X-Man Draft Report Card


Despite Reaching for a Few Early-Rounders, X-Man Is a Boss In the Draft Game

Draft Summary

Drafting ninth, X-Man took advantage of their feeble-minded opponents and drafted a team capable of making some noise come playoff time. They are expected to finish second in head buster with a record of 9-3-0 (3,328 points). They believe QB is not only the most important position in real life, but also in fantasy, using two of their first four picks to grab QBs Drew Brees (first round) and Eli Manning (fourth round). X-Man will rely heavily on this group, as they are the top QB combo in the league.

Looks like somebody did their homework. With a draft like that, you could nominate yourself for the Toyota Hall Of Fame with your eyes closed. Go on, we dare you.


Week 10 might require some waiver-wire magic from X-Man, as their top two projected scorers (Drew Brees and Eli Manning) will be relaxing at home that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are pretty average for X-Man.

Draft Notes

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    X-Man grabbed a couple of QBs (Drew Brees and Eli Manning) that'll both be on bye in Week 11, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly recommended.

  • Good Luck With That One!

    X-Man will have some intriguing decisions to make each week at WR, with a narrow projected points difference between their third- (Kendall Wright), fourth- (Torrey Smith), and fifth-ranked (Roddy White) wideouts.

  • A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?

    X-Man grabbed a sleeper in Tevin Coleman with pick No. 232.

  • The Heist Is On

    The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, X-Man got a steal in snatching Todd Gurley in the 11th round (109th overall pick vs. ADP of 77.4).

  • A Little Aggressive in Flag-Football Leagues?

    Former Bronco Karl Mecklenburg once dropped this nugget: “Defensively, I think it's important for us to tackle.” Among LBs in head buster League, Lavonte David ranks second in projected tackles with 166.

  • X-Man Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing Reshad Jones at pick 129 was just a bit of a stretch. Jones is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    X-Man is No Photographer

    But they can picture a fantasy championship with Drew Brees projected to put up 856 points this year.

    • DeMarco Murray, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner?

    Guide to making the playoffs and winning the championship in your league: Step 1, create team. Step 2, draft DeMarco Murray. He was the third-most-owned player by playoff teams, as well as the fourth-most-owned player by championship teams.

    • B. Marshall, WR
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Maybe Marshall Will Surprise

    Despite being an above-average player at his position, Brandon Marshall was the weakest value pick of the round.

    • Eli Manning, QB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Do You Know if Eli Manning is Religious?

    With 773 projected points, X-Man is hoping Manning will be the answer to their prayers.

    • A. Ellington, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 49
    A Versatile Combination

    Andre Ellington can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs with 470 projected receiving yards.

Best Available

While X-Man is projected to have three subpar positions, WR is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Martavis Bryant
    • Rank 100, ADP 75
    • Brandon LaFell
    • Rank 109, ADP 112
    • Brian Quick
    • Rank 116, ADP 130
    • Michael Floyd
    • Rank 117, ADP 120
  • 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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1. (9) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
2. (12) DeMarco Murray (Phi - RB)
3. (29) Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR)
4. (32) Eli Manning (NYG - QB)
5. (49) Andre Ellington (Ari - RB)
6. (52) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
7. (69) Stevie Johnson (SD - WR)
8. (72) J.J. Watt (Hou - DE)
9. (89) John Brown (Ari - WR)
10. (92) Heath Miller (Pit - TE)
11. (109) Todd Gurley (StL - RB)
12. (112) Lavonte David (TB - LB)
13. (129) Reshad Jones (Mia - S)
14. (132) Alec Ogletree (StL - LB)
15. (149) Tyrann Mathieu (Ari - S)
16. (152) Dont'a Hightower (NE - LB)
17. (169) Andrew Franks (Mia - K)
18. (172) Kendall Wright (Ten - WR)
19. (189) Antoine Bethea (SF - S)
20. (192) Lawrence Timmons (Pit - LB)
21. (209) Roddy White (Atl - WR)
22. (212) Cole Beasley (Dal - WR)
23. (229) Torrey Smith (SF - WR)
24. (232) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
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