Draft Grade: B
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Naked Dudes parlayed a solid draft slot (first overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-6-0 (1,193 points), they're projected to finish fifth in PJDs Entire Readership League. With their first five picks, Naked Dudes focused on balance, selecting QB Tom Brady (24th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (1st) and Ryan Mathews (49th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (25th) and Eric Decker (48th). They have the highest-scoring pair of RBs in the league, as they picked up Peterson and Mathews for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might test the managerial chops of the Naked Dudes coach, as it is the week when the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most difficult schedules in the league. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Naked Dudes has the toughest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 1, Naked Dudes will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Best Position: Naked Dudes has three above-average positions with WR (7.6% above the league positional average) and K (0.8%) projected to lead the way.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Naked Dudes might require waiver wire help in Week 9, as their No. 1- (Demaryius Thomas), No. 2- (Eric Decker) and No. 4-ranked (Cecil Shorts) WRs will all be idle that week.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Naked Dudes, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ahmad Bradshaw) and fourth-ranked (Ben Tate) RBs.
- Team of Champions: Naked Dudes 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 Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, and Demaryius Thomas.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Naked Dudes was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Christine Michael is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (1%). Let's hope that a.) Naked Dudes has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
Value Found: Adrian Peterson is expected to score 85.4% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Tom Brady
2nd Round (24th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Naked Dudes took Tom Brady in the second round, getting the highest-ranked QB left on the board. However, according to ADP, it might have been a bit of a stretch at that pick (24th overall pick vs. ADP of 37.4).
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 182 projected fantasy points, 39.1% higher than the average at that position.
- Eric Decker
4th Round (48th Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Eric Decker piling up 8.7 scores, giving him an NFL rank of eighth in receiving TDs.
- Ryan Mathews
5th Round (49th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Naked Dudes went out on a limb with their fifth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Ryan Mathews has an ADP of 88.7, but Naked Dudes grabbed him at pick No. 49.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Naked Dudes, TE (20.2% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (15.3%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 184 ADP: 126.06
Rank: 185 ADP: 135.55
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..."