The Lynchmob Draft Report Card

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Grade

Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, The Ballocaust Isn't Exactly a Team That Can Win

Draft Summary

Playoffs?! The Ballocaust is projected to finish in seventh-place in 'The league' League with a 4-10-0 (1,869 points) record and you want to talk about playoffs?! The Ballocaust should just hope they can win a few games, let alone reach the playoffs. They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (20th overall), RB Le'Veon Bell (4th), WR Demaryius Thomas (13th), and TE Jimmy Graham (36th) within the first five rounds. They built the most prolific QB tandem in the league, as they have Brees and Eli Manning on the roster.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.

Schedule

The Ballocaust should drop off the grid during Week 9. Their top three projected scorers (Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Le'Veon Bell) will be off that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the hardest slate. Along with having the most grueling overall schedule, The Ballocaust also has the toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    It's likely that in Week 11, The Ballocaust will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Drew Brees and Eli Manning will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.

  • QB or Bust

    Unfortunately, QB is the only strong position on The Ballocaust. Fortunately, there's always next year.

  • Detroit Lions Fan?

    The Ballocaust is a believer in the hopes of the Detroit Lions this season, grabbing a couple of players on that team sooner than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    The Ballocaust will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Dan Carpenter) and only DEF (Philadelphia) will both be on bye that week.

  • A Dominating Duo

    The Ballocaust has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Le'Veon Bell and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    The Ballocaust nabbed a sleeper in Kyle Rudolph with pick No. 116.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Bell is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank sixth in the NFL with 307 touches.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    The Man at Mile-High

    With Eric Decker out of the mix, Thomas received a league-high 184 targets last season. Expect more from Peyton's favorite weapon in 2015.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 20
    He's Got an Ability to Simplify Things

    As Mitch Hedberg once said, "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read." With 701 projected fantasy points, Drew Brees is a kid who'll turn opposing secondaries into childrens' books each week.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 36
    Will His Production Drop-Off?

    The Ballocaust sure hopes not. Though he might not put up Saints-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.

    • Ameer Abdullah, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 45
    Let Me Check it Again

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

Best Available

There are five positions that The Ballocaust could look to upgrade, including WR, which looks like their biggest area of need.

    • John Brown
    • Rank 85, ADP 115
    • Eddie Royal
    • Rank 89, ADP 122
    • Nelson Agholor
    • Rank 90, ADP 108
    • Torrey Smith
    • Rank 91, ADP 109
  • 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 Lynchmob
1. (4) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (13) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (20) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (29) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
5. (36) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
6. (45) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
7. (52) Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR)
8. (61) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
9. (68) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
10. (77) C.J. Spiller (NO - RB)
11. (84) Philadelphia (Phi - DEF)
12. (93) Dan Carpenter (Buf - K)
13. (100) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
14. (109) Devin Hester (Atl - WR)
15. (116) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
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