Draft Grade: B
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Morpheus parlayed a solid draft slot (fifth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-6-0 (1,584 points), they're projected to finish sixth in Stampede Blue League 4 League. Morpheus jumped on ballcarriers early and often, using their first three selections to grab RBs C.J. Spiller (5th overall), Matt Forte (20th), and Maurice Jones-Drew (29th). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the top set of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Morpheus. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the least challenging schedules in the league. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, Morpheus also has the second-softest last four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 1, when Morpheus plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Strongest Position: RB is one of two positional groups projected to beat their slot's league average on Morpheus (along with K). Of the two groups, RB is projected to be the best unit on the squad, topping the league average for that position by 17.8%.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Morpheus, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Maurice Jones-Drew) and fourth-ranked (Rashard Mendenhall) RBs.
- On the Rise: Morpheus hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Morpheus. They minimized risk by selecting six consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Digging Deep: Michael Bush is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%). Perhaps he will reward Morpheus for their faith.
- Golden Handcuff: Morpheus hedged their bets by scooping up Fred Jackson in the 10th round to back up C.J. Spiller, his Bills teammate (a first-round selection).
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (5th Pick)
Feed the Beast: C.J. Spiller figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish seventh in the league with 330 touches.
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Traditionalist: Morpheus stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- M. Jones-Drew
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Maurice Jones-Drew was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 58.3% more points than the average player at that position.
- M. Stafford
4th Round (44th Pick)
Estimates have Matthew Stafford scoring 390 fantasy points, 7.8% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him seventh among QBs.
- Antonio Brown
5th Round (53rd Pick)
Antonio Brown went with the 53rd pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (40th) and receiving yards (24th) with 5.3 and 1,022 respectively.
Calling an Audible
With four below-average positions on Morpheus, DEF (19.4% below the league average at that spot) and TE (13.5%) 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: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.64
- 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..."