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NEXT FC Draft Report Card

Eddie Lacy
Antonio Brown
Le'Veon Bell
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Despite a Powerful Set of RBs, NEXT FC Has a Great Team if They Don't Care About Winning

Draft Summary

Playoffs?! NEXT FC is projected to finish in 12th-place in NEXT FFL League with a 2-9-2 (1,101 points) record and you want to talk about playoffs?! NEXT FC should just hope they can win a few games, let alone reach the playoffs. They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Eddie Lacy (first round), Le'Veon Bell (third round), and Rashad Jennings (fourth round). If these guys can do what they're expected to do, NEXT FC will benefit. They are one of the best groups of RBs in the league.


Week 9 could be a frustrating one for NEXT FC, as their top two projected scorers (Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger) will have a bye week. Taking a look at the entire season from start to finish, they have the hardest schedule. Along with having the most grueling overall schedule, NEXT FC also has the toughest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for NEXT FC, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Rashad Jennings) and fourth-ranked (Bishop Sankey) RBs.

  • RB or Bust

    RB is the only stronger-than-average position group for NEXT FC.

  • Tennessee Titans Fan?

    NEXT FC reached twice to draft a Tennessee Titans player.

  • Starting Slowly

    NEXT FC got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    NEXT FC has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Eddie Lacy and Antonio Brown) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on Eric Ebron, NEXT FC pounced on him at pick No. 140.

Player Analysis

    • Eddie Lacy, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 5
    Does Eddie Lacy Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?

    Because his projected yardage figures are tasty. Lacy is ranked ninth in the league with 1,501 all-purpose yards.

    • Antonio Brown, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 20
    223 Excuses to Cheer for Antonio Brown

    Brown ranks sixth in the NEXT FFL League among wideouts with 223 projected fantasy points.

    • Le'Veon Bell, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 29
    Is His Jersey Made of Honey?

    Because the projections for Le'Veon Bell are sweet. He's projected to be the ninth-best RB in the league this season.

    • Bishop Sankey, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 53
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Bishop Sankey, the weakest value of the round.

    • T. Williams, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 68
    Was the 68th Pick the Right Time for Terrance Williams?

    NEXT FC apparently believes it is. The Cowboys' wide receiver is projected to net 150 points this year, after putting up 117 last year.

Best Available

With five subpar positions on NEXT FC, TE and QB are expected to be the worst of those potential areas of need.

    • Garrett Graham
    • Rank 161, ADP 137
    • Travis Kelce
    • Rank 177, ADP 135
    • Joe Flacco
    • Rank 147, ADP 125
    • Alex Smith
    • Rank 150, 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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1. (5) Eddie Lacy
2. (20) Antonio Brown
3. (29) Le'Veon Bell
4. (44) Rashad Jennings
5. (53) Bishop Sankey
6. (68) Terrance Williams
7. (77) Justin Hunter
8. (92) Kelvin Benjamin
9. (101) Jeremy Hill
10. (116) Ben Roethlisberger
11. (125) Charles Clay
12. (140) Eric Ebron
13. (149) Houston
14. (164) Robbie Gould

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Best Draft is awarded to the team with the most projected season points based on weekly optimal starting lineups.

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