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    Thunder Chickens Draft Report Card

    C
    Grade

    After Some Early Gambles, Thunder Chickens Should Have Done Their Homework

    Draft Summary

    Thunder Chickens should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking 10th, Thunder Chickens bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of eighth in isotopes League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,144 points). With their first five picks, Thunder Chickens focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Tom Brady (31st overall), RBs Le'Veon Bell (11th) and Ben Tate (30th), and WRs Dez Bryant (10th) and DeSean Jackson (50th). They landed the lowest-scoring group of RBs in the league, as they have Bell, Tate, and Pierre Thomas to lead the way.

    Stupid autodraft! Right? Since you can’t be blamed for that draft, go ahead and nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame.

    Schedule

    Thunder Chickens should pick up a new hobby, like bird watching, during Week 10. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have an easier-than-average schedule. Along with the fifth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Thunder Chickens.

    Draft Notes

    • Starting Slowly

      Thunder Chickens got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

    • Single-Bar Facemasks

      Thunder Chickens knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

    • Big D

      Thunder Chickens elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

    • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

      Pierre Thomas is always a threat to break off a long one, ranking second among NFL RBs in percentage of touches over 40 yards (1.2%).

    • A Versatile Combination

      Pierre Thomas can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 543.

    Player Analysis

      • Dez Bryant, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 10
      Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

      Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 105 projected catches rank third in the league.

      • Ben Tate, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 30
      Throwing Caution to the Wind

      They grabbed Ben Tate with the 30th pick, even though his ADP is only 98.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.

      • Tom Brady, QB
      • Round 4, Pick 31
      A Super Duper Signal-Caller

      Tom Brady is projected to rack up 319 points this year, enough to rank sixth among all QBs.

      • Kyle Rudolph, TE
      • Round 6, Pick 51
      Was Kyle Rudolph Worth Pick No. 51?

      Thunder Chickens apparently thinks so. The Vikings' TE is projected to improve to the tune of 100 points this year, after only putting up 49 last season.

      • Golden Tate, WR
      • Round 7, Pick 70
      Let Me Check it Again

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

    Best Available

    With four subpar positions on Thunder Chickens, TE and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

      • Tyler Eifert
      • Rank 157, ADP 133
      • Garrett Graham
      • Rank 161, ADP 137
      • Indianapolis Defense
      • Rank 231, ADP 144
      • Baltimore Defense
      • Rank 242, ADP 141
    • 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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    Thunder Chickens
    1. (10) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
    2. (11) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
    3. (30) Ben Tate (Min - RB)
    4. (31) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
    5. (50) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
    6. (51) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
    7. (70) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
    8. (71) San Francisco (SF - DEF)
    9. (90) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
    10. (91) Pierre Thomas (NO - RB)
    11. (110) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
    12. (111) Charles Clay (Mia - TE)
    13. (130) Blair Walsh (Min - K)
    14. (131) Chicago (Chi - DEF)
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