THE NATION Draft Report Card

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Melvin Gordon
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Leonard Fournette
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Tom Brady
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Despite a Powerful Set of RBs, THE NATION is a Team Others Will Want to Play

Draft Summary

Whatever strategy THE NATION used to build this team, it should be thrown out, because it didn't work. Picking eighth, they struggled to piece together a competitive team and as a result, are projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 795499 League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,505 points). They didn't target any one position early, selecting QB Tom Brady (28th overall), RB Melvin Gordon (8th), WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. (33rd), and TE Jordan Reed (48th) within the first five rounds. When the dust settled, they'd ultimately landed the bottom group of WRs in the league, as they have Sr., Keenan Allen, Jamison Crowder, and Pierre Garcon on their team.

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Schedule

THE NATION can chalk up Week 9 as a loss. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have the most difficult schedule. Along with having the most grueling overall schedule, THE NATION also has the most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Earning Your Paycheck

    THE NATION will have some tough decisions to make at WR each week, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Jamison Crowder), fourth- (Pierre Garcon), and fifth-ranked (Larry Fitzgerald) wideouts.

  • Positional Fortitude

    THE NATION has four positions that are stronger than league average. While RB, DEF, and QB are projected to be good, TE is the best on THE NATION.

  • AARP Card Arriving Soon

    With an average of 7.7 years of NFL experience, THE NATION is the team most likely to have a player qualify for a senior citizen discount.

  • Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    THE NATION is a believer in the hopes of the Washington Redskins this year, grabbing a pair of players on that squad earlier than their ADPs might suggest.

  • Risk Averse

    THE NATION minimized risk by choosing seven consistent players among their 15 picks.

  • Team of Champions?

    THE NATION is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Melvin Gordon, Tom Brady, and Jordan Reed.

Player Analysis

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 8
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 300 touches, Melvin Gordon is projected to rank sixth in the NFL in that category. THE NATION demands more!

    • L. Fournette, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    Traditionalist

    THE NATION stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Melvin Gordon and Leonard Fournette right off the bat.

    • Tom Brady, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 28
    Bravo, Brady

    For the second consecutive season, Tom appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters than any other QB. Over that 28-game stretch, he's averaged 297.3 yards, 2.3 TDs, and 0.3 INTs per outing.

    • Jordan Reed, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 48
    Rule 86

    When he's healthy, you start him. Despite taking a noticeable step back from his outstanding 2015 campaign, Reed continued rewarding owners last year. Among all NFL tight ends, only Jimmy Graham appeared on more first-place fantasy rosters.

    • Keenan Allen, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 53
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Keenan Allen, the weakest value of the round.

Best Available

If THE NATION has a desire to make a roster move, K and WR are areas of need.

    • Sebastian Janikowski
    • Rank 203, ADP 104
    • Brandon McManus
    • Rank 209, ADP 122
    • Randall Cobb
    • Rank 107, ADP 108
    • Jordan Matthews
    • Rank 117, ADP 116
  • 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 NATION
1. (8) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
2. (13) Leonard Fournette (Jax - RB)
3. (28) Tom Brady (NE - QB)
4. (33) Terrelle Pryor Sr. (Was - WR)
5. (48) Jordan Reed (Was - TE)
6. (53) Keenan Allen (LAC - WR)
7. (68) Jamison Crowder (Was - WR)
8. (73) Bilal Powell (NYJ - RB)
9. (88) Pierre Garcon (SF - WR)
10. (93) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
11. (108) New England (NE - DEF)
12. (113) Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)
13. (128) Philadelphia (Phi - DEF)
14. (133) Stephen Hauschka (Buf - K)
15. (148) Miami (Mia - DEF)

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