Crushed Hopes (Season 4) (ID# 41917)

Patagonia Panthers Draft Report Card

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Despite Some Early Steals, Patagonia Panthers Isn't Going to Win Much

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, Patagonia Panthers, he isn't going to say that about your team either. Because that would be a lie. Patagonia Panthers is expected to finish 11th in Crushed Hopes (Season 4) League with a record of 3-10-0 (2,759 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Tom Brady (68th overall), RB Montee Ball (12th), WR Brandon Marshall (17th), and TE Julius Thomas (40th) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the bottom groups of RBs in the league, as they added Ball, Ray Rice, Ronnie Hillman, and Christine Michael.

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.

Worst Position

While Patagonia Panthers is projected to have three subpar positions, RB is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.

Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Patagonia Panthers has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the most challenging slates. Along with the second-most demanding overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Patagonia Panthers.

Draft Notes

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

    Patagonia Panthers must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 4, both Julius Thomas and Tyler Eifert will be on bye.

  • Best Days are Behind Them?

    With eight players projected to score significantly fewer points this season, Patagonia Panthers will be hoping the experts are wrong.

  • The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

    It appears that Patagonia Panthers enjoys gambling, as they took chances on 17 "high-risk" picks.

  • Golden Handcuff

    Patagonia Panthers hedged their bets by scooping up Ronnie Hillman in the 29th round to back up Montee Ball, his Broncos teammate (a first-round selection).

  • Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up

    Patagonia Panthers got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • The Sleepy Trio

    Patagonia Panthers selected three late-round sleepers (Jordan Matthews, Christine Michael, and Ronnie Hillman).

Player Analysis

    • Montee Ball, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 12
    Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme

    Get on up, it's Montee Ball time! He's predicted to run cool this season with 354 projected points.

    • B. Marshall, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Patagonia Panthers to encourage the Crushed Hopes (Season 4) League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Brandon Marshall and his 94 projected catches (ranked fifth in the NFL).

    • Julius Thomas, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 40
    Count the Rings

    Death, taxes, and Julius Thomas leading fantasy teams to the championships. After he finished among the top-20 players who were on the most first-place fantasy teams, Patagonia Panthers is hopping on the bandwagon.

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 68
    Is Tom Brady Religious?

    With 378 projected points, Patagonia Panthers will be hoping Brady is the answer to their prayers.

    • Ray Rice, RB
    • Round 7, Pick 96
    Was the 96th Pick the Right Time for Ray Rice?

    Patagonia Panthers apparently believes it is. The Ravens' running back is projected to earn 269 points this year, after putting up 256 last year.

  • 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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Patagonia Panthers
1. (12) Montee Ball (Den - RB)
2. (17) Brandon Marshall (Chi - WR)
3. (40) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
4. (45) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
5. (68) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
6. (73) Jeremy Maclin (Phi - WR)
7. (96) Ray Rice (Bal - RB)
8. (101) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
9. (124) Justin Hunter (Ten - WR)
10. (129) Dontae Johnson (SF - CB)
11. (152) Carolina (Car - DEF)
12. (157) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
13. (180) Marcus Sherels (Min - CB)
14. (185) Chimdi Chekwa (Oak - CB)
15. (208) Adam Jones (Cin - CB)
16. (213) Nick Bellore (NYJ - LB)
17. (236) Jason Williams (Car - LB)
18. (241) Derrick Morgan (Ten - LB,DE)
19. (264) Larry English (TB - LB,DE)
20. (269) O'Brien Schofield (Sea - LB,DE)
21. (292) Dontay Moch (Ten - LB,DE)
22. (297) Tracy Robertson (Chi - DT,DE)
23. (320) Keith Smith (Dal - LB,S)
24. (325) Micah Pellerin (Dal - S,CB)
25. (348) Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR)
26. (353) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
27. (376) Christine Michael (Sea - RB)
28. (381) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
29. (404) Ronnie Hillman (Den - RB)
30. (409) Andre Holmes (Oak - WR)
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