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    Stallions Draft Report Card

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    Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Stallions Has Great Shot at Playoffs

    Draft Summary

    Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Stallions 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 9-4-0 (1,259) record and third-place finish in isotopes League. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (16th overall), RB Arian Foster (5th), WR Michael Floyd (36th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (25th) within the first five rounds. They have the highest-scoring QB combo in the league, as they have Manning and Robert Griffin III on the roster.

    With a draft like that, you might as well make it official. Nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Week 10 would be a good opportunity for Stallions to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. Corresponding with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Stallions also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Positional Fortitude

      Stallions has four positions that are better than league average. While TE, DEF, and K are projected to be good, QB is the strongest on Stallions.

    • Nearly There

      The top half of the Stallions roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).

    • A Dominating Duo

      Stallions has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Peyton Manning and Knowshon Moreno) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • Mr. Mendoza

      Jared Cook is owned in only 4% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Stallions has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

    Player Analysis

      • Arian Foster, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 5
      Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

      Despite being an above-average player at his position, Arian Foster was the weakest value pick of the round.

      • Peyton Manning, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 16
      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.

      • Rob Gronkowski, TE
      • Round 3, Pick 25
      Stolen In Broad Daylight

      Rob Gronkowski was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

      • Frank Gore, RB
      • Round 6, Pick 56
      Was Frank Gore Worth it at Pick No. 56?

      Stallions sure hopes so. The 49ers' running back is projected to get 165 points this year, after putting up 175 last year.

      • R. Griffin III, QB
      • Round 7, Pick 65
      Not Afraid to Scramble

      With 585 projected rushing yards (ranked third among QBs), Robert Griffin III has multiple ways to bring in points.

    Best Available

    Stallions has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (WR and RB), but WR is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.

      • Wes Welker
      • Rank 76, ADP 48
      • Brandin Cooks
      • Rank 86, ADP 102
      • Sammy Watkins
      • Rank 96, ADP 105
      • Rueben Randle
      • Rank 97, ADP 112
    • 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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    Stallions
    1. (5) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
    2. (16) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
    3. (25) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
    4. (36) Michael Floyd (Ari - WR)
    5. (45) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    6. (56) Frank Gore (SF - RB)
    7. (65) Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)
    8. (76) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
    9. (85) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
    10. (96) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
    11. (105) Knowshon Moreno (Mia - RB)
    12. (116) Riley Cooper (Phi - WR)
    13. (125) Jared Cook (StL - TE)
    14. (136) Brian Hartline (Mia - WR)
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