Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Hard Targets is Loaded with Talent
With the second overall pick, Hard Targets put on a show for the competition. Drafting a complete team capable of winning week in and week out, they're projected to finish third in OklahomIraqis League NFC League with a record of 8-5-0 (2,283 points). They clearly wanted to put together a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on Antonio Brown (first round), Amari Cooper (third round), and John Brown (fifth round). This group will have to produce in order for Hard Targets to have a good season, as they are the top group of WRs in the league.
Hard Targets should pick up a new hobby, like bird watching, during Week 10. They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the softest schedules. Along with having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Hard Targets has the second-softest last four games of the season.
Hard Targets is loaded at RB and QB. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in OklahomIraqis League NFC League?
The Best Player Plays
Hard Targets is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 3.7 years of NFL experience.
While the bottom half of the Hard Targets roster is one of the strongest in the league (projected to be No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 13).
Brock Osweiler and Braxton Miller are a couple of late-round fliers with decent upside for Hard Targets.
A Multifaceted Machine
Sims is a dual-threat back for Hard Targets, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 535.
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Hard Targets got a steal in snatching Matthew Stafford in the 11th round (142nd overall pick vs. ADP of 122.7).
Death, Taxes, and Antonio Brown's Reliable Hands
- Antonio Brown, WR
- Round 1, Pick 2
Brown is projected to catch an NFL-leading 132 balls this year.
A Choice That Wasn't Exactly Data-Driven
- DeMarco Murray, RB
- Round 2, Pick 27
According to projections, DeMarco Murray will fall outside of the NFL top-20 in both rushing TDs (22nd with 5.8) and yards (26th with 778). Seems like Hard Targets just went with their gut on this one.
Returning to Greatness
- Ameer Abdullah, RB
- Round 4, Pick 55
If special teams contributions count in OklahomIraqis League NFC League, Hard Targets may have found a gem in Ameer Abdullah. Including his 596 projected return yards, he ranks seventh in the league with 1,543 all-purpose yards.
Rethinking That One
- John Brown, WR
- Round 5, Pick 58
While drafted 58th overall, John Brown isn't projected among the NFL's top-20 in either receiving TDs (29th with 6.7) or receiving yards (23rd with 1,020).
Milk Was a Bad Choice
- Derrick Henry, RB
- Round 6, Pick 83
And so was drafting Derrick Henry, the weakest value of the round.
Hard Targets could potentially upgrade TE and K, but TE is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Richard Rodgers
- Rank 205, ADP 122
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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