The River DFW (ID# 641490)

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PianoMan Draft Report Card

DeAndre Hopkins
Le'Veon Bell
C.J. Anderson
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Slated for a 12th-Place Finish, PianoMan Can Only Improve From Here

Draft Summary

Jerry Rice once stated, "I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." Well, guess what, PianoMan, he isn't going to say that about your team either. Because that would be a lie. PianoMan is expected to finish 12th in The River DFW League with a record of 1-13-0 (1,360 points). They obviously understand how important the running back position is in fantasy football. They used three of their first five picks on RBs Le'Veon Bell (second round), C.J. Anderson (third round), and Jeremy Hill (fifth round). They also built one of the bottom tandems of QBs in the league, as they added Jameis Winston and Tom Brady to their squad.

Yikes. At least it can't get any worse. In fact, if you nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame, you'll be an official nominee. Feel better?


Week 9 might require some artful managing from PianoMan. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for PianoMan.

Draft Notes

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    PianoMan will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Allen Hurns), fourth- (Marvin Jones Jr.), and fifth-ranked (Torrey Smith) wideouts.

  • WR or Bust

    WR is the only stronger-than-average position group for PianoMan.

  • "It's Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It's Whether You Get Up"

    After drafting the fewest projected points in the league over the draft's first half, PianoMan accumulated the most during the second half. Vince Lombardi would be proud.

  • On the Rise

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

  • Golden Handcuff

    PianoMan hedged their bets by scooping up DeAngelo Williams in the eighth round to back up Le'Veon Bell, his Steelers teammate (a second-round selection).

  • Decently Mediocre

    While the bottom half of the PianoMan roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 12).

Player Analysis

    • D. Hopkins, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Targeting the Texan

    Hopkins was one of just three wideouts (along with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown) to get at least 190 targets last year, and only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's stud WR.

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Returning to Excellence

    He played in only six games, but Bell joined Adrian Peterson as the only NFL running backs to rush for 90+ yards per game last season.

    • Julian Edelman, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for PianoMan to encourage the The River DFW League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Julian Edelman and his 92 projected catches (ranked eighth in the NFL).

    • Jeremy Hill, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 57
    Let Me Check it Again

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

    • M. Jones Jr., WR
    • Round 6, Pick 64
    A Bit of a Reach

    PianoMan went out on a limb with their sixth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Marvin Jones Jr. has an ADP of 89.3, but he was grabbed at pick No. 64. Patience is a virtue, PianoMan.

Best Available

While PianoMan is projected to have four subpar positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Virgil Green
    • Rank 145, ADP 136
    • Vance McDonald
    • Rank 146, ADP 138
    • Clive Walford
    • Rank 157, ADP 130
    • Kyle Rudolph
    • Rank 187, ADP 127
  • 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) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
2. (16) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
3. (33) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
4. (40) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
5. (57) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
6. (64) Marvin Jones Jr. (Det - WR)
7. (81) Allen Hurns (Jax - WR)
8. (88) DeAngelo Williams (Pit - RB)
9. (105) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
10. (112) Danny Woodhead (SD - RB)
11. (129) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
12. (136) Jared Cook (GB - TE)
13. (153) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
14. (160) Minnesota (Min - DEF)
15. (177) Torrey Smith (SF - WR)

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