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    Bombers Draft Report Card

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    Grade

    After Some Early Gambles, Bombers Has to Be Thinking, "Dammit!"

    Draft Summary

    You know what, Bombers, maybe you should just hold off on pursuing your dreams for a while. Maybe just ask them where they're going and hook up with 'em later, when you have a team capable of winning. Bombers is projected to finish ninth in isotopes League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,081 points). With their first five picks, Bombers aimed for balance, selecting QB Jay Cutler (49th overall), RBs Giovani Bernard (12th) and Shane Vereen (29th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (9th) and Alshon Jeffery (32nd). They landed the bottom RB combo in the league, as they have Bernard and Ryan Mathews to carry the load.

    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

    Bombers should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have an easier-than-average schedule. Bombers has the opportunity to start and finish with a flurry, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

    Draft Notes

    • Not Focused on Offense

      K is the only above-average position on Bombers.

    • On the Rise

      Bombers hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.

    • Great Idea, Poor Execution

      Bombers will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Mason Crosby) and only DEF (Green Bay) will both be on bye that week.

    • I Keep Getting Older

      And they stay the same age. Bombers isn't afraid to rob the cradle, drafting the youngest team in the league with an average of just 4.1 years of NFL experience.

    • Checked Out Early

      Bombers didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

    • A Pair of Proven Winners

      Bombers has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    Player Analysis

      • D. Thomas, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 9
      Hands Team

      With sticky hands that would make Spider-Man jealous, Demaryius Thomas has serious value in all PPR leagues. He's projected to catch an NFL-leading 107 balls this year.

      • G. Bernard, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 12
      Rethinking That One?

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

      • Shane Vereen, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 29
      A Bit of a Reach

      Bombers went out on a limb with their third-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Shane Vereen has an ADP of 85.3, but he was grabbed at pick No. 29. Patience is a virtue, Bombers.

      • Alshon Jeffery, WR
      • Round 4, Pick 32
      Haters Gonna Hate

      The rest of isotopes League overlooked a gem, and Bombers made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Alshon Jeffery.

      • Jay Cutler, QB
      • Round 5, Pick 49
      Thanks for Clearing That Up, Terry

      Terry Bradshaw once said “I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid.” Bombers hopes that drafting Jay Cutler and his 28.7 projected passing TDs was a choice that Bradshaw wouldn't make.

    Best Available

    With five subpar positions on Bombers, DEF and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

      • Indianapolis Defense
      • Rank 231, ADP 144
      • Baltimore Defense
      • Rank 242, ADP 141
      • Ryan Tannehill
      • Rank 138, ADP 134
      • Josh McCown
      • Rank 141, ADP 134
    • 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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    Bombers
    1. (9) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
    2. (12) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
    3. (29) Shane Vereen (NE - RB)
    4. (32) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
    5. (49) Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)
    6. (52) Ryan Mathews (SD - RB)
    7. (69) Dennis Pitta (Bal - TE)
    8. (72) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
    9. (89) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
    10. (92) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
    11. (109) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
    12. (112) Jarrett Boykin (GB - WR)
    13. (129) Green Bay (GB - DEF)
    14. (132) Kenny Stills (NO - WR)
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