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Rick and Jordy Draft Report Card

DeAndre Hopkins
Jordy Nelson
Jamaal Charles
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Led by a Talented WR Corps, Taiwan#1 Has a Squad Built to Reach the Playoffs

Draft Summary

Taiwan#1 is projected to finish fourth in Land 9 League with a record of 8-5-0 (1,877 points). While that is pretty good, pretty good wasn't enough for John Fox in Denver, and it shouldn't be for you. If you're not first, you're last. They clearly wanted to put together a wide receiver corps early, using three of their first five selections on DeAndre Hopkins (first round), Jordy Nelson (second round), and Jeremy Maclin (fourth round). These players will be heavily relied upon by Taiwan#1, as they are one of the best groups of WRs in the league.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Taiwan#1 has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the softest schedules. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Taiwan#1 also has the softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Asset Management

    Taiwan#1 is loaded at WR and DEF. Could they be willing to leverage some of that talent and listen to trade offers from other teams in Land 9 League?

  • The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

    It seems like Taiwan#1 likes to gamble -- they rolled the dice on seven "high-risk" picks.

  • Decently Mediocre

    While the bottom half of the Taiwan#1 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. 12).

  • Starting Slowly

    Taiwan#1 got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Taiwan#1 has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (DeAndre Hopkins and DeAngelo Williams) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • My One and Only

    Ignoring roster depth, Taiwan#1 chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

Player Analysis

    • D. Hopkins, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Targeting the Texan

    Hopkins was one of just three wideouts (along with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown) to get at least 190 targets last year, and only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's stud WR.

    • Jordy Nelson, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 18
    The Alchemist

    Taiwan#1 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.

    • Jamaal Charles, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 31
    If it Ain't Broke

    Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Taiwan#1 didn't grab their first RB (Jamaal Charles) until the third round.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 6, Pick 66
    Trigger Happy

    With their sixth-round pick, Taiwan#1 pulled the trigger. They drafted Frank Gore at pick number 66 despite an ADP of just 92.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Matt Jones, RB
    • Round 7, Pick 79
    Was Matt Jones Worth it at Pick No. 79?

    Taiwan#1 sure hopes so. The Redskins' running back is projected to put up 155 points this year, after only netting 100 last year.

Best Available

There are three positions that Taiwan#1 could look to improve, including RB and K, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Dion Lewis
    • Rank 163, ADP 94
    • Karlos Williams
    • Rank 166, ADP 116
    • Shayne Graham
    • Rank 210, ADP 95
    • Nick Folk
    • Rank 215, ADP 120
  • 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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Rick and Jordy
1. (7) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
2. (18) Jordy Nelson (GB - WR)
3. (31) Jamaal Charles (KC - RB)
4. (42) Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR)
5. (55) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
6. (66) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
7. (79) Matt Jones (Was - RB)
8. (90) DeAngelo Williams (Pit - RB)
9. (103) Isaiah Crowell (Cle - RB)
10. (114) Kevin White (Chi - WR)
11. (127) Dwayne Allen (Ind - TE)
12. (138) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
13. (151) New England (NE - DEF)
14. (162) Jameis Winston (TB - QB)
15. (175) James Starks (GB - RB)
16. (186) Orleans Darkwa (NYG - RB)
17. (199) Roberto Aguayo (TB - K)

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