DFH FFX 2017 Draft Grades


T.Y. or not T.Y.

Pros: T.Y. didn’t get cute with the number one pick, taking some guy named David Johnson. Alshon Jeffrey will be a target-monster in that Eagles offense, this season. Emmanuel Sanders is the guy nobody ever wants to draft, and yet always emerges with 1,000 yards to his name at the end of the season. You can usually pencil in Jimmy Graham for 900+ yards and a half-dozen touchdowns.

Cons: I’m not a big Davante Adams guy – look for a regression in the touchdown department. Running back is thin behind Johnson and Leonard Fournette, whom has yet to take an NFL snap. Yahoo gave this draft an A, but I’m a tough grader.

Value: B+
Overall Grade: B+

Fap Quest

Pros: Le’Veon Bell should shake off any contract holdout rust pretty quickly. DeAndre Hopkins is a good bounce-back candidate (he can’t be much worse than last season).

Terrell Pryor was a bit of a reach in the second round, but I don’t hate the pick. If he finishes top ten among wideouts, nobody will remember where he was drafted. Jordan Reed is always heavily-targeted when healthy.

Cons: Who’s going to play running back after Bell? Or, more accurately: who’s going to play running back after the inevitable Danny Woodhead injury? For having the second pick, this is a top-heavy squad, with a thin top.

Value: C-
Overall Grade: C


Pros: Julio Jones and the always-dependable Mr. Rodgers are the highlights of this draft. Kelvin Benjamin looks to break out in a potent Carolina offense, albeit with lots of mouths to feed. Given his skill-set and opportunity, Dalvin Cook is a legitimate candidate for offensive rookie of the year.

Cons: Derrick Henry won’t see much of the field, barring injury. Jarvis Landry has a potential suspension staring him in the face. Blount will get his share of playing time but looked lost in the preseason. Not a big fan of the late round dart throws like Marquis Lee.

Value: C+
Overall Grade: C+

THE 2nd Matt Jones

Pros: Team Jones targeted pass catchers early, but still landed Kamar Hunt right around his ADP value. The underrated Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead (when he returns) provide good options in the flex.

Cons: Hunt is this year’s draft darling, but let’s see him actually do it. C.J. Anderson was having an underwhelming 2016 campaign before succumbing to injury; he needs to get off to a fast start to hold off newcomer Jamaal Charles. The talented Zack Ertz has been a fantasy enigma. C.J. Prosise doesn’t do much for me in a standard league.

Value: A-
Overall Grade: B+

Team Poondleton

Pros: Before passing out, the league’s newest-member snapped up some good value in the late rounds. Fat Rob Kelley and Mike Wallace are atop the depth chart for their teams’ respective positions. Amari Cooper is poised to take his game to the next level.

Cons: Christian McCaffrey’s value takes a slight dip in standard leagues. It’s too early for Coleman for me, not with the players who were left on the board at that point. Robinson is your classic, bounce-back candidate, but can only bounce back so far given the quarterback situation in Jacksonville.

Value: B
Overall Grade: B

Dez-ed and Confused

Pros: Devonta would have been my pick in the sixth slot. This team is all-in on the Cowboys’ offense, drafting three players – including the Dez Bryant/Dak Prescott combo. I like Jamison Crowder in that offense; he’ll soak up a lot of targets.

Cons: Felt they could have waited longer on Prescott. Marshawn Lynch will have to prove he can channel his inner-Beast Mode again after taking a year off. Ditto for Martavis Bryant, a gifted-athlete who missed last season for another reason altogether.

Value: B-
Overall Grade: B


Pros: Mike Evans is a beast. Isaiah Crowell should be solid behind that offensive line in Cleveland. Drew Brees is old reliable and Kendall Wright was a sneaky, late grab. Jameis Winston is one of my top breakout candidates this season. Maybe they can package one of their quarterbacks in a trade to get running back help.

Cons: Will the Saints’ offense go marching on? The Sho’s fortunes will live or die with those of real-life New Orleans. Running back will be light, barring some catastrophic injury to Le’Veon, in which case James Connor becomes the most sought-after names in fantasy.

Value: C+
Overall Grade: C

Daniel’s Team

Pros: A.J. Green and Jordy Nelson form an intimidating tandem at wide receiver. John Brown, in that offense, is always a tantalizing prospect. I can’t argue with taking Marcus Mariota, as his numbers can only go up in that improved, Titans offense.

Cons: Daniel’s Team is hoping at least two viable, fantasy options emerge from the quintet of Ty Montgomery, Joe Mixon, Mark Ingram, Doug Martin and Jamaal Charles. I’m not overly-optimistic for that to happen, but I’ve been wrong before.

Value: B-
Overall Grade: C+


Pros: When Zeke gets back, they’ll have running backs to spare. The solid duo of Jordan Howard and Bilall Powell can hold down the fort until then. Kevin White and Corey Davis were college stars turned fantasy-hopefuls. If even one of them pans out this team is going to be a tough match-up, week in and week out.

Cons: No clear number one wide receiver. I like Derek Carr, but he’s definitely overvalued this year; they could have waited and got 95% of his production much later. Keenan Allen is always scary to own.

Value: B
Overall Grade: B

Hogan’s Heroes

Pros: Melvin Gordon and Brandin Cooks will be solid plays, every week. Team Heroes is hoping Cam Newton and Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy and combine for fifty points every week.

Cons: I have lots of question marks after the first trio. I’m not a Lamar Miller or Sammy Watkins guy: they’re perennially overvalued and underwhelming. They’re also injury-prone, a concern shared with Gronk and Giovani Bernard. Too many Patriots.

Value: C+
Overall Grade: C+

If The Shoe Fitz

Pros: Fitz’s draft has grown on me like a bushel of weeds. Picks such as Tom Brady or Larry Fitzgerald won’t win them ooh’s and ahh’s, but it will win them the weekly match-up battles more often than not. Solid draft for picking out of the twelve-slot.

Cons: T.Y. Hilton carries concerns as long as someone other than Andrew Luck is throwing him the ball. I’m a founding member of the Jeremy Hill Sucks Club. Not much to write home about in the sleeper department.

DeAngelo Williams, lol.

Value: B+
Overall Grade: B

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