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    Life's a Brees Draft Report Card

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    With a Pair of Saints Highlighting the Roster, Aaron It Out 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 Aaron It Out, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Welcome Levi Stadium League (8-6-0, 1,699 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Drew Brees (13th overall), RB Zac Stacy (28th), WR Roddy White (48th), and TE Jimmy Graham (8th) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the worst groups of WRs in the league, as they have White, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, and Dwayne Bowe for their rotation.

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

    Schedule

    Week 6 would be a good opportunity for Aaron It Out to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most challenging schedules. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Aaron It Out also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

      At three different positions, Aaron It Out picked up projected top-two players (Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, and Cody Parkey).

    • Team of Champions

      Aaron It Out is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, and Zac Stacy.

    • The Sleepy Trio

      Aaron It Out selected three late-round sleepers (Ahmad Bradshaw, Derek Carr, and Cody Parkey).

    • No Back-Up Necessary

      Going with just a single TE (Jimmy Graham) and K (Cody Parkey), Aaron It Out opted to add depth at other positions.

    • Aaron It Out Went All YOLO Here

      Grabbing Derek Carr at pick 133 was just a bit of a stretch. Carr is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Player Analysis

      • Jimmy Graham, TE
      • Round 1, Pick 8
      A Return to Huge Numbers

      Sean Payton's return to the Saints' sideline seemed to work out for Jimmy Graham, who was owned on more championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other TE.

      • Drew Brees, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 13
      Is Drew Brees Religious?

      With 407 projected points, Aaron It Out will be hoping Brees is the answer to their prayers.

      • Zac Stacy, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 28
      How Rebellious of You

      Aaron It Out said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Zac Stacy).

      • Ray Rice, RB
      • Round 6, Pick 53
      Throwing Caution to the Wind

      They grabbed Ray Rice with the 53rd pick, even though his ADP is only 97.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.

      • Mike Wallace, WR
      • Round 7, Pick 68
      Was the 68th Pick the Right Time for Mike Wallace?

      Aaron It Out apparently believes it is. The Dolphins' wide receiver is projected to net 188 points this year, after putting up 163 last year.

    Best Available

    With three below-average positions on Aaron It Out, WR and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

      • Markus Wheaton
      • Rank 109, ADP 127
      • Brian Hartline
      • Rank 115, ADP 130
      • Ryan Tannehill
      • Rank 138, ADP 134
      • Josh McCown
      • Rank 141, ADP 134
    • 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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    Life's a Brees
    1. (8) Jimmy Graham (NO - TE)
    2. (13) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
    3. (28) Zac Stacy (StL - RB)
    4. (33) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
    5. (48) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
    6. (53) Ray Rice (Bal - RB)
    7. (68) Mike Wallace (Mia - WR)
    8. (73) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    9. (88) Riley Cooper (Phi - WR)
    10. (93) Fred Jackson (Buf - RB)
    11. (108) Dwayne Bowe (KC - WR)
    12. (113) Knowshon Moreno (Mia - RB)
    13. (128) Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind - RB)
    14. (133) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
    15. (148) Cody Parkey (Phi - K)
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