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    Falcons Draft Report Card


    With a Projected Finish of 10th, Falcons Should Have Done Their Homework

    Draft Summary

    Just like the Chargers Ryan Leaf selection, the GM of Falcons made some troubling decisions with their top draft slot. They're projected to finish 10th in Yahoo Public 56212 League with a record of 0-14-0 (1,259). With five WRs on the roster, Falcons might have more quantity than quality at that spot; their WRs are projected to average 131 points this season, fewer than the league average of 142. They put together one of the worst groups of WRs in the league, as they have Torrey Smith, Vincent Jackson, T.Y. Hilton, and Marvin Jones on their team.

    Stupid autodraft! Right? Since you can’t be blamed for that draft, go ahead and nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.


    Falcons should use Week 4 to consider life's great mysteries, like why Greenland is ice and Iceland is green? It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult schedules. Along with the second-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Falcons.

    Draft Notes

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

      In Week 4, both Julius Thomas and Tyler Eifert will be on bye for Falcons.

    • QB Controversy?

      The coach of Falcons might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Jay Cutler) have very similar seasonal point projections.

    • I Keep Getting Older

      And they stay the same age. Falcons isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.5 years of NFL experience.

    • Single-Bar Facemasks

      Falcons knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

    • Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up

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

    • Team of Champions

      Falcons is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Zac Stacy, Julius Thomas, and Knowshon Moreno).

    Player Analysis

      • Marshawn Lynch, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 6
      Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme

      Get on up, it's Marshawn Lynch time! He's predicted to run cool this season with 203 projected points.

      • Zac Stacy, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 15
      Old Fashioned

      Falcons stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Marshawn Lynch and Zac Stacy before targeting other positions.

      • Julius Thomas, TE
      • Round 3, Pick 26
      The Tightest of Ends

      Julius Thomas is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (second with 8.3) and receiving yards (fourth with 868).

      • Cam Newton, QB
      • Round 6, Pick 55
      Dual-Threat Dynamo

      Cam Newton can deliver fantasy glory to Falcons with his arm and his legs. Newton has 606 projected rushing yards, and ranks second among QBs in that category.

      • Torrey Smith, WR
      • Round 7, Pick 66
      Was Torrey Smith the Best Choice at a Pick at No. 66?

      Falcons apparently thinks so. The Ravens' wideout is projected to get 145 points this year, nearly identical to his total last year.

    Best Available

    Falcons has four positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with DEF being the most immediate need.

      • Indianapolis Defanse
      • Rank 227, ADP 144
      • Baltimore Defanse
      • Rank 239, ADP 138
      • Tampa Bay Defanse
      • Rank 243, ADP 133
      • New York Defanse
      • Rank 244, ADP 122
    • 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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    1. (6) Marshawn Lynch (Sea - RB)
    2. (15) Zac Stacy (StL - RB)
    3. (26) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
    4. (35) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
    5. (46) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
    6. (55) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
    7. (66) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    8. (75) Houston (Hou - DEF)
    9. (86) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    10. (95) Knowshon Moreno (Mia - RB)
    11. (106) Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
    12. (115) Marvin Jones (Cin - WR)
    13. (126) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
    14. (135) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
    15. (146) Blair Walsh (Min - K)
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