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Jimmy Graham
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Demaryius Thomas
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Arian Foster
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Led by a Terrific Group of RBs, Harper's Team Is the Favorite to Win it All

Draft Summary

Harper's Team had the unfortunate honor of picking 11th overall. It is unclear whether it was luck or monk-level concentration, but Harper's Team did well and is projected to finish first in Hiawatha Elite League with 1,204 points and a record of 9-3-1. They felt they could wait on quarterback, holding out until the eighth round to secure Tony Romo with the 86th overall selection. They built the highest-scoring group of WRs in the league, as they have Demaryius Thomas, Randall Cobb, DeSean Jackson, and Terrance Williams on their team.

Schedule

Harper's Team can chalk up Week 11 as a big fat L. 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. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Harper's Team also has the easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Strength in Numbers

    In order, the three best positions for Harper's Team are TE, RB, and WR.

  • On the Rise

    Harper's Team hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.

  • Team of Champions

    Harper's Team 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 (Jimmy Graham, Demaryius Thomas, and DeSean Jackson).

  • Sustained Domination

    Harper's Team accumulated the most projected points in the first half of the draft, and didn't take their foot off the pedal by snagging the most points in the draft's second half, as well.

  • Potent Potential

    Mark Ingram and Mike Evans are a couple of late-round fliers with nice upside for Harper's Team.

  • Bargain Shopper

    With four steals in the first 9 rounds (including Toby Gerhart, Arian Foster, and DeSean Jackson), Harper's Team made some shrewd moves.

Player Analysis

    • Jimmy Graham, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 11
    A Return to Huge Numbers

    Sean Payton's return to the Saints' sideline seemed to work out for Jimmy Graham, who was owned on more championship rosters across Yahoo! than any other TE.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 14
    Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

    Demaryius Thomas is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 106 projected catches rank second in the league.

    • Arian Foster, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 35
    How Rebellious of You

    Harper's Team said 'no' to the tradition of fantasy drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to pick up their first (Arian Foster).

    • Randall Cobb, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 38
    161 Excuses to Cheer for Randall Cobb

    Cobb ranks 10th in the Hiawatha Elite League among wideouts with 161 projected fantasy points.

    • Toby Gerhart, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 59
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Hiawatha Elite League overlooked a gem, and Harper's Team made the smartest value pick of the round by taking Toby Gerhart.

Best Available

If Harper's Team has a desire to make a roster move, QB and DEF are areas of need.

    • Josh McCown
    • Rank 145, ADP 133
    • Sam Bradford
    • Rank 178, ADP 124
    • Chicago Defanse
    • Rank 212, ADP 120
    • Indianapolis Defanse
    • Rank 225, ADP 144
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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

    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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InstaGraham
1. (11) Jimmy Graham
2. (14) Demaryius Thomas
3. (35) Arian Foster
4. (38) Randall Cobb
5. (59) Toby Gerhart
6. (62) DeSean Jackson
7. (83) Stevan Ridley
8. (86) Tony Romo
9. (107) Lamar Miller
10. (110) Terrance Williams
11. (131) Carson Palmer
12. (134) Riley Cooper
13. (155) Mark Ingram II
14. (158) Mike Evans
15. (179) Tampa Bay

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