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ricky's Grand Team Draft Report Card

Adrian Peterson
Cam Newton
Thomas Rawls
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Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, ricky's Grand Team Will Be Alone at the Bottom

Draft Summary

Whatever strategy ricky's Grand Team used to build this team, it should be thrown out, because it didn't work. Picking 10th, they struggled to piece together a competitive team and as a result, are projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 828456 League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,512 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Adrian Peterson (first round), Thomas Rawls (third round), and Matt Forte (fourth round). They also landed the top QB pair in the league, as they added Cam Newton and Matt Ryan.

We're not mad. We're just disappointed. Go nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame to make it up to us.


Week 5 might require some artful managing from ricky's Grand Team. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for ricky's Grand Team.

Draft Notes

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With six "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, ricky's Grand Team is looking for dependable help.

  • Team of Champions

    ricky's Grand Team 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, Cam Newton, and Thomas Rawls).

  • Not Cashing In

    Although he ranks in the top-5 in projected passing yards (fourth with 4,548), Matt Ryan is expected to place only 24th in the NFL with 21.8 TD passes.

  • Take One Play Off and He'll Burn You Deep

    Matt Ryan is one of the most high-octane QBs in the NFL. Projections have him ranking fourth in both plays over 40 yards with 11.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.

  • Mr. Irrelevant

    In terms of projected points, the choice of Pierre Garcon with the 150th pick gave ricky's Grand Team the worst pick of the final round. This Mr. Irrelevant gets no parade, unfortunately.

Player Analysis

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Peterson is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank second in the NFL with 323 touches.

    • Cam Newton, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 11
    Did ricky's Grand Team Just Dab?

    Among QBs last season, only Tom Brady appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than the reigning league MVP.

    • Thomas Rawls, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 30
    Move Over Marshawn

    Rawls produced a ridiculous 5.6 YPC last season, and among all RBs, only Devonta Freeman and DeAngelo Williams appeared more often on first-place fantasy rosters.

    • John Brown, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 51
    Trigger Happy

    With their sixth-round pick, ricky's Grand Team pulled the trigger. They drafted John Brown at pick number 51 despite an ADP of just 85.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Allen Hurns, WR
    • Round 7, Pick 70
    Was the 70th Pick the Right Time for Allen Hurns?

    ricky's Grand Team apparently believes it is. The Jaguars' wide receiver is projected to put up only 122 points this year, after netting 161 last year.

Best Available

There are three positions that ricky's Grand Team could look to improve, including TE and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Ladarius Green
    • Rank 134, ADP 116
    • Eric Ebron
    • Rank 136, ADP 136
    • Michael Thomas
    • Rank 129, ADP 127
    • Phillip Dorsett
    • Rank 130, ADP 134
  • 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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ricky's Grand Team
1. (10) Adrian Peterson (Min - RB)
2. (11) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
3. (30) Thomas Rawls (Sea - RB)
4. (31) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
5. (50) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
6. (51) John Brown (Ari - WR)
7. (70) Allen Hurns (Jax - WR)
8. (71) Julius Thomas (Jax - TE)
9. (90) Tampa Bay (TB - DEF)
10. (91) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
11. (110) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
12. (111) Justin Forsett (Den - RB)
13. (130) Mohamed Sanu (Atl - WR)
14. (131) Jordan Cameron (Mia - TE)
15. (150) Pierre Garcon (Was - WR)

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