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12 teams, normal scoring(3 pts for passing TD)


QB Schaub

RB Grant

RB Mathews

WR Austin

WR Garcon

TE H. Miller

K Prater


BN Alex Smith

BN Best

BN Foster

BN McGahee

BN Harvin

BN Hester

BN Jacoby Jones


Considering the top two guys I wanted in like each of the first 4 rounds got taken, I think it turned out okay. Really happy with my RB and WR depth.

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I found this to be an excellent resource to rate your team:




Basically you enter in your team, enter in the specifics of your league (#of teams, scoring, #starters per pos) and then submit it and instantly it comes up with a detailed analysis of your team. It breaks down each position and how you drafted relative to projections, tells you where you are weak and strong, gives you suggestions for how to improve team, breaks down your schedule and byes, and calculates the odds of making the playoffs. Great stuff.


For example here is the first part of mine that I just did:


QB: Drew Brees, Matt Leinart, Jake Delhomme, Dennis Dixon

RB: Rashard Mendenhall, Shonn Greene, Ahmad Bradshaw, Clinton Portis

WR: Roddy White, Steve Smith, Terrell Owens, Jabar Gaffney, Johnny Knox

TE: Tony Gonzalez

PK: Robbie Gould

TD: Minnesota Vikings






We'll start by complimenting you on your strength at quarterback, receiver, and tight end. As you know, it's very difficult in a competitive league to assemble a team that is strong at QB, RB, and WR, so just about every team will have a weakness. As you probably suspect, we perceive yours to be at running back.


In 2010, that's not an instant fantasy team killer like it might have been five years ago. And in this particular case, we absolutely think you're strong enough elsewhere to overcome it. You've definitely got a good team here, but we'd feel better if we knew you were committed to keeping an eye out for the 2010 version of 2009's Ricky Williams, Jamaal Charles, or Fred Jackson.


Players we particularly like on this team include Jabar Gaffney, Terrell Owens, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Johnny Knox. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.


Bottom line:

With great inseason management, we think you have about a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs.

With good inseason management, we think you have about a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs.

With average inseason management, we think you have a 91 percent chance of making the playoffs


QB Summary:


Drew Brees is clearly a great anchor in a start-two-QB league. We have him ranked third among quarterbacks and estimate him at about 2.5 points per game better than an average QB1 in this league. But we're not so high on Matt Leinart as a QB2. We have him ranked 26th.


Jake Delhomme is a decent #3 quarterback. Dennis Dixon is a solid fourth QB.



RB Summary:


We like Shonn Greene as a second RB, but we consider your starting running backs, as a group, to be a little below par. Our projections have Rashard Mendenhall ranked ninth, Greene ranked 17th, and Ahmad Bradshaw ranked at #26.


Your bench looks good and should help offset the unexciting starting unit. We love Clinton Portis as a fourth running back.


Note that the above "thoughts" were generated by David Dodds's projections. Others have different takes:


Rashard Mendenhall is ranked #7 by some of our writers, which would make him a fine first running back. Jason Wood reasons, "In 12 starts, Mendenhall answered his critics who wondered if he could carry the load. He enters this season assuredly the lead dog, and may be THE offensive cornerstone while Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for the first 6 games. He's better selected as your RB2 though because of the incremental risk born by the loss of OT Willie Colon."



WR Summary:


Nice work here. We like all your starting receivers, as our projections indicate that they give you a combined 3.4 point-per-game advantage over an average opponent in this league. Roddy White is our #7 ranked receiver, Steve Smith is #14, Terrell Owens is #19, and we have Jabar Gaffney 28th.


Your bench also looks good. Tough to do better than Johnny Knox at WR5.


A quick note about the same-team White/Tony Gonzalez duo you've got here. Though the effect is probably negligible, this kind of pairing is likely to make your team more (not less) consistent than a comparable-scoring different-team pair. See this article (which was written before the 2008 season) for more discussion.


Crazy, it does not at all read like it's computer generated.

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They were less optimistic on my teams' chances. They also told me Rob Bironas wasn't starter caliber so screw them.


Yeah, they told me the same thing about Prater. They even let you switch between 4 different sets of projections. I liked the one that started with "Congratulations!" and told me I had to be a favorite in the league.

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This thing is awesome. I don't agree with it in totality, but it's still cool.


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QB: Aaron Rodgers, David Garrard

RB: Shonn Greene, Jonathan Stewart, Jerome Harrison, Arian Foster

WR: Greg Jennings, Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Wallace, Kenny Britt, Santonio Holmes

TE: Zach Miller, Ben Watson

PK: John Kasay

TD: New York Giants



This team is built around strong quarterback play. But it has some serious issues post-draft. Your only real core strength is at quarterback, yet that's often the easiest position to fill during the season. Your weaknesses at both running back and receiver put you in a hole before any games have played. To end up with a team constructed like this, you probably did not get value on some of your selections. The players themselves are not necessarily bad --- you just might have paid more than what they were worth.


To make this team into a serious contender, you are going to need to be extremely active in trades and on the waiver wire. You esentially need to turn over significant parts of this roster. Last year running backs like Ricky Williams, Jamaal Charles, and Fred Jackson all could be had dirt cheap at the draft. Additionally, wide receivers like Miles Austin, Sidney Rice, and Mike Sims-Walker were available after a lot of the drafts. You are likely going to need to land some of this year's top waiver plays, so pay close attention to increased workloads, targets, injuries, etc.


Players we particularly like on this team include Arian Foster and Mike Wallace. We have both these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.


Bottom line:

With great inseason management, we think you have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs.

With good inseason management, we think you have about a 35 percent chance of making the playoffs.

With average inseason management, we think you have a 16 percent chance of making the playoffs.

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