The 8+ Club Draft Report Card

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Devonta Freeman
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Todd Gurley II
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DeAndre Hopkins
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Projected to Finish Fourth, The 8+ Club Expects to Factor Heavily Into Playoff Picture

Draft Summary

The 8+ Club figures to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, taking the seventh overall draft slot and turning it into a solid team that's expected to go 8-5-0 (1,963 points). With that record, they will likely finish fourth in steely mcbeams sausages League. They aimed for having a balanced roster throughout, taking QB Matt Ryan (55th overall), RBs Devonta Freeman (7th) and Todd Gurley (18th), and WRs DeAndre Hopkins (31st) and Martavis Bryant (42nd). They put together one of the bottom sets of WRs in the league, as they have Bryant, Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, and John Brown on their team.

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Schedule

While Week 8 has the most players on bye for The 8+ Club (four), Week 5 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the least-difficult schedules. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, The 8+ Club also has the softest last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Positional Fortitude

    The 8+ Club has four positions that are stronger than league average. While WR, K, and DEF are projected to be good, QB is the best on The 8+ Club.

  • Veteran Mentors on the Bench

    While the top half of the roster, from a projected points perspective, is relatively young (ranked No. 11 in the league with an average of 4.6 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (ranked No. 1 with 8.8 years).

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    While the rest of the league slept on James Conner, The 8+ Club pounced on him at pick No. 162.

  • Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Derek Carr likes to score quickly, ranking second among NFL QBs with 3 TDs over 40 yards.

  • The 8+ Club Went All YOLO Here

    Grabbing James Conner at pick 162 was just a bit of a stretch. Conner is owned on only a few rosters across all Yahoo! leagues.

Player Analysis

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 7
    Freeman is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 272 touches.

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 18
    Old Fashioned

    The 8+ Club stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley before targeting other positions.

    • M. Bryant, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 42
    Swiss Cheese D

    Martavis Bryant is a constant threat to find holes in the defense. He's projected to rack up 10.5 receiving TDs this year, third in the league.

    • Matt Ryan, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 55
    Matty Ice, Oh So Nice

    Second only to Brees in total passing yardage, the league MVP accounted for 9.3 yards per attempt in 2016 (a number that was more than a yard better than any other QB).

    • M. Bennett, TE
    • Round 6, Pick 66
    Was Martellus Bennett the Right Call at Pick No. 66?

    The 8+ Club sure hopes so. The Packers' TE is projected to put up 199 points this year, after getting 168 last season.

Best Available

The 8+ Club could potentially upgrade RB and TE, but RB is the position they'll want to focus on first.

    • C.J. Prosise
    • Rank 137, ADP 125
    • Samaje Perine
    • Rank 145, ADP 117
    • Latavius Murray
    • Rank 182, ADP 109
    • Jamaal Williams
    • Rank 184, ADP 128
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    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

    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 8+ Club
1. (7) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
2. (18) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
3. (31) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR)
4. (42) Martavis Bryant (Pit - WR)
5. (55) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
6. (66) Martellus Bennett (NE - TE)
7. (79) Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
8. (90) Terrance West (Bal - RB)
9. (103) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
10. (114) John Brown (Ari - WR)
11. (127) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
12. (138) Coby Fleener (NO - TE)
13. (151) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
14. (162) James Conner (Pit - RB)
15. (175) Adam Vinatieri (Ind - K)

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