Draft Grade: B
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A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of Very Tight Butthole turned the eighth overall pick into a projected third-place finish. They're expected to finish 8-5-0 (1,198 points) in PJDs Entire Readership League. Very Tight Butthole opted for balance early, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (56th overall), RB Ray Rice (8th), WR Roddy White (32nd), and TE Jimmy Graham (17th) within the first five rounds. They have one of the highest-scoring combos of TEs in the league, as they added Graham and Zach Sudfeld.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Very Tight Butthole 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 tougher-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Very Tight Butthole. Very Tight Butthole has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: While Very Tight Butthole is projected to have four better-than-average positions, TE is clearly their best unit (28.1% above the league average).
- Young and Hungry: Very Tight Butthole is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 3.9 years of NFL experience.
- Digging Deep: Randy Bullock is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (4%). Perhaps he will reward Very Tight Butthole for their faith.
- Risk Lover: Very Tight Butthole would play well in Vegas; they rolled the dice on eight gambles in 16 picks.
- Golden Handcuff: Very Tight Butthole hedged their bets by scooping up Bernard Pierce in the ninth round to back up Ray Rice, his Ravens teammate (a first-round selection).
- Super Sleeper: Very Tight Butthole hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (EJ Manuel and Randy Bullock).
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (8th Pick)
Moving the Chains: Ray Rice is expected to rank 10th in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 211 (43.9% higher than the average RB).
- Jimmy Graham
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Value Found: Jimmy Graham is expected to score 76.6% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Roddy White
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Roddy White ranks seventh in the league among WRs with 166 projected fantasy points, 26.8% higher than the average at that position.
- M. Colston
4th Round (41st Pick)
While drafted 41st overall, Marques Colston is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (13th with 7.8) or receiving yards (26th with 1,010).
- M. Stafford
5th Round (56th Pick)
Arm Cannon: Matthew Stafford is one of the most dynamic NFL QBs. Projections have him ranking second in both plays over 40 yards with 11.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Calling an Audible
RB (9.3% below the league average at that position) and QB (3.2%) are projected as relatively weak units for Very Tight Butthole.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 143 ADP: 121.38
Rank: 157 ADP: 125.25
Rank: 161 ADP: 116.78
Rank: 173 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..."