GatorBait Draft Report Card

B
Grade

Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, GatorBait Has Great Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

GatorBait is projected to finish fifth in KICK ASS League with a record of 8-6-0 (1,905 points). While that is pretty good, pretty good wasn't enough for John Fox in Denver, and it shouldn't be for you. If you're not first, you're last. Even though GatorBait has seven RBs on the roster, they are projected to average 137 points this season. This is a disappointing number due to the heavy investment at the position, as it is fewer than the league average of 178. They ended up with the most prolific TE pair in the league, as they have Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert on their team.

Not bad, but you've still got room for improvement. Becoming a Toyota Hall Of Famer would certainly qualify. Nominate yourself now.

Schedule

Week 9 may cause some frustration for GatorBait, as their top two projected scorers (Calvin Johnson and Carson Palmer) will be on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the least challenging slate. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, GatorBait also has the easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for GatorBait, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Melvin Gordon) and fourth-ranked (Ryan Mathews) RBs.

  • Up, Up, and Away

    With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, GatorBait hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • Highlight Reel

    GatorBait is loaded at TE, but WR isn't too shabby, either.

  • Philadelphia Eagles Fan?

    GatorBait reached twice to draft a Philadelphia Eagles player.

  • Aging Stars

    The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.5 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 9 with 3.6 years).

  • Checked Out Early

    GatorBait didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    And It Wasn't Even Close

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, no Tight End appeared more often on first-place rosters than Gronk last year.

    • Calvin Johnson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Calvin Johnson is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 89 projected catches rank seventh in the league.

    • Lamar Miller, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    How Rebellious of You

    GatorBait said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Lamar Miller).

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Rarely Seen in the Wild

    With 1,114 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.

    • Arian Foster, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 52
    Was the 52nd Pick the Right Time for Arian Foster?

    GatorBait apparently believes it is. The Texans' running back is only predicted to have 184 points this year, after producing 274 last year.

Best Available

GatorBait has three positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with RB being the most immediate need.

    • Isaiah Crowell
    • Rank 116, ADP 115
    • Bishop Sankey
    • Rank 133, ADP 124
    • David Johnson
    • Rank 143, ADP 127
    • Charles Sims
    • Rank 157, ADP 126
  • 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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GatorBait
1. (9) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (12) Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)
3. (29) Lamar Miller (Mia - RB)
4. (32) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
5. (49) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
6. (52) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
7. (69) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
8. (72) Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR)
9. (89) Ryan Mathews (Phi - RB)
10. (92) Charles Johnson (Min - WR)
11. (109) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
12. (112) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
13. (129) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
14. (132) Ronnie Hillman (Den - RB)
15. (149) Andre Williams (NYG - RB)
16. (152) Denver (Den - DEF)
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