Draft Grade: B
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Selecting in the bottom half of the first round (eighth overall), Joey's Nice Team was unable to conjure up any fantasy magic. With a projected record of 4-9-0 (1,590 points), they're picked to finish 10th in Stampede Blue League 4 League. Joey's Nice Team loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Marshawn Lynch (first round), Steven Jackson (second round), and Le'Veon Bell (fourth round). They ended up with one of the least prolific quartets of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Pierre Garcon, Torrey Smith, Rod Streater, and Aaron Dobson for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 5 might test the managerial chops of the Joey's Nice Team coach, as it is the week when the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. In addition to having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Joey's Nice Team has the toughest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 9, during which Joey's Nice Team plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Joey's Nice Team is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and K), but RB is clearly their best unit (18.9% above the league average).
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Joey's Nice Team got a steal in snatching Owen Daniels in the 10th round (113th overall pick vs. ADP of 78.9).
- Bargain Hunter: With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Owen Daniels, Matt Bryant, and San Francisco), Joey's Nice Team made some shrewd moves.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Joey's Nice Team. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Joey's Nice Team might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 9, as both their DEFs will be on bye that week (San Francisco and New York).
- Digging Deep: Bilal Powell is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%). Perhaps he will reward Joey's Nice Team for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (8th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Traditionalist: Joey's Nice Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Marshawn Lynch and Steven Jackson right off the bat.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 3.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- Le'Veon Bell
4th Round (41st Pick)
Biggest Reach: Joey's Nice Team went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Le'Veon Bell has an ADP of 69.4, but Joey's Nice Team grabbed him at pick No. 41.
- Pierre Garcon
5th Round (56th Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 56th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,114) and TDs (23rd with 6.6).
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Joey's Nice Team, WR (5.1% below the league average at that spot) and QB (2.0%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 164 ADP: 127.16
Rank: 165 ADP: 129.49
Rank: 125 ADP: 129.11
Rank: 144 ADP: 126.96
- 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..."