Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking eighth overall, Cleveland Indians is projected to land in seventh place in Yahoo Public 23617 League with a record of 6-8-0 (1,390 points). With their first five picks, Cleveland Indians focused on balance, selecting QB Tom Brady (33rd overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (8th) and Chris Johnson (28th), and WRs A.J. Green (13th) and Danny Amendola (48th). They have one of the lowest-scoring sets of RBs in the league, as they added Lynch, Johnson, and Montee Ball.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some artful managing by the coach of Cleveland Indians, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Cleveland Indians. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 6, during which Cleveland Indians plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Cleveland Indians is projected to have four better-than-average positions, DEF is clearly their best unit (37.3% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Cleveland Indians might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 4, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Greg Olsen and Jermichael Finley).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Cleveland Indians, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Danny Amendola) and fourth-ranked (Josh Gordon) WRs.
- Team of Champions: Cleveland Indians 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 Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green, and Tom Brady.
- Biggest Reach: Cleveland Indians went out on a limb with their ninth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, David Akers has an ADP of 108.3, but Cleveland Indians grabbed him at pick No. 88.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With six consistent players among their 15 picks, Cleveland Indians is looking for reliable help.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (8th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (13th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 179 projected fantasy points, 37.6% higher than the average at that position.
- Chris Johnson
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Chris Johnson went with the 28th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Cleveland Indians, he is projected to miss the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards (12th with 1,192) and TDs (30th with 5.2).
- Tom Brady
4th Round (33rd Pick)
Estimates have Tom Brady scoring 313 fantasy points, 11.2% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him fifth among QBs.
- Danny Amendola
5th Round (48th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Projected to snag an NFL-leading 106 balls, Danny Amendola will provide added pop if Yahoo Public 23617 has a PPR format.
Calling an Audible
QB (4.1% below the league average at that position) and RB (2.9%) are projected as relatively weak units for Cleveland Indians.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.47
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.97
Rank: 71 ADP: 92.62
Rank: 74 ADP: 107.45
- 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..."