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The Real Balls Deep Draft Report Card

Adrian Peterson
Devonta Freeman
Alshon Jeffery
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Led by a Quality Group of RBs, The Real Balls Deep Is Loaded with Studs Everywhere

Draft Summary

The Real Balls Deep was able to invest the sixth pick well and looks positioned for some nice returns over the season. The proceeds from this draft include an overall projected finish of second in Down Set Hike League, as well an estimated 2,319 points and a record of 11-3-0. They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Adrian Peterson (first round), Devonta Freeman (second round), and Jamaal Charles (fourth round). If these players can play up to expectations, The Real Balls Deep can have some success. They are the most prolific group of RBs in the league.

Looks like somebody did their homework. With a draft like that, you could nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame with your eyes closed. Go on, we dare you.


Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, The Real Balls Deep has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have a tougher-than-average slate. The Real Balls Deep could run into an early buzz saw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Because Four Good Running Backs Wouldn't be Enough

    The Real Balls Deep drafted five stronger-than-average RBs, even though only three can be started each week.

  • On Autopilot

    Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for The Real Balls Deep, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Larry Fitzgerald) and fourth-ranked (Mike Wallace) wideouts.

  • Asset Allocation

    RB is the strongest position for The Real Balls Deep, though QB and K aren't too shabby either.

  • May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

    The Real Balls Deep might need to consult a fortune teller each week. Their top-drafted QB (Carson Palmer) and second-drafted QB (Matthew Stafford) have similar seasonal point projections.

  • Batman Needs Robin

    Just like Adrian Peterson needs Jerick McKinnon. The Real Balls Deep hedged their bets by snagging a couple of teammates with their first-round and 15th-round selections.

  • Team of Champions

    The Real Balls Deep is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Adrian Peterson, Devonta Freeman, and Carson Palmer).

Player Analysis

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 6
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 339 touches, Adrian Peterson is projected to rank second in the NFL in that category. How touching, The Real Balls Deep.

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 19

    The Real Balls Deep stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Adrian Peterson and Devonta Freeman right off the bat.

    • Alshon Jeffery, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 30
    183 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery

    Jeffery ranks seventh in the Down Set Hike League among wideouts with 183 projected fantasy points.

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 43
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Down Set Hike League overlooked a gem, and The Real Balls Deep made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Jamaal Charles.

    • Carson Palmer, QB
    • Round 6, Pick 67
    Was Carson Palmer the Best Choice at Pick No. 67?

    The Real Balls Deep apparently thinks so. The Cardinals' signal-caller is projected to earn 343 points this year, after putting up 381 last year.

Best Available

WR and TE are expected to be the worst positions for The Real Balls Deep and a potential area of need.

    • Chris Hogan
    • Rank 121, ADP 130
    • Tajae Sharpe
    • Rank 126, ADP 126
    • Eric Ebron
    • Rank 132, ADP 135
    • Jimmy Graham
    • Rank 135, ADP 122
  • 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 Balls Deep
1. (6) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
2. (19) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
3. (30) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
4. (43) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
5. (54) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
6. (67) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
7. (78) Rashad Jennings (NYG - RB)
8. (91) Alec Ogletree (LA - LB)
9. (102) Ameer Abdullah (Det - RB)
10. (115) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
11. (126) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
12. (139) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
13. (150) Sean Lee (Dal - LB)
14. (163) Blair Walsh (Min - K)
15. (174) Jerick McKinnon (Min - RB)
16. (187) Kenny Vaccaro (NO - S)
17. (198) Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)
18. (211) Mike Wallace (Bal - WR)

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