Chip Kelly Offense Draft Report Card

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Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Chip Kelly Offense Is the Team to Beat

Draft Summary

A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of Chip Kelly Offense turned the eighth overall pick into a projected finish of first. They're expected to finish 12-1-0 (1,325 points) in Let's Do It For The Dinosaurs League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Demaryius Thomas (second round), DeAndre Hopkins (third round), and Keenan Allen (fifth round). They built the top TE combo in the league, as they have Rob Gronkowski and Owen Daniels.

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.

Schedule

While Week 7 has the most players on bye for Chip Kelly Offense (three), Week 11 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the least challenging slates. Chip Kelly Offense has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At four different positions, Chip Kelly Offense picked up projected top-3 players (including Rob Gronkowski, Buffalo, and Stephen Gostkowski).

  • Big D

    Chip Kelly Offense elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Chip Kelly Offense has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Rob Gronkowski and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Jameis Winston, Chip Kelly Offense pounced on him at pick No. 152.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    ri-Gronk-ulous

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, no Tight End appeared on first-place rosters more often than Rob Gronkowski last year.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    The Man at Mile-High

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, just three WRs (Brown, Sanders, Maclin) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Thomas last year.

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 41
    How Rebellious of You

    Chip Kelly Offense said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first (Mark Ingram).

    • Keenan Allen, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 56
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Let's Do It For The Dinosaurs League overlooked a gem, and Chip Kelly Offense made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Keenan Allen.

    • Eli Manning, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 65
    Arm Cannon

    Eli Manning is one of the most dynamic NFL QBs. Projections have him ranking second in plays over 40 yards with 12 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.6.

Best Available

There are three positions that Chip Kelly Offense could look to improve, including RB and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Devonta Freeman
    • Rank 101, ADP 123
    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
    • Kenny Stills
    • Rank 123, ADP 128
    • Terrance Williams
    • Rank 125, ADP 125
  • 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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Chip Kelly Offense
1. (8) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (17) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (32) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
4. (41) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
5. (56) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
6. (65) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
7. (80) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
8. (89) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
9. (104) Todd Gurley (StL - RB)
10. (113) Eddie Royal (Chi - WR)
11. (128) Brandon LaFell (NE - WR)
12. (137) Owen Daniels (Den - TE)
13. (152) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
14. (161) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
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