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Balsa's Army Draft Report Card

Antonio Brown
Mark Ingram
Sammy Watkins
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Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Balsa's Army Crushed This Draft

Draft Summary

Balsa's Army took advantage of a favorable draft slot and built the kind of roster that makes opponents "go out of town" or "spend time with the kids" when they see your team on the schedule. Balsa's Army is projected to finish second in T.F.F.L League at 11-2-0 (1,934 points). They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Antonio Brown (first round), Sammy Watkins (third round), and Donte Moncrief (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are the highest-scoring group of WRs in the league.

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While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Balsa's Army (four), Week 8 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Balsa's Army.

Draft Notes

  • Assessing the Assets

    TE is the strongest position for Balsa's Army, though WR and DEF are also better than the league's average.

  • Risk Averse

    Balsa's Army minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 14 picks.

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Balsa's Army will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only TE (Jordan Reed) and only DEF (Arizona) will both be idle that week.

  • Aging Stars

    The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 8 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 10 with 3.1 years).

  • A Dominating Pair

    Balsa's Army has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Antonio Brown and Mark Ingram) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

    And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Balsa's Army chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

Player Analysis

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Death, Taxes, and Antonio Brown's Reliable Hands

    Brown is projected to catch an NFL-leading 132 balls this year.

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 290 touches, Mark Ingram is projected to rank 10th in the NFL in that category. How touching, Balsa's Army.

    • Sammy Watkins, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 21
    Maybe Watkins Will Surprise

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Sammy Watkins was the weakest value pick of the round.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for Balsa's Army to encourage the T.F.F.L League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Jordan Reed and his 89 projected catches (ranked 10th in the NFL).

    • Donte Moncrief, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 41
    Rethinking That One

    While drafted 41st overall, Donte Moncrief isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (22nd with 7.3) or receiving yards (24th with 1,014).

Best Available

Balsa's Army is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (K and QB), but K is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

    • Connor Barth
    • Rank 204, ADP 88
    • Blair Walsh
    • Rank 209, ADP 93
    • Shayne Graham
    • Rank 210, ADP 95
    • Nick Folk
    • Rank 215, ADP 120
  • 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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Balsa's Army
1. (1) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
2. (20) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
3. (21) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
4. (40) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
5. (41) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
6. (60) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
7. (61) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
8. (80) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
9. (81) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
10. (100) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
11. (101) Sterling Shepard (NYG - WR)
12. (120) Tyrod Taylor (Buf - QB)
13. (121) Willie Snead (NO - WR)
14. (140) Brandon McManus (Den - K)

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