Draft Grade: B
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money parlayed a solid draft slot (third overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 10-4-0 (1,383 points), they're projected to finish third in Yahoo Public 23617 League. money opted for balance early, selecting QB Russell Wilson (38th overall), RB Doug Martin (3rd), WR Hakeem Nicks (43rd), and TE Jimmy Graham (18th) within the first five rounds. They have the top tandem of TEs in the league, as they picked up Graham and Antonio Gates for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 12 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton) for money will be relaxing during off weeks. From a projected points standpoint, they have the softest slate in the league. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, money also has the league's second-easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 6, when money battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: money should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 45.4%.
- Waiver Wire Time: Week 12 looks to be a tough one for money as both QBs they selected will be on bye that week (Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton).
- Don't Rock the Boat: money was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
- A Pair of Winners: money has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Doug Martin and Jimmy Graham) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Tampa Bay with the 143rd pick gave money the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
- Ending with a Whimper: money didn't end the night the way they might have liked, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Doug Martin ranks third in the league among RBs with 237 projected fantasy points, 25.5% higher than the average at that position.
- Jimmy Graham
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Jimmy Graham was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 83.8% more points than the average player at that position.
- Steven Jackson
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
Paydirt Found: Steven Jackson is expected to finish 10th in the NFL in rushing TDs with 8.7.
- Russell Wilson
4th Round (38th Pick)
Russell Wilson is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in passing TDs with 26.8.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (43rd Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 43rd pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (19th) with 7.5 and 1,057 respectively.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on money, DEF (17.9% below the league average at that spot) and WR (17.8%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.06
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125
Rank: 83 ADP: 106.14
Rank: 91 ADP: 122.19
- 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..."