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    Vanilla Gorillas Draft Report Card


    Despite a Set of Beast RBs, Vanilla Gorillas Needs Upgrades

    Draft Summary

    While Vanilla Gorillas is no world-beater, this is a team that could potentially reach the playoffs if some things go their way. Picking seventh overall, Vanilla Gorillas is projected to land in seventh place in Kick Rocks League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,507 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Matt Ryan (42nd overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (7th) and Marshawn Lynch (18th), and WRs Wes Welker (31st) and T.Y. Hilton (55th). They put together the worst QB tandem in the league, as they have Ryan and Brian Hoyer on the roster.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??

    Keeper Summary

    Vanilla Gorillas decided to disregard their only keeper spot, instead leaving their fantasy fate solely in the hands of the draft.


    While Week 4 has the most players on bye for Vanilla Gorillas (six), Week 9 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. Looking at the entire season, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Although they have the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Vanilla Gorillas actually has the second-toughest first four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • RB or Bust

      Unfortunately, RB is the only strong position on Vanilla Gorillas. Fortunately, there's always next year.

    • Nearly There

      The top half of the Vanilla Gorillas roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 11).

    • My One and Only

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

    • A Stretch of the Imagination

      Grabbing Brian Hoyer at pick 175 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Hoyer is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Player Analysis

      • A. Peterson, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 7
      Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank sixth in the league with 1,641 total yards.

      • Marshawn Lynch, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 18
      Old Fashioned

      Vanilla Gorillas stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch before targeting other positions.

      • Matt Ryan, QB
      • Round 4, Pick 42
      Vanilla Gorillas's Stud Signal-Caller

      Matt Ryan is projected to rack up 584 points this year, enough to rank fourth among all QBs.

      • T.Y. Hilton, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 55
      Rethinking That One

      T.Y. Hilton went with the 55th pick, even though he's projected to fall outside of the top-20 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (28th) and receiving yards (27th) with 6.1 and 991 respectively.

      • Joique Bell, RB
      • Round 6, Pick 66
      Was the 66th Pick the Right Time for Joique Bell?

      Vanilla Gorillas apparently believes it is. The Lions' running back is projected to get 144 points this year, after putting up 164 last year.

    Best Available

    Vanilla Gorillas has five positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with QB being the most immediate need.

      • Johnny Manziel
      • Rank 136, ADP 129
      • Carson Palmer
      • Rank 138, ADP 137
      • Josh McCown
      • Rank 145, ADP 133
      • Ryan Tannehill
      • Rank 147, ADP 134
    • 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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    Vanilla Gorillas
    1. (7) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
    2. (18) Marshawn Lynch (Sea - RB)
    3. (31) Wes Welker (Den - WR)
    4. (42) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
    5. (55) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
    6. (66) Joique Bell (Det - RB)
    7. (79) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
    8. (90) Andrew Hawkins (Cle - WR)
    9. (103) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
    10. (114) Terrance West (Cle - RB)
    11. (127) Robbie Gould (Chi - K)
    12. (138) Markus Wheaton (Pit - WR)
    13. (151) Justin Hunter (Ten - WR)
    14. (162) Riley Cooper (Phi - WR)
    15. (175) Brian Hoyer (Cle - QB)
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