Draft Grade: C+
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (sixth overall), The Tread Lightly's looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish 11th in PJDs Entire Readership League with a record of 3-7-3 (1,167 points). The Tread Lightly's opted for balance early, selecting QB Russell Wilson (43rd overall), RB C.J. Spiller (6th), WR Victor Cruz (30th), and TE Tony Gonzalez (54th) within the first five rounds. They have one of the highest-scoring tandems of TEs in the league, as they scooped up Gonzalez and Jared Cook.
The Season Ahead
Week 12 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton) for The Tread Lightly's will be relaxing during off weeks. From a projected points standpoint, they have a harder-than-average schedule. The Tread Lightly's could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. A soft stretch might begin in Week 4, when The Tread Lightly's plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Stoutest Slot: The Tread Lightly's 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 19.1%.
- Turning the Tables: The coach of The Tread Lightly's must have arrived late to the draft party. After picking up the fewest projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they accumulated the most during the second half.
- It's How You Finish: The Tread Lightly's had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Digging Deep: Roy Helu is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%). Perhaps he will reward The Tread Lightly's for their faith.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, The Tread Lightly's grabbed Roy Helu with pick No. 163.
- Well-Balanced: While the bottom half of the The Tread Lightly's roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 1), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 12).
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (6th Pick)
Everything but the Cherry on Top: With a projected 1,529 rushing yards, C.J. Spiller ranks second in the NFL in that category. However, he is only projected to place 21st in the league with 6.8 rushing TDs.
- Stevan Ridley
2nd Round (19th Pick)
Traditionalist: The Tread Lightly's stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Stevan Ridley right off the bat.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Victor Cruz ranks ninth in the league among WRs with 161 projected fantasy points, 22.9% higher than the average at that position.
- Russell Wilson
4th Round (43rd Pick)
According to projections, Russell Wilson was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 7.6% more points than the average player at that position.
- Tony Gonzalez
5th Round (54th Pick)
Tony Gonzalez ranks third in the league among TEs with 139 projected fantasy points, 35.9% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on The Tread Lightly's, WR (13.4% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (6.6%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 128 ADP: 131.32
Rank: 140 ADP: 129.85
New York Defense
Rank: 262 ADP: 126.32
Rank: 286 ADP: 127.03
- 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..."