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Odell Beckham Jr.
Mike Evans
Devonta Freeman
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Led by a Stellar WR Corps, Hitstick Has Look of a Playoff Team

Draft Summary

Hitstick took a high draft pick and turned it into a playoff-caliber squad with a projected record of 10-4-0 (1,581). They should be able to roll through most of Bird up League on their way to a projected third-place finish. With their first five picks, Hitstick focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Drew Brees (43rd overall), RBs Devonta Freeman (23rd) and Jonathan Stewart (38th), and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (3rd) and Mike Evans (18th). They also landed the best group of WRs in the league, as they have Beckham Jr., Evans, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tyler Lockett on their team.

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Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Hitstick 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 tougher-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Hitstick also has the most difficult last four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Close to the Vest

    Hitstick was focused on a squad with minimal risk, grabbing seven "low-risk" players out of 15 picks.

  • Decent Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Hitstick will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Justin Tucker) and only DEF (Los Angeles) will both be on bye that week.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    Hitstick has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Odell Beckham Jr. and Devonta Freeman) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Dual-Threat Dynamo

    Tyrod Taylor can deliver fantasy glory to Hitstick with his arm and his legs. Taylor has 520 projected rushing yards, and ranks second among QBs in that category.

  • Insider Trading?

    Darren Sproles is owned in only 7% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) Hitstick has some solid insider sources, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

Player Analysis

    • O. Beckham Jr., WR
    • Round 1, Pick 3
    Does Odell Beckham Jr. Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?

    Because his all-purpose yardage projections are tasty. Beckham Jr. is ranked ninth in the league with 1,526 all-purpose yards.

    • Mike Evans, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 18
    174 Reasons for Hitstick to Appreciate Mike Evans

    Evans ranks 10th in the Bird up League among WRs with 174 projected fantasy points.

    • D. Freeman, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 23
    Better Lucky Than Good?

    The rest of Bird up League overlooked a gem, and Hitstick made the highest value pick of the round by taking Devonta Freeman.

    • J. Stewart, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 38
    Throwing Caution to the Wind

    They grabbed Jonathan Stewart with the 38th pick, even though his ADP is only 62.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 43
    Like Marino in His Prime

    Drew Brees is projected to lead the NFL in both passing yards (4,839) and passing TDs (31.9).

Best Available

While Hitstick is expected to be weak across three positions, TE is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

    • Eric Ebron
    • Rank 132, ADP 135
    • Jason Witten
    • Rank 137, ADP 121
    • Zach Miller
    • Rank 140, ADP 136
    • Virgil Green
    • Rank 145, ADP 137
  • 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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1. (3) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR)
2. (18) Mike Evans (TB - WR)
3. (23) Devonta Freeman (Atl - RB)
4. (38) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
5. (43) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
6. (58) Jeremy Hill (Cin - RB)
7. (63) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
8. (78) Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR)
9. (83) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
10. (98) Zach Ertz (Phi - TE)
11. (103) Los Angeles (LA - DEF)
12. (118) Tyrod Taylor (Buf - QB)
13. (123) Justin Tucker (Bal - K)
14. (138) Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
15. (143) Darren Sproles (Phi - RB)

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