Nick's not Nice Team Draft Report Card


Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Nick's Nice Team Won't Go Down Easily

Draft Summary

Picking late (fifth overall), Nick's Nice Team did what they could with what they were given. While this team isn't a juggernaut by any means, it's a team capable of reaching the playoffs if the chips fall their way. They are expected to finish fourth in SAM Squad with a record of 7-6-0 (2,035 points). They made a bold roster decision by choosing to wait until the sixth round to grab their first RB. They scooped up Frank Gore with the 44th overall pick. They ended up with the bottom QB combo in the league, as they added Peyton Manning and Alex Smith.

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Week 9 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Nick's Nice Team should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just anything that isn't fantasy football. It might not be pretty. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Nick's Nice Team also has the toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Nick's Nice Team might require waiver wire help in Week 9, as their No. 1- (Calvin Johnson), No. 2- (DeAndre Hopkins) and No. 4-ranked (John Brown) WRs will all be idle that week.

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    Nick's Nice Team will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (DeSean Jackson), fourth- (John Brown), and fifth-ranked (Larry Fitzgerald) wideouts.

  • Highlight Reel

    Nick's Nice Team is loaded at TE, but RB isn't too shabby, either.

  • Nick's Nice Team will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Dan Carpenter) and only DEF (Philadelphia) will both be on bye that week.

  • Get Off My Lawn

    With an average of 8.5 years of NFL experience, Nick's Nice Team is the oldest and by default, least exciting team in the league.

  • Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up

    Nick's Nice Team got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    And It Wasn't Even Close

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, no Tight End appeared more often on first-place rosters than Gronk last year.

    • Calvin Johnson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Nick's Nice Team to encourage the SAM Squad League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Calvin Johnson and his 89 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).

    • Peyton Manning, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 21
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Peyton Manning is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish second in the NFL in passing TDs and fourth in passing yards.

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 37
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Tom Brady, the weakest value of the round.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 44
    Biggest Steal

    Nick's Nice Team may have found a gem in the sixth round, grabbing Frank Gore (44th overall pick vs. ADP of 32.1).

Best Available

Nick's Nice Team has four positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including K and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Matt Bryant
    • Rank 216, ADP 129
    • Randy Bullock
    • Rank 225, ADP 146
    • Pierre Garcon
    • Rank 87, ADP 114
    • Roddy White
    • Rank 88, ADP 84
  • 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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Nick's not Nice Team
1. (5) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (12) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
3. (21) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
4. (28) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
5. (37) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
6. (44) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
7. (53) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
8. (60) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
9. (69) Alex Smith (KC - QB)
10. (76) Philadelphia (Phi - DEF)
11. (85) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
12. (92) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
13. (101) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
14. (108) Charles Johnson (Min - WR)
15. (117) John Brown (Ari - WR)
16. (124) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
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