Plante's Pigskinners Draft Report Card

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Antonio Brown
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Todd Gurley II
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Dalvin Cook
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Despite Some Early Bargains, Plante's Pigskinners Would Have Done Better if They Drafted Good Players

Draft Summary

Well, that draft was deflating. Not deflating in the kind of way where you get suspended for four games and then win a Super Bowl. Think more along the lines of where you suffer a bunch of losses, help everyone else in your league succeed, and ultimately miss the postseason. Plante's Pigskinners is projected to finish 12th in Celtic Fantasy Football League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,629 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Todd Gurley (second round), Dalvin Cook (third round), and Marshawn Lynch (fifth round). They've ultimately got the weakest TE tandem in the league, as they have Eric Ebron and Jason Witten on their team.

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Schedule

Ever wonder what exactly was inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Plante's Pigskinners should use Week 8 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have one of the most challenging slates. Along with having the second-most taxing overall schedule, Plante's Pigskinners also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Plante's Pigskinners, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Dalvin Cook) and fourth-ranked (Rex Burkhead) RBs.

  • WR or Bust

    Unfortunately, WR is the only strong position on Plante's Pigskinners. Fortunately, there's always next year.

  • Checked Out Early

    Plante's Pigskinners didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Plante's Pigskinners chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling?

    Plante's Pigskinners grabbed a sleeper in Aldrick Rosas with pick No. 190.

  • The Bargain Whisperer

    Plante's Pigskinners was hunting for steals throughout the draft, snapping up a trio of bargains in the first 10 rounds (Matt Ryan, Sammy Watkins, and Marshawn Lynch).

Player Analysis

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    Plante's Pigskinners Found Their WR1

    Among all wide receivers, only Mike Evans and Jordy Nelson appeared on more championship rosters than Brown last season.

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 22
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 307 touches, Todd Gurley is projected to rank fourth in the NFL in that category. Plante's Pigskinners demands more!

    • Dalvin Cook, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 27
    A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven

    Dalvin Cook went with the 27th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Plante's Pigskinners, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (23rd with 760) and TDs (24th with 6.4). Appears that Plante's Pigskinners just went with their gut on this one.

    • Tyreek Hill, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 46
    Rethinking That One

    While drafted 46th overall, Tyreek Hill isn't projected among the NFL's top-50 in either receiving TDs (89th with 4.6) or receiving yards (72nd with 761).

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 51
    Homecoming for Beast Mode

    Averaging 1,339 rush yards and 12 rush TDs per year from 2011-14, Lynch returns to football behind one of the most bruising offensive lines in the league.

Best Available

With five below-average positions on Plante's Pigskinners, K and TE are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Josh Lambo
    • Rank 229, ADP 136
    • Dustin Hopkins
    • Rank 230, ADP 136
    • Jared Cook
    • Rank 189, ADP 127
    • David Njoku
    • Rank 202, ADP 130
  • 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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Plante's Pigskinners
1. (3) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
2. (22) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
3. (27) Dalvin Cook (Min - RB)
4. (46) Tyreek Hill (KC - WR)
5. (51) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
6. (70) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
7. (75) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
8. (94) Brandon Marshall (NYG - WR)
9. (99) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
10. (118) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB - RB)
11. (123) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
12. (142) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
13. (147) Rex Burkhead (NE - RB)
14. (166) New York (NYG - DEF)
15. (171) Baltimore (Bal - DEF)
16. (190) Aldrick Rosas (NYG - K)

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