Draft Grade: B
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Statistical Anomaly parlayed a solid draft slot (second overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 8-5-0 (1,622 points), they're projected to finish sixth in Stampede Blue League 3 League. With their first five picks, Statistical Anomaly focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (47th overall), RBs Doug Martin (2nd) and Darren McFadden (50th), and WRs Julio Jones (23rd) and Victor Cruz (26th). They have one of the best quartets of WRs in the league, as they added Jones, Cruz, Lance Moore, and Tavon Austin.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 looks to be a tough one for Statistical Anomaly. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (6) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have a more-challenging-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. Statistical Anomaly has the opportunity to close with a hot streak, as the last four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 3, during which Statistical Anomaly plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: WR (8.7% above the league average) and K (2.7%) are projected as especially strong units for Statistical Anomaly.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Statistical Anomaly might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 8, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Antonio Gates and Coby Fleener).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Statistical Anomaly, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ryan Mathews) and fourth-ranked (Ronnie Hillman) RBs.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Statistical Anomaly threw caution to the wind. They took Ronnie Hillman at pick number 98 vs. an ADP of 119.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Statistical Anomaly. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Digging Deep: Christine Michael is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%). Perhaps he will reward Statistical Anomaly for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Doug Martin is expected to rank third in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 291 (67.0% higher than the average RB).
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Julio Jones ranks third in the league among WRs with 278 projected fantasy points, 44.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Victor Cruz is expected to reach paydirt 8.2 times, placing him ninth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (47th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks sixth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 12.3% higher than the average at that position.
- D. McFadden
5th Round (50th Pick)
According to projections, Darren McFadden will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (34th with 4.8) and yards (21st with 984).
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Statistical Anomaly, DEF (8.4% below the league average at that spot) and RB (7.2%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.47
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
Rank: 115 ADP: 124.93
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..."