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    GridIron Draft Report Card

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    Loaded With Broncos, GridIron Hasn't Quite Figured Out This Whole "Draft a Good Team" Thing

    Draft Summary

    Selecting in the bottom half of the first round (seventh overall), GridIron can use their poor draft position as an excuse for why they choked. This team strikes fear in the heart of no one, with a projected record of 0-14-0 (1,510 points). They're probably going to finish 10th in sucker punch League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Peyton Manning (7th overall), RBs Reggie Bush (14th) and Chris Johnson (34th), and WRs Alshon Jeffery (27th) and DeSean Jackson (47th). They landed the best QB combo in the league, as they added Manning and Jay Cutler.

    Brutal draft. Still, you should nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame. That way, your players will have to live up to the pressure.

    Schedule

    GridIron can chalk up Week 9 as a loss. They have eight players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the hardest slates. Along with the second-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for GridIron.

    Draft Notes

    • Winning in the Windy City

      The fantasy hopes of GridIron rest heavily on the fortunes of Chicago, as they loaded up with four Bears on their roster.

    • A Pair of Strengths

      GridIron has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, TE and QB.

    • Best Days are Behind Them?

      With six players projected to score significantly fewer points this season, GridIron will be hoping the experts are wrong.

    • Great Idea, Poor Execution

      GridIron will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Robbie Gould) and only DEF (Chicago) will both be on bye that week.

    • Get Off My Lawn

      With an average of 8.9 years of NFL experience, GridIron is the oldest and by default, least exciting team in the league.

    • Was That Auto-Draft?

      Bad news for GridIron: They accumulated the fewest projected points in the first half of the draft. Worse news: They accumulated the fewest projected points in the second half of the draft.

    Player Analysis

      • Peyton Manning, QB
      • Round 1, Pick 7
      Fantasy is Better Than Reality

      Even though he fell short in Super Bowl 48, Peyton Manning was more likely to be owned on a 2013 Yahoo! championship roster than any other QB.

      • Reggie Bush, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 14

      Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of Reggie Bush had less value than any other pick of the round.

      • Alshon Jeffery, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 27
      175 More Reasons to Appreciate Alshon Jeffery

      Jeffery ranks ninth in the sucker punch League among WRs with 175 projected fantasy points.

      • Chris Johnson, RB
      • Round 4, Pick 34
      Yeah, But He Totally Retweeted Me Once!

      Although he was taken 34th overall in the fantasy draft, Chris Johnson is not projected among the NFL's top-20 in rushing TDs (36th with 4.5) or rushing yards (24th with 882).

      • DeSean Jackson, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 47
      Rethinking That One

      DeSean Jackson went with the 47th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-30 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (38th) and receiving yards (31st) with 5.8 and 971 respectively.

    Best Available

    While GridIron is expected to be weak across four positions, RB is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

      • Christine Michael
      • Rank 128, ADP 132
      • Tre Mason
      • Rank 151, ADP 124
    • 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
    1. (7) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
    2. (14) Reggie Bush (Det - RB)
    3. (27) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
    4. (34) Chris Johnson (NYJ - RB)
    5. (47) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
    6. (54) Anquan Boldin (SF - WR)
    7. (67) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
    8. (74) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
    9. (87) Chicago (Chi - DEF)
    10. (94) Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
    11. (107) Darren Sproles (Phi - RB)
    12. (114) Riley Cooper (Phi - WR)
    13. (127) Robbie Gould (Chi - K)
    14. (134) Brian Hartline (Mia - WR)
    15. (147) Harry Douglas (Atl - WR)
    16. (154) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
    17. (167) Jerricho Cotchery (Car - WR)
    18. (174) Nate Burleson (Cle - WR)
    19. (187) BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cin - RB)
    20. (194) Justin Blackmon (Jax - WR)
    21. (207) James Starks (GB - RB)
    22. (214) Nate Washington (Ten - WR)
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