Draft Grade: C+
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The poor draft position for Cheeseheads proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 11th overall, they're projected to finish 12th in PJDs Entire Readership League with a record of 3-9-1 (1,165 points). With their first five picks, Cheeseheads focused on balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (11th overall), RBs Chris Johnson (14th) and David Wilson (35th), and WRs Jordy Nelson (38th) and Wes Welker (59th). They have one of the worst foursomes of WRs in the league, as they picked up Nelson, Welker, Miles Austin, and Josh Gordon for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might test the managerial chops of the Cheeseheads coach, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the least difficult schedules in PJDs Entire Readership League. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Cheeseheads also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season. Cheeseheads has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: Cheeseheads is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and QB), but RB is clearly their best unit (14.5% above the league average).
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Cheeseheads got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Miles Austin (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 94.4).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Cheeseheads. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Single Serving: Going with just a single TE (Antonio Gates) and K (Sebastian Janikowski), Cheeseheads opted to add depth at other positions.
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Cheeseheads chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Aaron Rodgers
1st Round (11th Pick)
Although Aaron Rodgers was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 26.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- Chris Johnson
2nd Round (14th Pick)
Although he was taken 14th overall in the fantasy draft, Chris Johnson is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (34th with 4.9) or rushing yards (12th with 1,192).
- David Wilson
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their third-round pick, Cheeseheads threw caution to the wind. They took David Wilson at pick number 35 vs. an ADP of 68.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Jordy Nelson
4th Round (38th Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Jordy Nelson piling up 9.1 scores, giving him an NFL rank of seventh in receiving TDs.
- Wes Welker
5th Round (59th Pick)
Wes Welker was the worst value pick of the round, projected to score 2.9% fewer points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Cheeseheads, WR (11.2% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (9.5%) 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..."