Draft Grade: B+
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Although they selected ninth overall, Peyton who? came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 9-4-0 (1,671 points), placing them third in Stampede Blue League 3 League. Peyton who? opted for balance early, selecting QB Drew Brees (16th overall), RB Frank Gore (40th), WR Calvin Johnson (9th), and TE Rob Gronkowski (57th) within the first five rounds. They ended up with the top quartet of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Johnson, Antonio Brown, Wes Welker, and DeSean Jackson for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Peyton who? has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have the weakest schedule in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. Peyton who? could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 5, when Peyton who? battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: Peyton who? has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, TE (by 23.5%) and WR (17.7%).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Peyton who?, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Eddie Lacy) and fourth-ranked (Jacquizz Rodgers) RBs.
- Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Peyton who? may have reached a little on Daryl Richardson in the ninth round (105th overall pick vs. ADP of 117.7).
- Beginning with a Bang: Peyton who? got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Peyton who? picked up projected top-3 players (including Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, and Rob Gronkowski).
- Mr. Irrelevant: Peyton who? may know something no one else does, grabbing Jacquizz Rodgers, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (4%).
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (9th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 317 fantasy points (64.5% more than the average WR).
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (16th Pick)
Peyton who? drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- Wes Welker
3rd Round (33rd Pick)
Biggest Reach: Peyton who? went out on a limb with their third-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Wes Welker has an ADP of 48.0, but Peyton who? grabbed him at pick No. 33.
- Frank Gore
4th Round (40th Pick)
New World Order: Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Peyton who? didn't select their first RB (Frank Gore) until the fourth round.
- Rob Gronkowski
5th Round (57th Pick)
Rob Gronkowski was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 78.3% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Peyton who? is projected to have four subpar positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (34.5% below the league average at that position).
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..."