Draft Grade: C+
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The poor draft position for Encinitas Surf proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting ninth overall, they're projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 23617 League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,355 points). With their first five picks, Encinitas Surf focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (49th overall), RBs Ray Rice (9th) and Alfred Morris (12th), and WRs Percy Harvin (29th) and Vincent Jackson (32nd). They landed the lowest-scoring foursome of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Jackson, Mike Wallace, Lance Moore, and Alshon Jeffery for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 9 might test the managerial chops of the Encinitas Surf coach. From a projected points standpoint, they have the most challenging schedule in Yahoo Public 23617 League. Along with having the most grueling overall schedule, Encinitas Surf also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 3, when Encinitas Surf battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Best Position: Encinitas Surf has four above-average positions with DEF (9.0% above the league positional average) and RB (3.3%) projected to lead the way.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Encinitas Surf, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Lance Moore) and fourth-ranked (Alshon Jeffery) WRs.
- Biggest Reach: Encinitas Surf went out on a limb with their ninth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Jason Hanson has an ADP of 115.8, but Encinitas Surf grabbed him at pick No. 89.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Encinitas Surf was focused on a steady squad, grabbing seven consistent players out of 15 picks.
- A Pair of Winners: Encinitas Surf has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Ray Rice and Vincent Jackson) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- 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
- Ray Rice
1st Round (9th Pick)
Although Ray Rice was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 7.6% more points than the average player at that position.
- Alfred Morris
2nd Round (12th Pick)
Traditionalist: Encinitas Surf stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Ray Rice and Alfred Morris right off the bat.
- Percy Harvin
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Percy Harvin was the worst value pick of the round, projected to score 61.2% fewer points than the average player at that position.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (32nd Pick)
Vincent Jackson ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 159 projected fantasy points, 22.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Matt Ryan
5th Round (49th Pick)
Estimates have Matt Ryan scoring 307 fantasy points, 9.0% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him sixth among QBs.
Calling an Audible
Encinitas Surf is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (K and WR), but K is clearly their weakest unit (40.5% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 264 ADP: 142.75
Rank: 265 ADP: 144.59
Rank: 267 ADP: 131.98
Rank: 272 ADP: 120.17
- 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..."