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  • LVFF 14 (ID# 42559)

    Newcastle Browns Draft Report Card

    B+
    Grade

    Led by a Quality Group of RBs, Newcastle Browns Has an Absolutely Dirty Roster

    Draft Summary

    Ahh, the feeling of victory. While Newcastle Browns shouldn't start popping bottles just yet, a self-pat on the back is definitely warranted. After landing the first pick in the draft they built a roster that is projected to finish first in LVFF 14 League with a record of 11-3-0 (2,475 points). With their first five picks, Newcastle Browns aimed for balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (17th overall), RBs LeSean McCoy (1st) and DeMarco Murray (16th), and WRs Randall Cobb (32nd) and Vincent Jackson (33rd). They have a legit group of WRs, as they have Cordarrelle Patterson, Cobb, Jackson, and Kendall Wright for their rotation.

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

    Schedule

    Week 7 might require some additional effort if they hope to win, as their top two projected scorers (Drew Brees and Kansas City) will be relaxing at home that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a harder-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Newcastle Browns.

    Draft Notes

    • Positional Fortitude

      Newcastle Browns has five stronger-than-average positions with RB and QB projected to lead the way.

    • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

      With seven "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Newcastle Browns is looking for dependable help.

    • Team of Champions?

      Newcastle Browns is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, and Drew Brees.

    • Taking a Chance

      With their ninth-round pick, Newcastle Browns threw caution to the wind. They took Matt Prater at pick number 65 despite an ADP of 79.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • 223 Excuses to Cheer for Cordarrelle Patterson

      Patterson ranks seventh in the LVFF 14 League among wideouts with 223 projected fantasy points.

    • Returning to Greatness

      If special teams contributions count in LVFF 14 League, Newcastle Browns may have found a gem in Cordarrelle Patterson. Including his 863 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 1,865 all-purpose yards.

    Player Analysis

      • LeSean McCoy, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 1
      Does LeSean McCoy Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. McCoy is projected to rank seventh in the league with 1,628 all-purpose yards.

      • DeMarco Murray, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 16
      Traditionalist

      Newcastle Browns stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray right off the bat.

      • Drew Brees, QB
      • Round 3, Pick 17
      Newcastle Browns's Stud Signal-Caller

      Drew Brees is projected to rack up 661 points this year, enough to rank second among all QBs.

      • Randall Cobb, WR
      • Round 4, Pick 32
      Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

      Randall Cobb is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank 10th in the league.

      • V. Jackson, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 33
      On a Scale of 1 to America

      How free will Vincent Jackson be in the secondary? He's projected to rack up 1,206 receiving yards this year.

    Best Available

    If Newcastle Browns is looking to make a roster move, TE is a position they could look to upgrade first.

      • Tyler Eifert
      • Rank 137, ADP 133
      • Delanie Walker
      • Rank 148, ADP 134
      • Heath Miller
      • Rank 160, ADP 134
      • Garrett Graham
      • Rank 163, ADP 137
    • 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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    Newcastle Browns
    1. (1) LeSean McCoy (Phi - RB)
    2. (16) DeMarco Murray (Dal - RB)
    3. (17) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
    4. (32) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
    5. (33) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
    6. (48) Michael Floyd (Ari - WR)
    7. (49) Jordan Cameron (Cle - TE)
    8. (64) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
    9. (65) Matt Prater (Det - K)
    10. (80) Joique Bell (Det - RB)
    11. (81) Cordarrelle Patterson (Min - WR)
    12. (96) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    13. (97) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
    14. (112) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
    15. (113) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
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