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  • Crushed Hopes (Season 4) (ID# 41917)

    Locomotive Draft Report Card

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    Grade

    Despite an Exciting Set of WRs, Locomotive Can Expect to Finish Last

    Draft Summary

    Jerry Rice once stated, "I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." Well guess what, Locomotive, he isn't going to say that about your team either. Because that would be a lie. Locomotive is expected to finish 14th in Crushed Hopes (Season 4) League with a record of 0-13-0 (2,511 points). They clearly wanted to put together a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on Demaryius Thomas (first round), Roddy White (third round), and Torrey Smith (fifth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Locomotive will benefit. They are one of the best groups of WRs in the league.

    Brutal draft. Still, you should nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame. That way, your players will have to live up to the pressure.

    Schedule

    While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Locomotive (six), Week 8 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the most challenging slate. In addition to having the most grueling overall schedule, Locomotive has the most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Maybe You Should Add Tony Gonzalez While You're At It

      In Week 12, both Greg Olsen and Heath Miller will be on bye for Locomotive.

    • A Talented Trio

      Locomotive has three positions on their roster that are stronger than the league's average (WR, TE, and QB).

    • QB Controversy?

      Locomotive may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Robert Griffin III) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

    • Great Idea, Poor Execution

      Locomotive will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Phil Dawson) and only DEF (San Francisco) will both be on bye that week.

    • Show Some ID

      Locomotive isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.4 years of NFL experience.

    • Risky Business

      It appears that Locomotive likes to gamble, as they took chances on 14 volatile selections.

    Player Analysis

      • D. Thomas, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 11
      268 Excuses to Cheer for Demaryius Thomas

      Thomas ranks sixth in the Crushed Hopes (Season 4) League among wideouts with 268 projected fantasy points.

      • DeMarco Murray, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 18
      Is His Jersey Made of Honey?

      Because the projections for DeMarco Murray are sweet. He's projected to be the 10th-best RB in the league this season.

      • Cam Newton, QB
      • Round 6, Pick 74
      Dual-Threat Dynamo

      Cam Newton can deliver fantasy glory to Locomotive with his arm and his legs. Newton has 592 projected rushing yards, and ranks second among QBs in that category.

      • Lamar Miller, RB
      • Round 7, Pick 95
      Milk Was a Bad Choice

      And so was drafting Lamar Miller, the weakest value of the round.

      • Greg Olsen, TE
      • Round 8, Pick 102
      A Big, Strong Threat

      Greg Olsen ranks fifth in the Crushed Hopes (Season 4) League among TEs with 165 projected fantasy points. If the pundits are wrong and he places outside the top-10, Locomotive could be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

    Best Available

    Locomotive has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including DEF and K, which look like the biggest areas of need.

      • Denver Defense
      • Rank 215, ADP 103
      • Chicago Defense
      • Rank 217, ADP 123
      • Jay Feely
      • Rank 230, ADP 142
      • Shaun Suisham
      • Rank 238, ADP 146
    • 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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    Locomotive
    1. (11) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
    2. (18) DeMarco Murray (Dal - RB)
    3. (39) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
    4. (46) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
    5. (67) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    6. (74) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
    7. (95) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
    8. (102) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
    9. (123) Rueben Randle (NYG - WR)
    10. (130) San Francisco (SF - DEF)
    11. (151) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
    12. (158) Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)
    13. (179) Markus Wheaton (Pit - WR)
    14. (186) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
    15. (207) Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind - RB)
    16. (214) Brian Hartline (Mia - WR)
    17. (235) M.D. Jennings (Chi - S)
    18. (242) Terence Garvin (Pit - LB)
    19. (263) Zaviar Gooden (Ten - LB)
    20. (270) Mike Neal (GB - LB,DE)
    21. (291) Chase Vaughn (Den - LB,DE)
    22. (298) Rufus Johnson Jr. (NO - LB,DE)
    23. (319) Vaughn Martin (Det - DE)
    24. (326) Khyri Thornton (GB - DT,DE)
    25. (347) Keith Lewis (NYJ - CB)
    26. (354) Brian Dixon (NO - CB)
    27. (375) Junior Mertile (Hou - CB)
    28. (382) Jansen Watson (Oak - CB)
    29. (403) Eric Pinkins (Sea - S,CB)
    30. (410) Donald Brown (SD - RB)
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