Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking sixth overall, The Champs is projected to land in sixth place in Yahoo Public 36815 League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,387 points). With their first five picks, The Champs focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (26th overall), RBs C.J. Spiller (6th) and Ray Rice (15th), and WRs Roddy White (35th) and Dwayne Bowe (46th). They have one of the least prolific combos of QBs in the league, as they picked up Newton and Matt Schaub for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 figures to test the depth of The Champs. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with having the third-most grueling overall schedule, The Champs also has the second-most difficult last four games of the season. Starting in Week 4, The Champs will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Best Position: The Champs has three above-average positions with WR (7.2% above the league positional average) and RB (6.5%) projected to lead the way.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for The Champs, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Dwayne Bowe) and fourth-ranked (Cecil Shorts) WRs.
- Biggest Reach: The Champs may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. David Akers, taken with the 86th overall pick, has an ADP of 108.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With 10 consistent players among their 15 picks, The Champs is looking for reliable help.
- Running, Catching, Winning: Reggie Bush can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 526.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. The Champs chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (6th Pick)
Feed the Beast: C.J. Spiller figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish seventh in the league with 330 touches.
- Ray Rice
2nd Round (15th Pick)
Traditionalist: The Champs stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Ray Rice right off the bat.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Cam Newton can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 633 projected rushing yards, he ranks second among QBs in that category.
- Roddy White
4th Round (35th Pick)
Value Found: Roddy White is expected to score 29.2% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Dwayne Bowe
5th Round (46th Pick)
Dwayne Bowe may not justify his 46th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (16th with 1,092) and TDs (20th with 6.9).
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on The Champs, TE (6.8% below the league average at that spot) and QB (5.3%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 133.24
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.47
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.97
- 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..."