Draft Grade: A
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Rooster parlayed a solid draft slot (second overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 10-4-0 (1,494 points), they're projected to finish third in Yahoo Public 178887 League. Rooster stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Dez Bryant (second round), Vincent Jackson (fourth round), and Dwayne Bowe (fifth round). They have the best triumvirate of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Arian Foster, Trent Richardson, and Reggie Bush to lead the way.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 looks to be a tough one for Rooster, as it is the week when the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have the easiest schedule in the league. Rooster could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. Starting in Week 8, Rooster 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.
- Strongest Position: While Rooster is projected to have three better-than-average positions, TE is clearly their best unit (36.6% above the league average).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Rooster, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Dwayne Bowe) and fourth-ranked (Anquan Boldin) WRs.
- Team of Champions: Rooster 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 Arian Foster, Dez Bryant, and Vincent Jackson.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Rooster was focused on a steady squad, grabbing nine consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Top Heavy: The top half of the Rooster roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
- Running, Catching, Winning: Reggie Bush can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 526.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Rooster picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (19th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Dez Bryant will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 178887 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 89 receptions.
- T. Richardson
3rd Round (22nd Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Trent Richardson is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (39th Pick)
Vincent Jackson ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 159 projected fantasy points, 22.1% higher than the average at that position.
- Dwayne Bowe
5th Round (42nd Pick)
Dwayne Bowe may not justify his 42nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (16th with 1,092) and TDs (20th with 6.9).
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Rooster, WR (7.1% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (6.9%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 83 ADP: 106.14
Rank: 116 ADP: 127.91
Tampa Bay Defense
Rank: 221 ADP: 139.08
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
- 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..."