The Player Hater's Ball (ID# 81814)

The Jerk Store Draft Report Card

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Despite Some Early Steals, The Jerk Store Threw the Draft on Purpose?

Draft Summary

Entering the draft with the third overall pick, the expectations were high for The Jerk Store. Then they drafted. Those expectations quickly vanished with a projected sixth-place finish in The Player Hater's Ball League at 4-9-0 (1,823 points). With their first five picks, The Jerk Store aimed for balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (10th overall), RBs Jamaal Charles (3rd) and Trent Richardson (22nd), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (15th) and Randall Cobb (27th). They landed the worst group of RBs in the league, as they have Charles, Shane Vereen, Ben Tate, and Richardson on their roster.

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Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, The Jerk Store has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the entire season, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, The Jerk Store has the most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Triumvirate of Talent

    The Jerk Store has three above-average positions on their roster (WR, DEF, and TE).

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and The Jerk Store may have done just that, with eight players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • Oakland Raiders Fan?

    The Jerk Store is a believer in the hopes of the Oakland Raiders this season, grabbing a couple of players on that team sooner than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up

    The Jerk Store got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    The Jerk Store chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Dominating Duo

    The Jerk Store has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jamaal Charles and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

Player Analysis

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    2014 Could be More of the Same

    Owners who took a chance on Charles last season were rewarded handsomely, as he was owned on more playoff rosters across Yahoo! than any other RB.

    • Aaron Rodgers, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 10
    Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

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

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 15
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for The Jerk Store to encourage the The Player Hater's Ball League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Demaryius Thomas and his 107 projected catches (ranked second in the NFL).

    • T. Richardson, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 22
    Taking a Chance

    With their fourth-round pick, The Jerk Store threw caution to the wind. They took Trent Richardson at pick number 22 despite an ADP of 102 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Pierre Garcon, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 34
    Was the 34th Pick the Right Time for Pierre Garcon?

    The Jerk Store apparently believes it is. The Redskins' wide receiver is projected to get 209 points this year, after producing 234 last year.

Best Available

There are three positions that The Jerk Store could look to upgrade, including RB, which looks like their biggest area of need.

    • David Wilson
    • Rank 162, 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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The Jerk Store
1. (3) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
2. (10) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
3. (15) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
4. (22) Trent Richardson (Ind - RB)
5. (27) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
6. (34) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)
7. (39) Ben Tate (Cle - RB)
8. (46) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
9. (51) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
10. (58) Jeremy Maclin (Phi - WR)
11. (63) Maurice Jones-Drew (Oak - RB)
12. (70) Shane Vereen (NE - RB)
13. (75) Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)
14. (82) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
15. (87) Khiry Robinson (NO - RB)
16. (94) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
17. (99) Darren McFadden (Oak - RB)
18. (106) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
19. (111) Carolina (Car - DEF)
20. (118) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
21. (123) James Jones (Oak - WR)
22. (130) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
23. (135) Denver (Den - DEF)
24. (142) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
25. (147) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
26. (154) Johnny Manziel (Cle - QB)
27. (159) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
28. (166) Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind - RB)
29. (171) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
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