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The Real Deal Draft Report Card

Eddie Lacy
Drew Brees
Jordan Matthews
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In Spite of Some Early-Round Value Picks, The Real Deal Is Going to Have a Rough Season

Draft Summary

What's important The Real Deal is that you have fun, regardless of the final score. Like that quote from Vince Lombardi, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Oh wait no, that's not the right quote for this. Turns out there aren't many quotes about having fun and losing, so let's just get to the projections. The Real Deal is expected to finish ninth in Dynasty 2015 League with a record of 4-9-0 (2,309 points).

Not bad, but you've still got room for improvement. Becoming a Toyota Hall Of Famer would certainly qualify. Nominate yourself now.

Keeper Summary

The Real Deal took advantage of all five of their keeper positions, focusing on roster balance. They chose to hold on to a QB (Drew Brees, 45.6 ADP), RB (Eddie Lacy, 27.9 ADP), WR (Julian Edelman, 45.4 ADP), and TE (Greg Olsen, 42.8 ADP) as their keepers. From an ADP perspective, their top-ranked keeper (Eddie Lacy), is less valuable than a first-round draft choice. Overall, the five highest-ranked keepers on The Real Deal are projected to be substantially less productive (by 14.3%) than the draft picks they replaced.


The Real Deal should use Week 5 to finally build that mini trainyard. Really just about anything other than checking fantasy football will do. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for The Real Deal.

Draft Notes

  • A Dominating Duo

    QB and RB are both projected to be really solid units for The Real Deal.

  • In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

    The GM of The Real Deal must have had to leave their draft party early. After tallying the most projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they racked up the fewest during the second half.

  • Top Heavy

    The top half of the The Real Deal roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1). The bottom of the roster, unfortunately, is rated as the league's weakest.

  • Single-Bar Facemasks

    The Real Deal knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

  • Checked Out Early

    The Real Deal 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.

  • Full Control Early On

    The Real Deal began things with a bang, nabbing the most projected points in the league during the draft's first half.

Player Analysis

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 13

    The Real Deal drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He's projected to drop bombs on DBs this year, to lead NFL QBs in plays over 40 yards with 12.6 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.8.

    • J. Matthews, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 23
    Trigger Happy

    With their third-round pick, The Real Deal pulled the trigger. They drafted Jordan Matthews at pick number 23 despite an ADP of just 69.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 33
    All Over the Field

    Greg Olsen is projected to rank among the top-5 for TEs in both receiving TDs (fourth with 6.9) and receiving yards (third with 947).

    • Julian Edelman, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 43
    PPR Superhero

    Julian Edelman is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 93 projected catches rank eighth in the league.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 53
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, The Real Deal got a steal in snatching Brandin Cooks in the sixth round (53rd overall pick vs. ADP of 21.6).

Best Available

With four subpar positions on The Real Deal, DEF and K are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Cincinnati Defense
    • Rank 190, ADP 137
    • Buffalo Defense
    • Rank 191, ADP 130
    • Blair Walsh
    • Rank 211, ADP 92
    • Shayne Graham
    • Rank 212, ADP 95
  • 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 Real Deal
1. (3) Eddie Lacy (GB - RB)
2. (13) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
3. (23) Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR)
4. (33) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
5. (43) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
6. (53) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
7. (63) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
8. (73) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
9. (83) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
10. (93) Graham Gano (Car - K)
11. (103) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
12. (113) DeVante Parker (Mia - WR)
13. (123) J.J. Watt (Hou - DE)
14. (133) New York (NYG - DEF)
15. (143) Connor Barth (Chi - K)
16. (153) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)

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