As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." Steel Curtain really took that message to heart, as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Only the strong survive League with a record of 1-13-0 (2,320 points). While they'll try to blame their poor season on an unfavorable draft slot, the other GMs will know Steel Curtain simply just dropped the ball. They wanted to make sure they had plenty of wideout options, picking Jordy Nelson (second round), T.Y. Hilton (third round), Golden Tate (sixth round), and Willie Snead (seventh round) with four of their first seven selections. They ultimately built one of the bottom groups of RBs in the league, as they have Ty Montgomery, C.J. Anderson, Samaje Perine, and Joe Williams for their rotation.
Steel Curtain made use of their only keeper spot to hold on to C.J. Anderson (72.4 ADP). From an ADP perspective, he is less valuable than a first-round draft pick.
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Steel Curtain 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 a weaker-than-average schedule. Steel Curtain has the opportunity to finish the season on a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.
The coach of Steel Curtain might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted (Russell Wilson) and second-drafted (Derek Carr) QBs have very similar seasonal point projections.
Putting Their Best Foot Forward
Steel Curtain knows this isn't European football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Team of Winners
Steel Curtain 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 (Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton, and Justin Tucker).
Defense Wins Championships?
Steel Curtain chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
The Sleepy Trio
Steel Curtain selected three intriguing late-round sleepers (Samaje Perine, Joe Williams, and DeShone Kizer).
The Heist Is On
The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Steel Curtain got a steal in snatching Derek Carr in the 12th round (119th overall pick vs. ADP of 100.9).
Apparently ADP is Overrated
- C.J. Anderson, RB
- Round 1, Pick 9
With their first-round pick, Steel Curtain pulled the trigger. They took C.J. Anderson at pick number 9 despite an ADP of just 72.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Jordy Nelson, WR
- Round 2, Pick 19
Jordy Nelson returned to form last year after missing all of 2015. The Packers wideout led the league in red zone targets, and only Mike Evans appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters last season.
Thank You, T.Y.!
- T.Y. Hilton, WR
- Round 3, Pick 29
Hilton notched career-highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards last year. Only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) appeared more often on fantasy rosters that had earned a spot in their league's playoffs.
A Versatile Combination
- Ty Montgomery, RB
- Round 4, Pick 39
Ty Montgomery can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs with 531 projected receiving yards.
Not Afraid to Scramble
- Russell Wilson, QB
- Round 5, Pick 49
With 436 projected rushing yards (ranked third among QBs), Russell Wilson has multiple ways to bring in points.
Steel Curtain has four positions where an upgrade could be beneficial, with DEF being the most immediate need.
- Tampa Bay Defense
- Rank 239, ADP 127
- New York Defense
- Rank 242, ADP 145
- Los Angeles Defense
- Rank 248, ADP 131
- Buffalo Defense
- Rank 249, ADP 136
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..."