Mariota Kart Draft Report Card

Devonta Freeman
Michael Thomas
Amari Cooper
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Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Cucu Can Compete With Anyone

Draft Summary

When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Cucu, which flipped its sixth overall pick into a projected third-place finish in Late Night Fantasies No Romos League (9-5-0, 2,064 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Marcus Mariota (38th overall), RB Devonta Freeman (6th), WR Michael Thomas (11th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (27th) within the first five rounds. They ultimately built one of the most prolific TE tandems in the league, as they added Gronkowski and Coby Fleener.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Cucu has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a weaker-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Cucu has the most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Talented Trio

    Cucu has three above-average positions on their roster (TE, DEF, and K).

  • In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

    The GM of Cucu must have had to leave their draft party early. After tallying the most projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they racked up the fewest during the second half.

  • You Almost Got It Right

    The top half of the Cucu roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    Cucu didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Hoping to play the favorable matchups week-to-week, Cucu chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Cucu has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Amari Cooper and LeGarrette Blount) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

Player Analysis

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 6
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 272 touches, Devonta Freeman is projected to rank 10th in the NFL in that category. Cucu demands more!

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 11
    272 Excuses to Cheer for Michael Thomas

    Thomas ranks 10th in the Late Night Fantasies No Romos League among wideouts with 272 projected fantasy points.

    • Amari Cooper, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    Essentially Elite?

    Though he didn't burst into super-stardom like many predicted, Cooper still delivered last season: only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) were rostered more frequently by first-place fantasy squads in 2016.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 27
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of Late Night Fantasies No Romos League overlooked a gem, and Cucu made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing Rob Gronkowski.

    • Marcus Mariota, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 38
    Not Afraid to Scramble

    With 405 projected rushing yards (ranked fourth among QBs), Marcus Mariota has multiple ways to bring in points.

Best Available

There are three positions that Cucu could look to improve, including RB and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Terrance West
    • Rank 83, ADP 119
    • Paul Perkins
    • Rank 91, ADP 96
    • Andy Dalton
    • Rank 104, ADP 118
    • Eli Manning
    • Rank 115, ADP 124
  • 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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Mariota Kart
1. (6) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
2. (11) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
3. (22) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
4. (27) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
5. (38) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
6. (43) Ty Montgomery (GB - RB)
7. (54) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
8. (59) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
9. (70) New York (NYG - DEF)
10. (75) New England (NE - DEF)
11. (86) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
12. (91) Rob Kelley (Was - RB)
13. (102) LeGarrette Blount (Phi - RB)
14. (107) Kenny Britt (Cle - WR)
15. (118) Coby Fleener (NO - TE)

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