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    Essa's Team Draft Report Card

    B
    Grade

    Projected to Finish Second, Essa's Team Will Dominate the League

    Draft Summary

    Before the draft, no one would have expected this squad to end up with a projected finish of second. Essa's Team turned the sixth overall pick into a season potentially filled with success. They're expected to finish 9-5-0 (1,363 points) in Yahoo Public 859797 League. With their first five picks, Essa's Team focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Peyton Manning (15th overall), RBs Zac Stacy (26th) and Ryan Mathews (35th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (6th) and Cordarrelle Patterson (46th). They put together the highest-scoring QB tandem in the league, as they added Manning and Ben Roethlisberger to their squad.

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

    Schedule

    While Week 10 has the most players on bye for Essa's Team (four), Week 4 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the least challenging schedules. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Essa's Team has the most difficult last four games of the season.

    Draft Notes

    • Maybe You Should Add Tony Gonzalez While You're At It

      Essa's Team must have missed the point of drafting a back-up. In Week 10, both Jordan Reed and Garrett Graham will be on bye.

    • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

      At three different positions, Essa's Team picked up projected top-two players (Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, and Carolina).

    • Nearly There

      The top half of the Essa's Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).

    • Single-Bar Facemasks

      Essa's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

    • Team of Champions?

      Essa's Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Zac Stacy.

    Player Analysis

      • Calvin Johnson, WR
      • Round 1, Pick 6
      Meeting His Expectations

      Often the only WR taken in the first round in 2013, Megatron lived up to the billing and was owned on more playoff teams across Yahoo! than any other wideout.

      • Peyton Manning, QB
      • Round 2, Pick 15
      A Mile-High Marvel

      By fantasy standards, Peyton Manning's second season in Denver was his strongest as an NFL QB. He was owned on more championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues than any other quarterback.

      • Zac Stacy, RB
      • Round 3, Pick 26
      If it Ain't Broke

      Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Essa's Team didn't grab their first RB (Zac Stacy) until the third round.

      • C. Patterson, WR
      • Round 5, Pick 46
      Rethinking That One

      Cordarrelle Patterson may not justify his 46th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-30 in both yards (32nd with 950) and TDs (37th with 5.9).

      • Torrey Smith, WR
      • Round 6, Pick 55
      Was the 55th Pick the Right Time for Torrey Smith?

      Essa's Team apparently believes it is. The Ravens' wide receiver is projected to have 138 points this year, almost the same as his total from last year.

    Best Available

    There are three positions that Essa's Team could look to upgrade, including TE, which looks like their biggest area of need.

      • Coby Fleener
      • Rank 179, ADP 137
      • Owen Daniels
      • Rank 182, ADP 122
      • Jermichael Finley
      • Rank 186, ADP 120
      • Jared Cook
      • Rank 195, ADP 131
    • 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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    Essa's Team
    1. (6) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
    2. (15) Peyton Manning (Den - QB)
    3. (26) Zac Stacy (StL - RB)
    4. (35) Ryan Mathews (SD - RB)
    5. (46) Cordarrelle Patterson (Min - WR)
    6. (55) Torrey Smith (Bal - WR)
    7. (66) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
    8. (75) Carolina (Car - DEF)
    9. (86) Steven Hauschka (Sea - K)
    10. (95) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
    11. (106) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
    12. (115) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
    13. (126) Anquan Boldin (SF - WR)
    14. (135) Garrett Graham (Hou - TE)
    15. (146) Shaun Suisham (Pit - K)
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