Picking eighth, Blade Runners put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected third-place finish in Harker Fantasy Football League (9-4-0, 2,078 points). They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Ezekiel Elliott (second round), Devonta Freeman (fourth round), and Doug Martin (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are the best group of RBs in the league.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Blade Runners 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 entire season, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Blade Runners.
Blade Runners has four stronger-than-average positions with QB and RB projected to lead the way.
Team of Champions
Blade Runners 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 (DeAndre Hopkins, Devonta Freeman, and Doug Martin).
A Low Floor, but a High Ceiling?
Blade Runners grabbed a sleeper in Phillip Dorsett with pick No. 133.
The Bargain Whisperer
Blade Runners was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Doug Baldwin, Doug Martin, and Seattle).
Diagnosis: more DeAndre!
- D. Hopkins, WR
- Round 1, Pick 8
Hopkins' breakout was just what the doctor ordered for fantasy owners last year. Only Devonta Freeman and Tom Brady appeared more often on championship rosters than Houston's star WR.
He's a Touchy, Feely Kind of Guy
- E. Elliott, RB
- Round 2, Pick 13
With 306 touches, Ezekiel Elliott is projected to rank fifth in the NFL in that category. How touching, Blade Runners.
Like Elway in His Prime
- Drew Brees, QB
- Round 3, Pick 28
Drew Brees is projected to lead the NFL in both passing yards (4,839) and passing TDs (31.9).
Stolen In Broad Daylight
- D. Freeman, RB
- Round 4, Pick 33
Devonta Freeman was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.
Is His Jersey Made of Honey?
- Doug Martin, RB
- Round 5, Pick 48
Because the projections for Doug Martin are sweet! He's projected to be the 10th-best RB in the league this season.
Blade Runners could potentially upgrade K and TE, but K is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Connor Barth
- Rank 204, ADP 88
- Blair Walsh
- Rank 209, ADP 93
- Shayne Graham
- Rank 210, ADP 95
- Chris Boswell
- Rank 212, ADP 104
Bye Week Points LostPoints
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 ADPPick 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 LeagueTeam 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 PointsWeek
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..."