Hammer Time Draft Report Card

Julio Jones
Ezekiel Elliott
Leonard Fournette
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Led by an Elite Set of RBs, Hammer Time Has Legit Shot at Playoffs

Draft Summary

Hammer Time drafted like a bat out of hell in this one. Meat Loaf once told the NY Times that he's played in as many as 60 fantasy leagues in a year, and he would surely approve of this drafting display. Hammer Time assembled a squad built to reach the playoffs and is projected to finish sixth in Hojo_The_Barbarians League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,781 points). They went with the SMU "Pony Express" draft strategy, loading up on three tailbacks in the first five rounds, selecting Ezekiel Elliott (second round), Leonard Fournette (third round), and Carlos Hyde (fourth round). These guys could be the key to the season for Hammer Time, as they are one of the best groups of RBs in the league.

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Week 5 might require some artful managing from Hammer Time, as their top two projected scorers (Kirk Cousins and Julio Jones) will be off that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the least-difficult slates. Hammer Time has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • My One and Only

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

  • It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Hammer Time 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.

  • Digging Deep

    Giovani Bernard is owned in only 1% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Hammer Time for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • Julio Jones, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 4
    Does Julio Jones Enjoy Fajitas?

    Because his total yardage figures are sizzling. Jones is projected to rank ninth in the league with 1,542 all-purpose yards.

    • E. Elliott, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 21
    Just Win, Baby

    Death, taxes, and Ezekiel Elliott leading fantasy teams to the playoffs and championships. After he finished among the top-10 players owned on playoff rosters (fifth) and on championship rosters (fourth), Hammer Time is hopping on the bandwagon.

    • L. Fournette, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Fournette is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank eighth in the NFL with 279 touches.

    • Allen Robinson, WR
    • Round 5, Pick 52
    Rethinking That One

    Allen Robinson may not justify his 52nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top-20 in both yards (22nd with 1,040) and TDs (28th with 7.7).

    • Mark Ingram, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 69
    Ingram Provides Backfield Boost at Pick No. 69

    The Saints' running back is only projected to earn 160 points this year, after putting up 219 last season.

Best Available

Hammer Time has a couple positions they may look to upgrade (TE and DEF), but TE is the area they'll want to focus their attention first.

    • C.J. Fiedorowicz
    • Rank 136, ADP 135
    • Antonio Gates
    • Rank 141, ADP 132
    • Coby Fleener
    • Rank 143, ADP 133
    • Julius Thomas
    • Rank 146, ADP 132
  • 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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Hammer Time
1. (4) Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
2. (21) Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB)
3. (28) Leonard Fournette (Jax - RB)
4. (45) Carlos Hyde (SF - RB)
5. (52) Allen Robinson (Jax - WR)
6. (69) Mark Ingram (NO - RB)
7. (76) Kirk Cousins (Was - QB)
8. (93) Terrance West (Bal - RB)
9. (100) Randall Cobb (GB - WR)
10. (117) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
11. (124) Jordan Matthews (Buf - WR)
12. (141) Giovani Bernard (Cin - RB)
13. (148) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
14. (165) Philadelphia (Phi - DEF)

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