Draft Grade: B+
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Although they selected 10th overall, Little bit o' Luck came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 10-3-0 (1,651 points), placing them second in Stampede Blue League 4 League. With their first five picks, Little bit o' Luck focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (39th overall), RBs Ray Rice (10th) and Frank Gore (34th), and WRs A.J. Green (15th) and Hakeem Nicks (58th). They ended up with the lowest-scoring pair of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Ryan and Michael Vick.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 12 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Little bit o' Luck. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the least challenging schedules in Stampede Blue League 4 League. Along with the third-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Little bit o' Luck. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 11, during which Little bit o' Luck plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Little bit o' Luck has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, RB (by 17.2%) and K (12.2%).
- Team of Champions: Little bit o' Luck 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 Ray Rice, A.J. Green, and Stephen Gostkowski.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Little bit o' Luck. They minimized risk by selecting six consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Pierre Thomas is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (3%). Let's hope that a.) Little bit o' Luck has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Dual-Threat Dynamo: Michael Vick can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 501 projected rushing yards, he ranks fifth among QBs in that category.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. Little bit o' Luck chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (10th Pick)
Ray Rice ranks 10th in the league among RBs with 258 projected fantasy points, 56.1% higher than the average at that position.
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (15th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 264 projected fantasy points, 37.5% higher than the average at that position.
- Frank Gore
3rd Round (34th Pick)
With 9.1 rushing TDs, Frank Gore is projected to finish sixth in the NFL in that category.
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (39th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks sixth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 11.1% higher than the average at that position.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (58th Pick)
Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Little bit o' Luck got a steal in the fifth round, when they selected Hakeem Nicks (58th overall pick vs. ADP of 46.3).
Calling an Audible
While Little bit o' Luck is projected to have four below-average positions, QB is clearly their worst unit (11.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 125 ADP: 129.11
Rank: 144 ADP: 126.96
Rank: 149 ADP: 117.73
Rank: 151 ADP: 126.27
- 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..."