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The Injured Reserves Draft Report Card

Christian McCaffrey
Keenan Allen
Zach Ertz
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With a Projected Finish of First, Date Mike are Loaded with Studs

Draft Summary

Gifted a juicy draft position (No. 2 overall), Date Mike had an outstanding performance. Date Mike are predicted to finish 1st in Game Of Inches with a record of 12-1 (2,369 points).

  • New England

Leader of the Pack

With only three defenses off the board, Date Mike foresaw a run coming and got in early, taking the Patriots in the 10th round. Four more defensive units were snatched up in the subsequent round. Coming off a season in which the unit tallied 139 fantasy points, New England is projected to score 126 fantasy points this season.

  • Sterling Shepard

Going out on a Limb

Do you know something everybody else doesn't? There's no other explanation for choosing Shepard with the 11th pick in the 6th round, about three rounds earlier than his ADP of 107. Maybe you're onto something, though. Projected to score 220 fantasy points this season with the Giants, he looks set to improve upon last year when he caught 66 balls for 872 yards and 4 TDs to post 183 fantasy points. According to projections, Shepard will slot in as the No. 3 WR for Date Mike to begin the season.

Draft Notes

  • Week 10 could bring on a case of the Bye Week Blues for Date Mike, as they have four players on a bye (Zach Ertz, Phillip Lindsay, Derrius Guice, and New England). Fear not: your Week 10 opponent -- Alex Cabassa's Team -- will also be tackling their worst bye week with four players getting the week off.

  • With a strength of schedule ranked as the easiest according to projections, Date Mike won't encounter too many obstacles in Game Of Inches this season. But that doesn't mean you can relax. For those owners who fail to remain involved, even the lightest schedules can present issues.

  • Date Mike are trying to catch lightning in a bottle, compiling a lineup with an average of 3.9 years of NFL experience, ranking as the 3rd-youngest group in the league. Driving home that point, they selected one rookie (Mecole Hardman). In total, there were 13 rookies selected over the course of the Game Of Inches draft.

  • In spite of an opening remaining at QB in the 7th round, Date Mike selected RB Tarik Cohen at No. 74, filling the WR/RB/TE flex position rather than a higher leverage position.

Player Analysis

  • 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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The Injured Reserves
1. (2) Christian McCaffrey (Car - RB)
2. (23) Keenan Allen (LAC - WR)
3. (26) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
4. (47) Phillip Lindsay (Den - RB)
5. (50) Jarvis Landry (Cle - WR)
6. (71) Sterling Shepard (NYG - WR)
7. (74) Tarik Cohen (Chi - RB)
8. (95) Derrius Guice (Was - RB)
9. (98) Jared Goff (LAR - QB)
10. (119) New England (NE - DEF)
11. (122) Mecole Hardman (KC - WR)
12. (143) Brett Maher (Dal - K)
13. (146) Mitchell Trubisky (Chi - QB)
14. (167) Dare Ogunbowale (TB - RB)
15. (170) Randall Cobb (Dal - WR)
16. (191) Chris Herndon (NYJ - TE)

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