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Susan Marker's Team Draft Report Card

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Le'Veon Bell
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Michael Crabtree
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DeVante Parker
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After Some Early Gambles, Susan Marker's Team Will Be Hangin' in the Basement Like it's High School

Draft Summary

The rest of the league must be shaking their heads at Susan Marker's Team, who successfully took a high draft position and flushed it straight down the toilet. They are projected to finish ninth in TLC Staff League with a record of 2-11-1. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Michael Crabtree (second round), DeVante Parker (third round), and Markus Wheaton (fifth round). In spite of that positional emphasis, they landed the worst group of WRs in the league.

Yikes. At least it can't get any worse. In fact, if you nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame, you'll be an official nominee. Feel better?

Schedule

Susan Marker's Team will need to tap into their depth Week 9, as their top two projected scorers (Andy Dalton and Kirk Cousins) will be off with byes. Looking at the entire season, they have one of the most difficult schedules. In addition to having the second-most demanding overall schedule, Susan Marker's Team also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Fan?

    Susan Marker's Team is a believer in the hopes of the Pittsburgh Steelers this year, grabbing three players on that squad earlier than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    Susan Marker's Team grabbed a couple of QBs (Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton) that'll both be on bye in Week 9, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly recommended.

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    Susan Marker's Team will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Tavon Austin), fourth- (Kevin White), and fifth-ranked (Markus Wheaton) wideouts.

  • QB Controversy?

    Susan Marker's Team may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted QB (Kirk Cousins) and second-drafted QB (Andy Dalton) have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With seven "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Susan Marker's Team is looking for dependable help.

  • Susan Marker's Team Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Charcandrick West at pick 142 was just a bit of a stretch. West is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Returning to Excellence

    He played in only six games, but Bell joined Adrian Peterson as the only NFL running backs to rush for 90+ yards per game last season.

    • Markus Wheaton, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 42
    Let Me Check it Again

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

    • Kirk Cousins, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 59
    Was the 59th Pick the Right Time for Kirk Cousins?

    Susan Marker's Team apparently believes it is. The Redskins' quarterback is projected to have 291 points this year, just a bit lower than his total from last season.

    • L. Murray, RB
    • Round 7, Pick 62
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Susan Marker's Team got a steal in snatching Latavius Murray in the seventh round (62nd overall pick vs. ADP of 50).

Best Available

While Susan Marker's Team is projected to have three below-average positions, WR is clearly their weakest unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Sterling Shepard
    • Rank 82, ADP 103
    • Stefon Diggs
    • Rank 89, ADP 117
    • Travis Benjamin
    • Rank 98, ADP 118
    • Vincent Jackson
    • Rank 100, ADP 124
  • 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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Susan Marker's Team
1. (2) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
2. (19) Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR)
3. (22) DeVante Parker (Mia - WR)
4. (39) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
5. (42) Markus Wheaton (Pit - WR)
6. (59) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
7. (62) Latavius Murray (Oak - RB)
8. (79) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
9. (82) Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF)
10. (99) Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
11. (102) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
12. (119) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
13. (122) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
14. (139) Tavon Austin (LA - WR)
15. (142) Charcandrick West (KC - RB)

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