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kNOwNAMES Draft Report Card

David Johnson
Rob Gronkowski
Dez Bryant
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Led by an Elite Group of RBs, kNOwNAMES Is Built to Take Home The Crown

Draft Summary

Thanks to a successful draft by the obviously skilled GM, kNOwNAMES turned the not-so-favorable sixth overall pick into a projected finish of first. They're expected to go 11-3-0 (1,604 points) in Bird up League. They waited until the ninth round to secure their top quarterback, picking up Philip Rivers with the 86th overall selection. They also have the top group of RBs in the league, as they have David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, and C.J. Anderson on the roster.

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Week 9 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. kNOwNAMES should look into the joys of scrapbooking, or bird-watching, or just anything that isn't fantasy football. It might not be pretty. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the easiest schedule. Along with the easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for kNOwNAMES.

Draft Notes

  • Good Luck With That One!

    kNOwNAMES will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Allen Hurns), fourth- (Vincent Jackson), and fifth-ranked (Travis Benjamin) wideouts.

  • Strength in Numbers

    TE is the best position for kNOwNAMES, though RB and K are also stronger-than-average.

  • Sky's the Limit

    With five players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, kNOwNAMES hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.

  • QB Controversy?

    The coach of kNOwNAMES might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Philip Rivers) and second-drafted QB (Andy Dalton) have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • Good to Have Balance, Right?

    While the bottom half of the kNOwNAMES roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).

  • Better Late Than Never

    kNOwNAMES finished on a high note, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

Player Analysis

    • David Johnson, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 6
    Johnson is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank third in the NFL with 322 touches.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Bird up League overlooked a gem, and kNOwNAMES made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Rob Gronkowski.

    • Dez Bryant, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 26
    A Nose for the End Zone

    Dez Bryant is expected to cross the goal line 9.5 times, placing him third in the NFL in projected receiving TDs. His 1,285 projected receiving yards also place him eighth in the league.

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 35
    Returning to Excellence

    He played in only six games, but Bell joined Adrian Peterson as the only NFL running backs to rush for 90+ yards per game last season.

    • C.J. Anderson, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 55
    Biggest Steal

    kNOwNAMES may have found a gem in the sixth round, grabbing C.J. Anderson (55th overall pick vs. ADP of 27.9).

Best Available

With three subpar positions on kNOwNAMES, WR and DEF are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Kamar Aiken
    • Rank 110, ADP 127
    • Devin Funchess
    • Rank 111, ADP 126
    • Buffalo Defense
    • Rank 190, ADP 135
    • 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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1. (6) David Johnson (Ari - RB)
2. (15) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
3. (26) Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)
4. (35) Le'Veon Bell (Pit - RB)
5. (46) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
6. (55) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
7. (66) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
8. (75) Allen Hurns (Jax - WR)
9. (86) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
10. (95) Matt Jones (Was - RB)
11. (106) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
12. (115) Travis Benjamin (SD - WR)
13. (126) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
14. (135) Dan Bailey (Dal - K)
15. (146) Tampa Bay (TB - DEF)

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