The Winking Beard Draft Report Card

Tom Brady
Jordy Nelson
Ezekiel Elliott
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Despite Reaching for a Few Players, The Winking Beard Won't Go Down Easily

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, The Winking Beard 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 7-6-0 record (1,858 points) and third-place finish in Georgia Dawgs League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Jordy Nelson (second round), Davante Adams (fourth round), and Michael Crabtree (fifth round). They've ultimately got the weakest TE combo in the league, as they have Kyle Rudolph and Cameron Brate.

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The Winking Beard can chalk up Week 10 as a loss. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the weakest slates. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, The Winking Beard also has the softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Highlight Reel

    The Winking Beard is loaded at QB, but DEF isn't too shabby, either.

  • Oakland Raiders Fan?

    The Winking Beard reached twice to draft an Oakland Raiders player.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    The Winking Beard will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only K (Caleb Sturgis) and only DEF (Kansas City) will both be on bye that week.

  • 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 9.4 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 7 with 4.9 years).

  • You Almost Got It Right

    The top half of the The Winking Beard roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • Going Out with a Whimper

    The Winking Beard didn't end the night the way they might have liked, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    Brilliant Brady

    For the second consecutive year, Tom appeared on more championship rosters than any other QB. He's averaged 297.3 yards, 2.3 TDs, and 0.3 INTs per regular-season game over that stretch.

    • Jordy Nelson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Nifty Nelson

    Jordy Nelson returned to form last year after missing all of 2015. The Packers wideout led the league in red zone targets, and only Mike Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters last season.

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 19
    Wait For It

    The Winking Beard held off on drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to snag their "lead back" (Ezekiel Elliott).

    • M. Crabtree, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 35
    Rethinking That One

    Michael Crabtree went with the 35th pick, but is projected to fall outside of the top-30 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (31st) and receiving yards (33rd) with 7.5 and 1,001 respectively.

    • Kyle Rudolph, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 46
    Valuable Viking

    No tight end saw more overall targets (or red zone targets) than Rudolph last season, and The Winking Beard will hope that trend continues.

Best Available

There are four positions that The Winking Beard could look to upgrade, including RB, which looks like their biggest area of need.

    • C.J. Anderson
    • Rank 47, ADP 72
    • Ameer Abdullah
    • Rank 51, ADP 90
    • Mark Ingram
    • Rank 53, ADP 75
    • Tevin Coleman
    • Rank 63, ADP 89
  • 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 Winking Beard
1. (3) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
2. (14) Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)
3. (19) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
4. (30) Davante Adams (GB - WR)
5. (35) Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR)
6. (46) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
7. (51) Kansas City (KC - DEF)
8. (62) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
9. (67) Landon Collins (NYG - S)
10. (78) Khalil Mack (Oak - DE)
11. (83) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
12. (94) Cameron Brate (TB - TE)
13. (99) Morgan Burnett (GB - S)
14. (110) Kwon Alexander (TB - LB)
15. (115) Jamaal Charles (Den - RB)
16. (126) Caleb Sturgis (Phi - K)

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