Swamp Donkey Draft Report Card

Marshawn Lynch
Derek Carr
Rob Gronkowski
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With Some Early Gambles, Swamp Donkey Has the Look of a Cellar Dweller

Draft Summary

With the first overall pick in the GEI TRASH TALKERS draft, Swamp Donkey selects. uh, let's actually just move on. because this team isn't very good. Despite having the top pick, they are projected to finish in the basement with a 1-13-0 (1,683 points) record. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Derek Carr (20th overall), RB Marshawn Lynch (1st), WR Demaryius Thomas (41st), and TE Rob Gronkowski (21st) within the first five rounds. They also ultimately ended up with the weakest set of WRs in the league, as they have Thomas, Tyrell Williams, Sammy Watkins, and Corey Davis for their rotation.

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Week 7 might require some waiver-wire magic from Swamp Donkey. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the most challenging schedules. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Swamp Donkey also has the most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • TE or Bust

    TE is the only above-average position group for Swamp Donkey.

  • Quarterback Controversy?

    The coach of Swamp Donkey might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted (Derek Carr) and second-drafted (Matthew Stafford) QBs have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • On the Rise

    Swamp Donkey hopes to break through this season, led by six players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.

  • Oakland Raiders Fan?

    Swamp Donkey is a believer in the hopes of the Oakland Raiders this season, grabbing a couple of players on that team sooner than their ADPs might suggest.

  • The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

    It seems like Swamp Donkey likes to gamble -- they rolled the dice on nine "high-risk" picks.

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling?

    Swamp Donkey grabbed a sleeper in Corey Davis with pick No. 141.

Player Analysis

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Beast Mode is Back

    Averaging 1,339 rush yards and 12 rush TDs per year across four full seasons in Seattle (2011-14), Lynch returns to football behind one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL.

    • Derek Carr, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    It's a Bold Strategy Cotton, Let's See if it Pays Off

    Derek Carr has an ADP of only 102.6 across all Yahoo! leagues, and wasn't quite worth the 20th overall pick.

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 3, Pick 21
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of GEI TRASH TALKERS League overlooked a gem, and Swamp Donkey made the highest value pick of the round by taking Rob Gronkowski.

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    Maybe Peterson Will Surprise

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Adrian Peterson was ultimately the weakest value pick of the round.

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 60
    Was Eddie Lacy the Best Choice at Pick No. 60?

    Swamp Donkey apparently thought so. The Seahawks' RB is projected to significantly exceed his production (39 points) from last season.

Best Available

With five subpar positions on Swamp Donkey, DEF and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Los Angeles Defense
    • Rank 177, ADP 125
    • Green Bay Defense
    • Rank 183, ADP 142
    • Jay Cutler
    • Rank 151, ADP 129
    • Joe Flacco
    • Rank 156, ADP 130
  • 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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Swamp Donkey
1. (1) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
2. (20) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
3. (21) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
4. (40) Adrian Peterson (Ari - RB)
5. (41) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
6. (60) Eddie Lacy (Sea - RB)
7. (61) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
8. (80) Darren McFadden (Dal - RB)
9. (81) Dalvin Cook (Min - RB)
10. (100) Julius Thomas (Mia - TE)
11. (101) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
12. (120) Tampa Bay (TB - DEF)
13. (121) Tyrell Williams (LAC - WR)
14. (140) Robby Anderson (NYJ - WR)
15. (141) Corey Davis (Ten - WR)
16. (160) Theo Riddick (Det - RB)
17. (161) Matt Prater (Det - K)

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