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 Iron Anvil, which flipped its 12th overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 4 League (7-6-0, 1,630 points). Iron Anvil stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Dez Bryant (second round), Dwayne Bowe (third round), and Vincent Jackson (fourth round). They have the worst set of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Trent Richardson, Andre Brown, Shonn Greene, and Jonathan Dwyer for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Iron Anvil. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (3) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a tougher-than-average slate. Corresponding with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Iron Anvil also has the second-toughest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 1, Iron Anvil 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.
- Stoutest Slot: Iron Anvil should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. DEF looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 22.0%.
- Team of Champions: Iron Anvil has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, three of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Dez Bryant, Vincent Jackson, and Tony Gonzalez.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Iron Anvil, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Vincent Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Mohamed Sanu) WRs.
- Biggest Steal: Iron Anvil may have found a steal in the ninth round, grabbing Phil Dawson (108th overall pick vs. ADP of 84.1).
- The Bargain Whisperer: Iron Anvil was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up three steals in the first 10 rounds (including Phil Dawson, Seattle, and Robert Griffin III).
- Digging Deep: Jonathan Dwyer is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%). Perhaps he will reward Iron Anvil for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (12th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Trent Richardson is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Dez Bryant ranks fifth in the league among WRs with 269 projected fantasy points, 39.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Dwayne Bowe
3rd Round (36th Pick)
Dwayne Bowe went with the 36th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (20th) and receiving yards (16th) with 6.9 and 1,092 respectively.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (37th Pick)
Iron Anvil selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
- R. Griffin III
5th Round (60th Pick)
New-Age QB: With 587 projected rushing yards (ranking third among QBs), Robert Griffin III has multiple ways to bring in points.
Calling an Audible
Iron Anvil is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their weakest unit (24.6% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 161 ADP: 116.74
Rank: 163 ADP: 120.37
Rank: 248 ADP: 118.19
Rank: 249 ADP: 110.96
- 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..."