Steel Curtain Draft Report Card


Projected to Finish Third, Steel Curtain is Loaded with Talent

Draft Summary

Collusion might be the only way to stop Steel Curtain this year, as they are projected to finish with a record of 7-5-1; good enough for third in Final Fantasy Football VIII League. They aimed for having a roster with balance throughout, taking QB Drew Brees (26th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (2nd) and Alfred Morris (47th), and WRs Alshon Jeffery (23rd) and Davante Adams (50th). They have one of the highest-scoring QB tandems in the league, as they have Brees and Philip Rivers on the roster.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Steel Curtain has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the entire season, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Steel Curtain has the opportunity to finish the season on a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • Shouldering the Burden

    Steel Curtain has six above-average positions with QB and TE projected to lead the way.

  • Risk Averse

    Steel Curtain minimized risk by choosing seven consistent players among their 14 picks.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Steel Curtain drafted one of the most explosive QBs in the league in Philip Rivers. Among NFL QBs, he's projected to rank fifth in plays over 40 yards with 11.1 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.

  • Earning His Keep

    Projections have Philip Rivers finishing with 29.2 passing TDs and 4,507 yards, good enough to rank him at seventh and fifth respectively.

Player Analysis

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy

    With 313 touches, Marshawn Lynch is projected to rank fourth in the NFL in that category. How touching, Steel Curtain.

    • Alshon Jeffery, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 23
    173 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery

    Jeffery ranks eighth in the Final Fantasy Football VIII League among wideouts with 173 projected fantasy points.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 26

    Steel Curtain drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He's projected to drop bombs on DBs this year, to lead NFL QBs in plays over 40 yards with 13.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 5.1.

    • Davante Adams, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Apparently ADP is Overrated

    With their fifth-round pick, Steel Curtain pulled the trigger. They took Davante Adams at pick number 50 despite an ADP of just 88 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Jason Witten, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 71
    Was Jason Witten Worth Pick No. 71?

    Steel Curtain apparently thinks so. The Cowboys' TE is projected to net 110 points this year, after putting up 100 last season.

Best Available

Although Steel Curtain can pretty much hold tight with this roster as is, RB is one area they could potentially upgrade if they get the itch to make a move.

    • Andre Williams
    • Rank 137, ADP 121
    • David Johnson
    • Rank 146, ADP 126
    • Charles Sims
    • Rank 160, ADP 125
    • Ahmad Bradshaw
    • Rank 182, ADP 113
  • 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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Steel Curtain
1. (2) Marshawn Lynch (Sea - RB)
2. (23) Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR)
3. (26) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (47) Alfred Morris (Was - RB)
5. (50) Davante Adams (GB - WR)
6. (71) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
7. (74) Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)
8. (95) Eric Decker (NYJ - WR)
9. (98) Philip Rivers (SD - QB)
10. (119) Tevin Coleman (Atl - RB)
11. (122) New England (NE - DEF)
12. (143) Larry Donnell (NYG - TE)
13. (146) Josh Scobee (Pit - K)
14. (167) Darren Sproles (Phi - RB)
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