Draft Grade: C-
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The poor draft position for Steel Curtain proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting eighth overall, they're projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 841251 League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,293 points). Steel Curtain loaded up on pass-catching weapons early on, using four of their first seven selections to acquire WRs Julio Jones (second round), Marques Colston (fourth round), James Jones (sixth round), and Cecil Shorts (seventh round). They ended up with the worst pair of TEs in the league, as they picked up Owen Daniels and Heath Miller for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Steel Curtain, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Although they have the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Steel Curtain actually has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 8, Steel Curtain will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Strongest Position: Although Steel Curtain has no better-than-average positional projections, QB is their best group (1.0% below the league mean at that spot).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Steel Curtain was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Yahoo Public 841251 League, Steel Curtain may have found a gem in Tavon Austin. Including his 1,200 projected return yards, he ranks third in the league with 2,013 all-purpose yards.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Heath Miller with the 148th pick gave Steel Curtain the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
- Ending with a Whimper: Steel Curtain didn't end the night the way they might have liked, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- Drew Brees
1st Round (8th Pick)
Steel Curtain drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (13th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Julio Jones will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 841251 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Steel Curtain snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected Reggie Bush in the third round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (28th pick vs. ADP of 52.8).
- M. Colston
4th Round (33rd Pick)
While drafted 33rd overall, Marques Colston is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (13th with 7.8) or receiving yards (25th with 1,010).
- Ahmad Bradshaw
5th Round (48th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Steel Curtain went out on a limb with their fifth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Ahmad Bradshaw has an ADP of 91.6, but Steel Curtain grabbed him at pick No. 48.
Calling an Audible
With six below-average positions on Steel Curtain, TE (19.6% below the league average at that spot) and K (13.7%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 163 ADP: 127.87
Rank: 168 ADP: 128.58
Rank: 248 ADP: 109.24
Rank: 253 ADP: 137.84
- Player Points by Bye WeekPointsEach 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 NumberBars 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 LeagueThe 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 PointsWeekWeek-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..."