Draft Grade: B
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (fourth overall), Sacks and the City looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish ninth in PJDs Entire Readership League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,190 points). With their first five picks, Sacks and the City focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (28th overall), RBs Arian Foster (4th) and Darren Sproles (45th), and WRs Julio Jones (21st) and Hakeem Nicks (52nd). They ended up with the worst pair of TEs in the league, as they picked up Kyle Rudolph and Dwayne Allen for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Sacks and the City 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 a harder-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Sacks and the City also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 4, during which Sacks and the City plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Sacks and the City is projected to have five better-than-average positions, DEF is clearly their best unit (16.8% above the league average).
- Cream of the Crop: At four different roster slots, Sacks and the City picked up projected top-3 players (including Arian Foster, New England, and Julio Jones).
- Beginning with a Bang: Sacks and the City got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Sacks and the City was focused on a steady squad, grabbing 11 consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Top Heavy: The top half of the Sacks and the City roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 11).
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Sacks and the City chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (4th Pick)
Sacks and the City picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.7 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (21st Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Julio Jones will bring extra value if PJDs Entire Readership has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Although Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 5.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Darren Sproles
4th Round (45th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Sacks and the City went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Darren Sproles has an ADP of 81.7, but Sacks and the City grabbed him at pick No. 45.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (52nd Pick)
While drafted 52nd overall, Hakeem Nicks is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (17th with 7.5) or receiving yards (18th with 1,059).
Calling an Audible
TE, the only subpar position on Sacks and the City, is projected to be 22.5% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 184 ADP: 126.06
Rank: 185 ADP: 135.55
Rank: 197 ADP: 124.35
Rank: 212 ADP: 121.2
- 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..."