Green Gobblins Draft Report Card

B+
Grade

Led by a Talented WR Corps, Green Gobblins Has Legit Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

Picking late (ninth overall), Green Gobblins 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 Yahoo Public 50601 with a record of 8-6-0 (1,569 points). They honed in on wide receivers early, using their top three selections to snag Dez Bryant (9th overall), Demaryius Thomas (12th), and Randall Cobb (29th). These guys could be the key to the season for Green Gobblins, as they are the highest-scoring group of WRs in the league.

Schedule

While Week 4 has the most players on bye for Green Gobblins (three), Week 6 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the toughest slate. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, Green Gobblins also has the league's second-toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for Green Gobblins, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Randall Cobb) and fourth-ranked (Steve Smith Sr.) wideouts.

  • QB Controversy?

    Green Gobblins may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Tony Romo) and second-drafted QB (Eli Manning) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

  • Team of Champions?

    Green Gobblins 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: Demaryius Thomas, Randall Cobb, and Justin Forsett.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Green Gobblins chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Green Gobblins drafted one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Eli Manning. Among NFL QBs, he's projected to rank second in plays over 40 yards with 12 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.6.

  • Earning His Keep

    According to projections, Eli Manning should finish ranked sixth in the league in passing TDs (29.2) and second in passing yards (4,700).

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 87 projected catches rank ninth in the league.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    The Man at Mile-High

    With Eric Decker out of the mix, Thomas received a league-high 184 targets last season. Expect more from Peyton's favorite weapon in 2015.

    • Randall Cobb, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of Yahoo Public 50601 League overlooked a gem, and Green Gobblins made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Randall Cobb.

    • Justin Forsett, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    How Rebellious of You

    Green Gobblins said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first (Justin Forsett).

    • Travis Kelce, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 52
    A Big, Strong Threat

    Travis Kelce ranks fifth in the Yahoo Public 50601 League among TEs with 109 projected fantasy points. If the pundits are wrong and he places outside the top-10, Green Gobblins could be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

Best Available

If Green Gobblins has a desire to make a roster move, DEF and RB are areas of need.

    • Carolina Defense
    • Rank 224, ADP 130
    • Indianapolis Defense
    • Rank 225, ADP 139
    • Ameer Abdullah
    • Rank 68, ADP 112
    • Isaiah Crowell
    • Rank 91, ADP 107
  • 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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Green Gobblins
1. (9) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (12) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (29) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
4. (32) Justin Forsett (Bal - RB)
5. (49) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
6. (52) Travis Kelce (KC - TE)
7. (69) Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
8. (72) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
9. (89) New England (NE - DEF)
10. (92) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
11. (109) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
12. (112) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
13. (129) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
14. (132) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
15. (149) San Francisco (SF - DEF)

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