Draft Grade: B
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (fifth overall), blue's Team looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish ninth in CHARTER OAK 626 League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,557 points). blue's Team opted for balance early, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (36th overall), RB Doug Martin (5th), WR Dez Bryant (16th), and TE Jimmy Graham (25th) within the first five rounds. They have the least prolific foursome of RBs in the league, as they added Martin, DeAngelo Williams, Giovani Bernard, and Ben Tate.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, blue's Team has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. From a projected points standpoint, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for blue's Team. Starting in Week 8, blue's Team will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with four better-than-average positions, TE is the best player grouping on blue's Team (80.5% above the league average for that group).
- Team of Champions: blue's Team has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, three of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Doug Martin, Dez Bryant, and Jimmy Graham.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for blue's Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Giovani Bernard) and fourth-ranked (Ben Tate) RBs.
- Mr. Irrelevant: blue's Team may know something no one else does, grabbing Andre Ellington, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%).
- Don't Rock the Boat: blue's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing five consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Super Sleeper: blue's Team hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Andre Ellington and DeAndre Hopkins).
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (5th Pick)
Doug Martin ranks third in the league among RBs with 249 projected fantasy points, 54.5% higher than the average at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (16th Pick)
Dez Bryant ranks fifth in the league among WRs with 183 projected fantasy points, 34.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Jimmy Graham
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Value Found: Jimmy Graham is expected to score 80.5% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- M. Stafford
4th Round (36th Pick)
Although Matthew Stafford was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 6.2% more points than the average player at that position.
- Dwayne Bowe
5th Round (45th Pick)
Dwayne Bowe may not justify his 45th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (15th with 1,110) and TDs (20th with 7.0).
Calling an Audible
blue's Team is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (RB and K), but RB is clearly their weakest unit (30.8% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 115 ADP: 125.78
Rank: 117 ADP: 124.52
Rank: 122 ADP: 114.99
Rank: 134 ADP: 119.86
- Player Points by Bye WeekPointsEach 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 ADPPick NumberBars 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 LeagueTeam LeagueThe 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 PointsWeekWeek-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..."