Reid's Team Draft Report Card

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A.J. Green
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In Spite of Some Early-Round Value Picks, Reid's Team Will Need to Improve to Reach Playoffs

Draft Summary

Joe Theismann once said "a genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." No one will mistake the GM of Reid's Team for Norman Einstein after this draft, putting together a roster that is projected to finish seventh in FFL 2K17 League and miss the playoffs. Unless changes are made, they will likely finish with a record of 6-7-0 (1,681 points). They must be in love with the wide receiver position, using their first three picks on A.J. Green (5th overall), Brandin Cooks (16th), and T.Y. Hilton (25th). They finished the draft with one of the worst tandems of TEs in the league, as they have Tyler Eifert and Julius Thomas on their team.

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Schedule

Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Reid's Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, the first four games and last four games of the season are fairly average for Reid's Team.

Draft Notes

  • A Talented Trio

    Reid's Team has three positions on their roster that are stronger than the league's average (WR, QB, and RB).

  • Up, Up, and Away

    With seven players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Reid's Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With eight "low-risk" players among their 17 picks, Reid's Team is looking for dependable help.

  • Single-Bar Facemasks

    Reid's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Reid's Team has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (T.Y. Hilton and Drew Brees) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Super Sleepers

    Julius Thomas and Kai Forbath are a couple of late-round fliers with upside for Reid's Team.

Player Analysis

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Reid's Team Gets Groovy With Green

    A.J. averaged 11.0 targets, 7.3 receptions, and 107.1 yards in nine games prior to getting injured in Week 11 last year. The 29-year-old Bengals star is healthy and primed for a big campaign this season.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    On a Scale of 1 to America

    How free will Brandin Cooks be in the secondary? He's projected to rack up 1,231 receiving yards this year.

    • T.Y. Hilton, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 25
    Thank You, T.Y.!

    Hilton notched career-highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards last year. Only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) appeared more often on fantasy rosters that had earned a spot in their league's playoffs.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 36
    A High-Volume Passer

    Brees led the NFL in attempts, completions, and passing yardage last season. Among all QBs, only Brady and Rodgers appeared on more championship rosters than the future Hall-of-Famer in 2016.

    • Isaiah Crowell, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 45
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Reid's Team got a steal in snatching Isaiah Crowell in the fifth round (45th overall pick vs. ADP of 29.1).

Best Available

Reid's Team has three positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with DEF being the most immediate need.

    • Los Angeles Defense
    • Rank 177, ADP 125
    • Green Bay Defense
    • Rank 183, ADP 142
    • Jacksonville Defense
    • Rank 186, ADP 144
    • Baltimore Defense
    • Rank 187, ADP 137
  • 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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Reid's Team
1. (5) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
2. (16) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
3. (25) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
4. (36) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
5. (45) Isaiah Crowell (Cle - RB)
6. (56) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
7. (65) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
8. (76) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
9. (85) Bilal Powell (NYJ - RB)
10. (96) Paul Perkins (NYG - RB)
11. (105) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
12. (116) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
13. (125) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)
14. (136) Carolina (Car - DEF)
15. (145) Julius Thomas (Mia - TE)
16. (156) Kai Forbath (Min - K)
17. (165) Marqise Lee (Jax - WR)

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