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Led by an Elite Group of RBs, Daniel's Team Is a Beast in the Draft Room

Draft Summary

Ahh, the feeling of victory. While Daniel's Team shouldn't start popping bottles just yet, a self-pat on the back is definitely warranted. After landing the first pick in the draft they built a roster that is projected to finish first in L O B League with a record of 11-3-0 (2,184 points). With six WRs on the roster, Daniel's Team has a quality group of receivers; their WRs are projected to average 219 points this season, near the league average of 220. They ended up with the best group of RBs in the league, as they have Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, and Joseph Randle 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.

Schedule

Daniel's Team should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have the least challenging schedule. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Daniel's Team also has the second-softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • QB Controversy?

    The coach of Daniel's Team might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Russell Wilson) and second-drafted QB (Tony Romo) have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • Close to the Vest

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

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Daniel's Team has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Emmanuel Sanders and Arian Foster) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Better Late Than Never

    Daniel's Team finished on a high note, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Biggest Steal

    If other Yahoo! users are right, Daniel's Team got a steal in the 10th round, when they selected Tony Romo (80th overall pick vs. ADP of 53.9).

  • Daniel's Team's Stud Signal-Caller

    Tony Romo is projected to rack up 386 points this year, enough to rank fifth among all QBs.

Player Analysis

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Feed The Beast

    Over here we have a rarity in the wild named Adrian Peterson. Projected to get a league-leading 333 touches, he feasts on feeble defenses.

    • LeSean McCoy, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Old Fashioned

    Daniel's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy before targeting other positions.

    • E. Sanders, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 17
    Denver Dynamite

    A bargain at his ADP last season, Sanders was one of just four WRs to notch 100 receptions in 2014. Only one other WR (Antonio Brown) appeared more often on championship rosters across Yahoo! last season.

    • Jason Witten, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    A Big Target in the Red Zone

    With 6.3 projected TD catches, Jason Witten ranks third in the NFL among TEs in that category.

    • Julian Edelman, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 33
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Daniel's Team to encourage the L O B League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Julian Edelman and his 93 projected catches (ranked sixth in the NFL).

Best Available

While Daniel's Team is expected to be weak across three positions, TE is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.

    • Owen Daniels
    • Rank 122, ADP 112
    • Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    • Rank 126, ADP 134
    • Vernon Davis
    • Rank 132, ADP 128
    • Jordan Reed
    • Rank 133, ADP 136
  • 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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First And Long
1. (1) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
2. (16) LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
3. (17) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
4. (32) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
5. (33) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
6. (48) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
7. (49) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
8. (64) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
9. (65) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
10. (80) Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
11. (81) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
12. (96) Eric Weddle (SD - S)
13. (97) Connor Barth (TB - K)
14. (112) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
15. (113) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
16. (128) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
17. (129) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
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