Texans Draft Report Card

B-
Grade

Despite a Powerful Set of RBs, alfred's Grand Team Needs Roster Improvements

Draft Summary

With the second overall selection, alfred's Grand Team was in an ideal position to build a strong team. So much for that. They are projected to finish sixth in FFL 2015 League with a 6-7-0 (2,398) record. If they still hope to be a playoff-caliber team, they may want to invest in a psychic or a magic eight ball to help out with the "tough" decisions this year. They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Andrew Luck (2nd overall), RB Arian Foster (22nd), WR Demaryius Thomas (19th), and TE Travis Kelce (39th) within the first five rounds. They have a quality QB combo, as they added Luck and Alex Smith.

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

Schedule

Week 9 would be a good opportunity for alfred's Grand Team to take a yoga retreat, and who knows, having that flexibility may come in handy for the “stretch” run. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have the toughest slate. Along with having the most demanding overall schedule, alfred's Grand Team also has the league's toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Triumvirate of Talent

    alfred's Grand Team has three above-average positions on their roster (RB, QB, and DEF).

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At three different positions, alfred's Grand Team picked up projected top-two players (Andrew Luck, Arian Foster, and Seattle).

  • Risk Averse

    alfred's Grand Team minimized risk by choosing nine consistent players among their 16 picks.

  • Team of Champions?

    alfred's Grand Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Andrew Luck, Demaryius Thomas, and Arian Foster.

  • Big D

    alfred's Grand Team elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    alfred's Grand Team grabbed a sleeper in Kyle Rudolph with pick No. 142.

Player Analysis

    • Andrew Luck, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    alfred's Grand Team Made Sure Luck Was On Their Side

    A bargain at his ADP last year, Andrew Luck was owned on more playoff rosters and championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other QB.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 19
    The Man at Mile-High

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, just three WRs (Brown, Sanders, Maclin) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Thomas last year.

    • Arian Foster, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    How Rebellious of You

    alfred's Grand Team said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Arian Foster).

    • Travis Kelce, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    A Tight End with Some Wheels

    Travis Kelce isn't just a threat in the red zone. With a projection of 791 yards through the air, he ranks third in the NFL among TEs in receiving yards.

    • D. Hopkins, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 42
    On a Scale of 1 to America

    How free will DeAndre Hopkins be in the secondary? He's projected to rack up 1,202 receiving yards this year.

Best Available

With three subpar positions on alfred's Grand Team, K and TE are projected as especially weak units that should be upgraded first.

    • Caleb Sturgis
    • Rank 230, ADP 146
    • Josh Brown
    • Rank 242, ADP 137
    • Larry Donnell
    • Rank 127, ADP 130
    • Jordan Reed
    • Rank 131, ADP 136
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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

    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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Texans
1. (2) Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)
2. (19) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
3. (22) Arian Foster (Hou - RB)
4. (39) Travis Kelce (KC - TE)
5. (42) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
6. (59) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
7. (62) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
8. (79) Adam Vinatieri (Ind - K)
9. (82) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
10. (99) Demontre Hurst (Chi - CB)
11. (102) Antwon Blake (Pit - CB)
12. (119) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
13. (122) Sheldon Richardson (NYJ - DT,DE)
14. (139) Alex Smith (KC - QB)
15. (142) Kyle Rudolph (Min - TE)
16. (159) Indianapolis (Ind - DEF)
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