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Nicole's Neat Team Draft Report Card

Rob Gronkowski
Carson Palmer
DeAngelo Williams
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Despite Some Early Steals, Nicole's Neat Team Needs Help

Draft Summary

Maybe if Nicole's Neat 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 TLC Staff with a record of 6-8-0 (1,863 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Carson Palmer (12th overall), RB DeAngelo Williams (29th), WR Allen Robinson (32nd), and TE Rob Gronkowski (9th) within the first five rounds. They also built the best TE pair in the league, as they have Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen on their team.

Not bad, but you've still got room for improvement. Becoming a Toyota Hall Of Famer would certainly qualify. Nominate yourself now.


Nicole's Neat Team should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like what was the greatest thing before sliced bread? No, seriously, think about it. It's better than thinking about fantasy football that week. 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 a more-difficult-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for Nicole's Neat Team.

Draft Notes

  • QB Controversy?

    The coach of Nicole's Neat Team might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Carson Palmer) and second-drafted QB (Eli Manning) have very similar seasonal point projections.

  • Close to the Vest

    Nicole's Neat Team was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Decently Mediocre

    While the bottom half of the Nicole's Neat Team 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).

  • Team of Champions

    Nicole's Neat Team assembled a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Rob Gronkowski, Carson Palmer, and DeAngelo Williams.

  • It's How You Finish

    Nicole's Neat Team made every other squad look silly after some amazing halftime adjustments, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    Nicole's Neat Team nabbed a sleeper in Dwayne Allen with pick No. 129.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    A Repeat for Rob

    For the second straight year, Gronkowski appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other TE.

    • Carson Palmer, QB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Earning His Keep

    Carson Palmer is projected to finish fifth in the NFL in passing TDs with 29.8 and seventh in passing yards with 4,456.

    • D. Williams, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    If it Ain't Broke

    Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Nicole's Neat Team didn't grab their first RB (DeAngelo Williams) until the third round.

    • K. Benjamin, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    Rethinking That One

    While drafted 49th overall, Kelvin Benjamin isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (22nd with 7.3) or receiving yards (30th with 967).

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 52
    Was Matt Forte Worth it at Pick No. 52?

    Nicole's Neat Team sure hopes so. The Jets' running back is projected to have 206 points this year, almost the same as his total from last year.

Best Available

RB and DEF are projected to be the weakest units for Nicole's Neat Team.

    • Jonathan Stewart
    • Rank 54, ADP 63
    • Arian Foster
    • Rank 68, ADP 85
    • Minnesota Defense
    • Rank 179, ADP 112
    • Oakland Defense
    • Rank 184, ADP 122
  • 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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Nicole's Neat Team
1. (9) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (12) Carson Palmer (Ari - QB)
3. (29) DeAngelo Williams (Pit - RB)
4. (32) Allen Robinson (Jax - WR)
5. (49) Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR)
6. (52) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
7. (69) Golden Tate (Det - WR)
8. (72) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
9. (89) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
10. (92) Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR)
11. (109) Ryan Mathews (Phi - RB)
12. (112) Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR)
13. (129) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
14. (132) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
15. (149) T.J. Yeldon (Jax - RB)

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