Rick Ross Draft Report Card


Loaded With Packers, Rick Ross Has the Studs to Reach Playoffs

Draft Summary

Rick Ross took a high draft pick and turned it into a playoff-caliber squad with a projected record of 7-6-0 (2,628). They should be able to roll through most of Dallas Premier Football League on their way to a projected fifth-place finish. They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Eddie Lacy (first round), LeSean McCoy (second round), and Ameer Abdullah (fifth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Rick Ross will benefit. They are the best group of RBs in the league.

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Rick Ross should use Week 7 to consider life's great mysteries, like why there's only one word for thesaurus. That's still time better spent 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 challenging slates. Along with having the second-most demanding overall schedule, Rick Ross also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Choosing the Cheeseheads

    The fantasy hopes of Rick Ross will rest heavily on the fortunes of Green Bay, as they loaded up with four Packers on their roster.

  • Asset Management

    Rick Ross is loaded at RB and QB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in Dallas Premier Football League?

  • Risk Averse

    Rick Ross minimized risk by choosing nine consistent players among their 17 picks.

  • Tough to Defend This One

    Does Rick Ross get the reason behind drafting a back-up defense? In Week 7, both Green Bay and Denver will be on bye.

  • Good to Have Balance, Right?

    While the bottom half of the Rick Ross roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 3), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).

  • Big D

    Rick Ross elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 329 touches, Eddie Lacy is projected to rank third in the NFL in that category. How touching, Rick Ross.

    • LeSean McCoy, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    Old Fashioned

    Rick Ross stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Eddie Lacy and LeSean McCoy before targeting other positions.

    • Mike Evans, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    On a Scale of 1 to America

    How free will Mike Evans be in the secondary? He's projected to rack up 1,246 receiving yards this year.

    • Davante Adams, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 44
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Davante Adams with the 44th pick, even though his ADP is only 84 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 53
    It Was a Learning Experience

    Hey, remember that time Rick Ross took Ameer Abdullah WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Abdullah was the weakest value pick of the round.

Best Available

While Rick Ross is projected to have three subpar positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Charles Clay
    • Rank 171, ADP 127
    • Benjamin Watson
    • Rank 173, ADP 123
    • Coby Fleener
    • Rank 174, ADP 123
    • Heath Miller
    • Rank 195, ADP 124
  • 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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Rick Ross
1. (5) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (20) LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
3. (29) Mike Evans (TB - WR)
4. (44) Davante Adams (GB - WR)
5. (53) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
6. (68) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
7. (77) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
8. (92) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
9. (101) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
10. (116) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
11. (125) Michael Floyd (Ari - WR)
12. (140) Green Bay (GB - DEF)
13. (149) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
14. (164) Chimdi Chekwa (Oak - CB)
15. (173) Denver (Den - DEF)
16. (188) Paul Posluszny (Jax - LB)
17. (197) Josh Hill (NO - TE)
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