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Most owners spend the moments immediately after a fantasy draft evaluating not only their team, but others in their league. It's a tradition that's often as much a part of the event as the draft board itself.

It's always comforting to get positive feedback from your peers. At the same time, it's somewhat disconcerting when your fellow owners say you have no chance at making the playoffs, much less winning it all.

But what does an expert think of your team? Now you can find out by using the roster evaluator at FootballGuys.com called Rate My Team.

I did just that after my first draft, and according to FootballGuys.com's experts, my team is a virtual lock to make the playoffs in a 12-team league that starts two quarterbacks, a flex position and one IDP in addition to other standard positions.

FootballGuys.com doesn't just spit out a form evaluation either. Owners can choose an accounting of their team from one of the site's four experts, each of whom works from his particular set of player rankings and projections.

For instance, I got a specific comment from expert Jason Wood on David Garrard, my No. 2 quarterback, and Torry Holt, one of my reserve wide receivers: "A quick note about the Garrard/Torry Holt hookup you've got here: while we think the effect of the quarterback/receiver hookup has largely been exaggerated in fantasy football circles, it does have a tendency to make your team somewhat more inconsistent than comparable scoring duos from different NFL teams."

All four of the experts said my running backs, including Clinton Portis, Jonathan Stewart, Ray Rice, Julius Jones and Knowshon Moreno, are adequate but not great. That's an assessment with which I completely concur.

But each of the experts also wrote I was above average at each of the core positions: quarterback, running back and wide receiver, where my top two are Randy Moss and Roddy White.

I must admit the Rate My Team functionality is addictive. I've used it to evaluate several teams after mock drafts, and I plan to use it again after my many drafts this holiday weekend. Once you try it yourself, I'm betting you'll be hooked as well.

By Gene Wang  |  September 1, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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