The River DFW (ID# 641490)

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Baby Ducklings Draft Report Card

Todd Gurley
Brandin Cooks
Keenan Allen
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Slated for a Seventh-Place Finish, Baby Ducklings Isn't Going to Scare Anyone

Draft Summary

Hopefully just because this draft was average, Baby Ducklings won't purchase a muscle car or jacked-up truck to overcompensate. And hey, with the right breaks, maybe this team can reach the playoffs. They are projected to finish seventh in The River DFW League with a record of 6-8-0 (1,504 points). They focused on having a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Ben Roethlisberger (51st overall), RB Todd Gurley (3rd), WR Brandin Cooks (22nd), and TE Jordan Reed (46th) within the first five rounds. They put together one of the best TE combos in the league, as they have Reed and Jason Witten on their team.

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


Baby Ducklings should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why there's only one word for thesaurus. That's still time better spent than checking fantasy football that week. Their top three projected scorers (Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Tannehill and Todd Gurley) will be off that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the toughest schedules. Along with having the third-most grueling overall schedule, Baby Ducklings also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    It's likely that in Week 8, Baby Ducklings will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Tannehill will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.

  • Highlight Reel

    Baby Ducklings is stacked at TE, but QB isn't too shabby, either.

  • A Stretch of the Imagination

    Grabbing Brice Butler at pick 171 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Butler is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

  • This Mr. Irrelevant gets No Parade

    In terms of projected points, the choice of Brice Butler was the weakest pick of the final round. You had one last chance and you blew it, Baby Ducklings.

Player Analysis

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    No RB by Committee Here

    Look up "workhorse back" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Todd Gurley. Baby Ducklings should be in good shape if he reaches his league-leading 349 projected touches this year.

    • Keenan Allen, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 27
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Keenan Allen is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 99 projected catches rank fifth in the league.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 46
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of The River DFW League overlooked a gem, and Baby Ducklings made the highest value pick of the round by taking Jordan Reed.

    • B. Roethlisberger, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 51
    Like a Prancing Unicorn

    Ben Roethlisberger is a fantasy dream. He's predicted to finish third in the NFL in passing TDs and second in passing yards. If he lives up to those numbers, it should mean good things for Baby Ducklings.

    • Josh Gordon, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 70
    It Was a Learning Experience

    Hey, remember that time Baby Ducklings took Josh Gordon WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Gordon was the weakest value pick of the round.

Best Available

With four below-average positions on Baby Ducklings, 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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Baby Ducklings
1. (3) Todd Gurley (LA - RB)
2. (22) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
3. (27) Keenan Allen (SD - WR)
4. (46) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
5. (51) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
6. (70) Josh Gordon (Cle - WR)
7. (75) Derrick Henry (Ten - RB)
8. (94) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
9. (99) Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR)
10. (118) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
11. (123) Christine Michael (GB - RB)
12. (142) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
13. (147) Jacksonville (Jax - DEF)
14. (166) Nick Folk (NYJ - K)
15. (171) Brice Butler (Dal - WR)

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