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    Zach's Team Draft Report Card

    B
    Grade

    Despite a Set of Beast RBs, Zach's Team Might Make Playoffs but Probably Not

    Draft Summary

    Hopefully just because this draft was average, Zach's Team won't purchase a muscle car or jacked-up truck to overcompensate. And hey, with the right breaks, maybe this team can reach the playoffs. They are projected to finish sixth in Yahoo Public 761889 League with a record of 7-7-0 (1,333 points). They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Alshon Jeffery (third round), Roddy White (fourth round), and Pierre Garcon (fifth round). They put together one of the top groups of RBs in the league, as they added LeSean McCoy, Andre Ellington, and Pierre Thomas.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??

    Schedule

    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Zach's Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Zach's Team.

    Draft Notes

    • Earning Your Paycheck

      Zach's Team will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Roddy White), fourth- (Kendall Wright), and fifth-ranked (Rueben Randle) wideouts.

    • Single-Bar Facemasks

      Zach's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

    • A Pair of Proven Winners

      Zach's Team has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (LeSean McCoy and Alshon Jeffery) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

      Pierre Thomas is always a threat to break off a long one, ranking fifth among NFL RBs in percentage of touches over 40 yards (1.1%).

    • A Versatile Combination

      Pierre Thomas can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 500.

    Player Analysis

      • LeSean McCoy, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 1
      Does LeSean McCoy Enjoy Fajitas?

      Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. McCoy is projected to rank fifth in the league with 1,626 all-purpose yards.

      • A. Ellington, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 20
      Apparently ADP is Overrated

      With their second-round pick, Zach's Team pulled the trigger. They took Andre Ellington at pick number 20 despite an ADP of just 31.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

      • Alshon Jeffery, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 21
      175 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery

      Jeffery ranks seventh in the Yahoo Public 761889 League among wideouts with 175 projected fantasy points.

      • R. Griffin III, QB
      • Round 6, Pick 60
      Dual-Threat Dynamo

      Robert Griffin III can deliver fantasy glory to Zach's Team with his arm and his legs. Griffin III has 584 projected rushing yards, and ranks third among QBs in that category.

      • Greg Olsen, TE
      • Round 7, Pick 61
      Was Greg Olsen Worth Pick No. 61?

      Zach's Team apparently thinks so. The Panthers' TE is projected to get 121 points this year, just a bit better than last season.

    Best Available

    If Zach's Team is interested in making a roster move, QB is one area they could improve.

      • Ryan Tannehill
      • Rank 138, ADP 133
      • Carson Palmer
      • Rank 140, ADP 134
      • Alex Smith
      • Rank 142, ADP 125
      • Sam Bradford
      • Rank 170, ADP 126
    • 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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    Zach's Team
    1. (1) LeSean McCoy (Phi - RB)
    2. (20) Andre Ellington (Ari - RB)
    3. (21) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
    4. (40) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
    5. (41) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
    6. (60) Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)
    7. (61) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
    8. (80) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    9. (81) New England (NE - DEF)
    10. (100) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
    11. (101) Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)
    12. (120) Rueben Randle (NYG - WR)
    13. (121) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
    14. (140) Garrett Graham (Hou - TE)
    15. (141) Nick Novak (SD - K)
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