DENISE's Team Draft Report Card

Melvin Gordon
Michael Thomas
Aaron Rodgers
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Slated for an Eighth-Place Finish, DENISE's Team Should Have Autodrafted

Draft Summary

Meat Loaf once told USA Today that he had to file an extension because he chose to put together his fantasy-player draft list rather than work on his income-tax filing. The manager of DENISE's Team should aim for that level of dedication next time, as they're projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 56212 League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,472 points). They used a conservative plan early to fill out their lineup, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (28th overall), RBs Melvin Gordon (8th) and Marshawn Lynch (33rd), and WRs Michael Thomas (13th) and Emmanuel Sanders (48th). They also ended up landing the highest-scoring TE combo in the league, as they added Jordan Reed and Julius Thomas.


Week 8 might require some additional effort if they hope to win, as their top two projected scorers (Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer) will be resting that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first month and final month of the season project to be close to league-average in terms of difficulty for DENISE's Team.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    DENISE's Team will need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their three WRs with the most projected seasonal points (Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Willie Snead) will all be on bye that week.

  • Asset Management

    DENISE's Team is loaded at TE and QB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in Yahoo Public 56212 League?

  • Risk Averse

    DENISE's Team minimized risk by choosing six consistent players among their 15 picks.

  • Drink Plenty of Milk

    With an average of 8.4 years of NFL experience, DENISE's Team has the greatest chance of losing a player to osteoporosis.

  • Scraping the Wire in Week 8

    Grabbing two QBs (Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer) that share a bye week was a bold move by the manager of DENISE's Team.

  • You've Got To Be Kaeding Me

    DENISE's Team elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

Player Analysis

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    From San Diego to Los Angeles

    And now to DENISE's Team. Despite missing the final three games of the season, Gordon recorded the ninth-most touches (295) in the league, accounting for 1,416 total yards and 12 TDs.

    • Michael Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    177 More Reasons to Appreciate Michael Thomas

    Thomas ranks 10th in the Yahoo Public 56212 League among WRs with 177 projected fantasy points.

    • Aaron Rodgers, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Amazing Aaron

    Rodgers was the only quarterback to pass for 40 touchdowns last season, and among QBs, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters.

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 33
    Beast Mode is Back

    Averaging 1,339 rush yards and 12 rush TDs per year across four full seasons in Seattle (2011-14), Lynch returns to football behind one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 53
    Rule 86

    When he's healthy, you start him. Despite taking a noticeable step back from his outstanding 2015 campaign, Reed continued rewarding owners last year. Among all NFL tight ends, only Jimmy Graham appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters.

Best Available

DENISE's Team has three positions that may need to be addressed at some point, including WR and K, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Corey Davis
    • Rank 130, ADP 126
    • Breshad Perriman
    • Rank 133, ADP 132
    • Graham Gano
    • Rank 233, ADP 138
    • Wil Lutz
    • Rank 240, ADP 135
  • 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) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
2. (13) Michael Thomas (NO - WR)
3. (28) Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)
4. (33) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
5. (48) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
6. (53) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
7. (68) Willie Snead (NO - WR)
8. (73) Houston (Hou - DEF)
9. (88) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)
10. (93) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
11. (108) Brandon Marshall (NYG - WR)
12. (113) Eric Decker (Ten - WR)
13. (128) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
14. (133) Julius Thomas (Mia - TE)
15. (148) Chandler Catanzaro (NYJ - K)

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