A-$1 Draft Report Card


Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, A-$1 Couldn't Do This Poorly Again if They Tried

Draft Summary

A-$1 should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking ninth, A-$1 bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of 12th in Final Fantasy Football VIII League with a record of 2-10-1 (1,223 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Tom Brady (40th overall), RB Reggie Bush (57th), WR A.J. Green (16th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (9th) within the first five rounds. They built the highest-scoring TE pair in the league, as they have Gronkowski and Vernon Davis on their team.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


Week 4 would be a good opportunity for A-$1 to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. Their top three projected scorers (Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota and Rob Gronkowski) will be on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the most difficult schedules. A-$1 has the opportunity to close on a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average. However, the opening stretch of first four games is expected to be tougher than average, so a slow start is possible.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    A-$1 grabbed a couple of QBs (Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota) that'll both be on bye in Week 4, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly recommended.

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and A-$1 may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • New England Patriots Fan?

    A-$1 reached twice to draft a New England Patriots player.

  • Senior Citizen Discount

    With an average of 8.2 years of NFL experience, A-$1 is the team most likely to have a player become a grandpa.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Marcus Mariota, A-$1 pounced on him at pick No. 136.

  • Marcus Mariota Likes His Eggs Scrambled

    And a little runny, eh? Mariota is projected to deliver 530 rushing yards, and ranks fourth among QBs in that category.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    A Threat in the Modern Age, Similar to "Beliebers"

    TE is the new secret weapon in the NFL, and Rob Gronkowski leads the way with 172 projected fantasy points.

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    171 More Reasons to Appreciate A.J. Green

    Green ranks ninth in the Final Fantasy Football VIII League among WRs with 171 projected fantasy points.

    • Andre Johnson, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 33
    Doling Out Nightmares

    Andre Johnson will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish eighth in the NFL with 8.4 receiving TDs.

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    Do You Know if Tom Brady is Religious?

    With 310 projected points, A-$1 is hoping Brady will be the answer to their prayers.

    • Reggie Bush, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 57
    That Just Happened

    Why can't I find Reggie Bush on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round value."

Best Available

There are three positions that A-$1 could look to improve, including DEF and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • San Francisco Defense
    • Rank 215, ADP 140
    • Indianapolis Defense
    • Rank 222, ADP 143
    • Andre Williams
    • Rank 137, ADP 121
    • David Johnson
    • Rank 146, ADP 126
  • 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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1. (9) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (16) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
3. (33) Andre Johnson (Ind - WR)
4. (40) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
5. (57) Reggie Bush (SF - RB)
6. (64) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
7. (81) Joique Bell (Det - RB)
8. (88) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
9. (105) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
10. (112) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
11. (129) Vernon Davis (Den - TE)
12. (136) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
13. (153) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
14. (160) Brian Quick (StL - WR)
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