Chowder Heads Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Chowder Heads Has Legit Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Chowder Heads didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with a 9-5-0 (1,634) record and fourth-place finish in BLUE CREW League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Antonio Brown (first round), A.J. Green (second round), and DeSean Jackson (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are the top group of WRs in the league.

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Schedule

While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Chowder Heads (three), Week 10 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a softer-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Chowder Heads has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Triumvirate of Talent

    Chowder Heads has three above-average positions on their roster (WR, DEF, and K).

  • May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

    Chowder Heads might need to consult a fortune teller each week. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Philip Rivers) have similar seasonal point projections.

  • Putting Their Best Foot Forward

    Chowder Heads knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Chowder Heads grabbed a sleeper in Austin Seferian-Jenkins with pick No. 148.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Chowder Heads drafted one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Philip Rivers. Among NFL QBs, he's projected to rank fifth in plays over 40 yards with 11.1 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.

  • Earning His Keep

    According to projections, Philip Rivers should finish ranked eighth in the league in passing TDs (29.2) and fifth in passing yards (4,508).

Player Analysis

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Death, Taxes, and Antonio Brown's Reliable Hands

    Brown is projected to catch an NFL-leading 115 balls this year.

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 21
    171 Excuses to Cheer for A.J. Green

    Green ranks ninth in the BLUE CREW League among wideouts with 171 projected fantasy points.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    If it Ain't Broke

    Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Chowder Heads didn't grab their first RB (Frank Gore) until the third round.

    • A. Ellington, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 45
    A Versatile Combination

    Andre Ellington can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs with 471 projected receiving yards.

    • Cam Newton, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 69
    Return on Investment

    The Panthers inked their signal-caller to a nine-figure contract this offseason, and Chowder Heads hopes a healthy Cam will pay immediate dividends for Carolina.

Best Available

With three subpar positions on Chowder Heads, RB and TE are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
    • Tre Mason
    • Rank 110, ADP 120
    • Charles Clay
    • Rank 171, ADP 126
    • Benjamin Watson
    • Rank 173, ADP 123
  • 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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Chowder Heads
1. (4) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
2. (21) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
3. (28) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
4. (45) Andre Ellington (Ari - RB)
5. (52) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
6. (69) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
7. (76) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
8. (93) St. Louis (StL - DEF)
9. (100) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
10. (117) Ryan Mathews (Phi - RB)
11. (124) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
12. (141) Brian Quick (StL - WR)
13. (148) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB - TE)
14. (165) Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR)
15. (172) Randy Bullock (NYJ - K)
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