Draft Grade: A
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Luther's Team parlayed a solid draft slot (fifth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 10-4-0 (1,472 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Yahoo Public 178887 League. With their first five picks, Luther's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Russell Wilson (45th overall), RBs Jamaal Charles (5th) and Ray Rice (16th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (25th) and Percy Harvin (36th). They have a solid triumvirate of RBs, as they picked up Charles, Rice and David Wilson for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Luther's Team. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the weakest slates in the league. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, Luther's Team has the easiest first four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 4, when Luther's Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Luther's Team should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. K looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 27.4%.
- Team of Champions: Luther'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 Ray Rice, Demaryius Thomas, and Tony Gonzalez.
- Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked K left on the board, Luther's Team may have reached a little on Justin Tucker in the ninth round (85th overall pick vs. ADP of 96.3).
- It's How You Finish: Luther's Team had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Luther's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Luther's Team might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 8, as both their DEFs will be on bye that week (Houston and San Diego).
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (5th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Jamaal Charles is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 478.
- Ray Rice
2nd Round (16th Pick)
According to projections, Ray Rice was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 6.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fifth in the league among WRs with 179 projected fantasy points, 37.2% higher than the average at that position.
- Percy Harvin
4th Round (36th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Luther's Team went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Percy Harvin has an ADP of 48.5, but Luther's Team grabbed him at pick No. 36.
- Russell Wilson
5th Round (45th Pick)
Russell Wilson is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in passing TDs with 26.8.
Calling an Audible
WR (5.5% below the league average at that position) and QB (3.0%) are projected as relatively weak units for Luther's Team.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 83 ADP: 106.14
Rank: 116 ADP: 127.91
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.47
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.97
- 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..."