Draft Grade: B
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Although they selected 12th overall, Parole Models came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 9-4-0 (1,213 points), placing them second in PJDs Entire Readership League. Parole Models loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Matt Forte (first round), Alfred Morris (second round), and DeMarco Murray (fourth round). They ended up with the most prolific tandem of QBs in the league, as they picked up Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 5 figures to be a difficult one for Parole Models. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the least difficult slates in PJDs Entire Readership League. Parole Models could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 9, when Parole Models battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on Parole Models, WR (8.1% above the league average) and QB (7.2%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Parole Models might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their three WRs with the most projected seasonal points (Vincent Jackson, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders) will all be on bye that week.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Parole Models, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeMarco Murray) and fourth-ranked (Pierre Thomas) RBs.
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Parole Models hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- The Bargain Whisperer: Parole Models was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up three steals in the first 10 rounds (including Seattle, Matt Prater, and Robert Griffin III).
- Digging Deep: Joique Bell is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%). Perhaps he will reward Parole Models for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Matt Forte
1st Round (12th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Matt Forte is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 526.
- Alfred Morris
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Traditionalist: Parole Models stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Matt Forte and Alfred Morris right off the bat.
- V. Jackson
3rd Round (36th Pick)
Just Win, Baby: Last season, owning Vincent Jackson usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (15th) and individual playoff percentage (19th). Parole Models hopes that trend holds true again this year.
- DeMarco Murray
4th Round (37th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Parole Models snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected DeMarco Murray in the fourth round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (37th pick vs. ADP of 52.1).
- Antonio Brown
5th Round (60th Pick)
Antonio Brown may not justify his 60th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (17th with 1,059) and TDs (39th with 5.4).
Calling an Audible
TE (8.0% below the league average at that position) and DEF (3.9%) are projected as relatively weak units for Parole Models.
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..."