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 Marshawn's Skittles, which flipped its 11th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 3 League (9-4-0, 1,656 points). Marshawn's Skittles opted for balance early, selecting QB Cam Newton (38th overall), RB Trent Richardson (11th), WR A.J. Green (14th), and TE Tony Gonzalez (59th) within the first five rounds. They have one of the best combos of TEs in the league, as they added Gonzalez and Jordan Cameron.
The Season Ahead
Week 12 looks to be a tough one for Marshawn's Skittles, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a weaker-than-average schedule. Along with the fifth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Marshawn's Skittles. Starting in Week 9, Marshawn's Skittles 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, DEF is the best player grouping on Marshawn's Skittles (27.9% above the league average for that group).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Marshawn's Skittles, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Andre Brown) and fourth-ranked (Bryce Brown) RBs.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Marshawn's Skittles got a steal in the 10th round, when they selected Denver (110th overall pick vs. ADP of 75.7).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Marshawn's Skittles. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Greg Little is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (2%). Let's hope that a.) Marshawn's Skittles has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: Marshawn's Skittles hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Jordan Cameron and LaMichael James).
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (11th 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.
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (14th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 264 projected fantasy points, 37.2% higher than the average at that position.
- Stevan Ridley
3rd Round (35th Pick)
With 10.8 rushing TDs and 1,257 rushing yards, Stevan Ridley is projected to finish third and 10th in the NFL in those categories.
- Cam Newton
4th Round (38th Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 4.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Tony Gonzalez
5th Round (59th Pick)
Tony Gonzalez ranks fourth in the league among TEs with 224 projected fantasy points, 47.3% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Marshawn's Skittles is projected to have three below-average positions, RB is clearly their worst unit (14.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 115 ADP: 124.93
Rank: 146 ADP: 126.84
Rank: 156 ADP: 119.24
Rank: 163 ADP: 120.37
- 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..."