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Dez Bryant
Rob Gronkowski
Melvin Gordon
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Loaded With Cowboys, Cowboys88 Will Be Alone at the Bottom

Draft Summary

Cowboys88 should consider renaming the team "Learning Experience," because that's what this draft was. Picking eighth, Cowboys88 bumbled their way through their picks, leading to a projected finish of eighth in BeerDrinkersUnite League with a record of 5-8-0 (2,465 points). They waited until the eighth round to secure their top quarterback, picking up Tony Romo with the 73rd overall selection. They put together the best TE tandem in the league, as they have Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


Ever wonder what exactly was inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Cowboys88 should use Week 7 to solve the mystery, since they certainly won't be winning. They have seven players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Cowboys88 has a chance to come out of the gate hot and close strong, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Banking on Big D

    The fantasy hopes of Cowboys88 rest heavily on the fortunes of Jerry Jones and crew, as they have six Cowboys on their roster.

  • On Autopilot

    Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for Cowboys88, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Larry Fitzgerald) and fourth-ranked (Travis Benjamin) wideouts.

  • QB Controversy?

    The coach of Cowboys88 might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Tony Romo) and second-drafted QB (Matt Ryan) have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Cowboys88 will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 7, as their only K (Dan Bailey) and only DEF (Carolina) will both be on bye that week.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Cowboys88 has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Rob Gronkowski and DeAngelo Williams) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Not Cashing In

    Although he ranks in the top-5 in projected passing yards (fourth with 4,548), Matt Ryan is expected to place only 24th in the NFL with 21.8 TD passes.

Player Analysis

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    292 Reasons for Cowboys88 to Appreciate Dez Bryant

    Bryant ranks sixth in the BeerDrinkersUnite League among WRs with 292 projected fantasy points.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    A Repeat for Rob

    For the second straight year, Gronkowski appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other TE.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    If it Ain't Broke

    Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Cowboys88 didn't grab their first RB (Melvin Gordon) until the third round.

    • Chris Ivory, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 33
    A Bit of a Reach

    Cowboys88 went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Chris Ivory has an ADP of 96.8, but he was grabbed at pick No. 33. Patience is a virtue, Cowboys88.

    • D. Williams, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 53
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting DeAngelo Williams, the weakest value of the round.

Best Available

While Cowboys88 is expected to be weak across three positions, RB is definitely their weakest unit and an area of need.

    • Charles Sims
    • Rank 114, ADP 128
    • Tevin Coleman
    • Rank 117, ADP 128
    • Bilal Powell
    • Rank 122, ADP 126
    • Kenneth Dixon
    • Rank 157, ADP 127
  • 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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1. (8) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
2. (13) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
3. (28) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
4. (33) Chris Ivory (Jax - RB)
5. (48) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
6. (53) DeAngelo Williams (Pit - RB)
7. (68) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
8. (73) Tony Romo (Dal - QB)
9. (88) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
10. (93) Carolina (Car - DEF)
11. (108) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
12. (113) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
13. (128) Travis Benjamin (LAC - WR)
14. (133) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
15. (148) Terrance Williams (Dal - WR)
16. (153) Alfred Morris (Dal - RB)
17. (168) Patrick Peterson (Ari - CB)

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