picks, Ride Them Down focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Matt Ryan (56th overall), RBs Giovani Bernard (17th) and Doug Martin (41st), and WRs Dez Bryant (8th) and Keenan Allen (32nd). They landed the best group of WRs in the league, as they have Bryant, Allen, Kendall Wright, and Mike Evans on their team.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??


    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Ride Them Down 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 more-difficult-than-average schedule. Along with having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Ride Them Down has the toughest first four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Asset Allocation

      WR is the strongest position for Ride Them Down, though RB and K aren't too shabby either.

    • Utter Ridiculousness

      In Week 4, both Arizona and Cleveland will be on bye. Drafting two defenses with the same bye week is a unique strategy, Ride Them Down.

    • Show Some ID

      Ride Them Down isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.3 years of NFL experience.

    • Defense Wins Championships?

      Ride Them Down chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

    • A Stretch of the Imagination

      Grabbing Mike Tolbert at pick 161 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Tolbert is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Player Analysis

      • Dez Bryant, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 8
      Bryant is More of a Full-Service Guy

      Rodney Dangerfield claimed he once went to a massage parlor that was self-service. With 314 projected fantasy points this year, Dez Bryant should serve Ride Them Down a little better than that.

      • Keenan Allen, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 32
      Delivering Nightmares

      Keenan Allen will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish 10th in the NFL with 8.1 receiving TDs.

      • Matt Ryan, QB
      • Round 5, Pick 56
      Is Matt Ryan Religious?

      With 398 projected points, Ride Them Down will be hoping Ryan is the answer to their prayers.

      • Dennis Pitta, TE
      • Round 6, Pick 65
      Was Dennis Pitta Worth it at Pick No. 65?

      Ride Them Down sure hopes so. The Ravens' tight end is projected to put up 163 points this year, after only netting 43 last year.

      • Kendall Wright, WR
      • Round 7, Pick 80
      Was the 80th Pick the Right Time for Kendall Wright?

      Ride Them Down apparently believes it is. The Titans' wide receiver is projected to get 224 points this year, just a bit better than last year.

    Best Available

    While Ride Them Down is expected to be weak across three positions, TE is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

      • Tim Wright
      • Rank 169, ADP 139
      • Owen Daniels
      • Rank 177, ADP 123
      • Jermichael Finley
      • Rank 181, ADP 119
      • Jared Cook
      • Rank 191, ADP 130
    • 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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    Ride Them Down
    1. (8) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
    2. (17) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
    3. (32) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
    4. (41) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
    5. (56) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
    6. (65) Dennis Pitta (Bal - TE)
    7. (80) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    8. (89) Chris Johnson (NYJ - RB)
    9. (104) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
    10. (113) Mike Evans (TB - WR)
    11. (128) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
    12. (137) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
    13. (152) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
    14. (161) Mike Tolbert (Car - RB)
    15. (176) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    16. (185) Cleveland (Cle - DEF)
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