The BEASTS (ID# 294429)

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Big Blue Nation Draft Report Card

David Johnson
Rob Gronkowski
Drew Brees
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Projected to Finish Eighth, Big Blue Nation Will Only Scare Opponents if They Wear a Mask

Draft Summary

Big Blue Nation isn't the best team in the league, but they aren't the worst, and there is something to be said for that. After selecting seventh overall, they are projected to finish in eighth in The BEASTS League at 7-6-0 (2,410 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Drew Brees (35th overall), RB David Johnson (7th), WR Eric Decker (50th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (22nd) within the first five rounds. They ended up with the worst group of RBs in the league, as they have Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Christine Michael on the roster.

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Big Blue Nation will need to tap into their depth Week 5, as their top two projected scorers (Drew Brees and Blake Bortles) will be resting that weekend. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Big Blue Nation could run into an early buzz saw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    It's likely that in Week 5, Big Blue Nation will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Drew Brees and Blake Bortles will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At four different positions, Big Blue Nation picked up projected top-3 players (including Drew Brees, David Johnson, and Rob Gronkowski).

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Big Blue Nation grabbed a sleeper in Victor Cruz with pick No. 218.

  • Big Blue Nation Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Robert Woods at pick 231 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Woods is owned on just a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • David Johnson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Feed Thy Beast

    David Johnson will get the ball early and often, and he's projected to finish fifth in the league with 313 touches.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 2, Pick 22
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Big Blue Nation got a steal in snatching Rob Gronkowski in the second round (22nd overall pick vs. ADP of 8.7).

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 35
    He's Got an Ability to Simplify Things

    As Mitch Hedberg once said, "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read." With 687 projected fantasy points, Drew Brees is a kid who'll turn opposing secondaries into childrens' books each week.

    • Michael Floyd, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 63
    Rethinking That One

    While drafted 63rd overall, Michael Floyd isn't projected among the NFL's top-30 in either receiving TDs (31st with 6.5) or receiving yards (35th with 939).

    • Tyler Lockett, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 78
    Returning to Greatness

    If special teams contributions count in The BEASTS League, Big Blue Nation may have found a gem in Tyler Lockett. Including his 753 projected return yards, he ranks fourth in the league with 1,598 all-purpose yards.

Best Available

Big Blue Nation could potentially upgrade WR and RB, but WR is the position they'll want to focus on first.

    • Davante Adams
    • Rank 185, ADP 123
    • James Jones
    • Rank 211, ADP 124
    • Danny Amendola
    • Rank 278, ADP 119
  • 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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Big Blue Nation
1. (7) David Johnson (Ari - RB)
2. (22) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
3. (35) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (50) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
5. (63) Michael Floyd (NE - WR)
6. (78) Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR)
7. (91) Chris Ivory (Jax - RB)
8. (106) Torrey Smith (SF - WR)
9. (119) Kamar Aiken (Bal - WR)
10. (134) Dorial Green-Beckham (Phi - WR)
11. (147) Blake Bortles (Jax - QB)
12. (162) Christine Michael (GB - RB)
13. (175) Jordan Cameron (Mia - TE)
14. (190) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
15. (203) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
16. (218) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
17. (231) Robert Woods (Buf - WR)

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