HighRollers Draft Report Card

Melvin Gordon
DeMarco Murray
Todd Gurley II
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Led by an Elite Group of RBs, HighRollers Has Legit Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

HighRollers delivered a solid draft performance, taking the fourth overall draft slot and turning it into a team with playoff potential. With an expected record of 8-5-0 (1,958 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Any Given Sunday League. They went all-in on running backs early, using their first three selections to grab Melvin Gordon (4th overall), DeMarco Murray (21st), and Todd Gurley (28th). This group will have to produce in order for HighRollers to have a good season, as they are the best group of RBs in the league.

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Week 8 might require some artful managing from HighRollers. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. HighRollers could run into an early buzz saw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for HighRollers, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Todd Gurley) and fourth-ranked (Jeremy Hill) RBs.

  • Positional Fortitude

    HighRollers has four positions that are better than league average. While DEF, RB, and QB are projected to be good, TE is the strongest on HighRollers.

  • Nearly There

    The top half of the HighRollers roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 3). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).

  • Team of Champions

    HighRollers 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 (Melvin Gordon, DeMarco Murray, and Jordan Reed).

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, HighRollers chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling?

    HighRollers grabbed a sleeper in Torrey Smith with pick No. 148.

Player Analysis

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    From San Diego to Los Angeles

    And now to HighRollers. Despite missing the final three games of the season, Gordon recorded the ninth-most touches (295) in the league, accounting for 1,416 total yards and 12 TDs.

    • DeMarco Murray, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 21
    Haters Gonna Hate

    The rest of Any Given Sunday League overlooked a gem, and HighRollers made the swaggiest pick of the round by grabbing DeMarco Murray.

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Gurley is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank fourth in the NFL with 307 touches.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 45
    Rule 86

    When he's healthy, you start him. Despite taking a noticeable step back from his outstanding 2015 campaign, Reed continued rewarding owners last year. Among all NFL tight ends, only Jimmy Graham appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters.

    • DeVante Parker, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 69
    Trigger Happy

    With their sixth-round pick, HighRollers pulled the trigger. They drafted DeVante Parker at pick number 69 despite an ADP of just 86.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

If HighRollers wants to upgrade, WR and K are areas they could go after first.

    • Nelson Agholor
    • Rank 163, ADP 127
    • Devin Funchess
    • Rank 164, ADP 129
    • Brandon McManus
    • Rank 203, ADP 125
    • Cairo Santos
    • Rank 205, ADP 126
  • 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. (4) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
2. (21) DeMarco Murray (Ten - RB)
3. (28) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
4. (45) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
5. (52) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
6. (69) DeVante Parker (Mia - WR)
7. (76) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
8. (93) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
9. (100) Chris Hogan (NE - WR)
10. (117) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
11. (124) John Brown (Ari - WR)
12. (141) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
13. (148) Torrey Smith (Phi - WR)
14. (165) Charcandrick West (KC - RB)
15. (172) Mason Crosby (GB - K)

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