Draft Grade: C
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking sixth overall, ZANGIFF is projected to land in sixth place in Fantasy Football 2013($10) League with a record of 6-7-0 (1,221 points). With their first five picks, ZANGIFF focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (35th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (6th) and Maurice Jones-Drew (15th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (26th) and Reggie Wayne (46th). They landed one of the worst pairs of TEs in the league, as they picked up Owen Daniels and Fred Davis for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 figures to be a difficult one for ZANGIFF, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have a harder-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, ZANGIFF has the league's second-easiest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 12, when ZANGIFF battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Best Position: ZANGIFF has three above-average positions with K (7.3% above the league positional average) and QB (4.9%) projected to lead the way.
- Team of Champions: ZANGIFF 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, Demaryius Thomas, and Reggie Wayne.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With eight consistent players among their 13 picks, ZANGIFF is looking for reliable help.
- Ending with a Whimper: ZANGIFF didn't end the night the way they might have liked, ending up with the fewest projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (6th Pick)
According to projections, Marshawn Lynch was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 14.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (15th Pick)
Traditionalist: ZANGIFF stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Marshawn Lynch and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 191 projected fantasy points, 24.9% higher than the average at that position.
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (35th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: ZANGIFF took Matt Ryan in the fourth round, getting the highest-ranked QB left on the board. However, according to ADP, it might have been a bit of a stretch at that pick (35th overall pick vs. ADP of 47.8).
- Reggie Wayne
5th Round (46th Pick)
Reggie Wayne went with the 46th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (16th) with 6.1 and 1,092 respectively.
Calling an Audible
While ZANGIFF is projected to have three below-average positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (41.0% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Green Bay Defense
Rank: 207 ADP: 125.65
Tampa Bay Defense
Rank: 214 ADP: 140.26
New York Defense
Rank: 232 ADP: 140.42
San Diego Defense
Rank: 235 ADP: 144.62
- 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..."