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    California Love Draft Report Card

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    In Spite of Some Early-Round Reaches, California Love Will be a Tough Team

    Draft Summary

    Thanks to a successful draft by the obviously skilled GM, California Love turned the not-so-favorable eighth overall pick into a projected finish of third. They're expected to go 9-4-0 (1,601 points) in Stampede Blue League 4 League. They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Tom Brady (56th overall), RB Montee Ball (17th), WR Calvin Johnson (8th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (32nd) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the best TE pairs in the league, as they added Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

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

    Schedule

    California Love should use Week 10 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, California Love also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

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

      In Week 10, both Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen will be on bye for California Love.

    • On the Rise

      California Love hopes to break through this season, led by seven players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.

    • Positional Fortitude

      California Love has four positions that are stronger than league average. While WR, K, and RB are projected to be good, TE is the best on California Love.

    • A Dominating Duo

      California Love has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • You Snooze, You Lose

      While the rest of the league slept on Marqise Lee, California Love pounced on him at pick No. 161.

    • California Love Went All YOLO Here

      Grabbing Marqise Lee at pick 161 was just a bit of a stretch. Lee is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

    Player Analysis

      • Calvin Johnson, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 8
      The Standard by Which All Others are Measured

      Often the lone wideout taken in the first round in 2013, Megatron lived up to the expectations and was owned on more playoff teams across Yahoo! than any other WR.

      • Montee Ball, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 17
      Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme

      Get on up, it's Montee Ball time! He's predicted to run cool this season with 238 projected points.

      • Rob Gronkowski, TE
      • Round 3, Pick 32
      Better Lucky Than Good?

      The rest of Stampede Blue League 4 League overlooked a gem, and California Love made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Rob Gronkowski.

      • Reggie Bush, RB
      • Round 4, Pick 41
      He Can Catch, Too

      Reggie Bush is a dual-threat back, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 513.

      • Tom Brady, QB
      • Round 5, Pick 56
      Is Tom Brady Religious?

      With 397 projected points, California Love will be hoping Brady is the answer to their prayers.

    Best Available

    QB and DEF are expected to be the weakest positions for California Love and a potential area of need.

      • Eli Manning
      • Rank 136, ADP 132
      • Carson Palmer
      • Rank 140, ADP 133
      • Chicago Defanse
      • Rank 208, ADP 122
      • Baltimore Defanse
      • Rank 233, ADP 143
    • 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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    California Love
    1. (8) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
    2. (17) Montee Ball (Den - RB)
    3. (32) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
    4. (41) Reggie Bush (Det - RB)
    5. (56) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
    6. (65) Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR)
    7. (80) Steven Jackson (Atl - RB)
    8. (89) Dwayne Bowe (KC - WR)
    9. (104) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
    10. (113) Darren McFadden (Oak - RB)
    11. (128) Greg Jennings (Min - WR)
    12. (137) Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind - RB)
    13. (152) Sam Bradford (StL - QB)
    14. (161) Marqise Lee (Jax - WR)
    15. (176) Tampa Bay (TB - DEF)
    16. (185) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
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