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Contract Year Draft Report Card

Julio Jones
Mark Ingram
Brandin Cooks
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Despite Reaching for a Few Early-Rounders, Contract Year Will Battle Every Week

Draft Summary

Putting together a playoff-caliber roster, Contract Year didn't break any records with this draft, but they put together a quality team that will be tough to match up against. Looking at their schedule, they figure to reach the playoffs with a 9-5-0 (1,546) record and fifth-place finish in Bird up League. They stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Julio Jones (first round), Brandin Cooks (third round), and Doug Baldwin (fifth round). They also built the worst QB tandem in the league, as they added Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan.

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Week 11 is not looking like a fun one for fantasy football. Contract Year 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 three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have one of the least difficult slates. Contract Year has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Contract Year will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Connor Barth) and only DEF (Arizona) will both be on bye that week.

  • Close to the Vest

    Contract Year was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Good to Have Balance, Right?

    While the bottom half of the Contract Year roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Contract Year has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Julio Jones and Mark Ingram) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Contract Year nabbed a sleeper in Tevin Coleman with pick No. 137.

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, Contract Year chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

Player Analysis

    • Julio Jones, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Just Heave it to Julio

    The lone NFL player to see 200 targets last season, only DeAndre Hopkins appeared on more championship rosters than Jones in 2015.

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 17
    Ingram is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 290 touches.

    • Doug Baldwin, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 44
    The Alchemist

    Contract Year chose a WR who's highly likely to turn a deep ball into TD gold. Doug Baldwin is projected to rank fourth among NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.1.

    • Carlos Hyde, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 57
    Biggest Steal

    Contract Year may have found a gem in the sixth round, grabbing Carlos Hyde (57th overall pick vs. ADP of 38.5).

    • Delanie Walker, TE
    • Round 7, Pick 64
    The Titan to Target

    Walker led all TEs in both targets (133) and receptions (94) last year, and received double-digit targets in seven of the 15 games in which he played.

Best Available

There are three positions that Contract Year could look to improve, including QB and K, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Marcus Mariota
    • Rank 105, ADP 121
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • Rank 128, ADP 132
    • Nick Folk
    • Rank 215, ADP 120
    • Josh Brown
    • Rank 217, ADP 137
  • 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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Contract Year
1. (4) Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
2. (17) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
3. (24) Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
4. (37) Latavius Murray (Oak - RB)
5. (44) Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR)
6. (57) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
7. (64) Delanie Walker (Ten - TE)
8. (77) DeSean Jackson (Was - WR)
9. (84) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
10. (97) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
11. (104) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
12. (117) Connor Barth (Chi - K)
13. (124) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
14. (137) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
15. (144) Torrey Smith (SF - WR)

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