In Mariota We Trust Draft Report Card

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Ezekiel Elliott
Brandin Cooks
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Predicted to Finish Seventh, Nick's Legit Team Has a Solidly Average Roster

Draft Summary

Entering the draft with the fifth overall pick, the expectations were high for Nick's Legit Team. Then they drafted. Those expectations vanished quickly with a projected mediocre seventh-place finish in Yahoo Public 56212 League at 6-8-0 (1,499 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 Brandin Cooks (third round), Alshon Jeffery (fourth round), and Michael Crabtree (fifth round). They wound up with one of the weakest tandems of QBs in the league, as they have Marcus Mariota and Eli Manning on the roster.

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Week 8 may not be very fun for Nick's Legit Team, as their top two projected scorers (Marcus Mariota and Eli Manning) will be on bye that week. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have a harder-than-average slate. Nick's Legit Team has the opportunity to come out firing, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Best Days are Behind Them?

    With four players projected to score significantly fewer points this season, Nick's Legit Team will be hoping the experts are wrong.

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    Nick's Legit Team grabbed a couple of QBs (Marcus Mariota and Eli Manning) that'll both be on bye in Week 8, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can try to call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly encouraged.

  • Team of Champions?

    Nick's Legit Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott, and LeGarrette Blount.

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Hoping to play the favorable matchups week-to-week, Nick's Legit Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Taking a Chance

    With their ninth-round pick, Nick's Legit Team threw caution to the wind. They took Matt Bryant at pick number 85 despite an ADP of 98.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

  • Breaking the Plane

    Despite just 734 projected rushing yards, LeGarrette Blount is slated for 9 rushing TDs this year.

Player Analysis

    • LeSean McCoy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Feed Thy Beast

    LeSean McCoy will get the ball early and often, and he's projected to finish ninth in the league with 278 touches.

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Old Fashioned

    Nick's Legit Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking LeSean McCoy and Ezekiel Elliott before targeting other positions.

    • Brandin Cooks, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 25
    Is his Production Open-Sourced?

    Brandin Cooks is sure to be running free through opposing defenses. He's projected to put up 1,244 receiving yards this year, ninth-most in the NFL.

    • Marcus Mariota, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 56
    Basic Math

    Michael Vick once claimed, "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain." With 405 projected rushing yards, Marcus Mariota can channel his inner Vick to help Nick's Legit Team this year.

    • M. Bennett, TE
    • Round 7, Pick 65
    Was Martellus Bennett the Right Call at Pick No. 65?

    Nick's Legit Team sure hopes so. The Packers' TE is projected to put up 130 points this year, after getting 113 last season.

Best Available

If Nick's Legit Team wants to upgrade, QB and RB are areas they could go after first.

    • Carson Wentz
    • Rank 132, ADP 130
    • Joe Flacco
    • Rank 148, ADP 130
    • Frank Gore
    • Rank 74, ADP 103
    • Bilal Powell
    • Rank 78, ADP 100
  • 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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In Mariota We Trust
1. (5) LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
2. (16) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
3. (25) Brandin Cooks (NE - WR)
4. (36) Alshon Jeffery (Phi - WR)
5. (45) Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR)
6. (56) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
7. (65) Martellus Bennett (NE - TE)
8. (76) Minnesota (Min - DEF)
9. (85) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
10. (96) LeGarrette Blount (Phi - RB)
11. (105) DeSean Jackson (TB - WR)
12. (116) Jack Doyle (Ind - TE)
13. (125) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
14. (136) Mike Wallace (Bal - WR)
15. (145) Cincinnati (Cin - DEF)

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