Cardinal Bliss Draft Report Card

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David Johnson
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Brandin Cooks
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Todd Gurley II
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With Multiple Cardinals, Cardinal Bliss Obviously Hates Winning

Draft Summary

Vince Lombardi once said, "If you can accept losing, you can't win." Cardinal Bliss might not accept winning, but they'll lose anyway. They are expected to finish seventh in Late Night Fantasies No Romos League with a record of 3-11-0 (2,040 points). With their first five picks, Cardinal Bliss focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (33rd overall), RBs David Johnson (1st) and Todd Gurley (17th), and WRs Brandin Cooks (16th) and DeAndre Hopkins (32nd). They ultimately landed the worst group of WRs in the league, as they have Cooks, Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, and Larry Fitzgerald for their rotation.

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Schedule

Week 8 may not be very fun for Cardinal Bliss, as their top two projected scorers (Aaron Rodgers and David Johnson) will be on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, the first four games and last four games of the season are fairly average for Cardinal Bliss.

Draft Notes

  • Highlight Reel

    Cardinal Bliss is stacked at RB, but QB isn't too shabby, either.

  • An Arizona Cardinals Homer?

    With five of them on the roster, the fantasy hopes of Cardinal Bliss will depend heavily on the fortunes of the Cardinals.

  • Scraping the Wire in Week 8

    Grabbing two QBs (Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer) that share a bye week was a bold move by the manager of Cardinal Bliss.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Cardinal Bliss chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Cardinal Bliss has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (David Johnson and Aaron Rodgers) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Climbing The Ladder

    Currently in ninth place with 14,389 career receiving yards, Fitzgerald is just 904 yards away from moving all the way up to third place all-time. Only five WRs (Evans, Nelson, Brown, Cooper, Hilton) appeared on more championship rosters last season.

Player Analysis

    • David Johnson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Poised to Repeat?

    Leading the league in touches and all running backs in targets, Johnson showed up on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other NFL player last season. Oh, we nearly forgot: he led all players with 20 touchdowns last year, too.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad?

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

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 17
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 307 touches, Todd Gurley is projected to rank fourth in the NFL in that category. Cardinal Bliss demands more!

    • Aaron Rodgers, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 33
    Better Lucky Than Good

    The rest of Late Night Fantasies No Romos League overlooked a gem, and Cardinal Bliss made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Aaron Rodgers.

    • Kyle Rudolph, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 48
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Kyle Rudolph with the 48th pick, even though his ADP is only 73.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

There are four positions that Cardinal Bliss could look to improve, including K and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Stephen Hauschka
    • Rank 195, ADP 110
    • Cairo Santos
    • Rank 205, ADP 126
    • Willie Snead
    • Rank 79, ADP 88
    • Jeremy Maclin
    • Rank 82, ADP 107
  • 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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Cardinal Bliss
1. (1) David Johnson (Ari - RB)
2. (16) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
3. (17) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
4. (32) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
5. (33) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
6. (48) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
7. (49) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
8. (64) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
9. (65) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
10. (80) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
11. (81) Carolina (Car - DEF)
12. (96) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
13. (97) Phil Dawson (Ari - K)
14. (112) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
15. (113) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)

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