John's Team Draft Report Card

Cam Newton
LeSean McCoy
Amari Cooper
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With Some Early Gambles, John's Team Needs Help

Draft Summary

Maybe if John's Team purchases a lift kit and some giant tires for this roster it won't seem so average. The playoffs are not out of reach for this team, but it will require some effort. They are projected to finish seventh in GEI TRASH TALKERS with a record of 7-7-0 (1,764 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Cam Newton (9th overall), RB LeSean McCoy (12th), WR Amari Cooper (29th), and TE Kyle Rudolph (49th) within the first five rounds. They also ended up landing one of the weakest groups of WRs in the league, as they added Cooper, Allen Robinson and DeVante Parker to their rotation.

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John's Team should use Week 8 to consider life's great mysteries, like why Greenland is ice and Iceland is green. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have five 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 fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first month and final month of the season project to be close to league-average in terms of difficulty for John's Team.

Draft Notes

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and John's Team may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    John's Team will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Mason Crosby) and only DEF (New York) will both be on bye that week.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    John's Team has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (LeSean McCoy and Amari Cooper) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Digging Deep

    Chris Hogan is owned in only 6% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward John's Team for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • Cam Newton, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

    By taking Cam Newton with the ninth overall pick, John's Team should have shown more patience. According to the signal-caller's ADP of only 75 across all Yahoo! leagues, he could've been chosen later. TLC would disapprove.

    • LeSean McCoy, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Feed Thy Beast

    LeSean McCoy will get the ball early and often, and he's projected to finish ninth in the league with 278 touches.

    • Amari Cooper, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Essentially Elite?

    Though he didn't burst into super-stardom like many predicted, Cooper still delivered last season: only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) were rostered more frequently by first-place fantasy squads in 2016.

    • C.J. Anderson, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven

    C.J. Anderson went with the 32nd overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for John's Team, he's projected to miss the top-20 in the NFL in both rushing yards (23rd with 780) and TDs (31st with 5.5). Appears that John's Team just went with their gut on this one.

    • Kyle Rudolph, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Valuable Viking

    No tight end saw more overall targets (or red zone targets) than Rudolph last season, and John's Team will hope that trend continues.

Best Available

If John's Team is looking to make a roster move, DEF is a position they could look to upgrade first.

    • Los Angeles Defense
    • Rank 177, ADP 125
    • Green Bay Defense
    • Rank 183, ADP 142
    • Jacksonville Defense
    • Rank 186, ADP 144
    • Oakland Defense
    • Rank 203, ADP 141
  • 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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John's Team
1. (9) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
2. (12) LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
3. (29) Amari Cooper (Oak - WR)
4. (32) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
5. (49) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
6. (52) Keenan Allen (LAC - WR)
7. (69) Thomas Rawls (Sea - RB)
8. (72) Allen Robinson (Jax - WR)
9. (89) DeVante Parker (Mia - WR)
10. (92) Jeremy Maclin (Bal - WR)
11. (109) New York (NYG - DEF)
12. (112) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
13. (129) Jack Doyle (Ind - TE)
14. (132) Paul Perkins (NYG - RB)
15. (149) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
16. (152) Chris Hogan (NE - WR)
17. (169) Derrick Henry (Ten - RB)

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