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Empire strikes back! Draft Report Card

Odell Beckham Jr.
Jordy Nelson
C.J. Anderson
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In Spite of Some Early-Round Reaches, Empire strikes back! Has a Legit Squad

Draft Summary

Empire strikes back! delivered a solid draft performance, taking the second overall draft slot and turning it into a team with playoff potential. With an expected record of 6-7-0 (1,543 points), they're projected to finish fifth in Big Ten League. With their first five picks, Empire strikes back! aimed for balance, selecting QB Andrew Luck (42nd overall), RBs C.J. Anderson (22nd) and Matt Forte (39th), and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (2nd) and Jordy Nelson (19th). They also landed one of the worst groups of RBs in the league, as they added Anderson, Forte, Jeremy Langford, and DeAngelo Williams.

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Empire strikes back! should use Week 9 to consider life's deeper mysteries, like why don't the pants worn by Dr. Bruce Banner rip when he transforms into the Hulk? It's better to think about that than pay attention to fantasy football. They have six players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the entire season, they have the lightest schedule. Corresponding with the easiest overall schedule, Empire strikes back! also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • A Triumvirate of Talent

    Empire strikes back! has three above-average positions on their roster (WR, DEF, and K).

  • Great Idea, Poor Execution

    Apparently Empire strikes back! missed the point of drafting a back-up defense. In Week 9, both Arizona and New England will be on bye.

  • Nearly There

    The top half of the Empire strikes back! roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).

  • Team of Champions

    Empire strikes back! 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 (Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Brady, and DeAngelo Williams).

  • Defense Wins Championships?

    Empire strikes back! chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Full Control Early On

    Empire strikes back! began things with a bang, nabbing the most projected points in the league during the draft's first half.

Player Analysis

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 1, Pick 2
    Does Odell Beckham Jr. Enjoy Fajitas?

    Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Beckham Jr. is projected to rank ninth in the league with 1,526 all-purpose yards.

    • Jordy Nelson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 19
    The Alchemist

    Empire strikes back! 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 5.4 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.1.

    • C.J. Anderson, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 22
    Wait For It

    Empire strikes back! held off on drafting a RB early, waiting until the third round to snag their "lead back" (C.J. Anderson).

    • Andrew Luck, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 42
    Do You Know if Andrew Luck is Religious?

    With 302 projected points, Empire strikes back! is hoping Luck will be the answer to their prayers.

    • J. Langford, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 59
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Jeremy Langford with the 59th pick, even though his ADP is only 81.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.

Best Available

There are three positions that Empire strikes back! could look to upgrade, including TE, which looks like their biggest area of need.

    • Eric Ebron
    • Rank 132, ADP 135
    • Zach Miller
    • Rank 140, ADP 136
    • Virgil Green
    • Rank 145, ADP 137
    • Vance McDonald
    • Rank 146, ADP 138
  • 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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Empire strikes back!
1. (2) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
2. (19) Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)
3. (22) C.J. Anderson (Den - RB)
4. (39) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
5. (42) Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)
6. (59) Jeremy Langford (Chi - RB)
7. (62) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
8. (79) John Brown (Ari - WR)
9. (82) DeAngelo Williams (Pit - RB)
10. (99) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
11. (102) Jason Witten (Dal - TE)
12. (119) Chris Boswell (Pit - K)
13. (122) Willie Snead (NO - WR)
14. (139) Tyler Eifert (Cin - TE)
15. (142) New England (NE - DEF)

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