Draft Grade: B
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Master of Puppets couldn't weave their fifth overall selection into fantasy gold. They're projected to end up seventh in Stampede Blue League 3 League with a mark of 8-5-0 (1,606 points). Master of Puppets loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Ray Rice (first round), Matt Forte (second round), and DeMarco Murray (fourth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired one of the top foursomes of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 9 figures to test the depth of Master of Puppets. They have a more-difficult-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Master of Puppets also has the league's second-toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 5, during which Master of Puppets plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Master of Puppets is projected to have five better-than-average positions, RB is clearly their best unit (11.9% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Master of Puppets might require waiver wire help in Week 8, as their No. 1- (Matt Forte), No. 2- (Ray Rice) and No. 4-ranked (Danny Woodhead) RBs will all be idle that week.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Master of Puppets might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their three WRs with the most projected seasonal points (Demaryius Thomas, Hakeem Nicks, and Michael Floyd) will all be on bye that week.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Master of Puppets, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeMarco Murray) and fourth-ranked (Danny Woodhead) RBs.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 16 picks, Master of Puppets is looking for reliable help.
- Digging Deep: Pierre Thomas is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (3%). Perhaps he will reward Master of Puppets for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (5th Pick)
Moving the Chains: Ray Rice is expected to rank 10th in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 258 (47.9% higher than the average RB).
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Traditionalist: Master of Puppets stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Ray Rice and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 272 projected fantasy points, 41.0% higher than the average at that position.
- DeMarco Murray
4th Round (44th Pick)
DeMarco Murray was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 42.9% more points than the average player at that position.
- G. Bernard
5th Round (53rd Pick)
Biggest Reach: Master of Puppets may have reached a bit for their fifth-round choice. Giovani Bernard, taken with the 53rd overall pick, has an ADP of 110.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
DEF, the only below-average position on Master of Puppets, is projected to be 15.4% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.47
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.06
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125
- 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..."