With Too Many Reaches Early, Tusken Raiders Has a Great Team if They Don't Care About Winning
Whatever strategy Tusken Raiders used to build this team, it should be thrown out, because it didn't work. Picking 12th, they struggled to piece together a competitive team and as a result, are projected to finish ninth in Hiawatha Elite League with a record of 4-8-1 (1,372 points). They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs C.J. Anderson (third round), Thomas Rawls (fourth round), and Arian Foster (fifth round). Even so, they ended up with one of the bottom groups of RBs in the league.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Tusken Raiders 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 one of the most daunting schedules. Tusken Raiders will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.
Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for Tusken Raiders, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Arian Foster) and fourth-ranked (Jay Ajayi) RBs.
One Will Rise Up Like a Phoenix From the Ashes
Tusken Raiders is hoping that either Arian Foster or Jay Ajayi will emerge as a serious threat for the Miami Dolphins.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Tusken Raiders may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Oakland Raiders Fan?
Tusken Raiders reached twice to draft an Oakland Raiders player.
Checked Out Early
Tusken Raiders didn't exactly wrap up the draft on a high note, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
A Stretch of the Imagination
Grabbing Jaelen Strong at pick 157 was, let's say, conceptually adventurous. Strong is owned on just a handful of rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.
- A.J. Green, WR
- Round 1, Pick 12
A.J. Green is expected to be a strong possession receiver this year, and his 90 projected catches rank ninth in the league.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 13
Tusken Raiders chose a WR who's highly likely to turn a deep ball into TD gold. Jordy Nelson is projected to rank fifth among NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 5.3 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.
If it Ain't Broke
- C.J. Anderson, RB
- Round 3, Pick 36
Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Tusken Raiders didn't grab their first RB (C.J. Anderson) until the third round.
Move Over Marshawn
- Thomas Rawls, RB
- Round 4, Pick 37
Rawls produced a ridiculous 5.6 YPC last season, and among all RBs, only Devonta Freeman and DeAngelo Williams appeared more often on first-place fantasy rosters.
Was Travis Kelce Worth Pick No. 61?
- Travis Kelce, TE
- Round 6, Pick 61
Tusken Raiders apparently thinks so. The Chiefs' TE is projected to have 114 points this year, just a bit lower than his total from last season.
While Tusken Raiders is projected to have four below-average positions, TE is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.
- Vance McDonald
- Rank 145, ADP 138
- Jordan Cameron
- Rank 156, ADP 135
- Clive Walford
- Rank 162, ADP 129
- Kyle Rudolph
- Rank 194, ADP 127
Bye Week Points LostPoints
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 ADPPick 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 LeagueTeam 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 PointsWeek
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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