Storm Draft Report Card

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Melvin Gordon
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Jordan Howard
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Demaryius Thomas
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Projected to Finish 10th, Storm Must Not be Motivated by Winning

Draft Summary

As Ricky Bobby's dad once told him, "If you ain't first you're last." Storm really took that message to heart, as they're projected to finish near the bottom of Yahoo Public 821267 League with a record of 1-13-0 (1,463 points). While they'll try to blame their poor season on an unfavorable draft slot, the other GMs will know Storm simply just dropped the ball. They have five decent WRs on the roster that are projected to average 146 points this season, near the league average of 153. They ultimately landed the bottom QB pair in the league, as they have Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger on the roster.

Schedule

Storm should just disappear for a while during Week 9. Their top four projected scorers (Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Jordan Howard, and Melvin Gordon) will be off that weekend. Taking a look at the season from start to finish, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first month and final month of the season project to be close to league-average in terms of difficulty for Storm.

Draft Notes

  • Highlight Reel

    Storm is stacked at RB, but TE isn't too shabby, either.

  • Afraid to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

    With 10 "low-risk" players among their 15 picks, Storm is looking for dependable help.

  • Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away

    Storm grabbed a couple of QBs (Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers) that'll both be on bye in Week 9, and will be looking for a signal-caller. You can try to call Brett, but texting him isn't exactly encouraged.

  • Fantasy FĂștbol

    This is the American version, folks. Storm elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.

  • A Dominating Pair

    Storm has a pair of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Melvin Gordon and Jordan Howard) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling?

    Storm grabbed a sleeper in Corey Coleman with pick No. 132.

Player Analysis

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    Feed Thy Beast

    Melvin Gordon will get the ball early and often, and he's projected to finish sixth in the league with 300 touches.

    • Jordan Howard, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 12
    Old Fashioned

    Storm stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Melvin Gordon and Jordan Howard before targeting other positions.

    • Travis Kelce, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    Crafty Kelce

    The primary weapon in KC's passing attack, Travis Kelce led all tight ends with a career-high 1,125 receiving yards last season. Only Le'Veon Bell (685) had more yards-after-catch than Kelce's 655.

    • E. Sanders, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 52
    A Premier Deep Threat

    With 2.1 long scores, Emmanuel Sanders has a projected rank of fourth among NFL WRs in TDs over 40 yards.

    • B. Roethlisberger, QB
    • Round 7, Pick 69
    Take One Play Off and He Burns You

    Ben Roethlisberger likes to score quickly, ranking fourth among NFL QBs with 2.2 TDs over 40 yards.

Best Available

There are four positions that Storm could look to improve, including K and QB, which look like the biggest areas of need.

    • Cairo Santos
    • Rank 216, ADP 122
    • Graham Gano
    • Rank 225, ADP 141
    • Carson Wentz
    • Rank 127, ADP 130
    • Carson Palmer
    • Rank 132, ADP 130
  • 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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Storm
1. (9) Melvin Gordon (LAC - RB)
2. (12) Jordan Howard (Chi - RB)
3. (29) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
4. (32) Travis Kelce (KC - TE)
5. (49) Martavis Bryant (Pit - WR)
6. (52) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
7. (69) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)
8. (72) Denver (Den - DEF)
9. (89) Stephen Hauschka (Buf - K)
10. (92) Eddie Lacy (Sea - RB)
11. (109) Pierre Garcon (SF - WR)
12. (112) Philip Rivers (LAC - QB)
13. (129) Eric Ebron (Det - TE)
14. (132) Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)
15. (149) Chandler Catanzaro (NYJ - K)

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