Draft Grade: C
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The poor draft position for Paul's Peerless Team proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 12th overall, they're projected to finish 11th in Stampede Blue League 2 League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,555 points). With their first five picks, Paul's Peerless Team focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (37th overall), RBs Trent Richardson (12th) and Steven Jackson (13th), and WRs Dwayne Bowe (36th) and Torrey Smith (60th). They ended up with one of the top triumvirates of RBs in the league, as they picked up Richardson, Jackson and Montee Ball for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some artful managing by the coach of Paul's Peerless Team. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Along with having the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, Paul's Peerless Team has the second-easiest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 2, during which Paul's Peerless Team plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Paul's Peerless Team has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, RB (by 3.8%) and WR (1.6%).
- Biggest Steal: Paul's Peerless Team may have found a steal in the 10th round, grabbing Arizona (109th overall pick vs. ADP of 85.8).
- Bargain Hunter: With three steals in the first 10 rounds (including Arizona, Greg Olsen, and Torrey Smith), Paul's Peerless Team made some shrewd moves.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With 10 consistent players among their 16 picks, Paul's Peerless Team is looking for reliable help.
- Mr. Mendoza: Andre Roberts is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (3%). Let's hope that a.) Paul's Peerless Team has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Starting Slow: Paul's Peerless Team got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (12th Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Trent Richardson can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Traditionalist: Paul's Peerless Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Trent Richardson and Steven Jackson right off the bat.
- Dwayne Bowe
3rd Round (36th Pick)
While drafted 36th overall, Dwayne Bowe is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (20th with 6.9) or receiving yards (16th with 1,092).
- Cam Newton
4th Round (37th Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 6.1% more points than the average player at that position.
- Torrey Smith
5th Round (60th Pick)
Although Torrey Smith was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 4.3% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Paul's Peerless Team, TE (17.4% below the league average at that spot) and K (12.1%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 133.24
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.45
Rank: 264 ADP: 142.75
Rank: 265 ADP: 144.59
- 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..."