Know Nothings Draft Report Card


Led by a Talented WR Corps, Know Nothings Expects to Factor Heavily Into Playoff Picture

Draft Summary

Picking ninth, Know Nothings put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected fifth-place finish in The FF League (8-6-0, 1,547 points). With this kind of investment in the WR position by Know Nothings, they can only hope this trio resembles "The Greatest Show on Turf." They used their first three picks to draft Dez Bryant in the first round (9th overall), Demaryius Thomas in the second (12th), and Mike Evans in the third (29th). If these players can play up to expectations, Know Nothings can have some success. They are the best group of WRs in the league.

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Week 6 might require some waiver-wire magic from Know Nothings, as their top two projected scorers (Russell Wilson and Joe Flacco) will be off that weekend. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Know Nothings.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    It's likely that in Week 9, Know Nothings will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Russell Wilson and Joe Flacco will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.

  • Strength in Numbers

    In order, the three best positions for Know Nothings are WR, DEF, and K.

  • Big D

    Know Nothings elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank 10th in the league.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of The FF League overlooked a gem, and Know Nothings made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Demaryius Thomas.

    • Mike Evans, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    164 More Reasons to Appreciate Mike Evans

    Evans ranks 10th in the The FF League among WRs with 164 projected fantasy points.

    • Russell Wilson, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Knowing When to Tuck it in and Run

    He won't get too flashy in the passing game, but the ability to create with his legs makes Wilson a legitimate threat to NFL defenses -- and to future fantasy opponents of Know Nothings.

    • Joseph Randle, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Joseph Randle, the weakest value of the round.

Best Available

Know Nothings has three positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with RB being the most immediate need.

    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
    • Duke Johnson Jr.
    • Rank 115, ADP 125
    • Bishop Sankey
    • Rank 129, ADP 125
    • Alfred Blue
    • Rank 136, ADP 116
  • 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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Know Nothings
1. (9) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (12) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (29) Mike Evans (TB - WR)
4. (32) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
5. (49) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
6. (52) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
7. (69) Chris Ivory (NYJ - RB)
8. (72) Buffalo (Buf - DEF)
9. (89) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
10. (92) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
11. (109) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
12. (112) Shane Vereen (NYG - RB)
13. (129) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
14. (132) Joe Flacco (Bal - QB)
15. (149) San Francisco (SF - DEF)
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