Gridiron Grinders Draft Report Card

B-
Grade

After Some Early Gambles, Gridiron Grinders Is Going to Have a Rough Season

Draft Summary

It's not everyday you see this type of draft performance. Gridiron Grinders took the second overall pick and turned it into what experts would describe as a "mediocre, if not disappointing," draft. They are projected to finish with a record of 5-9-0, good enough for a "book-a-weekend-getaway-during-the-playoffs," 10th, in stanly docs League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (2nd overall), RBs Frank Gore (23rd) and Latavius Murray (26th), and WRs Golden Tate (47th) and Nelson Agholor (50th). They have the top TE combo in the league, as they have Rob Gronkowski and Richard Rodgers.

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Schedule

Gridiron Grinders might as well plan a vacation for Week 10. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the most difficult slate. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, Gridiron Grinders also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Captain Obvious

    Selecting starting RBs should be a simple task most weeks for Gridiron Grinders, as the projected point difference between their second-ranked (Latavius Murray) and third-ranked (Danny Woodhead) RBs is significant.

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Gridiron Grinders may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • TE or Bust

    TE is the only above-average position group for Gridiron Grinders.

  • The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

    It seems like Gridiron Grinders likes to gamble -- they rolled the dice on six "high-risk" picks.

  • Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    Gridiron Grinders is a believer in the hopes of the Carolina Panthers this year, grabbing a pair of players on that squad earlier than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Super Sleepers

    Richard Rodgers and Mike Tolbert are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Gridiron Grinders.

Player Analysis

    • Aaron Rodgers, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Amazing Aaron

    Though he attempted 32.5 passes per game (just 22nd in the league), Rodgers threw for the seventh-most yards (4,381) and third-most TDs (38) last season. A whopping 33 QBs tossed more interceptions than Rodgers' five.

    • Nelson Agholor, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Nelson Agholor with the 50th pick, even though his ADP is only 100.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 7, Pick 74
    Biggest Steal

    Gridiron Grinders may have found a gem in the seventh round, grabbing Rob Gronkowski (74th overall pick vs. ADP of 8.5).

Best Available

With five below-average positions on Gridiron Grinders, WR and RB are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Brandon LaFell
    • Rank 109, ADP 110
    • DeVante Parker
    • Rank 127, ADP 127
    • Tevin Coleman
    • Rank 94, ADP 107
    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
  • 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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Gridiron Grinders
1. (2) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
2. (23) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
3. (26) Latavius Murray (Oak - RB)
4. (47) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
5. (50) Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR)
6. (71) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)
7. (74) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
8. (95) Graham Gano (Car - K)
9. (98) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
10. (119) Anquan Boldin (SF - WR)
11. (122) Stevie Johnson (SD - WR)
12. (143) Danny Woodhead (SD - RB)
13. (146) Richard Rodgers (GB - TE)
14. (167) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
15. (170) Mike Tolbert (Car - RB)
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