darren's Team Draft Report Card

Odell Beckham Jr.
Brandin Cooks
Christian McCaffrey
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Slated for a First-Place Finish, darren's Team is Built to Take Home The Crown

Draft Summary

Whether or not darren's Team was talking trash in the draft chat room is irrelevant and you have no proof. What there is proof of, though, is a dominant draft performance by darren's Team that led to a season projection of 10-3-0 (1,486 points) and a first-place finish in Yahoo Public 100965 League. They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Tom Brady (36th overall), RBs Christian McCaffrey (25th) and Marshawn Lynch (45th), and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (5th) and Brandin Cooks (16th). They also ended up landing the best QB tandem in the league, as they added Brady and Matthew Stafford to their squad.

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darren's Team should use Week 9 to consider life's great mysteries, like why abbreviation is such a long word. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, the first four games and last four games of the season are fairly average for darren's Team.

Draft Notes

  • Good Luck With That One!

    darren's Team will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Jarvis Landry), fourth- (Stefon Diggs), and fifth-ranked (Mike Wallace) wideouts.

  • Positional Fortitude

    darren's Team has five positions that are stronger than league average. While QB, DEF, and WR are projected to be good, TE is the best on darren's Team.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

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

  • Fantasy FĂștbol

    This is the American version, folks. darren's Team elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

  • A Dominating Pair

    darren's Team has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Tom Brady and Jordan Reed) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • It's How You Finish

    darren's Team made every other squad look silly after some amazing halftime adjustments, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Outstanding, Bodacious, Jaw-dropping

    Is that what OBJ stands for? Last season, Beckham logged his third straight campaign of 90+ receptions, 1,300+ receiving yards, and 10+ TDs. Only one NFL player (Mike Evans) saw more targets in 2016.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Like Your Dog After a Bath

    Brandin Cooks is sure to be running crazy around opposing defenders. He's projected to put up 1,241 receiving yards this year, eighth-most in the NFL.

    • C. McCaffrey, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 25
    How Rebellious of You

    darren's Team said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Christian McCaffrey).

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 36
    Biggest Steal

    darren's Team may have found a gem in the fourth round, grabbing Tom Brady (36th overall pick vs. ADP of 24.7).

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 45
    Homecoming for Beast Mode

    Averaging 1,339 rush yards and 12 rush TDs per year from 2011-14, Lynch returns to football behind one of the most bruising offensive lines in the league.

Best Available

If darren's Team is looking to make a roster move, RB is a position they could look to upgrade first.

    • Doug Martin
    • Rank 78, ADP 101
    • Terrance West
    • Rank 83, ADP 117
    • Frank Gore
    • Rank 85, ADP 106
    • Paul Perkins
    • Rank 91, ADP 97
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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-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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darren's Team
1. (5) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
2. (16) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
3. (25) Christian McCaffrey (Car - RB)
4. (36) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
5. (45) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
6. (56) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
7. (65) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
8. (76) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
9. (85) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
10. (96) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
11. (105) Rob Kelley (Was - RB)
12. (116) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
13. (125) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
14. (136) Mike Wallace (Bal - WR)
15. (145) Matt Prater (Det - K)

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Best Draft is awarded to the team with the most projected season points based on weekly optimal starting lineups.

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