Cry Me A Rivers Draft Report Card

Devonta Freeman
Melvin Gordon
Tyreek Hill
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With an Elite Set of WRs, Cry Me A Rivers is Built to Take Home The Crown

Draft Summary

The GM of Cry Me A Rivers must be an angel, because this team looks like it fell from heaven. They were able to flip the 11th overall pick into an expected finish of first place with a record of 13-1-0 (1,672 points). They attacked the ground game early, using four of their first seven picks to snatch up RBs Devonta Freeman (first round), Melvin Gordon (second round), Frank Gore (sixth round) and Doug Martin (seventh round). They ultimately built one of the highest-scoring groups of WRs in the league, as they added Tyreek Hill, Kelvin Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to their rotation.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Cry Me A Rivers 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 season from start to finish, they have a weaker-than-average slate. Although they have the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Cry Me A Rivers actually has the second-hardest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At three different positions, Cry Me A Rivers picked up projected top-3 players (Justin Tucker, Tyreek Hill, and Jordan Reed).

  • The Best Player Plays

    Cry Me A Rivers is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4 years of NFL experience.

  • Team of Winners

    Cry Me A Rivers 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 (Melvin Gordon, Jordan Reed, and Justin Tucker).

  • Super Sleepers

    At picks No. 155 and 158, Cry Me A Rivers snagged a couple of late-round fliers with upside in Evan Engram and Deshaun Watson.

  • Dual-Threat Dynamo

    Deshaun Watson can deliver fantasy glory to Cry Me A Rivers with his arm and his legs. Watson has 372 projected rushing yards, and ranks fifth among QBs in that category.

  • A Stretch of the Imagination

    Grabbing Jalen Richard at pick 179 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Richard is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 11
    Freeman is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 272 touches.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Old Fashioned

    Cry Me A Rivers stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Devonta Freeman and Melvin Gordon before targeting other positions.

    • Tyreek Hill, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 35
    Better Lucky Than Good

    The rest of The Chicken Coop League overlooked a gem, and Cry Me A Rivers made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Tyreek Hill.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 59
    Rule 86

    When he's healthy, you start him. Despite taking a noticeable step back from his outstanding 2015 campaign, Reed continued rewarding owners last year. Among all NFL tight ends, only Jimmy Graham appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 62
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Frank Gore, the weakest value of the round.

Best Available

With three below-average positions on Cry Me A Rivers, QB and DEF are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Carson Wentz
    • Rank 122, ADP 130
    • Sam Bradford
    • Rank 160, ADP 124
    • Carolina Defense
    • Rank 156, ADP 107
    • Los Angeles Defense
    • Rank 172, 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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Cry Me A Rivers
1. (11) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
2. (14) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
3. (35) Tyreek Hill (KC - WR)
4. (38) Kelvin Benjamin (Buf - WR)
5. (59) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
6. (62) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
7. (83) Doug Martin (TB - RB)
8. (86) Marcus Mariota (Ten - QB)
9. (107) Tyrell Williams (LAC - WR)
10. (110) New York (NYG - DEF)
11. (131) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
12. (134) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
13. (155) Evan Engram (NYG - TE)
14. (158) Deshaun Watson (Hou - QB)
15. (179) Jalen Richard (Oak - RB)

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