Draft Grade: B
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Neighborhood Watch parlayed a solid draft slot (fourth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 8-5-0 (1,452 points), they're projected to finish sixth in MSB League. Neighborhood Watch loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Ray Rice (first round), Maurice Jones-Drew (second round), and Darren Sproles (fourth round). That early positional investment yielded the best foursome of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might test the managerial chops of the Neighborhood Watch coach. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a more-difficult-than-average schedule. Along with the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, DEF is the best player grouping on Neighborhood Watch (15.2% above the league average for that group).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Neighborhood Watch, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Darren Sproles) and fourth-ranked (Michael Bush) RBs.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Neighborhood Watch was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Stepfan Taylor is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (0%). Let's hope that a.) Neighborhood Watch has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: Neighborhood Watch hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Tyler Eifert and Stepfan Taylor).
- Top Heavy: The top half of the Neighborhood Watch roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 3). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 12).
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (4th Pick)
Moving the Chains: Ray Rice is expected to rank 10th in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 237 (53.8% higher than the average RB).
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (21st Pick)
Traditionalist: Neighborhood Watch stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 226 projected fantasy points, 33.2% higher than the average at that position.
- Darren Sproles
4th Round (45th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Neighborhood Watch may have reached a little on Darren Sproles in the fourth round (45th overall pick vs. ADP of 81.4).
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 52nd pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (16th) and receiving yards (18th) with 7.6 and 1,062 respectively.
Calling an Audible
While Neighborhood Watch is projected to have three below-average positions, TE is clearly their worst unit (21.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 172 ADP: 136.02
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
Rank: 185 ADP: 125.59
Rank: 186 ADP: 135.37
- 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..."