Draft Grade: A
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A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of st4r turned the sixth overall pick into a projected first-place finish. They're expected to finish 11-3-0 (1,478 points) in Yahoo Public 23617 League. With their first five picks, st4r focused on balance, selecting QB Colin Kaepernick (46th overall), RBs Jamaal Charles (6th) and Frank Gore (35th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (15th) and Victor Cruz (26th). They have one of the top quartets of WRs in the league, as they picked up Marshall, Cruz, Antonio Brown, and Anquan Boldin for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to test the depth of st4r, as it is the week when the most players (7) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the least difficult slates in the league. st4r will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 3, during which st4r plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While st4r is projected to have six better-than-average positions, DEF is clearly their best unit (30.0% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: st4r 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).
- Reaching for the Best: st4r snagged the highest-ranked K left on the board when they selected Justin Tucker in the ninth round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (86th pick vs. ADP of 96.3).
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster spots, st4r picked up projected top-2 players (including Brandon Marshall, Justin Tucker, and Denver).
- Beginning with a Bang: st4r got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- All Their Eggs in One Basket: The fantasy hopes of st4r might rest heavily on the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers, as they have four of them on their roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (6th Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Jamaal Charles can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 478.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (15th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 23617 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Victor Cruz ranks ninth in the league among WRs with 161 projected fantasy points, 23.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Frank Gore
4th Round (35th Pick)
Paydirt Found: Frank Gore is expected to finish sixth in the NFL in rushing TDs with 9.1.
- C. Kaepernick
5th Round (46th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Colin Kaepernick can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 803 projected rushing yards, he ranks first among QBs in that category.
Calling an Audible
Although st4r has no below-average positional projections, QB is their worst group (1.5% above 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: 147 ADP: 118.86
Rank: 149 ADP: 117.73
- 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..."