Beats by Ray Draft Report Card

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Dez Bryant
Mike Gillislee
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Projected to Finish Ninth, Beats by Ray Will Be Alone at the Bottom

Draft Summary

The late Maya Angelou once said the greatest gift you can give yourself is forgiveness. Beats by Ray should consider taking that advice to heart after yielding a projected finish of ninth (3-11-0 2,072 points) despite drafting in the 7 slot. They aimed for having a balanced roster throughout, taking QB Tom Brady (7th overall), RBs Mike Gillislee (27th) and Joe Mixon (47th), and WRs Dez Bryant (14th) and Tyreek Hill (34th). They ultimately collected the weakest group of RBs in the league, as they added Mixon, Gillislee, Eddie Lacy, and Jonathan Stewart.

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Beats by Ray should use Week 6 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average slate. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Beats by Ray also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-hardest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Positional Fortitude

    Beats by Ray has four stronger-than-average positions with QB and DEF projected to lead the way.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At three different positions, Beats by Ray picked up projected top-two players (Tom Brady, Jimmy Graham, and Seattle).

  • New England Patriots Fan?

    Beats by Ray reached twice to draft a New England Patriots player.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Beats by Ray has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Tom Brady and Jimmy Graham) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Very Sneaky, Beats by Ray

    They nabbed a sleeper in Austin Hooper with pick No. 127.

  • Earning His Keep

    Projections have Kirk Cousins finishing with 28.7 passing TDs and 4,671 yards, good enough to rank him at 10th and third respectively.

Player Analysis

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Bravo, Brady

    For the second consecutive season, Tom appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other QB. Over that 28-game stretch, he's averaged 297.3 yards, 2.3 TDs, and 0.3 INTs per outing.

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    PPR Superhero

    Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 94 projected catches rank fifth in the league.

    • Mike Gillislee, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 27
    How Rebellious of You

    Beats by Ray said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Mike Gillislee).

    • Tyreek Hill, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 34
    Rethinking That One

    Tyreek Hill went with the 34th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-50 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (89th) and receiving yards (68th) with 4.6 and 758 respectively.

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 54
    Scintillating Seahawk

    A bargain at his ADP last season, no tight end appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Jimmy Graham.

Best Available

Beats by Ray is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their weakest unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

    • Spencer Ware
    • Rank 90, ADP 61
    • Thomas Rawls
    • Rank 106, ADP 120
    • Jeremy Hill
    • Rank 111, ADP 116
    • Jacquizz Rodgers
    • Rank 124, ADP 125
  • 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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Beats by Ray
1. (7) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
2. (14) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
3. (27) Mike Gillislee (NE - RB)
4. (34) Tyreek Hill (KC - WR)
5. (47) Joe Mixon (Cin - RB)
6. (54) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
7. (67) Taylor Gabriel (Atl - WR)
8. (74) Eddie Lacy (Sea - RB)
9. (87) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
10. (94) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
11. (107) Tavon Austin (LAR - WR)
12. (114) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
13. (127) Austin Hooper (Atl - TE)
14. (134) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
15. (147) Marvin Jones Jr. (Det - WR)

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