LiAus (ID# 841251)

Mad Cow Madness Draft Report Card

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Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Mad Cow Madness Expects to Factor Heavily Into Playoff Picture

Draft Summary

It doesn't matter how you get to the playoffs, it only matters that you get there. Mad Cow Madness is a squad built to get there and is projected to finish fourth in LiAus League with a record of 8-6-0 (1,350 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (39th overall), RB Adrian Peterson (2nd), WR Randall Cobb (19th), and TE Jason Witten (42nd) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the best RB pairs in the league, as they have Peterson and Doug Martin on the roster.

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

Keeper Summary

Mad Cow Madness made use of their only keeper position to hold on to Alshon Jeffery (22.2 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is less valuable than a first-round draft pick.

Schedule

Mad Cow Madness 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 a softer-than-average schedule. Mad Cow Madness has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Mad Cow Madness might require waiver wire help in Week 9, as their No. 1- (Alshon Jeffery), No. 2- (Randall Cobb) and No. 4-ranked (Sammy Watkins) WRs will all be idle that week.

  • Good Luck With That One!

    Mad Cow Madness will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (DeAndre Hopkins), fourth- (Sammy Watkins), and fifth-ranked (Reggie Wayne) wideouts.

  • Officially Mediocre

    While the bottom half of the Mad Cow Madness roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).

  • It's How You Finish

    Mad Cow Madness must have had a motivational halftime speech, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

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

  • Biggest Steal

    If other Yahoo! users are right, Mad Cow Madness got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Alshon Jeffery (82nd overall pick vs. ADP of 22.2).

Player Analysis

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Does Adrian Peterson Enjoy Fajitas?

    Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Peterson is projected to rank fifth in the league with 1,641 all-purpose yards.

    • Randall Cobb, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 19
    160 Excuses to Cheer for Randall Cobb

    Cobb ranks 10th in the LiAus League among wideouts with 160 projected fantasy points.

    • Doug Martin, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    Feed Thy Beast

    Doug Martin will get the ball early and often, projected to finish seventh in the league with 299 touches.

    • M. Stafford, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Matthew Stafford is a fantasy dream. He's projected to finish third in the NFL in both passing TDs (31.5) and passing yards (4,955).

    • Jason Witten, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 42
    A Tight End with Some Wheels

    Jason Witten isn't just a threat in the red zone. With a projection of 871 yards through the air, he ranks third in the NFL among TEs in receiving yards.

Best Available

With four subpar positions on Mad Cow Madness, QB and WR are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Ben Roethlisberger
    • Rank 102, ADP 118
    • Andy Dalton
    • Rank 128, ADP 123
    • Rueben Randle
    • Rank 93, ADP 113
    • Justin Hunter
    • Rank 108, 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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Mad Cow Madness
1. (2) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
2. (19) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
3. (22) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
4. (39) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
5. (42) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
6. (59) Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR)
7. (62) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
8. (79) Ben Tate (Cle - RB)
9. (82) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
10. (99) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
11. (102) Carolina (Car - DEF)
12. (119) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
13. (122) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
14. (139) James Jones (Oak - WR)
15. (142) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
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