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The Cellar Draft Report Card

Dez Bryant
Jamaal Charles
Amari Cooper
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Projected to Finish Fourth, The Cellar Is Loaded with Talent

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, The Cellar didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with a 9-5-0 (2,721) record and fourth-place finish in Hard Rocks League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Dez Bryant (first round), Amari Cooper (third round), and Brandin Cooks (fifth round). They ended up with the worst QB pair in the league, as they added Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady.

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Week 9 might require some additional effort if they hope to win, as their top two projected scorers (Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady) will be off that weekend. Looking at the entire season, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Despite having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, The Cellar actually has the softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    The Cellar grabbed a couple of QBs (Tom Brady and Kirk Cousins) that'll both be on bye in Week 9, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly recommended.

  • Like Choosing your Favorite Kardashian

    The Cellar will have some tricky calls to make each week at RB, with a slim projected points difference between their third- (Dion Lewis), fourth- (Jeremy Langford), and fifth-ranked (T.J. Yeldon) RBs.

  • Highlight Reel

    The Cellar is stacked at TE, but WR isn't too shabby, either.

  • Close to the Vest

    The Cellar was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Aging Stars

    The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 7.9 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 8 with 2.7 years).

  • Decently Mediocre

    While the bottom half of the The Cellar roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 6).

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    282 Excuses to Cheer for Dez Bryant

    Bryant ranks sixth in the Hard Rocks League among wideouts with 282 projected fantasy points.

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    Is His Jersey Made of Honey?

    Because the projections for Jamaal Charles are sweet! He's projected to be the eighth-best RB in the league this season.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 29
    The Power of Persuasion

    Now would be a reasonable time for The Cellar to encourage the Hard Rocks League to increase the value of receptions. They grabbed Jordan Reed and his 89 projected catches (ranked 10th in the NFL).

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 36
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Hard Rocks League overlooked a gem, and The Cellar made the highest value pick of the round by taking Brandin Cooks.

    • B. Marshall, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 45
    Biggest Steal

    If other Yahoo! users are right, The Cellar got a steal in the sixth round, when they selected Brandon Marshall (45th overall pick vs. ADP of 16.3).

Best Available

The Cellar could potentially upgrade QB and RB, but QB is the position they'll want to focus on first.

    • Eli Manning
    • Rank 72, ADP 72
    • Blake Bortles
    • Rank 82, ADP 69
    • Tony Romo
    • Rank 92, ADP 96
    • Tyrod Taylor
    • Rank 96, 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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The Cellar
1. (4) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (13) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
3. (20) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
4. (29) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
5. (36) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
6. (45) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
7. (52) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
8. (61) T.J. Yeldon (Jax - RB)
9. (68) Jeremy Langford (Chi - RB)
10. (77) Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR)
11. (84) Derrick Henry (Ten - RB)
12. (93) Dion Lewis (NE - RB)
13. (100) Laquon Treadwell (Min - WR)
14. (109) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
15. (116) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)

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