Draft Grade: B+
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (fourth overall), Zach Stimer's Team had a stellar showing. With a mark of 11-3-0 (1,450 points), they're projected to finish second in Yahoo Public 178887 League. With their first five picks, Zach Stimer's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (37th overall), RBs Doug Martin (4th) and Steven Jackson (24th), and WRs A.J. Green (17th) and Reggie Wayne (44th). They have a solid foursome of WRs, as they picked up Green, Wayne, Mike Wallace, and Stevie Johnson for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 9 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Zach Stimer's Team. They have a weaker-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Zach Stimer's Team has the toughest first four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 9, when Zach Stimer's Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Best Position: Zach Stimer's Team has five above-average positions with K (16.6% above the league positional average) and DEF (10.3%) projected to lead the way.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Zach Stimer's Team might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 9, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Vernon Davis and Brandon Myers).
- Team of Champions: Zach Stimer's Team has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, four of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Doug Martin, A.J. Green, and Peyton Manning.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With six consistent players among their 15 picks, Zach Stimer's Team is looking for reliable help.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Zach Stimer's Team might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 9, as both their DEFs will be on bye that week (Denver and New York).
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 9 with 6.2 years).
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (4th Pick)
Doug Martin ranks third in the league among RBs with 237 projected fantasy points, 24.4% higher than the average at that position.
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (17th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 179 projected fantasy points, 37.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Steven Jackson
3rd Round (24th Pick)
With 8.7 rushing TDs, Steven Jackson is projected to finish 10th in the NFL in that category.
- Peyton Manning
4th Round (37th Pick)
Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Zach Stimer's Team got a steal in the fourth round, when they selected Peyton Manning (37th overall pick vs. ADP of 25.2).
- Reggie Wayne
5th Round (44th Pick)
Reggie Wayne was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 17.8% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
QB, the only subpar position on Zach Stimer's Team, is projected to be 0.7% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.47
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.97
Rank: 145 ADP: 124.79
Rank: 147 ADP: 118.86
- 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..."