South Side Spooks Draft Report Card

Jordan Howard
Dez Bryant
Drew Brees
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Slated for a Sixth-Place Finish, South Side Spooks is a Team to Watch

Draft Summary

Picking 12th, South Side Spooks put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected sixth-place finish in steely mcbeams sausages League (6-7-0, 1,992 points). With their first five picks, South Side Spooks aimed for balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (36th overall), RBs Jordan Howard (12th) and Marshawn Lynch (60th), and WRs Dez Bryant (13th) and Demaryius Thomas (37th). They wound up with one of the best WR combos in the league, as they have Bryant and Thomas on the crew.

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South Side Spooks should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a tougher-than-average slate. South Side Spooks will have to be on top of their game as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Strength in Numbers

    RB is the best position for South Side Spooks, though DEF and QB are also stronger-than-average.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    South Side Spooks will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Stephen Gostkowski) and only DEF (New England) will both be on bye that week.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    South Side Spooks has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jordan Howard and Drew Brees) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Chris Godwin, South Side Spooks pounced on him at pick No. 180.

  • If the Defense is Smithers, then Flacco is Mr. Burns

    Joe Flacco likes to burn defenses over the top, ranking third among all QBs with 5.8 plays over 40 yards.

  • South Side Spooks Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Chris Godwin at pick 180 was just a bit of a stretch. Godwin is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Jordan Howard, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 12
    Advanced Math

    If South Side Spooks had a nickel for every time Jordan Howard is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 287 nickels.

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

    Dez Bryant is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 94 projected catches rank fifth in the league.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 36
    A High-Volume Passer

    Brees led the NFL in attempts, completions, and passing yardage last season. Among all QBs, only Brady and Rodgers appeared on more championship rosters than the future Hall-of-Famer in 2016.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 37
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of steely mcbeams sausages League overlooked a gem, and South Side Spooks made the highest value pick of the round by taking Demaryius Thomas.

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 60
    The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, South Side Spooks got a steal in snatching Marshawn Lynch in the fifth round (60th overall pick vs. ADP of 35.2).

Best Available

With three subpar positions on South Side Spooks, TE and WR are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Antonio Gates
    • Rank 143, ADP 132
    • David Njoku
    • Rank 194, ADP 131
    • Sterling Shepard
    • Rank 154, ADP 126
    • Cooper Kupp
    • Rank 160, ADP 127
  • 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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South Side Spooks
1. (12) Jordan Howard (Chi - RB)
2. (13) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
3. (36) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (37) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
5. (60) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
6. (61) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
7. (84) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
8. (85) Mike Gillislee (NE - RB)
9. (108) New England (NE - DEF)
10. (109) Stephen Gostkowski (NE - K)
11. (132) Julius Thomas (Mia - TE)
12. (133) Tavon Austin (LAR - WR)
13. (156) Robby Anderson (NYJ - WR)
14. (157) Joe Flacco (Bal - QB)
15. (180) Chris Godwin (TB - WR)

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