Draft Grade: C+
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (sixth overall), Indy Boilermakers looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish ninth in Stampede Blue League 4 League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,555 points). With their first five picks, Indy Boilermakers focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (6th overall), RBs Chris Johnson (19th) and Ahmad Bradshaw (54th), and WRs Roddy White (30th) and Danny Amendola (43rd). They have the least prolific pair of TEs in the league, as they picked up Antonio Gates and Dwayne Allen for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Indy Boilermakers 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 a softer-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. Indy Boilermakers has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 3, when Indy Boilermakers matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: With three better-than-average positions on Indy Boilermakers, QB (24.4% above the league average) and DEF (23.8%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Indy Boilermakers might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 8, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Antonio Gates and Dwayne Allen).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Indy Boilermakers, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ahmad Bradshaw) and fourth-ranked (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) RBs.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Indy Boilermakers, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Jordy Nelson) and fourth-ranked (Chris Givens) WRs.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Indy Boilermakers got a steal in the 10th round, when they selected Denver (115th overall pick vs. ADP of 75.7).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Indy Boilermakers. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 16 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- Drew Brees
1st Round (6th Pick)
According to projections, Drew Brees was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 24.4% more points than the average player at that position.
- Chris Johnson
2nd Round (19th Pick)
Chris Johnson went with the 19th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Indy Boilermakers, he is projected to miss the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards (12th with 1,192) and TDs (30th with 5.2).
- Roddy White
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Roddy White ranks eighth in the league among WRs with 252 projected fantasy points, 31.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Danny Amendola
4th Round (43rd Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Projected to snag an NFL-leading 106 balls, Danny Amendola will provide added pop if Stampede Blue League 4 has a PPR format.
- Ahmad Bradshaw
5th Round (54th Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their fifth-round pick, Indy Boilermakers threw caution to the wind. They took Ahmad Bradshaw at pick number 54 vs. an ADP of 92.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
TE (21.7% below the league average at that position) and RB (17.6%) are projected as relatively weak units for Indy Boilermakers.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.64
Rank: 161 ADP: 116.74
Rank: 163 ADP: 120.37
- 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..."