Draft Grade: B-
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Selecting in the bottom half of the first round (eighth overall), Meal ticket was unable to conjure up any fantasy magic. With a projected record of 5-8-0 (1,601 points), they're picked to finish ninth in Stampede Blue League 2 League. Meal ticket opted for balance early, selecting QB Tom Brady (32nd overall), RB Ray Rice (8th), WR A.J. Green (17th), and TE Vernon Davis (56th) within the first five rounds. They have the worst pair of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Brady and Michael Vick.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Meal ticket. 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 one of the hardest schedules in Stampede Blue League 2 League. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Meal ticket also has the second-toughest first four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 2, when Meal ticket battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: DEF, the only better-than-average position on Meal ticket, is projected to be 6.7% better than the league mean at that spot.
- Team of Champions: Meal ticket 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 Ray Rice, A.J. Green, and Tom Brady.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Meal ticket threw caution to the wind. They took Coby Fleener at pick number 104 vs. an ADP of 125.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Meal ticket may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- No Country for Old Men: With an average of 6.9 years of NFL experience, Meal ticket is the oldest team in the league.
- Mr. Mendoza: Marcel Reece is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (0%). Let's hope that a.) Meal ticket has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (8th Pick)
Ray Rice ranks 10th in the league among RBs with 258 projected fantasy points, 45.9% higher than the average at that position.
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (17th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 264 projected fantasy points, 38.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Tom Brady
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Estimates have Tom Brady scoring 417 fantasy points, 18.3% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him fourth among QBs.
- Hakeem Nicks
4th Round (41st Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 41st pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (19th) with 7.5 and 1,057 respectively.
- Vernon Davis
5th Round (56th Pick)
Vernon Davis ranks fifth in the league among TEs with 179 projected fantasy points, 11.8% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
With five below-average positions on Meal ticket, QB (7.3% below the league average at that spot) and RB (6.7%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 209 ADP: 122.78
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..."