Draft Grade: B-
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (fifth overall), HAIIIL NA looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish eighth in Sunday Championship League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,568 points). With their first five picks, HAIIIL NA focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (16th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (5th) and Reggie Bush (36th), and WRs Victor Cruz (25th) and Marques Colston (45th). They landed a solid quartet of RBs, as they added Bush, Lynch, Eddie Lacy, and Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 figures to test the depth of HAIIIL NA. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a more-challenging-than-average schedule. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for HAIIIL NA. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 1, when HAIIIL NA battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on HAIIIL NA, K (3.5% above the league average) and RB (1.7%) are projected as especially strong units.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, HAIIIL NA got a steal in snatching Kyle Rudolph in the ninth round (85th overall pick vs. ADP of 73.4).
- Team of Champions: HAIIIL NA 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 Marshawn Lynch, Drew Brees, and Stephen Gostkowski.
- Mr. Irrelevant: HAIIIL NA may know something no one else does, grabbing Bernard Pierce, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (9%).
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, HAIIIL NA grabbed DeAndre Hopkins with pick No. 136.
- Single Serving: Forsaking roster depth, HAIIIL NA opted to select only one player at each of three positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (5th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (16th Pick)
With 388 projected fantasy points (23.5% more than the average QB), Drew Brees leads all QBs in that category.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Victor Cruz ranks ninth in the league among WRs with 204 projected fantasy points, 20.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Reggie Bush
4th Round (36th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, HAIIIL NA may have reached a little on Reggie Bush in the fourth round (36th overall pick vs. ADP of 47.6).
- M. Colston
5th Round (45th Pick)
Marques Colston went with the 45th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (13th) and receiving yards (26th) with 7.8 and 1,010 respectively.
Calling an Audible
HAIIIL NA is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (TE and WR), but TE is clearly their worst unit (17.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 162 ADP: 129.04
Rank: 168 ADP: 135.78
Rank: 170 ADP: 135.53
Rank: 172 ADP: 136.01
- 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..."