Draft Grade: B
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Malte's Team couldn't weave their fourth overall selection into fantasy gold. They're projected to end up seventh in Stampede Blue League 2 League with a mark of 6-7-0 (1,601 points). With their first five picks, Malte's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (52nd overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (4th) and Matt Forte (21st), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (28th) and Pierre Garcon (45th). They ended up with the best quartet of RBs in the league, as they picked up Forte, Lynch, Chris Ivory, and Eddie Lacy for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Malte's Team. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (5) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the least challenging slates in Stampede Blue League 2 League. In addition to having the third-easiest overall schedule, Malte's Team has the easiest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 1, during which Malte's Team plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Malte's Team is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and QB), but RB is clearly their best unit (20.8% above the league average).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Malte's Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Anquan Boldin) and fourth-ranked (Vincent Brown) WRs.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Malte's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Digging Deep: Brandon Lloyd is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (10%). Perhaps he will reward Malte's Team for their faith.
- A Pair of Winners: Malte's Team has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Marshawn Lynch and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Brandon Lloyd with the 189th pick gave Malte's Team the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (4th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (21st Pick)
Traditionalist: Malte's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Marshawn Lynch and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 272 projected fantasy points, 42.2% higher than the average at that position.
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (45th Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 45th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,114) and TDs (23rd with 6.6).
- M. Stafford
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Malte's Team took Matthew Stafford in the fifth 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 (52nd overall pick vs. ADP of 63.0).
Calling an Audible
While Malte's Team is projected to have four subpar positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (23.5% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.47
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
Rank: 293 ADP: 125.26
Rank: 297 ADP: 123.81
- 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..."