Draft Grade: B
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The Okra Patches parlayed a solid draft slot (fifth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 6-6-1 (1,193 points), they're projected to finish sixth in PJDs Entire Readership League. The Okra Patches opted for balance early, selecting QB Drew Brees (20th overall), RB Marshawn Lynch (5th), WR Larry Fitzgerald (29th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (53rd) within the first five rounds. They have one of the highest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Brees and Sam Bradford.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, The Okra Patches has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have an easier-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the sixth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for The Okra Patches. A soft stretch might begin in Week 6, when The Okra Patches plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on The Okra Patches, TE (15.7% above the league average) and K (10.1%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, The Okra Patches got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Tavon Austin (101st overall pick vs. ADP of 89.8).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for The Okra Patches, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Giovani Bernard) and fourth-ranked (Michael Bush) RBs.
- Team of Champions: The Okra Patches 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, Drew Brees, and Reggie Wayne.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, The Okra Patches picked up projected top-3 players (including Drew Brees, Rob Gronkowski, and Steven Hauschka).
- Digging Deep: Michael Bush is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (3%). Perhaps he will reward The Okra Patches for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (5th Pick)
Feed the Beast: Marshawn Lynch figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish ninth in the league with 320 touches.
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (20th Pick)
The Okra Patches drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- L. Fitzgerald
3rd Round (29th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Larry Fitzgerald will bring extra value if PJDs Entire Readership has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 91 receptions.
- Reggie Wayne
4th Round (44th Pick)
Reggie Wayne went with the 44th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (30th) and receiving yards (16th) with 6.1 and 1,092 respectively.
- Rob Gronkowski
5th Round (53rd Pick)
Rob Gronkowski was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 44.5% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
The Okra Patches is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their weakest unit (16.8% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 143 ADP: 121.38
Rank: 157 ADP: 125.25
Rank: 164 ADP: 120.77
Rank: 171 ADP: 120
- 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..."