Cowboys Draft Report Card


Spearheaded by a Slew of Steals, Cowboys Won't Go Down Easily

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Cowboys didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with a 9-6-0 (2,478) record and third-place finish in One Hit Wonder League. They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (3rd overall), RB Alfred Morris (30th), WR Julio Jones (14th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (19th) within the first five rounds. They have the top TE tandem in the league, as they have Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert on their team.

Looks like somebody did their homework. With a draft like that, you could nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame with your eyes closed. Go on, we dare you.


Cowboys should do pretty much anything other than watch football during Week 10. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a tougher-than-average slate. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Cowboys has the league's easiest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Assessing the Assets

    TE is the strongest position for Cowboys, though DEF and QB are also better than the league's average.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At three different positions, Cowboys picked up projected top-two players (Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Rodgers, and Julio Jones).

  • Close to the Vest

    Cowboys was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing eight "low-risk" players out of 17 picks.

  • Super Sleepers

    At picks No. 115 and 126, Cowboys snagged a couple of late-round fliers with upside in Tyler Eifert and Sam Bradford.

  • Bargain Shopper

    With three steals in the first 10 rounds (Mark Ingram, Keenan Allen, and Rob Gronkowski), Cowboys made some shrewd moves.

  • Cowboys Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Luke Kuechly at pick 94 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Kuechly is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Aaron Rodgers, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    Insanely Efficient

    Despite attempting 32.5 passes per game (just 22nd in the league), Rodgers threw for the seventh-most yards (4,381) and third-most TDs (38) last season. A whopping 33 QBs tossed more interceptions than Rodgers' five.

    • Julio Jones, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Cowboys Says 'Hello' to Julio

    Jones was the lone NFL player to notch 30 catches of at least 20 yards last season, and only Odell Beckham, Jr. averaged more receiving yards per game in 2014.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 19
    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.

    • Alfred Morris, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 30
    If it Ain't Broke

    Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Cowboys didn't grab their first RB (Alfred Morris) until the fourth round.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 35
    Advanced Math

    If Cowboys had a nickel for every time Frank Gore is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 289 nickels.

Best Available

If Cowboys is looking to make a roster move, RB is a position they could look to upgrade first.

    • Arian Foster
    • Rank 97, ADP 58
    • Joique Bell
    • Rank 98, ADP 104
    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 124
    • Tre Mason
    • Rank 110, ADP 120
  • 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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1. (3) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
2. (14) Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
3. (19) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
4. (30) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
5. (35) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
6. (46) Chris Ivory (NYJ - RB)
7. (51) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
8. (62) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
9. (67) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
10. (78) Houston (Hou - DEF)
11. (83) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
12. (94) Luke Kuechly (Car - LB)
13. (99) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
14. (110) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
15. (115) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
16. (126) Sam Bradford (Phi - QB)
17. (131) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
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