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    America's Team Draft Report Card

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    Projected to Finish Second, America's Team Is Loaded with Studs Everywhere

    Draft Summary

    Watch out for America's Team. Taking advantage of a solid draft spot (fifth overall), they built a team poised to do some damage in Turf Madness League. America's Team is expected to finish second with a record of 10-3-0 (1,514 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Drew Brees (16th overall), RB Adrian Peterson (5th), WR Alshon Jeffery (25th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (36th) within the first five rounds. They ended up with one of the most prolific TE combos in the league, as they have Gronkowski and Zach Ertz on their team.

    With a draft like that, you might as well make it official. Nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Week 9 would be a good opportunity for America's Team to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for America's Team.

    Draft Notes

    • Carrying the Load

      America's Team has a trio of above-average positions leading the way (TE, RB, and QB).

    • Team of Champions

      America's Team 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 (Drew Brees, Alshon Jeffery, and Reggie Bush).

    • Not Afraid to Scramble

      With 664 projected rushing yards (ranked first among QBs), Colin Kaepernick has multiple ways to bring in points.

    Player Analysis

      • A. Peterson, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 5
      Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his all-purpose yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank fifth in the league with 1,642 total yards.

      • Drew Brees, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 16
      Like a Prancing Unicorn

      Drew Brees is a fantasy dream. He's projected to finish second in the NFL in both passing TDs (37.9) and passing yards (5,129).

      • Alshon Jeffery, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 25
      222 More Reasons to Appreciate Alshon Jeffery

      Jeffery ranks ninth in the Turf Madness League among WRs with 222 projected fantasy points.

      • Rob Gronkowski, TE
      • Round 4, Pick 36
      Haters Gonna Hate

      The rest of Turf Madness League overlooked a gem, and America's Team made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Rob Gronkowski.

      • Reggie Bush, RB
      • Round 5, Pick 45
      A Versatile Combination

      Reggie Bush can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 557.

    Best Available

    There are three positions that America's Team could look to improve, including DEF and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

      • Chicago Defense
      • Rank 217, ADP 122
      • Buffalo Defense
      • Rank 221, ADP 139
      • Cecil Shorts III
      • Rank 108, ADP 115
      • Dwayne Bowe
      • Rank 114, ADP 118
    • 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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    America's Team
    1. (5) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
    2. (16) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
    3. (25) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
    4. (36) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
    5. (45) Reggie Bush (Det - RB)
    6. (56) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
    7. (65) Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)
    8. (76) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    9. (85) Steven Jackson (Atl - RB)
    10. (96) Justin Hunter (Ten - WR)
    11. (105) Colin Kaepernick (SF - QB)
    12. (116) Denver (Den - DEF)
    13. (125) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    14. (136) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
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