Footsteps Falco Draft Report Card

A.J. Green
Devonta Freeman
Marshawn Lynch
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Draft Summary

Andy Dufresne once said that "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Sadly, hope might be the only thing that Footsteps Falco can cling to as their playoff aspirations could dwindle quickly. They were not able to overcome being the last team to pick in JFF League and are forecasted to finish in 12th place with a record of 3-11-0 (1,575 points). They obviously understand how important the running back position is in fantasy football. They used three of their first five picks on RBs Devonta Freeman (second round), Marshawn Lynch (third round), and Adrian Peterson (fifth round). Footsteps Falco will rely heavily on this group, as they are one of the most prolific sets of RBs in the league.

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While Week 11 has the most players on bye for Footsteps Falco (four), Week 6 is actually projected to have the team's highest number of idle fantasy points. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a more-difficult-than-average schedule. Footsteps Falco has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • A Pair of Strengths

    Footsteps Falco has two positional units projected to be better than the league average, RB and WR.

  • Up and Comers

    Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Footsteps Falco may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.

  • Quarterback Controversy?

    Footsteps Falco may have to rely on a Ouija board each week. Their top-drafted (Derek Carr) and second-drafted (Andy Dalton) QBs have fairly similar seasonal point projections.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, Footsteps Falco chose only one player at three different positions (TE, DEF, and K).

  • Digging Deep

    Devin Funchess is owned in only 2% of all Yahoo! leagues, but will surely reward Footsteps Falco for their faith! Or not.

Player Analysis

    • A.J. Green, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 12
    Footsteps Falco Gets Groovy With Green

    A.J. averaged 11.0 targets, 7.3 receptions, and 107.1 yards in nine games prior to getting injured in Week 11 last year. The 29-year-old Bengals star is healthy and primed for a big campaign this season.

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 13
    Turn Up The Volume

    With 272 touches, Devonta Freeman is projected to rank 10th in the NFL in that category. Footsteps Falco demands more!

    • Marshawn Lynch, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 36
    Beast Mode is Back

    Averaging 1,339 rush yards and 12 rush TDs per year across four full seasons in Seattle (2011-14), Lynch returns to football behind one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL.

    • D. Thomas, WR
    • Round 4, Pick 37
    Stolen In Broad Daylight

    Demaryius Thomas was the best value pick of the round and could be the cause of many sleepless nights for the other managers.

    • A. Peterson, RB
    • Round 5, Pick 60
    A Bit of a Reach

    Footsteps Falco went out on a limb with their fifth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Adrian Peterson has an ADP of 79.1, but he was grabbed at pick No. 60. Patience is a virtue, Footsteps Falco.

Best Available

While Footsteps Falco is projected to have four below-average positions, TE is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.

    • C.J. Fiedorowicz
    • Rank 137, ADP 135
    • Julius Thomas
    • Rank 144, ADP 133
    • Austin Hooper
    • Rank 148, ADP 137
    • David Njoku
    • Rank 192, ADP 131
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    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-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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Footsteps Falco
1. (12) A.J. Green (Cin - WR)
2. (13) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
3. (36) Marshawn Lynch (Oak - RB)
4. (37) Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)
5. (60) Adrian Peterson (NO - RB)
6. (61) Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR)
7. (84) Eddie Lacy (Sea - RB)
8. (85) Derek Carr (Oak - QB)
9. (108) Jack Doyle (Ind - TE)
10. (109) Eric Decker (Ten - WR)
11. (132) Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)
12. (133) Matt Forte (NYJ - RB)
13. (156) Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF)
14. (157) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak - K)
15. (180) Devin Funchess (Car - WR)

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