Draft Grade: B
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Wilfork On 1st Date parlayed a solid draft slot (second overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-5-1 (1,193 points), they're projected to finish fourth in PJDs Entire Readership League. Wilfork On 1st Date opted for balance early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (23rd overall), RB Doug Martin (2nd), WR Torrey Smith (47th), and TE Jason Witten (50th) within the first five rounds. They ended up with the worst quartet of WRs in the league, as they added Smith, Mike Wallace, Anquan Boldin, and Vincent Brown.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to be a difficult one for Wilfork On 1st Date, as it is the week when the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have the weakest schedule in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Wilfork On 1st Date has the easiest first four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 7, when Wilfork On 1st Date plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, TE is the best player grouping on Wilfork On 1st Date (29.8% above the league average for that group).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Wilfork On 1st Date, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Le'Veon Bell) and fourth-ranked (Jacquizz Rodgers) RBs.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 16 picks, Wilfork On 1st Date is looking for reliable help.
- Digging Deep: LaRod Stephens-Howling is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%). Perhaps he will reward Wilfork On 1st Date for their faith.
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.4 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 9 with 4.1 years).
- Super Sleeper: Wilfork On 1st Date hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Cordarrelle Patterson and Josh Brown).
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Doug Martin is expected to rank fourth in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 236 (61.4% higher than the average RB).
- Peyton Manning
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Peyton Manning ranks third in the league among QBs with 391 projected fantasy points, 17.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Frank Gore
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Wilfork On 1st Date went out on a limb with their third-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Frank Gore has an ADP of 37.2, but Wilfork On 1st Date grabbed him at pick No. 26.
- Torrey Smith
4th Round (47th Pick)
Wilfork On 1st Date selected the best big-play WR in the league in Torrey Smith. He is projected to pace NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 6.6, TDs over 40 yards with 2.7, and percentage of touches over 40 yards at 11.4%.
- Jason Witten
5th Round (50th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Jason Witten will bring extra value if PJDs Entire Readership has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank fifth in the NFL with 94 receptions.
Calling an Audible
While Wilfork On 1st Date is projected to have three below-average positions, WR is clearly their weakest unit (26.0% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 128 ADP: 131.32
Rank: 140 ADP: 129.85
Rank: 147 ADP: 130.3
Rank: 154 ADP: 130.09
- 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..."