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2015 DFU 1st Round Mock Draft

Here we go again folks. The days are getting shorter. Training camp is in full swing. Suspensions are being handed out and the appeals are starting. The Jets had something horrifically stupid happen. Smells like football to me.

And with football comes the 2015 DFU Draft. The reason why you are ‘that guy’ at work. It’s virtually heresy to have a draft without a mock. Mel Kiper wasn’t available, so you’re stuck with me.

This year’s first round shows the success of using draft picks to change your team. Several teams have stocked up this year. Only 8 of the 12 teams have picks in the 1st round. Both the Shockers and the Bad Boys are sporting 2 1st round picks, while Franconia has 3, picks. 2 of which are in the top 5.

As usual, I have made up a bunch of math that doesn’t make sense to anyone but me. This is an attempt to be objective. (HAHAHAHAHA…objective)
If you care about the formula used, it’s at the end of the article…sicko.

On to the mock.

1st Round Order:

  1. Palmer Porn Stars
  2. Franconia Destroyers
  3. Franconia Destroyers
  4. NC Shockers
  5. NC Shockers
  6. Neverland Lost Boys
  7. Danville Ironmen
  8. Las Vegas Wild
  9. Franconia Destroyers
  10. Bethlehem Bad Boys
  11. Texas Lone Stars
  12. Bethlehem Bad Boys

1st Pick: Palmer Porn Stars

  • 2014 Record: 1-12
  • Conference Record: 0-7
  • Division Record: 0-4
  • Weighted Needs:
    • WR
    • RB
    • TE
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Philip Rivers
    • RB: Mark Ingram
    • RB: Chris Ivory
    • WR: Brandon Marshall
    • WR: Brandin Cooks
    • WR: Dwayne Bowe
    • TE: Owen Daniels

Palmer worked hard last season. Through diligent effort and pain he earned the right to hold the #1 pick in the DFU draft. With the number one pick, there’s not a lot of discussion about need. Number 1 is about worth. Palmer needs WRs as bad as any team in the league. Amari Cooper would improve the team dramatically. But there’s two 1st round running backs on the board. You don’t pass on a potential stud RB no matter what you have on your roster.

The choice then comes down to Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley. This is not really a choice. Yes Gurley has a bum knee. Yes, he is probably not going to help this year. When you’re picking number one it doesn’t matter. The Porn Stars are not one player away from competition.

With the 1st pick in the 2015 DFU Mock draft, the Palmer Porn Stars select Todd Gurley, RB, Saint Louis Rams.

Gurley is probably the riskiest consensus number one dynasty draft pick in years. He has an injury history in college that culminated in a torn ACL last year. He’s still rehabbing and may not be ready for week 1. Put on a highlight real and forget all that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YueOldW_8tc

The kid looks like Marcus Allen. Tall, lanky, deceptively powerful, slippery between the tackles, routinely makes multiple guys miss and punishes them when they don’t. Give Gurley a hint of daylight and he’s gone. Gordon simply can’t do this. Cooper plays for Oakland. It’s a no-brainer.

2nd Pick: Franconia Destroyers

  • 2014 Record: 10-3
  • Conference Record: 6-1
  • Division Record: 4-0
  • Weighted Needs:
    • RB
    • QB
    • WR
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Tony Romo
    • RB: Latavius Murray
    • RB: Jonathan Stewart
    • WR: Dez Bryant
    • WR: Emmanuel Sanders
    • WR: Victor Cruz (?)
    • TE: Jason Witten

How in the hell did this team win the championship. And how the hell does the league champion from the year before have 3 1st round picks? I blame all of us. The burden of this shame is a shared burden.

SON OF A…!!!!

Well, the good news is that I only have to do this once for 3 picks.

Franconia has serious needs at 3 of four possible positions. He has the worst running back situation of the teams drafting in the 1st. The Destroyers top end WRs are awesome. The Destroyers WR depth is non-existent. Franconia’s only QB on the roster (Tony Romo) is one hug away from needing a back replacement surgery. Lucky for him he has the juice to fill all his needs if he chooses. Plus he holds the 2nd and the 3rd overall picks to start doing it with.

SON OF A…!!!!

With needs at both WR and RB, Franconia takes the only two players who could be considered viable replacement number 1 picks in place of Todd Gurley.

With the 2nd Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Franconia Destroyers select Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers.

http://s292.photobucket.com/user/mushin9/media/2015%20DFU%20Mock/Melvin%20Gordon.jpg

Watching Melvin Gordon is like watching a clone of Jamaal Charles. Dreds, check. Number 25, check. Breaking dudes ankles with lateral cuts that may not be human, check. Here look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B4GcJln_gM

Before you fall over yourself, this kid looks like Jamaal Charles, but he’s not Jamaal Charles. He doesn’t have the same speed that Charles has. Gordon also ran behind one of the best lines in college football. But he doesn’t have to be Jamaal Charles to be a fantasy beast. He instantly upgrades the Destroyers running back corps, and becomes the #1 back on the squad.

3rd Pick: Franconia Destroyers

With the 3rd Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Franconia Destroyers select Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Cooper is the real deal. Most rookie WRs need a year or two to marinate before they can be counted on as starters. Cooper is not most rookie WRs.


Not only is Cooper a polished route runner with ideal size, he enters an ideal situation in Oakland. The Raiders have just enough offensive weapons to make defenses think twice about double covering, but not enough offensive weapons to stop their young QB from looking to Cooper as his first target on every pass play.
DAMN YOU FRANCONIA!!!!!

4th Pick: NC Shockers

  • 2014 Record: 11-2
  • Conference Record: 5-2
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • NONE
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Aaron Rodgers
    • RB: Adrian Peterson
    • RB: Le’Veon Bell
    • WR: Jeremy Maclin
    • WR: DeSean Jackson
    • WR: Steve Smith Sr.
    • TE: Jimmy Graham

The NC Shockers are the only team in this year’s draft that has no pressing offensive needs by the numbers. The Shockers have the top RB group, the top QB group and the 2nd best WR group based on last year’s stats. The team should be dismantled for hoarding all those RBs. Let’s start a petition…
Not only do the Shockers have lack of needs, they also have 2 picks in the 1st round back to back. Whatever man, whatever.
It’s not all roses in the WR department. Maclin moved on to KC where they don’t throw the ball. Steve Smith Sr is retiring next year. DeSean Jackson is getting injured by inanimate objects. Time for the Shockers to inject new blood at the WR position. The draft board couldn’t line up any more perfectly for NC

With the 4th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the NC Shockers select Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

Yes, yes, I know. White is hurt and probably out for the year. The NC Shockers have the roster to IR a 1st round pick and sit on him for however long that player needs. When healthy, Kevin White is the 2nd best WR in the draft. During draft season it was even argued that he is better than Cooper because he has more talent that simply needs to be developed. You decide:


The Shockers take White and redshirt him for a year. When Steve Smith Sr steps off the field the Shockers won’t miss a beat (and will most likely be better).

5th Pick: NC Shockers

With the 5th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the NC Shockers select Davante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

In this mock the Shockers double down on the best talent/injury bet line. There were 3 elite WRs this draft. The Shockers get both #2 and #3 with White followed by Parker. Parker could actually end up being the best out of the bunch. Davante played in just 7 games last year due to a foot injury. He still managed to rack up 855 yards, 5 TDs and 19.9 yards per catch. He was Louisville’s only weapon. Entire defensive schemes were designed to stop him. Those schemes didn’t even slow him down:

Parker needs refinement. He’s still learning the full route tree, but watch out when he does.

6th Pick: Neverland Lost Boys

  • 2014 Record: 6-7
  • Conference Record: 3-4
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • WR
    • RB
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Peyton Manning
    • RB: CJ Anderson
    • RB: Giovani Bernard
    • WR: Kelvin Benjamin
    • WR: Roddy White
    • WR: Eric Decker
    • TE: Martellus Bennett

Neverland has an interesting roster. His need at WR is clear. Kelvin Benjamin looks like he’s going to be a top line starter, but the depth behind him is atrocious. Roddy White is nearing the end of his career and Eric Decker has a broken jaw QB to rely on. Running back could use a blue chipper, but there are none available on the draft board.

Quarterback is the real wild card for Neverland. The Lost Boys QB roster currently consists of Peyton Manning, Jay Cutler and Ryan Mallet. If you squint real hard…no, never mind, not even squinting helps how that looks. Neverland needs a QB. There are two guys to choose from at 1.6 if he wants to go that direction. This is my mock. He’s not going that direction.

With the 6th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Neverland Lost Boys select Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor sure looked good in the first preseason game despite Mark Sanchez’s inaccuracy. Agholor isn’t as good of a WR prospect as the 3 guys taken before him, but he’s built for Chip Kelly’s offense. Smooth route runner who shows his true value when running after the catch. Like this:

The Eagles offense has supported multiple 1,000 yard receivers in the past with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Neverland will take Nelson and hope Sam Bradford/Mark Sanchez can recreate the magic that Mike Vick/Nick Foles produced in the Chip system. As an added bonus Agholor is deadly on returns. It’s unclear if the Eagles will actually use the rookie as a return man, but a special teams touchdown from time to time will make the Lost Boys giddy.

7th Pick: Danville Ironmen

  • 2014 Record: 6-7
  • Conference Record: 3-4
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • QB
    • WR
    • RB
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Andy Dalton
    • RB: Matt Forte
    • RB: Tre Mason
    • WR: Golden Tate
    • WR: Keenan Allen
    • WR: Doug Baldwin
    • TE: Rob Gronkowski

Danville has a ton of nice, young pieces on the roster. Yet, nothing about the Ironville roster scares opponents. He has THE tight end in the NFL, but not much else. Forte started to show signs of age late last season. Running back is definitely in play for the pick.

Quarterback is a bigger need by the numbers. Andy Dalton has his moments for sure. Rock solid, Dalton isn’t going to lose games for you. Noodle armed, Andy Dalton is not winning you any games either. Looking at the draft board Danville can reach for a 2nd tier RB or pick the top QB on the board. No reaching today.

With the 7th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Danville Ironmen select Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston is a gifted athlete with a cannon for an arm. He has consistently displayed the ‘it’ factor required of a quarterback. Known for his leadership, anticipatory throws, crab legs and sexual assaults Winston embodies today’s NFL ideals. He compares favorably to Ben Rothlesberger. Unlike the Pittsburgh sexual assault master, Winston starts his career on a team loaded with pass catchers. Tall pass catchers at that. That worked out pretty well for Winston at Florida State.

If Danville pulls the trigger on Winston he needs to be patient. The only thing Jameis likes more than crab legs are interceptions in bunches. Rewards go to the patient. Winston is not the next Andrew Luck, but he still has top 5 QB potential.

8th Pick: Las Vegas Wild

  • 2014 Record: 7-6
  • Conference Record: 5-2
  • Division Record: 4-0
  • Weighted Needs:
    • TE
    • RB
    • QB
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Drew Brees
    • RB: Eddie Lacy
    • RB: LeSean McCoy
    • WR: Antonio Brown
    • WR: Alshon Jeffery
    • WR: Jordan Matthews
    • TE: Charles Clay

The Las Vegas Wild (or Dream Crushers as they are known in the Halas Division) has a top heavy team with depth issues. When healthy, the Wild can compete with any team in the league. A key injury here or there and Las Vegas will be at home watching an all-male review come playoff time.

The Wild can go a number of directions here. Tight end seems to be a perennial issue for the Wild. The top TE in this year’s draft, Maxx Williams, isn’t generally considered a first rounder. Quarterback is a Drew Brees mole outbreak from being the downfall of the Wild. Brian Hoyer is the only other QB on the roster. The 8th pick feels too high for Mariotta though.

That leaves RB. The Wild do have Lacy and McCoy, both of whom would start for every team in the league except the Shockers (sigh). After McCoy and Lacy the Wild’s running back depth is nonexistent. The top backup on the squad is Bernard Pierce. The Wild take the best RB on the board with the 8th pick.

With the 8th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Las Vegas Wild select TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

TJ Yeldon comes with a couple of notable warts that need to be addressed. First he comes out of Alabama. Running backs from Bama tend to be hit or miss when they get to the next level. The superior offensive line of the Tide mask issues. See Trent Richardson. Yeldon also plays for Jacksonville. Ugh. What Yeldon has going for him is a secure roster spot, opportunities and ability. He’s deceptively fast for his size. Yeldon has the size to power over defenders when the opportunity presents itself as well.

Jacksonville has a young core of offensive players that is looking for a bell cow back to take the pressure off their sophomore QB. With Lacy and McCoy, the Wild can have a little patience and allow the running back to grow with his team. TJ is solid short-term depth with RB1 potential down the road.

9th Pick: Franconia Destroyers

  • 2014 Record: 10-3
  • Conference Record: 6-1
  • Division Record: 4-0
  • Weighted Needs:
    • RB
    • QB
    • WR
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Tony Romo
    • RB: Latavius Murray
    • RB: Jonathan Stewart
    • WR: Dez Bryant
    • WR: Emmanuel Sanders
    • WR: Victor Cruz (?)
    • TE: Jason Witten

We’ve already talked about Franconia and their 2 top 5 picks. If I were to mock a draft day trade, this would be the spot. I’m not mocking trades, but I guarantee the Destroyers’ phone lines are open for anyone looking to jump back into the 1st.

Franconia has already snagged a RB and a WR. Still too early for Mariotta. Never too early to double dip at running back.

With the 9th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Franconia Destroyers select Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

Abdullah is the preseason darling that is fast climbing draft boards. It’s easy to image Abdullah and Yeldon swapping places in the actual draft. Like Yeldon, Abdullah has some warts that need to be talked about.

First the good. This kid can change directions like a hooker avoiding a hanger. He reminds me of Reggie Bush. A small dynamic spark plug that threatens defenses by his very presence on the field. Take a peek:

Now the bad. Abdullah is a 190lbs. That’s a little guy to pound the rock 15-20 times a game. Not saying he can’t do it, but it should be factored in. Ameer is probably coming off the field when in the red zone due to his size. Abdullah also is missing the vaguest idea of what pass protection is. That’s what happens when you play RB at Nebraska.

Finally, and most glaring, Abdullah was a fumble machine in college. He has small hands for a running back. Ameer put the ball on the ground 13 times during his time at Nebraska. No amount of talent will keep you on the field in the NFL if you are putting the ball on the ground.
Regardless Ameer Abdullah is a GREAT prospect on a team that turned Reggie Bush into an ultra-productive mini-back. Franconia just keeps on collecting talent.

10th Pick: Bethlehem Bad Boys

  • 2014 Record: 4-9
  • Conference Record: 3-4
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • RB
    • WR
    • QB
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Cam Newton
    • RB: Frank Gore
    • RB: Carlos Hyde
    • WR: AJ Green
    • WR: Mike Wallace
    • WR: Vincent Jackson
    • TE: Coby Fleener

Bethlehem had a rough year last year. The Bad Boys have the talent on the roster to compete, but not enough depth to really challenge for a title. The running back situation requires the most attention. Behind Gore who has to be nearing retirement (hasn’t he?) and Hyde (who just watched his offensive line retire), the Bad Boys are counting on Brandon Oliver, Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson. Bethlehem’s running back situation was the worst of the 8 teams surveyed for this piece. I guess a running back is what we need here.

With the 10th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Bethlehem Bad Boys select Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Tevin Coleman is an interesting prospect. He played for Indiana, which means nobody but scouts and rabid hoosiers watched him play. Coleman was then injured the entire draft season with a minor ding that kept him out of the limelight. Coming into the process Coleman was the consensus #3 running back behind Gurley and Gordon. He was drafted as the 3rd running back off the board by Atlanta. Yet here he sits in the DFU mock available at 10:

Coleman is a one cut back with blazing speed. He specialized in big plays despite a terrible team surrounding him at Indiana. Atlanta drafted Freeman last year who failed to seize the job from a 70 year old Steven Jackson. Coleman will be given every opportunity to become the starting running back for the Falcons. That’s not a bad situation at all.

11th Pick: Texas Lone Stars

  • 2014 Record: 7-6
  • Conference Record: 3-4
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • TE
    • RB
    • WR
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Russel Wilson
    • RB: Justin Forsett
    • RB: Alfred Morris
    • WR: Odell Beckham
    • WR: Calvin Johnson
    • WR: Terrance Williams
    • TE: Julius Thomas

The Texas Lone Stars, perennial holder of the 11th pick, has a solid team across the board. The Lone Stars have moderate needs at TE, RB and WR. With no dire needs, Texas is free to continue their practice of taking the best player available on the board. Maxx Williams is intriguing here. Still a little early based on the available ADP stats out there.

The Lone Stars could reach into the fast dwindling running back pool to take a 3rd tier guy like Duke Johnson or David Cobb. That just doesn’t seem like the Lone Stars’ style. No, the Lone Stars are most likely to go pure talent and it doesn’t get much more talented than this.

With the 11th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Texas Lone Stars select Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

DGB is the ultimate boom or bust candidate. He oozes talent. Dorial is a big, physical, freak athlete with hands like pterodactyl claws. What he doesn’t have is very much experience. He showed lots of promise for things to come in his freshman year at Missouri.

As a true freshman DGB totaled 5 TDs, one arrest for a small amount of marijuana and one suspension. As a sophomore he completely upped his game. 12 TD’s, one arrest for a pound of marijunna and a pending suspension for the next season. Before DGB could get on the field for his junior season he went and pushed a woman down the stairs. He probably would have had 24 TDs if he wasn’t dismissed from the team. Whew, that’s a lot of TD’s and arrests. Sounds like a Lone Star player to me.

When he wasn’t being arrested Green-Beckham absolutely ruled the red zone at Missouri:

Texas is going to need to take a very patient approach to DGB. The kid is the rawest prospect in the 1st round. He also may be the most physically gifted. Given time he may blossom into a player that can have the Lone Stars picking 12th. Okay, that’s a little far-fetched. Texas will never pick 12th. DGB is still a good pick.

12th Pick: Bethlehem Bad Boys

  • 2014 Record: 4-9
  • Conference Record: 3-4
  • Division Record: 2-2
  • Weighted Needs:
    • RB
    • WR
    • QB
  • Projected Pre-Draft Offensive Staring Lineup
    • QB: Cam Newton
    • RB: Frank Gore
    • RB: Carlos Hyde
    • WR: AJ Green
    • WR: Mike Wallace
    • WR: Vincent Jackson
    • TE: Coby Fleener

The Bad Boys have addressed their RB needs by picking up Tevin Coleman with the 10th overall pick. This is a deep RB draft, but not deep enough that Bethlehem can wait to double down on his worst position by rank.

With the 12th Pick in the 2015 DFU Mock Draft, the Bethlehem Bad Boys select Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson is a 5’9”, 207lb scat back. His best NFL comparison is CJ Spiller. He’s decent running between the tackles, but get the kid in space and watch out. The biggest concerns about Johnson are his average speed (4.54 40 time) and his size. If he breaks free, he’s going to be tracked down by a faster player after 30-40 yards. Duke Johnson may also get TD vultured by either West or Crowell when Cleveland gets in the red zone. On the other hand, Crowell and West are apparently in the dog house with the coaching staff. The path is open for Johnson go all Miami Hurricane in those ugly Cleveland uniforms:

Taking Duke Johnson gives Bethlehem a much deeper running back group to try and wrest the Halas Division away from the Las Vegas Wild. Good luck with that.

So there we go. For those of you not keeping score, he’s the 2015 DFU 1st Round Mock at a glance:

  1. Palmer Porn Stars: Todd Gurley, RB, StL
  2. Franconia Destroyers: Melvin Gordon, RB, SD
  3. Franconia Destroyers: Amari Cooper, WR, Oak
  4. NC Shockers: Kevin White, WR, Chi
  5. NC Shockers: Devante Parker, WR, Mia
  6. Neverland Lost Boys: Nelson Agholor, WR, Phi
  7. Danville Ironmen: Jameis Winston, QB, TB
  8. Las Vegas Wild: TJ Yeldon, RB, Jax
  9. Franconia Destroyers: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Det
  10. Bethlehem Bad Boys: Tevin Coleman, RB, Atl
  11. Texas Lone Stars: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tenn
  12. Bethlehem Bad Boys: Duke Johnson, RB, Cle

The Formulas:

– This is a first round. While it’s cute to draft defensive players in the 1st in a Mayock Mock, this is closer to real. Only QB, RB, WR and TE were considered.

– All teams in the 1st round (only the 8) have their average score for a position ranked against the others in the league drafting in the 1st round. Let me stress, only the 8 teams drafting are being evaluated. The rest of you should have kept a first if you wanted to see your name here. Positional rank uses max number of starters plus a backup. Except TE. Tight ends are dumb.

  • QB – Average of top 2 players on roster
  • RB – Average of top 3 players on roster
  • WR – Average of top 5 players on roster
  • TE – Average of top 2 players on roster
  • Positions are also weighted. RB +3, WR +2 QB 1, TE 0
  • Any number over 4 (league average) is considered a need

Example for the Numbers

  • Palmer porn stars #1 RB scored 129.84.
  • Palmer’s #3 RB scored 105.48.
  • Palmers Average RB score is 117.66
  • Against the other 7 teams in the 1st round of the draft, that ranks 6th
    • RB gets a weight of +3
      • Rank (6) + Position Weight (3) = 9
      • A score of 9 declares a need
    • The Porn Stars Weighted Scores
      • QB: 3 (no need)
      • TE: 6 (moderate need)
      • RB: 9 (definite need
      • WR: 10 (the worst WR score that you can get kind of need)

2013 DFU Draft Longitudinal Study

Welcome to the DFU, 2013 Draft longitudinal study.  “The what?” you ask.  You my friend are about to take a journey into advanced drafting sabermetrics…sweet jesus…

In DFU there are a number of variables that determine your success or failure.  Free agency and injuries are key, but they are largely out of your control.  The only part of the process that you do control is the draft.  It’s the hidden game within the game.  Might as well take note of how everyone is doing.  I mean, what are you going to do, watch the NBA?

The problem is that you can’t measure the success or failure of a draft for at least 3 years.

Modern man has the attention span of a hamster if they are lucky.  Who’s got time to look back like that?  Crazy people, that’s who.  Aren’t you glad you know crazy people?

Here’s an attempt to measure the past.  These are a set of metrics that attempt to measure draft success within DFU over the short and long hauls.  We currently only have 2 years of data available from 2013.  By omission, this study is not definitive.  We won’t have a clear picture until after the 2015 season.  But 2 years is a good time to grab a snapshot while observing any trends that may be emerging.

I utilize 3 statistics to evaluate a draft:

  1. Draft Rank Average (DRA)
  2. Return on Investment Average (ROIA)
  3. Overall Draft Performance Average (ODPA)

You’re probably telling yourself, “Man, those sound like made up stats”.  Well they kind of are.  Meaning they need to be explained.  Since nobody wants to read a math manual (except maybe Dave, ya sicko) I will break these into a series of articles.  Each one will tackle a specific stat, evaluate how every team in the league performed in regards to that specific statistic over the last two years, and maybe even tie everything together by the end.  Feedback, criticism and derision is welcome.

One quick note before we dive in.  These statistics only attempt to measure a team’s draft acumen.  No attention is paid to what occurs after the draft.  Players who are no longer with the team still count for/against the team.  These players will be identified in red.

Draft Rank Average
DRA

Player Draft Rank (PDR) = Rank of Points Scored by Player vs All Other Players in Draft

Team Draft Rank Average (DRA) = Sum of All Team Player Draft Ranks / Number of Players drafted by team

The first DFU sabermetric we will cover is the Draft Rank Average statistic.  This is the simplest of the statistics.  DRA is a basic ranking of a player against their peers in the draft group.  How many points did they score and where did that score rank among the 84 draft picks.

Example: Eddie Lacy scored 168.32 points in 2013 making him the number one ranked player in 2013.  In 2014 Lacy scored 191.2 points, which was second in points for that year behind Le’Veon Bell.  In 2014 Eddie Lacy had a Draft Rank of 2.

Once a player’s draft rank is determined simply average out the draft rank of all the players in a draft class and you have the team’s Draft Rank Average, referred to as DRA from here on out.

DRA is being tracked for each individual year, the delta (or change) between the two years tracked, and the career numbers or ‘lifetime DRA’.

When reviewing these stats, remember that a “perfect” draft would show a score of 42 .00.  A score of 42 means you drafted each person in the rank that was perfect for them.

Example: Eddie Lacy was ranked #1 and you drafted him #1.  Isaac Redman was #84 and you drafted him at 84.  1+84=85.  85/2=42.5.  Son of a….fuck math.  Just remember:

DRA = Under 42 good.  Over 42 bad

Enough math.

What follows is a team by team DRA break down for 2013, 2014 and Lifetime.  After each team has been reviewed, we’ll pull it all together with a no holds barred DRA breakdown for the league as whole.

Bethlehem Bad Boys

PDR = Player Draft Rank

DRA = Draft Rank Average

Stats in Red= no longer with team

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Lattimore, Marcus SFO RB (R)

9

0

81

Jordan, Cameron NOS DE

23

85.08

26

Brown, Arthur BAL LB (R)

33

15.5

66

Smith, Geno NYJ QB (R)

35

135.22

3

Barner, Kenjon CAR RB (R)

59

0.63

78

Orakpo, Brian WAS LB

71

102.37

17

Gillislee, Mike MIA RB (R)

83

3.68

76

Bethlehem Bad Boys 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

49.57

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Lattimore, Marcus SFO RB (R)

9

0

76

+5

Jordan, Cameron NOS DE

23

42.64

49

-23

Brown, Arthur BAL LB (R)

33

0

76

-10

Smith, Geno NYJ QB (R)

35

101.46

15

-12

Barner, Kenjon CAR RB (R)

59

0

76

+2

Orakpo, Brian WAS LB

71

20.75

60

-43

Gillislee, Mike MIA RB (R)

83

0

76

0

Bethlehem Bad Boys 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

61.14

-11.57

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Lattimore, Marcus SFO RB (R)

9

0

83

Jordan, Cameron NOS DE

23

127.72

36

Brown, Arthur BAL LB (R)

33

15.5

75

Smith, Geno NYJ QB (R)

35

236.68

7

Barner, Kenjon CAR RB (R)

59

0.63

82

Orakpo, Brian WAS LB

71

123.12

38

Gillislee, Mike MIA RB (R)

83

3.68

79

Bethlehem Bad Boys 2013 Draft- Career DRA

57.14

Well, that was an inauspicious start.  Bethlehem’s 2013 draft lacks much to be desired.  From a PDR standpoint, Geno Smith is the best player of the class.  Yes, the same guy who got Rex Ryan fired is Bethlehem’s go to guy.  Not good.

A wise man once said it can always get worse.  Bethlehem has embraced this wisdom while watching his 2013 draft class continue to trend downward with an average loss of 11.57 ranks as a whole.

Of the 7 man draft class, 3 guys have already hit the bricks.  The only bright spot I can see here is that every one of those guys should have been cut.

It is important to be fair.  Orakpo had an injury plagued season and should bounce back, especially after he goes to a team not in Washington DC.  Geno Smith may just need a coach.  Lattimore may run into Mr Miagi who will fix his knees.

That’s a lot of ‘if’s’ for a draft class already struggling.

The lesson here is the Bethlehem should be looking for free agent or trade help soon cause the 2013 class is not going to help unless something changes drastically.

Crofton Spazzolas / Scranton Spartans

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Sanders, Emmanuel PIT WR

12

107.16

15

Sherman, Richard SEA CB

24

81.57

30

Lotulelei, Star CAR DT (R)

36

43

55

James, LaMichael SFO RB

48

16.99

64

Stacy, Zac STL RB (R)

60

132.11

6

Zuerlein, Greg STL PK

72

109

14

Jones, Reshad MIA S

84

101

18

Spazzolas/Spartans 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

28.86

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Sanders, Emmanuel PIT WR

12

167.95

3

+12

Sherman, Richard SEA CB

24

66.93

33

-3

Lotulelei, Star CAR DT (R)

36

15.5

63

-7

James, LaMichael SFO RB

48

0.72

74

-10

Stacy, Zac STL RB (R)

60

36

56

-50

Zuerlein, Greg STL PK

72

90

18

-4

Jones, Reshad MIA S

84

85.36

20

-2

Spazzolas/Spartans 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

38.14

-9.28

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Sanders, Emmanuel PIT WR

12

275.11

3

Sherman, Richard SEA CB

24

148.5

31

Lotulelei, Star CAR DT (R)

36

58.5

62

James, LaMichael SFO RB

48

17.71

74

Stacy, Zac STL RB (R)

60

168.11

23

Zuerlein, Greg STL PK

72

199

14

Jones, Reshad MIA S

84

186.36

19

Spazzolas/Spartans 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

32.29

Crofton didn’t play around.  3 players in the top 20 is not a bad day’s work.  Only one team did better in 2013.  Crofton had 4 players of 7 players with a Player Draft Rank of above average (42).  Nicely done.

Of those 4 above average players, only 2 remain with the team.  Hell, only 2 players remain from the entire class.

Scranton is actually an excellent example of why it takes 3 years to evaluate a draft.

The Crofton draft provided excellent returns in 2013.  But 2014 saw the second biggest DRA drop in the league behind Bethlehem at -9.28.  That will happen when a player like Zac Stacey plummets from 6 in the ranks to #56.  Maybe Scranton cut bait with this class at the right time.  Time will tell.

Danville Ironmen

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Williams, Kerwynn SDC RB (R)

6

0.84

77

Wheaton, Markus PIT WR (R)

18

13.23

67

Allen, Keenan SDC WR (R)

30

127.13

7

Redman, Isaac FA RB

42

-0.84

84

Patton, Quinton SFO WR (R)

54

0.21

80

Cooper, Riley PHI WR

66

118

13

Graham, Brandon PHI LB

78

26.42

62

Danville Ironmen 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

55.71

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Williams, Kerwynn SDC RB (R)

6

14.2

65

+12

Wheaton, Markus PIT WR (R)

18

78.94

27

+40

Allen, Keenan SDC WR (R)

30

90.61

17

-10

Redman, Isaac FA RB

42

0

76

+8

Patton, Quinton SFO WR (R)

54

1.04

73

+7

Cooper, Riley PHI WR

66

63.2

36

-23

Graham, Brandon PHI LB

78

60

38

+24

Danville Ironmen 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

47.43

+8.28

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Williams, Kerwynn SDC RB (R)

6

15.04

76

Wheaton, Markus PIT WR (R)

18

92.17

47

Allen, Keenan SDC WR (R)

30

217.74

11

Redman, Isaac FA RB

42

-0.84

84

Patton, Quinton SFO WR (R)

54

1.25

80

Cooper, Riley PHI WR

66

181.2

21

Graham, Brandon PHI LB

78

86.42

49

Danville Ironmen 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

52.57

Danville is the opposite of Crofton.  This is a team that looked like a team that was well on the way to historic awfulness in 2013, but started trending back to the positive in 2014.

Not only did Danville manage to grab the first draft bust off the board (Kerwynn Williams, 6th overall, 15.04 points in 2 years), the Ironmen drafted the single worst player in the draft with Isaac Redman with pick 42.

Redman has amassed -0.84 points over two years.  Think about that.  Redman scored 0 points this season and improved for it.  Nice.

Those two outliers have destroyed Danville statistically. When evaluating Danville’s draft you have to look past the statistics to the potential.  Even with Riley Cooper dropping 20 ranks, Danville managed to be the second fastest riser in the league with a +8.28 increase in DRA from 2013 to 2014.

Markus Wheaton, Keenan Allen and Quinten Patton (if he ever gets healthy) could catapult Danville to respectability.

Kerwynn Williams in the 1st?  Really?

Doylestown/Franconia Destroyers 

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Thompkins, Kenbrell NEP WR (R)

10

61.28

42

Michael, Christine SEA RB (R)

21

6.32

72

Ansah, Ezekiel DET DE (R)

22

50.75

49

Elam, Matt BAL S (R)

58

68.75

37

Taylor, Stepfan ARI RB (R)

70

15.76

65

Wilkerson, Muhammad NYJ DE

82

92.93

22

Doylestown / Franconia Destroyers 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

47.83

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Thompkins, Kenbrell NEP WR (R)

10

21.38

59

-17

Michael, Christine SEA RB (R)

21

13.8

66

+6

Ansah, Ezekiel DET DE (R)

22

67.25

32

+17

Elam, Matt BAL S (R)

58

42.25

51

-14

Taylor, Stepfan ARI RB (R)

70

49.88

43

+22

Wilkerson, Muhammad NYJ DE

82

59.00

40

-18

Doylestown / Franconia Destroyers 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

48.5

-0.67

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Thompkins, Kenbrell NEP WR (R)

10

82.66

52

Michael, Christine SEA RB (R)

21

20.12

72

Ansah, Ezekiel DET DE (R)

22

118

40

Elam, Matt BAL S (R)

58

111

43

Taylor, Stepfan ARI RB (R)

70

65.64

57

Wilkerson, Muhammad NYJ DE

82

151.93

29

Doylestown / Franconia Destroyers 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

48.83

The 2013 draft of the 2014 DFU champion.  Long live the king.  The king is dead.

Somebody check if the Destroyers are juicing cause they didn’t win a championship on the backs of the 2013 draft class.

What we have here is a whole lot of ‘meh’.  Not terrible, far from good.  The highest ranked player for his career if Muhammad Wilkerson.  The 29th ranked player who also is a DE in the midst of a loss of Rex and a -18 rank skid.

Don’t question the king though.  If Lynch leaves Seattle and Christine Michael grabs the job the Destroyers 2013 draft could become one of the best in the league.

Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen.

Hatfield Hoggs / Southside Schweinhammer

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Ball, Montee DEN RB (R)

3

72.8

34

Hunter, Justin TEN WR (R)

15

52.32

46

Edelman, Julian NEP WR

27

124.17

10

Jones, Jacoby BAL WR

39

84.23

27

Gerhart, Toby MIN RB

51

43.86

54

Hankerson, Leonard WAS WR

63

48

50

LaFell, Brandon CAR WR

75

82.36

28

Hatfield Hogs / Southside Schweinhammer 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

35.57

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Ball, Montee DEN RB (R)

3

22.72

58

-24

Hunter, Justin TEN WR (R)

15

59.84

39

+13

Edelman, Julian NEP WR

27

125.1

5

+5

Jones, Jacoby BAL WR

39

48.72

44

-17

Gerhart, Toby MIN RB

51

55.32

41

+13

Hankerson, Leonard WAS WR

63

0

76

-26

LaFell, Brandon CAR WR

75

112.64

9

+19

Hatfield Hogs / Southside Schweinhammer 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

38.86

-3.29

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Ball, Montee DEN RB (R)

3

95.52

45

Hunter, Justin TEN WR (R)

15

112.16

42

Edelman, Julian NEP WR

27

249.27

5

Jones, Jacoby BAL WR

39

132.95

34

Gerhart, Toby MIN RB

51

99.18

44

Hankerson, Leonard WAS WR

63

48

68

LaFell, Brandon CAR WR

75

195

16

Hatfield Hogs / Southside Schweinhammer 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

36.29

Hatfield’s 2013 draft has been solidly, slighty above average.  Not a bad thing at all.  This is a depth draft if nothing else.  Staying slightly positive can be just what a team needs to get over the hump.

The loss of Edelman stings, but having the foresight to dump Jones, Gerhart and Hankerson before they committed fantasy Hari Kari more than makes up for the sting.

A lot of this draft is now wrapped up in Montee Ball.  Who the hell knows what’s going to happen in Denver. (On a side note, as a Chiefs fan, this thought keeps me warm during the winter.   )

Hatfield Hogs, keeping it slightly positive.  That should be a team motto.

Las Vegas Wild

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Lacy, Eddie GBP RB (R)

1

168.32

1

Patterson, Cordarrelle MIN WR (R)

13

125.62

9

Franklin, Johnathan GBP RB (R)

25

19.42

63

Sturgis, Caleb MIA PK (R)

37

104.5

16

Tanner, Phillip DAL RB

49

12.6

69

Smith, Daryl BAL LB

50

123.98

11

Moore, Damontre NYG DE (R)

61

13

68

Cyprien, Johnathan JAC S (R)

73

98.06

20

Las Vegas Wild 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

32.13

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Lacy, Eddie GBP RB (R)

1

191.2

2

-1

Patterson, Cordarrelle MIN WR (R)

13

76.21

28

-19

Franklin, Johnathan GBP RB (R)

25

0

76

-13

Sturgis, Caleb MIA PK (R)

37

115

7

9

Tanner, Phillip DAL RB

49

0

76

+7

Smith, Daryl BAL LB

50

106.92

12

-1

Moore, Damontre NYG DE (R)

61

46.5

46

+22

Cyprien, Johnathan JAC S (R)

73

88.75

19

-1

Las Vegas Wild 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

33.25

-1.12

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Lacy, Eddie GBP RB (R)

1

359.52

2

Patterson, Cordarrelle MIN WR (R)

13

201.83

13

Franklin, Johnathan GBP RB (R)

25

19.42

73

Sturgis, Caleb MIA PK (R)

37

219.5

10

Tanner, Phillip DAL RB

49

12.6

77

Smith, Daryl BAL LB

50

230.9

9

Moore, Damontre NYG DE (R)

61

59.5

61

Cyprien, Johnathan JAC S (R)

73

186.81

18

Las Vegas Wild 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

32.88

Pay attention boys.  This is how a draft is done.  Vegas stepped up to the plate, flipped off the pitcher and CRUSHED it.  Pick a stat and look at it.

Of the 8 picks made by Las Vegas, only 3 were below the average rank of 42.  In fact, all 5 of those above average players are in the top 20.  That’s a ridiculous 62.5% success rate.

This draft took Las Vegas from the number 1 pick in the draft to 2 consecutive playoff appearances.  There’s still work to be done to take this team from sewer to the summit.  But drafting the 18th ranked player with the 73rd pick (Jonathan Cyprien) is definitely the way to rise to dominance over the long haul.

Either Las Vegas knows what they are doing, or I’m funneling all future lottery ticket purchases through her.

We all laughed when Vegas took a kicker in the 3rd.  A kicker who has turned into the 10th overall ranked player from the draft class.

Fucking kickers.

Mile High Banditos / Neverland Lost Boys

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Bernard, Giovani CIN RB (R)

4

137.88

2

Bennett, Martellus CHI TE

16

88.52

24

Brown, Vincent SDC WR

28

44.76

51

Jones, Jarvis PIT LB (R)

40

31.25

58

Broyles, Ryan DET WR

52

6.92

71

Davis, Knile KCC RB (R)

64

42.36

56

Milliner, Dee NYJ CB (R)

76

51.32

47

Mile High Banditos / Neverland Lost Boys 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

44.14

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Bernard, Giovani CIN RB (R)

4

116.2

6

-4

Bennett, Martellus CHI TE

16

109.56

11

+13

Brown, Vincent SDC WR

28

9.44

67

-4

Jones, Jarvis PIT LB (R)

40

20

61

-2

Broyles, Ryan DET WR

52

2

72

-1

Davis, Knile KCC RB (R)

64

112.18

10

+46

Milliner, Dee NYJ CB (R)

76

5.5

69

-22

Mile High Banditos / Neverland Lost Boys 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

42.29

1.85

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Bernard, Giovani CIN RB (R)

4

254.08

4

Bennett, Martellus CHI TE

16

198.08

15

Brown, Vincent SDC WR

28

54.2

65

Jones, Jarvis PIT LB (R)

40

51.25

66

Broyles, Ryan DET WR

52

8.92

78

Davis, Knile KCC RB (R)

64

154.54

28

Milliner, Dee NYJ CB (R)

76

56.82

63

Mile High Banditos / Neverland Lost Boys 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

45.57

Mile High’s 2013 draft class is your classic average draft.  After two years, it appears that the Banditos put together 3 hits and 4 misses.  All 4 below average players have moved on from the team under Neverland’s leadership.

The 3 hits that Mile High had in 2013 were top performers in 2014.  Bernard, Bennett and Davis all turned in top 20 performances for Neverland.  Not bad.

Long term, it’s hard to see how the class will play out.  Bernard will be the best change of pace back in the NFL, which makes him streaky as hell.

Streaky is Bennett’s middle name.

Davis is a starting RB waiting to happen, but sits behind Jamaal Charles.  Patience is needed.

It might take another 3 years to adequately gauge what Mile High hath wrought.

NC Shockers

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Bell, Le’Veon PIT RB (R)

5

133.04

4

Ertz, Zach PHI TE (R)

17

58.08

43

Jordan, Dion MIA DE (R)

29

27

61

Johnson, Charles CLE WR (R)

41

0

81

Allen, Russell JAC LB

53

65

40

Gibson, Brandon MIA WR

65

44.08

53

Wheeler, Philip MIA LB

77

99.25

19

NC Shockers 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

43.00

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Bell, Le’Veon PIT RB (R)

5

238.2

1

+3

Ertz, Zach PHI TE (R)

17

73.45

31

+12

Jordan, Dion MIA DE (R)

29

19.25

62

-1

Johnson, Charles CLE WR (R)

41

63.5

34

+47

Allen, Russell JAC LB

53

0

76

-36

Gibson, Brandon MIA WR

65

26.44

57

-4

Wheeler, Philip MIA LB

77

39.5

53

-34

NC Shockers 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

44.86

-1.86

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Bell, Le’Veon PIT RB (R)

5

371.24

1

Ertz, Zach PHI TE (R)

17

131.53

35

Jordan, Dion MIA DE (R)

29

46.25

69

Johnson, Charles CLE WR (R)

41

63.5

59

Allen, Russell JAC LB

53

65

58

Gibson, Brandon MIA WR

65

70.52

55

Wheeler, Philip MIA LB

77

138.75

33

NC Shockers 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA 44.29

There are a couple of different ways to measure draft success.  Did you get value with all your picks?  Did you effectively fill team holes with your picks?  Then there’s NC Shockers way to succeed, just daft the best player in the draft and move on.

Le’Veon Bell, after two years, is the best player in the draft with a total of 371.24 points.  Drafted number 4 overall, there are at least 2 other teams who are kicking themselves today.

Outside of Bell, the draft was meh with room for growth.  Of the 7 man class, 4 have been given walking papers.  That leaves Bell, Ertz and Johnson on the roster.

Charles Johnson came on strong at the end of last year, causing a 47 rank jump from 81st to 34th.  Zach Ertz has as much potential as any TE in the league, provided the Kelly game plans get him the ball.

By the numbers the NC draft has been average.  I’m not sure if that’s a testament to hitting his first pick out of the park, or a statement to the sub-par collection of talent NC managed to gather with his other picks.

Either way, the NC Shocker draft has to be considered a success.  Golf claps are in order.

Palmer Porn Stars

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Eifert, Tyler CIN TE (R)

8

52.6

45

Ivory, Chris NYJ RB

14

81.92

29

Te’o, Manti SDC LB (R)

38

44.75

52

Woods, Robert BUF WR (R)

44

69.85

36

Minter, Kevin ARI LB (R)

68

4

75

Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB

80

87.15

25

Palmer Porn Stars 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

43.67

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Eifert, Tyler CIN TE (R)

8

2.96

71

-26

Ivory, Chris NYJ RB

14

105.48

14

+15

Te’o, Manti SDC LB (R)

38

46.75

45

+7

Woods, Robert BUF WR (R)

44

80.63

25

+11

Minter, Kevin ARI LB (R)

68

38.5

55

+20

Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB

80

74.21

30

-5

Palmer Porn Stars 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

40.00

+3.67

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Eifert, Tyler CIN TE (R)

8

55.56

64

Ivory, Chris NYJ RB

14

187.4

17

Te’o, Manti SDC LB (R)

38

91.5

48

Woods, Robert BUF WR (R)

44

150.48

30

Minter, Kevin ARI LB (R)

68

42.5

70

Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB

80

161.36

24

Palmer Porn Stars 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

42.17

Palmer’s draft was probably the most blah of the entire league.  Not too good, not too bad.  One player in the top 20 (Chris Ivory) after a decent 2014, one player in the bottom 20 (Kevin Minter).

The overall DRA backs up this impression with a 42.17.  That’s a hefty 0.17 points from being perfectly average.  That’s an accomplishment. I guess.

One item that that jumps out is that the overall draft class did see significant gains in production from 2013 to 2014.  Especially when you factor in the loss of production from 1st round pick Tyler Eifert due to injury.  If Eifert comes back strong, the entire outlook of this class may change dramatically in 2015, provided Chris Ivory remains the go to RB in New York at the same time.

Reading Reapers

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Sudfeld, Zach NYJ TE (R)

19

5.48

73

Mathieu, Tyrann ARI S (R)

31

80.45

31

Bostic, Jon CHI LB (R)

34

62

41

Cousins, Kirk WAS QB

43

30.59

59

Butler, Brice OAK WR (R)

55

8.24

70

Robinson, Denard JAC RB (R)

67

4.42

74

Reading Reapers 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

58.00

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Sudfeld, Zach NYJ TE (R)

19

15.05

64

+9

Mathieu, Tyrann ARI S (R)

31

42.29

50

-19

Bostic, Jon CHI LB (R)

34

63.25

35

+6

Cousins, Kirk WAS QB

43

85.3

21

+38

Butler, Brice OAK WR (R)

55

40.92

52

+18

Robinson, Denard JAC RB (R)

67

79.48

26

+48

Reading Reapers 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

41.33

+16.67

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Sudfeld, Zach NYJ TE (R)

19

20.53

71

Mathieu, Tyrann ARI S (R)

31

122.74

39

Bostic, Jon CHI LB (R)

34

125.25

37

Cousins, Kirk WAS QB

43

115.89

41

Butler, Brice OAK WR (R)

55

49.16

67

Robinson, Denard JAC RB (R)

67

83.9

51

Reading Reapers 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

51.00

Reading.  Man do I love Reading’s 2013 draft.  It’s a study in Reaper psychology.

The Reapers didn’t have a 1st round pick in the 2013 draft.  Reading took the rest of the draft picks and began swinging wildly for the fences.  Sudfeld (preseason warrior), Mathieu (undersized safety with a weed problem), Bostic, Cousins (backup QB), Butler and Robinson (a converted QB at RB).

Predictably 2013 was a rough year for the class. Only two players (Mathieu and Bostic) finished in the top half of the class.  And Bostic only did that by the hair of his unmentionables.

Just as predictably, Reading released or traded every player from the class except the Honey Badger Mathieu.

Then, like clockwork, Reading’s draft class experienced an average rank increase of over 16 spots.  That’s incredible.  Danville had the 2nd highest average increase with a +8.  By DRA, Reading’s draft jumped 5 ranks (from 12th to 7th ) in one year.

Did I mention Reading cut 5 of 6 players from the class? In fact, the only player drafted by Reading whose performance didn’t improve was the player Reading kept, the Honey Badger Mathieu.  BWHAHAHAHAHA

Some of this growth is an illusion.  Teams aren’t exactly breaking down Washington’s door to make Kirk Cousins a starting QB.  Reading shouldn’t expect a +16 DRA growth rate next year, but I kinda hope it happens.

Emmaus/Boston Seabass

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Austin, Tavon STL WR (R)

2

97.08

21

Manuel, E.J. BUF QB (R)

7

118.17

12

Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR (R)

11

75.36

33

Stills, Kenny NOS WR (R)

26

71

35

Ogletree, Alec STL LB (R)

45

126.44

8

Randle, Joseph DAL RB (R)

47

34

57

Hayden, D.J. OAK CB (R)

56

30.16

60

Vaccaro, Kenny NOS S (R)

62

80.37

32

Kelce, Travis KCC TE (R)

74

0

81

Sanders, Ace JAC WR (R)

79

56.12

44

Emmaus/Boston Seabass 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

38.3

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Austin, Tavon STL WR (R)

2

62.46

37

-16

Manuel, E.J. BUF QB (R)

7

54.78

42

-30

Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR (R)

11

133.4

4

+29

Stills, Kenny NOS WR (R)

26

84.76

23

+12

Ogletree, Alec STL LB (R)

45

105.82

13

-5

Randle, Joseph DAL RB (R)

47

38.52

54

+3

Hayden, D.J. OAK CB (R)

56

43.22

48

+12

Vaccaro, Kenny NOS S (R)

62

76.1

29

+3

Kelce, Travis KCC TE (R)

74

85.24

22

+59

Sanders, Ace JAC WR (R)

79

6.29

68

-24

Emmaus/Boston Seabass 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

34.00

+4.30

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Austin, Tavon STL WR (R)

2

159.54

25

Manuel, E.J. BUF QB (R)

7

172.95

22

Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR (R)

11

208.76

12

Stills, Kenny NOS WR (R)

26

155.76

27

Ogletree, Alec STL LB (R)

45

232.26

8

Randle, Joseph DAL RB (R)

47

72.52

54

Hayden, D.J. OAK CB (R)

56

73.38

53

Vaccaro, Kenny NOS S (R)

62

156.47

26

Kelce, Travis KCC TE (R)

74

85.24

50

Sanders, Ace JAC WR (R)

79

62.41

60

Emmaus/Boston Seabass 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

33.70

This is the draft class that spawned this total waste of time you are reading.  The Seabass completely blew up the team that was inherited.  The 2013 class was the first step in a team overhaul.  How else was I going to measure how awesome I am?

Just keep hitting doubles.  That’s the Sebass draft philosophy and it looks like they nailed it here with only 3 of 10 picks below average in 2014.

By DRA, the Seabass’s 2013 class started above average, and has continued to improve.  Travis Kelce was the most improved player in the entire draft class from 2013 to 2014.

It looks like the Bass whiffed on two of 3 first round picks with Tavon Austin (could have had Bell you idiot) and EJ Manuel.  There still time for these two players to improve, but it doesn’t look good.

As a rebuilding class, this draft is a great success and should keep the Seabass competitive for years to come provided they followed up with a strong class in 2015.

Texas Lone Stars

Player

Draft Pick

2013 Points

2013 PDR

Dobson, Aaron NEP WR (R)

20

65.04

39

Jenkins, Janoris STL CB

32

67.15

38

Mingo, Barkevious CLE LB (R)

46

51.25

48

Osweiler, Brock DEN QB

57

0.54

79

Thomas, Julius DEN TE

69

132.16

5

Williams, Terrance DAL WR (R)

81

89.34

23

Texas Lone Stars 2013 Draft- 2013 DRA

38.67

Player

Draft Pick

2014 Points

2014 PDR

Delta

Dobson, Aaron NEP WR (R)

20

3.04

70

-31

Jenkins, Janoris STL CB

32

80.97

24

+14

Mingo, Barkevious CLE LB (R)

46

43.75

47

+1

Osweiler, Brock DEN QB

57

0.47

75

+4

Thomas, Julius DEN TE

69

113.12

8

-3

Williams, Terrance DAL WR (R)

81

95.24

16

+7

Texas Lone Stars 2013 Draft- 2014 DRA

40.00

-1.33

Player

Draft Pick

Lifetime Points

Lifetime PDR

Dobson, Aaron NEP WR (R)

20

68.08

56

Jenkins, Janoris STL CB

32

148.12

32

Mingo, Barkevious CLE LB (R)

46

95

46

Osweiler, Brock DEN QB

57

1.01

81

Thomas, Julius DEN TE

69

245.28

6

Williams, Terrance DAL WR (R)

81

184.58

20

Texas Lone Stars 2013 Draft- Lifetime DRA

40.17

Much like Reading’s draft, the Texas Lone Star 2013 draft is a meme capturing the Lone Star owner’s soul.

For those of you unfamiliar with the 2013 draft, Texas started the draft with many more picks than this table has listed, including a 1st rounder.  Texas wheeled, dealed and finished with the haul you see here.

Rounds 2-5 saw four picks, 3 of which fizzled.  The one bright spot, Janoris Jenkins, had a rough 2013 that saw him leave the team before improving to the 24th ranked player in 2014.

But this is Texas we are talking about here.  That means that late round picks will be turned from shit to gold right before your eyes.

Texas pulled Julius Thomas and Terrance Williams in the 6th and 7th rounds. Brilliant.  1 top 10 and 1 top 20 players in the ass end of the draft.  You dirty son of a….

Imagine how good Texas would be if they could draft someone worth a damn before the 5th round.

DFU DRA Rankings

It’s nice to look at your team, but it’s all about comparisons here.  PDR ranks the players against each other, and DRA is used to rank the teams against each other.

2013 Draft Rank Average – 2013 DRA

2013 Draft Rank Average – 2014 DRA

Rank

Team DRA

Rank

Team DRA Delta

1

Spazzolas / Spartans

28.86

1

Wild

33.25

-1.12

2

Wild

32.13

2

Seabass

34.00

+4.3

3

Hogs / Schweinhammer

35.57

3

Spazzolas / Spartans

38.14

-9.28

4

Seabass

38.30

4

Hogs / Schweinhammer

38.86

-3.29

5

Lone Stars

38.67

5

Lone Stars

40.00

-1.33

6

Shockers

43.00

6

Porn Stars

40.00

+3.67

7

Banditos / Lost Boys

44.14

7

Reapers

41.33

+16.67

8

Porn Stars

43.67

8

Banditos / Lost Boys

42.29

+1.85

9

Destroyers

47.83

9

Shockers

44.86

-1.86

10

Bad Boys

49.57

10

Ironmen

47.43

+8.28

11

Ironmen

55.71

11

Destroyers

48.50

-0.67

12

Reapers

58.00

12

Bad Boys

61.14

-11.57

2013 Draft Rank Average- Lifetime DRA

Rank

Team DRA

1

Spazzolas / Spartans

32.29

2

Wild

32.88

3

Seabass

33.70

4

Hogs / Schweinhammer

36.29

5

Lone Stars

40.17

6

Porn Stars

42.17

7

Shockers

44.29

8

Banditos / Lost Boys

45.57

9

Destroyers

48.83

10

Reapers

51.00

11

Ironmen

52.57

12

Bad Boys

57.14

We should be careful about drawing conclusions here.  There is still at least one full season of football left until we can definitively say a draft class was successful or not.  That being said, let’s draw conclusions anyway.

I see 3 distinct groupings for the draft by DRA:

Winners Shot for Par Not getting it done
Crofton / Scranton Texas Reading
Las Vegas Palmer Danville
Emmaus/Boston Mile High / Neverland Bethlehem
Hatfield / Southside Doylestown / Franconia
NC (top player in draft = win)

Though Crofton has a clear edge after two years, he is fading fast.  My expectation is that Las Vegas or Emmaus/Boston will overtake Crofton by the end of next season to take the class crown.

I feel pretty confident saying Bethlehem should wipe 2013 from his memory.  Bethlehem was near the bottom in 2013 and then regressed by the largest margin from 2013 to 2014 (-11.57).  Not good.

I fully expect Danville’s class to improve dramatically and believe he should win an award for drafting the worst player and the first super bust off the board.

We should all root for Reading to have the best draft that was cut before they could do anything.

DRA is still only one part of the equation for draft evaluation.

Next time we will cover Return on Investment Average (ROIA) which may ultimately be a better indicator of draft success or failure.

Shockers Start Offseason Trading Strong

The NC Shockers have not wasted time trying to improve their franchise after a disappointing end to the 2014 season.  In their first move, the Shockers have traded the 10th, 33rd, and 34th picks in the 2015 DFU Draft to the Bethlehem Bad Boys for a pair of Defensive Ends; Jason Pierre-Paul and Carlos Dunlap.

In their second move, the Shockers reclaimed a first round pick by obtaining the 4th and 40th overall picks in the draft from Southside for RBs Adrian Peterson and Lamar Miller.

Moving RBs just makes sense for the Shockers at this point as they are flooded with talent at the position.  With DeMarco Murray, LeVeon Bell, and Jeremy Hill already on the roster, moving the aging Peterson and the yet to be proven Miller are smart moves in order to obtain a top prospect.  For Southside, this trades settles a long standing drought of talent at the RB position. Both teams come away with a win in this trade, but have the Shockers potentially funded their eventual downfall by pumping up a divisional rival?

The second trade is a little more of a head scratcher.  The Shockers have definitely upgraded their D-Line with this move without question, but it is interesting that a 1st round pick AND 2 third round picks were on the table here.  DEs have not traditionally been drafted in Round 1 and while both of these players are solid in their position, neither have been game breakers in the scoring system.  However, with a 6 spot jump in Round 1 the Shockers had money to burn and they have helped balance out their roster.

The question lingering from these moves is are the Shockers finished, or just getting started?

2015 DFU Draft Order – Final

Round 1

1)  Palmer Porn Stars*

2)  Bethlehem Bad Boys*

3)  Franconia Destroyers (Originally for Scranton Spartans)*

4)  Southside Schweinhammer*

5)  NC Shockers (Originally for Neverland Lost Boys)*

6)  Boston Seabass*

7)  Danville Ironmen*

8)  Las Vegas Wild*

9)  Reading Reapers*

10)  NC Shockers*

11)  Texas Lone Stars*

12)  Franconia Destroyers*

* – Draft position locked

Dynasty Bowl VII Tale of the Tape

DFU 2014 Championship Game Roster Breakdown

With the championship game just around the corner, it’s time for an objective review of the rosters that are going head to head.

QB: 

Franconia Destroyer QB’s Texas Lone Stars QB’s
Tom Brady @ NYJ Russell Wilson @ Ari
Tony Romo vs Indy Matthew Stafford @ Chi

Both Texas and Franconia have the luxury of playing match ups with elite quarterbacks.  Franconia’s tandem of Tom Brady and Tony Romo have scored more points (505.80 to 452.02) for the season than the Lone Star’s pair of Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford, but don’t sleep on Texas here.

The Destroyer’s Tony Romo (vs Indy) and Tom Brady (@ NYJ) have decent match ups on paper.  But Romo is most likely missing Murray and Rex Ryan is dreaming of toes and beating Bill Bellicheck on his way out the door.

The Lone Stars’ number one QB Russell Wilson is facing a stiff Monday night matchup @ Ari.  Matthew Stafford has the best matchup on paper of all 4 QB’s with an away game against what passes for a football team in Chicago.  It is a divisional game…but still.  Man the Bears suck.

QB EDGE: TEXAS (slight)

RB:

Franconia Destroyer RB’s Texas Lone Stars RB’s
Joique Bell @ Chi Justin Forsett @ Hou
Jonathan Stewart vs Cle Alfred Morris vs Phi
Latvius Murray @ Buf Benny Cunningham vs NYG
Khiry Robinson vs NO Terrence West @ Car
Christine Michael @ Ari Jonas Gray @ NYJ

Texas holds a clear advantage in the RB category.  The Lone Stars’ two primary starters are top 10 DFU backs.  Justin Forsett (8th) and Alfred Morris (10th).  But both backs come with a warning label.

Washington is a hot mess that is facing a Philadelphia team playing to keep the playoff hopes alive.  The game could be out of hand by midway through the 2nd quarter which would leave Morris out of the game plan.

Forsett has the capability to break open a game, or at least he did it against Tennessee and New Orleans.  He also was held to a measly 48 yards by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Lone Stars better hope their favorite team, the Houston JJ Watts don’t shut down his prime back again.

Franconia’s RB depth chart is…uhhh…interesting.  His lead back is Joique Bell, a solid RB2 for most squads.  Just like Matt Stafford, Bell gets a second crack at the Bears.  Last time that happened he had 91 yards and 2 TD’s.

Once you get past Bell the Destroyers RB depth chart jumps off a cliff.  Jonathan Stewart, Khiry Robinson, Christine Michael…if one of those guys gives the Destroyers more than token points, Franconia should immediately go out and buy a lottery ticket.  During the season Franconia started one RB on a regular basis, but has rolled with Jonathan Stewart as a second RB starter.  The Stewart results have been mixed with a big performance in week 14 (18+ points) and a 3 point clunker in week 15.  If the Destroyers start him this week, Stewart will face a Cleveland defense that just got tore up by the Cincinnati run game.

I’d be remiss if I left off Latavius Murray.  He gashed the Chiefs for 112 yards and 2 TD’s in week 12, had another 76 yards against the 49ers, but got bottled up last week against KC after seeing them twice in 4 weeks.  He is definitely explosive and is facing the number 10 rushing defense in the NFL vs Buffalo.  Does Franconia dare use a young back who has only had one REALLY good game in the DFU championship?

RB EDGE: TEXAS (moderate)

WR/TE:

Franconia Destroyer WR/TE Texas Lone Stars WR/TE
Dez Bryant vs Indy Odell Beckham @ StL
Emmanuel Sanders @ Cin Calvin Johnson @ Chi
Antonio Gates @ SF Julius Thomas @ Cin
Greg Jennings @ Mia Percy Harvin vs NE
Jason Witten vs Indy Marques Colston vs Atl
Mychal Rivera @ Buf Martavis Bryant vs KC
Davante Adams Terrance Williams vs Indy
Cecil Shorts vs Ten Donte Moncrief @ Dal

How do you make a deep playoff run with sub-par running backs?  Explosive pass catchers getting hot at the right time is the answer.

By the pure points, the Destroyers hold a significant edge with the duo of Dez Bryant and Emmanuel Sanders, respectively the number 4 and 8 WRs in the league.  But again Franconia find themselves with great players and poor match ups.  Bryant faces the Indy’s 3rd ranked WR defense and Sanders goes against the 2nd ranked pass defense of Cincinnati.  Both players can be considered matchup proof to some extent, but this is the championship game.  Lucky for Franconia he’ll be facing the number 11 and 17 ranked WR’s…who happen to be Odell Beckham and Calvin Johnson.

Rookie phenom ODB is playing at Saint Louis who are ranked 21 against WR’s.  The Rams tend to sack the QB or give up a big play.

Megatron gets the Bears…

Once you get past the lead WR’s for each team, Texas holds the edge with depth, but has bad match ups.  Texas has 3 solid starters at the position with Percy Harvin (who will be stuck on Revis island), Martavis Bryant (against the KC #1 ranked pass defense) and Marques Colston who is streaky as hell, but will be facing the garbage that is the Atlanta defense.

If Franconia decides to go WR for their #3 pass catcher he can throw a dart to choose between Greg Jennings, Davante Adams and Cecil Shorts.  But remember, TE’s are people too.

Franconia has made it to the championship game riding two TE’s.  The ageless wonders, Antonio Gates and Jason Witten.  Gates faces the 49ers who are normally stingy for TE’s.  Witten gets to face Indy who is middle of the road against TE’s.

Texas brings their own TE stud in the form of Julius Thomas.  Thomas’s production has been WAY down recently though and will be facing a tough matchup vs the Bengals.

To recap, we are most likely looking at lineups of:

  • Franconia
    • Dez Bryant vs Indy
    • Emmanuel Sanders @ Cin
    • Antonio Gates @ SF
    • Jason Witten vs Indy
  • Texas
    • Odell Beckham @ StL
    • Calvin Johnson @ Chi
    • Marques Colston vs Atl
    • Julius Thomas @ Cin

Gotta give the edge to Texas again due to match ups.

WR/TE EDGE: Texas (moderate)

PK:

I’m at 900+ words.  Screw kickers.

KICKERS: PUSH

DL:

Franconia Destroyer D-Line Texas Lone Stars D-Line
Everson Griffen @ Mia Mario Williams vs Oak
Ziggy Ansah @ Chi Sen’Derrick Marks vs Ten
Muhammad Wilkerson vs NE Cameron Jordan vs Atl
Andre Branch vs Ten

Defensive players are hard to predict, and D-Line tend to be harder than any position barring defensive backs.

By the numbers The Destroyers have the edge.

Everson Griffin from Minnesota is a defensive lineman that many people don’t know (Who can blame them, the media forgot they had a team in Minnesota once AP got suspended).  Everson is the 3rd ranked defensive D-Lineman in DFU.  He averages a steady 6.74 points per game and faces a Dolphins line with a lot of injuries.

Ziggy Ansah holds up the 2nd spot in the Destroyers line and gets to face the Chicago Bears…so…many…players…facing…Bears…

Texas fires back with their own sack master facing the Oakland Raiders.  Mario Williams will try to get to Derek Carr to help the Lone Stars get that elusive championship.  Carr, however, is harder to sack than you would think.  Carr can be inaccurate and show signs of happy feet when the rush is coming, but he gets rid of the ball quickly.

For the second spot the Lone Stars can flip a coin.  Sen’Derrick Marks vs Tennessee/QB Jesus or Cameron Jordan vs what’s left of the Atlanta offensive line.

D-Line Edge: Franconia (moderate)

LB:

Franconia Destroyer LB Texas Lone Stars LB
Lavonte David vs GB Jamie Collins @ NYJ
Brandon Marshall @ Cin Connor Barwin @ Wash
Curtis Lofton vs Atl Nigel Bradham vs Oak
Paul Worrilow @ NO Thomas Davis vs Cle
Emmanuel Lamur vs Den Jerrell Freeman @ Dal
Anthony Hitchens @ Indy Tamba Hali @ Pitt
Donald Butler @ SF

Franconia has a STRONG edge at LB.  4 of the top 10 LBs in DFU are owned by the Destroyers.  Their #2 LB, Brandon Marshall, is currently doubtful.  If Marshall can’t go, Emmanuel Lamur from Cincinnati is the next man up on the roster.

Even so, Franconia will be comfortable relying on Lavonte David, Curtis Lofton and Paul Worrilow to carry the day.

The Texas LB crew, though not as good, has potential. His top 3 LB’s will be a go on Sunday, Jamie Collins, Connor Barwin and Nigel Bradham.  There is some question about the number 4 starter as Thomas Davis is questionable.  If he can’t go Texas will choose between Jerrel Freeman, Tamba Hali and Donald Butler.

LB Edge: Franconia (moderate)

DB:

Franconia Destroyer DB Texas Lone Stars DB
Morgan Burnett @ TBB Rashad Johnson vs Sea
Antoine Bethea vs SD Ron Parker @ Pitt
DJ Swearinger vs Bal Ha Ha Clinton-Dix @ TBB

Damn we have a lot of positions to review in DFU.

Alright, last one.  DB’s are impossible to predict.  You hope your safeties make a lot of tackles and somebody gets a pick.  The Lone Stars have the edge by the numbers for the year. Let’s give the edge to Texas by the width of a pubic hair.

DB Edge: Texas (pubic hair)

After reviewing both teams, I have to say that this will be a close fought game, with a slight overall edge going to Texas based on match ups.  The recap:

  • QB – slight edge Lone Stars
  • RB – moderate edge Lone Stars
  • WR/TE – moderate edge Lone Stars
  • PK – push
  • D-Line – moderate edge Franconia
  • LB – moderate edge Franconia
  • DB – EXTREMELY slight edge Lone Stars

Which of course means the Lone Stars will lose since they are favored.  Sorry there Nate.

Good luck gentlemen.

2015 DFU Draft Order – Week 16

Round 1

1)  Palmer Porn Stars*

2)  Bethlehem Bad Boys*

3)  Franconia Destroyers (Originally for Scranton Spartans)*

4)  Southside Schweinhammer*

5)  NC Shockers (Originally for Neverland Lost Boys)*

6)  Boston Seabass*

7)  Danville Ironmen*

8)  Las Vegas Wild*

9)  Reading Reapers*

10)  NC Shockers*

11)  Texas Lone Stars

12)  Franconia Destroyers

* – Draft position locked

Dynasty Bowl VII – Texas Vs. Franconia

For the second time in as many years, we will see a rematch of a Dynasty Bowl from four years ago.  The Texas Lone Stars and Franconia Destroyers both punched their ticket to the DFU Championship Game this weekend to force a rematch of their first encounter at Dynasty Bowl III.  Coincidentally, the teams Texas and Franconia eliminated from the playoffs this weekend, Reading and NC Shockers, were Dynasty Bowl finalists last year playing out a rematch of Dynasty Bowl II, with Reading coming out on top.

This also marks the first time in DFU history that two Wild Card teams qualify for the Dynasty Bowl in the same season.  Historically, only 4 of the fourteen Dynasty Bowl participants have been Wild Card teams, with the Wild Card teams finishing 1-1 in those game up to this year.  This means that the winner of this year’s Dynasty Bowl will be only the second team in DFU history to win the DFU Title from the Wild Card slot.  Coincidentally, Franconia was that team, defeating Texas in their first matchup in Dynasty Bowl III.

These two teams have both had very interesting histories to say the least.  Texas has been, by far, the best team never to win a championship.  The Lone Stars were a powerhouse franchise in their early days, storming their way to two Dynasty Bowls in the first three years, only to be upset at the crucial moment.  Though Texas remains a playoff regular, they have found their success dwindling a bit in recent years.  Since their last Dynasty Bowl appearance, the Lone Stars have won two Division Titles, two Wild Card berths, and have competed in 3 Brown Conference titles games, going 1-2 in those contests.  This year Texas was fortunate to make the playoffs at all, winning a crucial game at the last possible moment to give them a must win to lift them above tiebreakers that would have left them home in December.  The Lone Stars have made the most of this opportunity to this point, but can they finish this Cinderella run and get the playoff monkey off of their back.

Franconia has seen more success of the two since their last showdown.  The Destroyers repeated as champions the next season, defeating the Las Vegas Wild in Dynasty Bowl IV.  This win was highlighted by the fact that Franconia did not lose a game in that period and continued an epic 26 game winning streak well into 2012.  It is interesting to note that Franconia could have had their streak shortened by several weeks, but Texas was defeated in Week 1 of 2012 in the same manner that allowed the Lone Stars to make this year’s playoffs.  Since 2012, Franconia has fallen to a Wild Card team, the same as Texas, but remains a competitive team in the league’s final weeks.

This leaves one final question looming.  Who will win Dynasty Bowl VII.  Franconia certainly sports the better record, going 10-3 against Texas’ 7-6.  Both teams had strong runs legion up to this game.  Franconia has won 10 of their previous 11 games while Texas has won 6 of their previous 7.  Texas did defeat Franconia in their only matchup this season in a close 3 point victory.  However, that does not change the fact that the Destroyers are favorites to win this game as shown by the Standings and Power Rankings.  But, Texas has been playing with house money since their surprising Week 11 comeback win, so they may have destiny on their side.

So, will it be a “three time champion” or “the third time’s the charm”?  We only need to wait a few more days to get that answer.  Either way, the game will be memorable and will either affirm one team as a dynasty or promote another from also ran to champion.

2015 DFU Draft Order – Week 15

1)  Palmer Porn Stars*

2)  Bethlehem Bad Boys*

3)  Scranton Spartans*

4)  Southside Schweinhammer*

5)  Neverland Lost Boys*

6)  Boston Seabass*

7)  Danville Ironmen*

8)  Las Vegas Wild*

9)  Texas Lone Stars

10)  Franconia Destroyers

11)  Reading Reapers

12)  NC Shockers

* – Draft position locked

2014 DFU Pro Bowl Teams Announced

As the seventh season of DFU comes to a close, it is time to declare the Pro Bowl players for the 2014 season.  This year saw four rookies qualify (noted with a *) to get their first Pro Bowl nod.  This rookie class was led by Reading Reapers LB CJ Mosley, who was the only starting rookie pro bowler.  Defense had two pro bowl rookie nods with Mosley and Boston LB Anthony Barr.  Offense had Neverland WR Kelvin Benjamin and Southside WR Mike Evans make the squads as reserve players.

Now to the counts.  Every team had at least one Pro Bowler for the third straight season.  Reading and Franconia led the way with 8 total each, with Danville and NC Shockers following right behind with 7.  Southside, Texas, and Scranton tied for the fewest electees with 2 a piece.  Reading led for most starters with 6, with Scranton failing to land a single starter.  NC Shockers had the most Offensive players with 6.  Bethlehem and Palmer each failed to have an Offensive Pro Bowler.  Finally, Palmer led the way with 6 Defensive players, while Scranton had none.

Congratulations to all players who made the fantasy trip to Hawaii in 2014.

                        Brown                          Halas
                                                            Starters
QB Andrew Luck (RPR) Aaron Rodgers (SHOK)
RB Jamaal Charles (RPR) Matt Forte (DAN)
RB Marshawn Lynch (NVR) Demarco Murray (SHOK)
WR Antonio Brown (LV) Demaryius Thomas (SCR)
WR Jordy Nelson (RPR) Jeremy Maclin (SHOK)
WR Randall Cobb (BOS) Dez Bryant (FDPA)
TE Julius Thomas (TEX) Rob Gronkowski (DAN)
PK Stephen Gostkowski (RPR) Adam Vinatieri (SHOK)
DL J.J. Watt (RPR) Demarcus Ware (PPS)
DL Mario Williams (TEX) Fletcher Cox (DAN)
LB Luke Kuechley (BBB) DeAndre Levy (SHOK)
LB CJ Mosley (RPR)* Lavonte David (FDPA)
LB Justin Houston (BOS) Paul Worrilow (FDPA)
LB Keenan Robinson (NVR) Curtis Lofton (FDPA)
DB Harrison Smith (LV) Morgan Burnett (FDPA)
DB Eric Weddle (BBB) Antrel Rolle (PPS)
                                                     Backups
QB Peyton Manning (NVR) Tom Brady (FDPA)
RB Eddie Lacy (LV) Arian Foster (FDPA)
RB LeSean McCoy (LV) Le’Veon Bell (SHOK)
WR DeAndre Hopkins (BOS) Julio Jones (SCR)
WR T.Y. Hilton (RPR) Mike Evans (SS)*
WR Kelvin Benjamin (NVR)* Golden Tate (DAN)
TE Martellus Bennett (NVR) Jimmy Graham (SHOK)
PK Justin Tucker (LV) Dan Bailey (DAN)
DL Carlos Dunlap (BBB) Muhammed Wilkerson (FDPA)
DL Rob Ninkovich (NVR) Jared Allen (PPS)
LB Anthony Barr (BOS)* Lawrence Timmons (SS)
LB David Harris (BBB) Demario Davis (PPS)
LB D’Qwell Jackson (RPR) Jelani Jenkins (DAN)
LB Alec Ogletree (BOS) Von Miller (PPS)
DB Jonathan Cyprien (LV) Micah Hyde (DAN)
DB Kenny Vaccaro (BOS) Kam Chancellor (PPS)

2015 DFU Draft Order – Week 14

1)  Palmer Porn Stars*

2)  Bethlehem Bad Boys*

3)  Scranton Spartans*

4)  Southside Schweinhammer*

5)  Neverland Lost Boys*

6)  Boston Seabass*

7)  Texas Lone Stars

8)  Franconia Destroyers

9)  Danville Ironmen

10)  Las Vegas Wild

11)  Reading Reapers

12)  NC Shockers

* – Draft position locked

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