Stampede Blue League 8 (ID# 604079)

In the Nicks of Time Draft Report Card

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Grade

Led by a Talented WR Corps, In the Nicks of Time Finishes the Draft as Paper Champions

Draft Summary

A late round draft pick would fluster the novice fantasy football manager, but this was obviously not the first rodeo for In the Nicks of Time. They were able to flip the ninth overall pick into an expected finish of first place with a record of 10-3-0 (1,614 points). If they have a bad season, it won't be due to a lack of wide receivers, as they used three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Demaryius Thomas (first round), Brandon Marshall (second round), and T.Y. Hilton (fourth round). If these players can play up to expectations, In the Nicks of Time can have some success. They are the most prolific group of WRs in the league.

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

Schedule

Ever wonder what exactly was inside the brief case in Pulp Fiction? In the Nicks of Time should use Week 9 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a harder-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for In the Nicks of Time.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for In the Nicks of Time, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (T.Y. Hilton) and fourth-ranked (Anquan Boldin) wideouts.

  • San Francisco 49ers Fan?

    In the Nicks of Time reached twice to draft a San Francisco 49ers player.

  • Close to the Vest

    In the Nicks of Time was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 16 picks.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    In the Nicks of Time chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    In the Nicks of Time has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Demaryius Thomas and Zac Stacy) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Digging Deep

    Kenbrell Thompkins is owned in only 1% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward In the Nicks of Time for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

    Demaryius Thomas is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 106 projected catches rank second in the league.

    • B. Marshall, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    When the Ball's in the Air

    Brandon Marshall just wants it more. He's projected to find the end zone 10.5 times, good enough to rank fourth in the NFL in receiving TDs. Marshall is also projected to amass 1,279 receiving yards this year (fifth in the league).

    • Zac Stacy, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 33
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of Stampede Blue League 8 League overlooked a gem, and In the Nicks of Time made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Zac Stacy.

    • T.Y. Hilton, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    Rethinking That One

    T.Y. Hilton went with the 40th pick, even though he's projected to fall outside of the top-20 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (28th) and receiving yards (27th) with 6.1 and 991 respectively.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 57
    Paydirt Found

    Frank Gore is expected to finish seventh in the NFL in rushing TDs with 8.6.

Best Available

There are four positions that In the Nicks of Time could look to improve, including TE and DEF, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Owen Daniels
    • Rank 182, ADP 123
    • Jermichael Finley
    • Rank 186, ADP 120
    • Dallas Defanse
    • Rank 276, ADP 121
    • Cleveland Defanse
    • Rank 289, ADP 126
  • 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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In the Nicks of Time
1. (9) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
2. (16) Brandon Marshall (Chi - WR)
3. (33) Zac Stacy (StL - RB)
4. (40) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
5. (57) Frank Gore (SF - RB)
6. (64) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
7. (81) Maurice Jones-Drew (Oak - RB)
8. (88) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
9. (105) Martellus Bennett (Chi - TE)
10. (112) Denver (Den - DEF)
11. (129) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
12. (136) Anquan Boldin (SF - WR)
13. (153) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
14. (160) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
15. (177) Houston (Hou - DEF)
16. (184) Kenbrell Thompkins (Oak - WR)
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