Ryan's Team Draft Report Card

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A.J. Green
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Michael Thomas
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Christian McCaffrey
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After Some Early Gambles, Ryan's Team Hopefully Isn't Playing for Money

Draft Summary

Congratulations, Ryan's Team has earned a participation award. Because that's just about all they did in this draft, participate. This delightful roster (for the opposition) is projected to finish 10th in Make the League Great Again League with a record of 0-14-0 (1,558 points). If they have a bad season, it won't be due to a lack of wide receivers, as they used three of their first five selections to pick up WRs A.J. Green (first round), Michael Thomas (second round), and Martavis Bryant (fifth round). They put together one of the weakest groups of RBs in the league, as they have Christian McCaffrey, Mark Ingram, and LeGarrette Blount on the roster.

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Schedule

Week 11 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Ryan's Team should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just anything that isn't fantasy football. It might not be pretty. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the toughest schedule. Corresponding with the most taxing overall schedule, Ryan's Team also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Just Like Choosing Your Favorite Taylor Swift Song

    Ryan's Team will have some tricky calls to make each week at RB, with a slim projected points difference between their third- (LeGarrette Blount), fourth- (Rob Kelley), and fifth-ranked (Matt Forte) RBs.

  • WR or Bust

    WR is the only stronger-than-average position group for Ryan's Team.

  • AARP Card Arriving Soon

    With an average of 7.3 years of NFL experience, Ryan's Team is the team most likely to have a player qualify for a senior citizen discount.

  • Taking Some Time to get Warmed Up

    Ryan's Team got off to a lackluster start, winding up with the weakest projected point total in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

    And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, Ryan's Team chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Digging Deep

    Kenny Stills is owned in only 5% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Ryan's Team for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 6
    Ryan's Team Gets Groovy With Green

    A.J. averaged 11.0 targets, 7.3 receptions, and 107.1 yards in nine games prior to getting injured in Week 11 last year. The 29-year-old Bengals star is healthy and primed for a big campaign this season.

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    Just Heave it to Michael Thomas

    Thomas ranks 10th in the Make the League Great Again League among WRs with 177 projected fantasy points.

    • C. McCaffrey, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    How Rebellious of You

    Ryan's Team said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Christian McCaffrey).

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 35
    Taking a Chance

    With their fourth-round pick, Ryan's Team threw caution to the wind. They took Mark Ingram at pick number 35 despite an ADP of 75.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • M. Bryant, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 46
    Delivering Nightmares

    Martavis Bryant will look to haunt the dreams of opposing corners, as he's projected to finish sixth in the NFL with 9.9 receiving TDs.

Best Available

Ryan's Team has five positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including DEF and RB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Green Bay Defense
    • Rank 191, ADP 142
    • Jacksonville Defense
    • Rank 193, ADP 144
    • C.J. Prosise
    • Rank 126, ADP 125
    • James White
    • Rank 128, ADP 121
  • 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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Ryan's Team
1. (6) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
2. (15) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
3. (26) Christian McCaffrey (Car - RB)
4. (35) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
5. (46) Martavis Bryant (Pit - WR)
6. (55) LeGarrette Blount (Phi - RB)
7. (66) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
8. (75) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
9. (86) Rob Kelley (Was - RB)
10. (95) Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR)
11. (106) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
12. (115) Eric Decker (Ten - WR)
13. (126) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
14. (135) Carolina (Car - DEF)
15. (146) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)
16. (155) Kenny Stills (Mia - WR)

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