Nova is Bae Draft Report Card

Devonta Freeman
Brandin Cooks
Carlos Hyde
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Despite a Monster Backfield, Nova is Bae Has Nowhere to go but up

Draft Summary

The late Maya Angelou once said the greatest gift you can give yourself is forgiveness. Nova is Bae should consider taking that advice to heart after yielding a projected finish of ninth (6-8-0 2,236 points) despite drafting in the 8 slot. They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Devonta Freeman (first round), Carlos Hyde (third round), and C.J. Anderson (fourth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, Nova is Bae will benefit. They are the best group of RBs in the league.

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Week 5 might not be the highest scoring week for Nova is Bae, as their top two projected scorers (Kirk Cousins and Devonta Freeman) will be on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most difficult schedules. Nova is Bae 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

  • Highlight Reel

    RB is the strongest position for Nova is Bae, but QB and DEF are also stronger than the league average at those positions.

  • Close to the Vest

    Nova is Bae was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Nova is Bae will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their only K (Wil Lutz) and only DEF (Denver) will both be on bye that week.

  • Biggest Steal

    If other Yahoo! users are right, Nova is Bae got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Kirk Cousins (104th overall pick vs. ADP of 74.3).

  • Is Kirk Cousins Religious?

    With 589 projected points, Nova is Bae will be hoping Cousins is the answer to their prayers.

  • Earning His Keep

    Kirk Cousins is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in passing TDs with 28.7 and third in passing yards with 4,671.

Player Analysis

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    Turn Up The Volume

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

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    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.

    • C.J. Anderson, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 41
    A Bit of a Reach

    Nova is Bae went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, C.J. Anderson has an ADP of 71.2, but he was grabbed at pick No. 41. Patience is a virtue, Nova is Bae.

    • L. Fitzgerald, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 56
    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.

    • Jarvis Landry, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 65
    Was the 65th Pick the Right Time for Jarvis Landry?

    Nova is Bae apparently believes it is. The Dolphins' wide receiver is projected to have 184 points this year, almost the same as his total from last year.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on Nova is Bae, WR and K are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Marqise Lee
    • Rank 158, ADP 130
    • Nelson Agholor
    • Rank 163, ADP 127
    • Brandon McManus
    • Rank 203, ADP 125
    • Cairo Santos
    • Rank 205, ADP 128
  • 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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Nova is Bae
1. (8) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
2. (17) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
3. (32) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
4. (41) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
5. (56) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
6. (65) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
7. (80) Denver (Den - DEF)
8. (89) Hunter Henry (LAC - TE)
9. (104) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
10. (113) Mike Wallace (Bal - WR)
11. (128) Zay Jones (Buf - WR)
12. (137) Jamaal Williams (GB - RB)
13. (152) Coby Fleener (NO - TE)
14. (161) Brandon LaFell (Cin - WR)
15. (176) Wil Lutz (NO - K)

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