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Ponderosa Reds Draft Report Card

Cam Newton
Dez Bryant
Alshon Jeffery
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Although They Stretched for Some Early Picks, Ponderosa Reds Will Be a Tough Out

Draft Summary

Ponderosa Reds put together an underrated roster that might not dominate week in and week out, but will be firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by season's end. They're projected to finish the season with an 8-6-0 (2,292) record in Tilt B Shift League, which will be good enough for fifth. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Dez Bryant (second round), Alshon Jeffery (third round), and T.Y. Hilton (fifth round). They also have the bottom RB combo in the league, as they added Doug Martin and Latavius Murray.

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Week 7 might require some artful managing from Ponderosa Reds, as their top two projected scorers (Cam Newton and Dez Bryant) will have a bye week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Ponderosa Reds.

Draft Notes

  • Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    Ponderosa Reds is a believer in the hopes of the Carolina Panthers this year, grabbing a pair of players on that squad earlier than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Fantasy FĂștbol

    This is the American version, folks. Ponderosa Reds elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Ponderosa Reds has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Cam Newton and Doug Martin) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Ponderosa Reds grabbed a sleeper in Bruce Ellington with pick No. 161.

  • Did Stretch Armstrong Make That Pick?

    Grabbing Garrett Celek at pick 81 was definitely a reach. Celek is owned on just a handful of teams across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Cam Newton, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Did Ponderosa Reds Just Dab?

    Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than Carolina's signal-caller.

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    273 More Reasons to Appreciate Dez Bryant

    Bryant ranks seventh in the Tilt B Shift League among WRs with 273 projected fantasy points.

    • Alshon Jeffery, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 21
    On a Scale of 1 to America

    How free will Alshon Jeffery get in the secondary? He's projected to put up 1,348 receiving yards this year.

    • Mike Tolbert, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 60
    That Just Happened

    Why can't I find Mike Tolbert on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late-round value."

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 7, Pick 61
    Was the 61st Pick the Right Time for Demaryius Thomas?

    Ponderosa Reds apparently believes it is. The Broncos' wide receiver is projected to earn 215 points this year, after putting up 267 last year.

Best Available

Ponderosa Reds is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (TE and RB), but TE is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

    • Zach Ertz
    • Rank 91, ADP 76
    • Zach Miller
    • Rank 134, ADP 136
    • Vance McDonald
    • Rank 145, ADP 138
    • Virgil Green
    • Rank 155, ADP 128
  • 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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Ponderosa Reds
1. (1) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
2. (20) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
3. (21) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
4. (40) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
5. (41) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
6. (60) Mike Tolbert (Car - RB)
7. (61) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
8. (80) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
9. (81) Garrett Celek (SF - TE)
10. (100) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
11. (101) Teddy Bridgewater (Min - QB)
12. (120) Adam Vinatieri (Ind - K)
13. (121) Dorial Green-Beckham (Phi - WR)
14. (140) Latavius Murray (Oak - RB)
15. (141) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
16. (160) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
17. (161) Bruce Ellington (SF - WR)

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