Draft Grade: B+
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Despite having the final pick of the first round, Cowardly Lions was able to orchestrate a masterful draft. They're projected to finish atop Pistons Forum Football League with a record of 11-2-0 (2,295 points). Cowardly Lions loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Arian Foster (first round), Steven Jackson (third round), and Chris Johnson (fourth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired one of the best sets of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might test the managerial chops of the Cowardly Lions coach. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (6) and projected fantasy points on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have the least challenging schedule in the league. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Cowardly Lions has the softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 7, Cowardly Lions 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.
- Strongest Position: RB is one of two positional groups projected to beat their slot's league average on Cowardly Lions (along with TE). Of the two groups, RB is projected to be the best unit on the squad, topping the league average for that position by 10.0%.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Cowardly Lions threw caution to the wind. They took T.Y. Hilton at pick number 72 vs. an ADP of 102.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Team of Champions: Cowardly Lions 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 Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, and Vincent Jackson.
- A Necessary Gamble: Cowardly Lions scooped up the highest-ranked QB left on the board in the 10th round, grabbing Eli Manning with the 73rd pick. It is higher than ADP would suggest (100.8), but it could be a great move in this multi-QB league.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Cowardly Lions will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (Matt Prater) and only DEF (San Francisco) will both be on bye that week.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Cowardly Lions. They minimized risk by selecting 12 consistent players among their 18 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (8th Pick)
Cowardly Lions picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- Calvin Johnson
2nd Round (9th Pick)
Calvin Johnson was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 51.6% more points than the average player at that position.
- Steven Jackson
3rd Round (24th Pick)
With 8.9 rushing TDs, Steven Jackson is projected to finish 10th in the NFL in that category.
- Chris Johnson
4th Round (25th Pick)
Although he was taken 25th overall in the fantasy draft, Chris Johnson is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (31st with 5.2) or rushing yards (12th with 1,192).
- V. Jackson
5th Round (40th Pick)
Cowardly Lions selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
Calling an Audible
With four below-average positions on Cowardly Lions, DEF (7.3% below the league average at that spot) and WR (3.1%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
St. Louis Defense
Rank: 193 ADP: 111.74
Rank: 198 ADP: 114.74
Rank: 133 ADP: 125.56
Rank: 136 ADP: 131.25
- 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..."