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.
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.
Shouldering the Burden
Steel Curtain has six above-average positions with QB and TE projected to lead the way.
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.
He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy
- Marshawn Lynch, RB
- Round 1, Pick 2
With 313 touches, Marshawn Lynch is projected to rank fourth in the NFL in that category. How touching, Steel Curtain.
173 Excuses to Cheer for Alshon Jeffery
- Alshon Jeffery, WR
- Round 2, Pick 23
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.
Apparently ADP is Overrated
- Davante Adams, WR
- Round 5, Pick 50
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.
Was Jason Witten Worth Pick No. 71?
- Jason Witten, TE
- Round 6, Pick 71
Steel Curtain apparently thinks so. The Cowboys' TE is projected to net 110 points this year, after putting up 100 last season.
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 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..."