Cowboys Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Projected to Finish Seventh, alice's Dandy Team Is of the Average Variety

Draft Summary

Andy Dufresne once said that "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Sadly, hope might be the only thing that alice's Dandy Team can cling to as their playoff aspirations are dwindling quickly. They picked ninth overall in Yahoo Public 391789 League and are forecasted to finish seventh with a record of 5-9-0 (1,507 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Teddy Bridgewater (49th overall), RB Matt Forte (12th), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (9th), and TE Jimmy Graham (29th) within the first five rounds. They have one of the lowest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they have Beckham Jr., Eric Decker, DeSean Jackson, and Kendall Wright for their rotation.

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Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, alice's Dandy Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the least challenging slates. Along with the third-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for alice's Dandy Team.

Draft Notes

  • Positional Fortitude

    alice's Dandy Team has four positions that are better than league average. While DEF, RB, and K are projected to be good, TE is the strongest on alice's Dandy Team.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At three different positions, alice's Dandy Team picked up projected top-two players (Stephen Gostkowski, Buffalo, and Jimmy Graham).

  • May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

    alice's Dandy Team might need to consult a fortune teller each week. Their top-drafted QB (Teddy Bridgewater) and second-drafted QB (Matthew Stafford) have similar seasonal point projections.

  • I Keep Getting Older

    And they stay the same age. alice's Dandy Team isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.8 years of NFL experience.

  • Fantasy FĂștbol

    This is the American version, folks. alice's Dandy Team elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    alice's Dandy Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

Player Analysis

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    The Definition of Explosive

    Following New York's Bye in Week 8, Beckham torched the NFL for 81 catches, 1,199 yards and nine touchdowns (on 115 total targets).

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Feed Thy Beast

    Matt Forte will get the ball early and often, projected to finish fifth in the league with 317 touches.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Will His Production Drop-Off?

    alice's Dandy Team sure hopes not. Though he might not put up Saints-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Rarely Seen in the Wild

    With 1,189 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.

    • T. Bridgewater, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Like Face Wash for Teenagers

    alice's Dandy Team was proactive about grabbing a QB. They reached for Teddy Bridgewater at pick number 49 even though his ADP is only 121.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

If alice's Dandy Team has a desire to make a roster move, QB and WR are areas of need.

    • Robert Griffin III
    • Rank 126, ADP 127
    • Jameis Winston
    • Rank 150, ADP 121
    • Kenny Stills
    • Rank 113, ADP 129
    • Davante Adams
    • Rank 119, ADP 126
  • 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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Cowboys
1. (9) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
2. (12) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
3. (29) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
4. (32) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
5. (49) Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB)
6. (52) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
7. (69) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
8. (72) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
9. (89) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
10. (92) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
11. (109) Bishop Sankey (Ten - RB)
12. (112) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
13. (129) Josh Hill (NO - TE)
14. (132) Minnesota (Min - DEF)
15. (149) Caleb Sturgis (Phi - K)
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