The River DFW (ID# 641490)

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Dak To The Future Draft Report Card

Ezekiel Elliott
Brandon Marshall
Doug Martin
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Despite a Set of Monster RBs, In Dak We Trust Should Have Attempted to Draft Players That are Good

Draft Summary

Despite selecting with the fifth overall pick, In Dak We Trust couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and drafted a roster that will have trouble winning. Opponents will enjoy beating this team with regularity, which is projected to finish 10th in The River DFW League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,475 points). With their first five picks, In Dak We Trust aimed for balance, selecting QB Carson Palmer (53rd overall), RBs Ezekiel Elliott (5th) and Doug Martin (29th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (20th) and Doug Baldwin (44th). They also have one of the best groups of RBs in the league, as they added Elliott, Martin, Matt Jones, and Bilal Powell.

Not bad, but you've still got room for improvement. Becoming a Toyota Hall Of Famer would certainly qualify. Nominate yourself now.


In Dak We Trust should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why do we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway? It will be better to think about that than to check fantasy football. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have the most difficult schedule. In addition to having the most grueling overall schedule, In Dak We Trust also has the league's toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Shouldering the Burden?

    In Dak We Trust has three above-average positions on their roster: RB, QB, and TE.

  • Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

    And then watch that basket. Ignoring roster depth, In Dak We Trust chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Team of Champions?

    In Dak We Trust 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: Brandon Marshall, Doug Martin, and Carson Palmer.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    In Dak We Trust grabbed a sleeper in Josh Doctson with pick No. 173.

  • Insider Trading?

    Bilal Powell is owned in only 5% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) In Dak We Trust has some solid insider sources, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Advanced Math

    If In Dak We Trust had a nickel for every time Ezekiel Elliott is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 296 nickels.

    • B. Marshall, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    181 Excuses to Cheer for Brandon Marshall

    Marshall ranks eighth in the The River DFW League among wideouts with 181 projected fantasy points.

    • Doug Martin, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Is His Jersey Made of Honey?

    Because the projections for Doug Martin are sweet! He's projected to be the 10th-best RB in the league this season.

    • Doug Baldwin, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 44
    Maybe Baldwin Will Surprise

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Doug Baldwin was the weakest value pick of the round.

    • Carson Palmer, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 53
    Earning His Keep

    Carson Palmer is projected to finish fifth in the NFL in passing TDs with 29.9 and seventh in passing yards with 4,463.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on In Dak We Trust, WR and DEF are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Tajae Sharpe
    • Rank 126, ADP 126
    • Rishard Matthews
    • Rank 144, ADP 132
    • Buffalo Defense
    • Rank 190, ADP 133
    • Philadelphia Defense
    • Rank 206, ADP 142
  • 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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Dak To The Future
1. (5) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
2. (20) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
3. (29) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
4. (44) Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR)
5. (53) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
6. (68) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
7. (77) Matt Jones (Was - RB)
8. (92) Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
9. (101) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
10. (116) New England (NE - DEF)
11. (125) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
12. (140) Bilal Powell (NYJ - RB)
13. (149) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)
14. (164) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
15. (173) Josh Doctson (Was - WR)

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