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    Detroit Lions Draft Report Card

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    Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Detroit Lions Is the Best Team Period

    Draft Summary

    Corresponding with a solid draft slot (third overall), Detroit Lions had a stellar showing. With a mark of 12-2-0 (1,621 points), they're projected to finish first in BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League. They got aggressive about drafting running backs early, snagging Jamaal Charles (3rd overall), Doug Martin (18th), and Arian Foster (23rd). These guys could be the key to the season for Detroit Lions, as they are the most prolific group of RBs in the league.

    With a draft like that, you might as well make it official. Nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Detroit Lions 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 five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the softest schedule. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Detroit Lions also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Assessing the Assets

      RB is the strongest position for Detroit Lions, though TE and DEF are also better than the league's average.

    • Great Idea, Poor Execution

      Detroit Lions will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 4, as their only TE (Julius Thomas) and only DEF (St. Louis) will both be idle that week.

    • Team of Champions

      Detroit Lions is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Jamaal Charles, Julius Thomas, and Matthew Stafford).

    • Was That Good for you, BadNewzKennels/Fantasy League! League?

      By racking up the most projected points in the league during both the first and second halves of the draft, Detroit Lions established itself as a fantasy contender.

    • No Back-Up No Cry

      Ignoring roster depth, Detroit Lions chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

    Player Analysis

      • Jamaal Charles, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 3
      2014 Could be More of the Same

      Owners who took a chance on Charles last season were rewarded handsomely, as he was owned on more playoff rosters across Yahoo! than any other RB.

      • Doug Martin, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 18
      Does Doug Martin Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Martin is projected to rank 10th in the league with 1,501 all-purpose yards.

      • Arian Foster, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 23
      Stolen In Broad Daylight

      Arian Foster was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

      • Julius Thomas, TE
      • Round 4, Pick 38
      A Sizable Target in the Red Zone

      With 7.9 projected TD catches, Julius Thomas ranks third in the NFL among TEs in that category.

      • M. Stafford, QB
      • Round 6, Pick 58
      Biggest Steal

      If other Yahoo! users are right, Detroit Lions got a steal in the sixth round, when they selected Matthew Stafford (58th overall pick vs. ADP of 47.8).

    Best Available

    Detroit Lions has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including WR and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

      • Dwayne Bowe
      • Rank 114, ADP 118
      • Hakeem Nicks
      • Rank 117, ADP 124
      • Ben Roethlisberger
      • Rank 94, ADP 116
      • Andy Dalton
      • Rank 121, ADP 123
    • 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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    Detroit Lions
    1. (3) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
    2. (18) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
    3. (23) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
    4. (38) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
    5. (43) Andre Johnson (Hou - WR)
    6. (58) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
    7. (63) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
    8. (78) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
    9. (83) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    10. (98) Justin Hunter (Ten - WR)
    11. (103) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
    12. (118) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
    13. (123) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
    14. (138) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
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