Harbaugh Nation Draft Report Card


Projected to Finish First, Harbaugh Nation Has the Talent to Dominate

Draft Summary

Brilliant!. Absolutely brilliant! Harbaugh Nation put on a free draft clinic for the rest of the league, turning the final pick of the first round into a projected first place finish in Labor Pains League. They're projected record of 12-1-0 (2,097) may be untouchable and Harbaugh Nation should expect this to be a season long victory lap. They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Drew Brees (30th overall), RB Mark Ingram (31st), WR Julio Jones (11th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (10th) within the first five rounds. They built one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they have Ingram, Latavius Murray, Todd Gurley, and LeGarrette Blount for their rotation.

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.


Harbaugh Nation should use Week 4 to consider life's great mysteries, like why abbreviation is such a long word. It would be better than checking fantasy football that week. They have three players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the weakest schedule. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Harbaugh Nation also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Allocation

    TE is the strongest position for Harbaugh Nation, though DEF and WR aren't too shabby either.

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At four different positions, Harbaugh Nation picked up projected top-two players (including Rob Gronkowski, Seattle, and Drew Brees).

  • Close to the Vest

    Harbaugh Nation was focused on a squad with minimal volatility, grabbing six "low-risk" players out of 13 picks.

  • Aging Stars

    The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 7.3 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (ranked No. 9 with 4.8 years).

  • Team of Champions

    Harbaugh Nation is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Maclin, and Cody Parkey).

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Sam Bradford, Harbaugh Nation pounced on him at pick No. 111.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    A Modern-Day Threat, Sort of Like "Beliebers"

    TE is the new secret weapon in the NFL, and Rob Gronkowski leads the way with 263 projected fantasy points.

    • Julio Jones, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 11
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

    Julio Jones was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 30
    Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Harbaugh Nation drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He's projected to lead NFL QBs in plays over 40 yards with 13.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 5.1.

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 31
    How Rebellious of You

    Harbaugh Nation said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first (Mark Ingram).

    • Jeremy Maclin, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 50
    Taking a Chance

    With their fifth-round pick, Harbaugh Nation threw caution to the wind. They took Jeremy Maclin at pick number 50 despite an ADP of 69.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

Harbaugh Nation is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (RB and K), but RB is clearly their weakest unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.

    • Ryan Mathews
    • Rank 92, ADP 118
    • Shane Vereen
    • Rank 93, ADP 119
    • Joique Bell
    • Rank 98, ADP 105
    • Devonta Freeman
    • Rank 101, ADP 124
  • 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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Harbaugh Nation
1. (10) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (11) Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
3. (30) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (31) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
5. (50) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
6. (51) Julian Edelman (NE - WR)
7. (70) Latavius Murray (Oak - RB)
8. (71) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
9. (90) Todd Gurley (StL - RB)
10. (91) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
11. (110) LeGarrette Blount (NE - RB)
12. (111) Sam Bradford (Phi - QB)
13. (130) Cody Parkey (Phi - K)
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