Draft Grade: B
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Whalen's Magic Hands, which flipped its 11th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 2 League (8-5-0, 1,616 points). With their first five picks, Whalen's Magic Hands focused on balance, selecting QB Colin Kaepernick (38th overall), RBs Alfred Morris (11th) and Darren Sproles (59th), and WRs Julio Jones (14th) and Reggie Wayne (35th). They landed the lowest-scoring combo of TEs in the league, as they picked up Dwayne Allen and Ed Dickson for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Colin Kaepernick and Eli Manning) for Whalen's Magic Hands will be relaxing during off weeks. They have a tougher-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Whalen's Magic Hands. Starting in Week 2, Whalen's Magic Hands 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.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, WR is the best player grouping on Whalen's Magic Hands (18.5% above the league average for that group).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Whalen's Magic Hands might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 8, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Dwayne Allen and Ed Dickson).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Whalen's Magic Hands, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Shane Vereen) and fourth-ranked (Fred Jackson) RBs.
- Biggest Reach: Whalen's Magic Hands went out on a limb with their ninth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Dwayne Allen has an ADP of 136.6, but Whalen's Magic Hands grabbed him at pick No. 107.
- Beginning with a Bang: Whalen's Magic Hands got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Whalen's Magic Hands may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
Toyota Top Picks
- Alfred Morris
1st Round (11th Pick)
Although Alfred Morris was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 29.2% more points than the average player at that position.
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (14th Pick)
Postseason Hero: Last season, owning Julio Jones usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual playoff percentage (11th), a trend that Whalen's Magic Hands hopes will continue this year.
- Reggie Wayne
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Raising Trophies: Reggie Wayne knows about winning the big one. He was the 18th-most-owned player by championship teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season.
- C. Kaepernick
4th Round (38th Pick)
New-Age QB: With 803 projected rushing yards (ranking first among QBs), Colin Kaepernick has multiple ways to bring in points.
- Darren Sproles
5th Round (59th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Whalen's Magic Hands may have reached a little on Darren Sproles in the fifth round (59th overall pick vs. ADP of 84.4).
Calling an Audible
While Whalen's Magic Hands is projected to have three below-average positions, TE is clearly their worst unit (40.4% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 133.24
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.45
Rank: 197 ADP: 124.94
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.64
- 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..."