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    Nicky The Bat Draft Report Card

    B
    Grade

    Despite a Powerful Set of RBs, Nicky The Bat Is Good Enough to Barely Miss Playoffs

    Draft Summary

    With the first overall selection, Nicky The Bat was in an ideal position to build a strong team. So much for that. They are projected to finish seventh in LiAus League with a 5-9-0 (1,284) record. If they still hope to be a playoff-caliber team, they may want to invest in a psychic or a magic eight ball to help out with the "tough" decisions this year. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Cam Newton (40th overall), RB LeSean McCoy (1st), WR Antonio Brown (21st), and TE Vernon Davis (41st) within the first five rounds. They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they added Brown, Mike Wallace and Marques Colston for their rotation.

    Nice draft. If there were a Fantasy Football Hall Of Fame, you should nominate yourself. Wait, there is? And you can??

    Keeper Summary

    Nicky The Bat used their only keeper slot to hold on to Emmanuel Sanders (103.7 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is less valuable than a first-round draft pick.

    Schedule

    Nicky The Bat can chalk up Week 4 as a loss. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Nicky The Bat has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Asset Management

      Nicky The Bat is loaded at RB and WR. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in LiAus League?

    • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

      With six "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Nicky The Bat is looking for dependable help.

    • A Pair of Proven Winners

      Nicky The Bat has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (LeSean McCoy and Antonio Brown) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

    • Dual-Threat Dynamo

      Russell Wilson can deliver fantasy glory to Nicky The Bat with his arm and his legs. Wilson has 482 projected rushing yards, and ranks fourth among QBs in that category.

    • Digging Deep

      Doug Baldwin is owned in only 6% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Nicky The Bat for their faith! Or not.

    Player Analysis

      • LeSean McCoy, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 1
      Does LeSean McCoy Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?

      Because his projected yardage figures are tasty. McCoy is ranked sixth in the league with 1,626 all-purpose yards.

      • Alfred Morris, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 20
      Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

      Despite being an above-average player at his position, the selection of Alfred Morris had less value than any other pick of the round.

      • Antonio Brown, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 21
      The Power of Persuasion

      Now would be a reasonable time for Nicky The Bat to encourage the LiAus League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Antonio Brown and his 95 projected catches (ranked fourth in the NFL).

      • Cam Newton, QB
      • Round 4, Pick 40
      Time to Sign Up for Andy Behrens' Fantasy Camp

      Despite being selected 40th overall, Cam Newton is not projected among the NFL's top-15 in either passing TDs (23rd with 20.8) or passing yards (24th with 3,540).

      • Vernon Davis, TE
      • Round 5, Pick 41
      A Big Target in the Red Zone

      With 6.6 projected TD catches, Vernon Davis ranks fourth in the NFL among TEs in that category.

    Best Available

    With three below-average positions on Nicky The Bat, DEF and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

      • Kansas City Defanse
      • Rank 185, ADP 77
      • Chicago Defanse
      • Rank 212, ADP 121
      • Ben Roethlisberger
      • Rank 102, ADP 118
      • Andy Dalton
      • Rank 128, 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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    Nicky The Bat
    1. (1) LeSean McCoy (Phi - RB)
    2. (20) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
    3. (21) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
    4. (40) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
    5. (41) Vernon Davis (SF - TE)
    6. (60) Marques Colston (NO - WR)
    7. (61) C.J. Spiller (Buf - RB)
    8. (80) Mike Wallace (Mia - WR)
    9. (81) Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)
    10. (100) Dwayne Bowe (KC - WR)
    11. (101) Denver (Den - DEF)
    12. (120) Blair Walsh (Min - K)
    13. (121) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
    14. (140) Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR)
    15. (141) Martellus Bennett (Chi - TE)
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