"With the third pick in the draft, Breaking Steel selects: Tim Tebow." OK maybe it wasn't that bad, but it might as well have been. Despite being gifted a favorable draft position (third), Breaking Steel is expected to struggle, finishing eighth in andrew's friends League with a record of 0-14-0 (4,647 points). They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (3rd overall), RB DeMarco Murray (14th), WR Jordan Matthews (30th), and TE Jimmy Graham (19th) within the first five rounds. They have the worst group of WRs in the league, as they have Jeremy Maclin, Matthews, Vincent Jackson, and Markus Wheaton for their rotation.
Breaking Steel should drop off the grid during Week 8. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the toughest schedule. In addition to having the most demanding overall schedule, Breaking Steel also has the second-toughest first four games of the season.
Lots of Brotherly Love
The fantasy hopes of Breaking Steel rely heavily on the fortunes of Philly's offense, as they have four Eagles on their roster.
QB or Bust
QB is the only stronger-than-average position group for Breaking Steel.
Close to the Vest
Breaking Steel was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing eight "low-risk" players out of 20 picks.
Breaking Steel elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
A Pair of Proven Winners
Breaking Steel has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (DeMarco Murray and Jeremy Maclin) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.
Basic Math is Optional
Michael Vick once claimed "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain.” With 634 projected rushing yards, Colin Kaepernick can channel his inner Vick to help Breaking Steel this year.
- Aaron Rodgers, QB
- Round 1, Pick 3
Despite attempting 32.5 passes per game (just 22nd in the league), Rodgers threw for the seventh-most yards (4,381) and third-most TDs (38) last season. A whopping 33 QBs tossed more interceptions than Rodgers' five.
Can DeMarco Duplicate?
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 2, Pick 14
Across all Yahoo! leagues, only one RB (Le'Veon Bell) appeared on more first-place rosters than Murray last season.
Will a Run-Heavy Offense Hurt Production?
- Jimmy Graham, TE
- Round 3, Pick 19
Breaking Steel sure hopes not. Though he might not put up New Orleans-esque numbers, Graham is almost certain to be one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets moving forward.
- LeSean McCoy, RB
- Round 5, Pick 35
Breaking Steel may have found a gem in the fifth round, grabbing LeSean McCoy (35th overall pick vs. ADP of 19.9).
Jumpin' For Jeremy
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 6, Pick 46
Across all Yahoo! leagues, only two WRs (Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders) appeared more often on first-place rosters than Maclin last season.
There are five positions that Breaking Steel could look to improve, including RB and WR, which look like the biggest areas of need.
- Tre Mason
- Rank 110, ADP 120
- Isaiah Crowell
- Rank 120, ADP 116
- Brandon LaFell
- Rank 109, ADP 105
- Michael Floyd
- Rank 117, ADP 116
Bye Week Points LostPoints
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 ADPPick 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 LeagueTeam 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 PointsWeek
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..."