Draft Grade: B
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Coinciding with a juicy draft position (second overall), Weeden Wayne Bowe had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish third in Stampede Blue League 2 League with a record of 9-4-0 (1,642 points). With their first five picks, Weeden Wayne Bowe focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (26th overall), RBs Arian Foster (2nd) and Stevan Ridley (23rd), and WRs Eric Decker (47th) and Danny Amendola (50th). They landed a better-than-average pair of QBs, as they picked up Manning and Andy Dalton for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Weeden Wayne Bowe. From a projected points standpoint, they have an easier-than-average slate. Although they have the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Weeden Wayne Bowe actually has the most difficult last four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 6, when Weeden Wayne Bowe plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with four better-than-average positions, DEF is the best player grouping on Weeden Wayne Bowe (24.6% above the league average for that group).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Weeden Wayne Bowe, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeAngelo Williams) and fourth-ranked (Pierre Thomas) RBs.
- Team of Champions: Weeden Wayne Bowe 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, Peyton Manning, and Stephen Gostkowski.
- Biggest Reach: Weeden Wayne Bowe may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. Andy Dalton, taken with the 98th overall pick, has an ADP of 122.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Weeden Wayne Bowe picked up projected top-3 players (including Arian Foster, Peyton Manning, and Stephen Gostkowski).
- It's How You Finish: Weeden Wayne Bowe had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Weeden Wayne Bowe 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.
- Stevan Ridley
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Traditionalist: Weeden Wayne Bowe stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Arian Foster and Stevan Ridley right off the bat.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Estimates have Peyton Manning scoring 423 fantasy points, 20.0% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him third among QBs.
- Eric Decker
4th Round (47th Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Eric Decker piling up 8.8 scores, giving him an NFL rank of eighth in receiving TDs.
- Danny Amendola
5th Round (50th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Projected to snag an NFL-leading 106 balls, Danny Amendola will provide added pop if Stampede Blue League 2 has a PPR format.
Calling an Audible
TE (10.0% below the league average at that position) and RB (5.6%) are projected as relatively weak units for Weeden Wayne Bowe.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 133.24
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.45
Rank: 143 ADP: 124.46
Rank: 146 ADP: 126.84
- 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..."