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Alans vikings Draft Report Card

Kirk Cousins
Todd Gurley II
Adam Thielen
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Led by a Trio of Vikings, Alan Payne's Team Have Some Work to Do

Draft Summary

If Alan Payne's Team handles adversity during the season the way they did in this draft, it's going to be a challenging year. Picking No. 8 overall, they were clearly not ready. Behind multiple Vikings in the early rounds (Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs), Alan Payne's Team are predicted to finish 9th in Yahoo Public 2423 with a record of 2-12 (1,744 points).

  • Kenyan Drake

Best Pick

Alan Payne's Team notched a tremendous mid-round value in choosing Drake at No. 88, about three rounds later than his ADP of 61. Following a season in which he rushed for 535 yards and 4 TDs and recorded 53 receptions for 477 yards and 5 TDs, totaling 180 fantasy points, Drake is projected to score 201 fantasy points with the Dolphins. That makes him a valuable No. 2 RB for this squad.

  • Kirk Cousins

Reach Pick

Are you willing to reveal your source? We'd love to know what prompted the selection of Cousins in the 1st round, about 12 rounds earlier than his ADP of 128. Projected to score 297 fantasy points this season with the Vikings, he'll be looking to perform similarly to last year when he threw for 4,298 yards and 30 TDs with 10 interceptions to post 293 fantasy points. But do you really need so many QBs? You can only start one at a time after all. Cousins will slot in as the No. 2 QB for Alan Payne's Team, based on projections.

Draft Notes

  • Alan Payne's Team look to be particularly deep at tight end, selecting the most of any team in the league with three, surpassing the league average of just 2.1.

  • Week 12 will present a tough challenge for Alan Payne's Team, as they have six players on a bye, led by Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs. Your Week 12 opponent, Robert's Rad Team, will be at full strength with no players getting the week off.

  • Based on projections, Alan Payne's Team won't have an easy path in Yahoo Public 2423 this season with a strength of schedule ranked as the most difficult. Don't lose hope, though. Strength of schedule is just a number. There are a number of ways to keep improving over the course of the season as long as you remain involved.

  • Even with openings on offense at RB and TE in the 5th round, Alan Payne's Team chose WR Mohamed Sanu at No. 48, filling the WR/RB/TE flex position at the expense of a more important position.

Player Analysis

  • 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
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    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
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    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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Alans vikings
1. (8) Kirk Cousins (Min - QB)
2. (13) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
3. (28) Adam Thielen (Min - WR)
4. (33) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
5. (48) Mohamed Sanu (NE - WR)
6. (53) Harrison Butker (KC - K)
7. (68) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
8. (73) Minnesota (Min - DEF)
9. (88) Kenyan Drake (Ari - RB)
10. (93) Austin Hooper (Atl - TE)
11. (108) Jesse James (Det - TE)
12. (113) Rashaad Penny (Sea - RB)
13. (128) Dede Westbrook (Jax - WR)
14. (133) Jimmy Garoppolo (SF - QB)
15. (148) Seattle (Sea - DEF)

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