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    James Harden's Team Draft Report Card


    Led by a Quality Group of RBs, James Harden's Team Has Great Shot at Playoffs

    Draft Summary

    James Harden's Team delivered a solid draft performance, taking the fifth overall draft slot and turning it into a team with playoff potential. With an expected record of 8-6-0 (1,338 points), they're projected to finish fifth in Yahoo Public 780720 League. With five WRs on the roster, James Harden's Team guaranteed the WR position was taken care of. Compared to the league average of 141, their WRs projected average of 135 points won't be much different than the rest of the wideouts around the league. They put together one of the most prolific groups of RBs in the league, as they added Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, and Chris Johnson.

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    Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, James Harden's Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have an easier-than-average schedule. James Harden's Team has a chance to come out of the gate hot and close strong, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

    Draft Notes

    • Positional Fortitude

      James Harden's Team has four stronger-than-average positions with TE and RB projected to lead the way.

    • Veteran Mentors on the Bench

      While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 9 in the league with an average of 4.6 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 2 with 7.9 years).

    • Single-Bar Facemasks

      James Harden's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.

    • Team of Champions

      James Harden's Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, four of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues, including Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, and Antonio Brown.

    Player Analysis

      • Matt Forte, RB
      • Round 1, Pick 5
      Does Matt Forte Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?

      Because his projected yardage figures are tasty. Forte is ranked third in the league with 1,701 all-purpose yards.

      • DeMarco Murray, RB
      • Round 2, Pick 16

      James Harden's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray right off the bat.

      • Antonio Brown, WR
      • Round 3, Pick 25
      168 Excuses to Cheer for Antonio Brown

      Brown ranks ninth in the Yahoo Public 780720 League among wideouts with 168 projected fantasy points.

      • Julius Thomas, TE
      • Round 4, Pick 36
      Better Lucky Than Good?

      The rest of Yahoo Public 780720 League overlooked a gem, and James Harden's Team made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Julius Thomas.

      • R. Griffin III, QB
      • Round 6, Pick 56
      Not Afraid to Scramble

      With 584 projected rushing yards (ranking third among QBs), Robert Griffin III has multiple ways to bring in points.

    Best Available

    If James Harden's Team has a desire to make a roster move, WR and QB are areas of need.

      • Kenny Stills
      • Rank 129, ADP 130
      • Jarrett Boykin
      • Rank 130, ADP 128
      • Carson Palmer
      • Rank 140, ADP 134
      • Alex Smith
      • Rank 142, ADP 125
    • 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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    James Harden's Team
    1. (5) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
    2. (16) DeMarco Murray (Dal - RB)
    3. (25) Antonio Brown (Pit - WR)
    4. (36) Julius Thomas (Den - TE)
    5. (45) Michael Floyd (Ari - WR)
    6. (56) Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)
    7. (65) Terrance Williams (Dal - WR)
    8. (76) Cincinnati (Cin - DEF)
    9. (85) Phil Dawson (SF - K)
    10. (96) Chris Johnson (NYJ - RB)
    11. (105) Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR)
    12. (116) Cecil Shorts III (Jax - WR)
    13. (125) Martellus Bennett (Chi - TE)
    14. (136) Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)
    15. (145) Nick Folk (NYJ - K)
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