Draft Grade: B-
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Cascadia Hops couldn't weave their first overall selection into fantasy gold. They're projected to end up eighth in Stampede Blue League 4 League with a mark of 6-7-0 (1,569 points). With their first five picks, Cascadia Hops focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (25th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (1st) and Montee Ball (49th), and WRs Randall Cobb (24th) and Eric Decker (48th). They landed an above-average trio of RBs, as they added Peterson, Ball, and Danny Woodhead.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to test the depth of Cascadia Hops, as it is the week when the most players (7) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most difficult slates in the league. Along with the second-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Cascadia Hops. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 5, during which Cascadia Hops plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Cascadia Hops is projected to have three better-than-average positions, QB is clearly their best unit (17.1% above the league average).
- Team of Champions: Cascadia Hops 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 Adrian Peterson, Randall Cobb, and Peyton Manning.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With eight consistent players among their 16 picks, Cascadia Hops is looking for reliable help.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Cascadia Hops will need to get busy on the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only TE (Brandon Myers) and only K (Matt Prater) will both be off that week.
- Mr. Mendoza: Kenbrell Thompkins is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (2%). Let's hope that a.) Cascadia Hops has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Cascadia Hops grabbed Kenbrell Thompkins with pick No. 169.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
Value Found: Adrian Peterson is expected to score 86.5% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Randall Cobb
2nd Round (24th Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Stampede Blue League 4 League, Cascadia Hops may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,305 all-purpose yards.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Peyton Manning ranks third in the league among QBs with 423 projected fantasy points, 17.1% higher than the average at that position.
- Eric Decker
4th Round (48th Pick)
Eric Decker is expected to reach paydirt 8.8 times, placing him eighth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
- Montee Ball
5th Round (49th Pick)
Although he was taken 49th overall in the fantasy draft, Montee Ball is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (18th with 7.1) or rushing yards (29th with 842).
Calling an Audible
While Cascadia Hops is projected to have three subpar positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit (15.2% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.64
Rank: 223 ADP: 124.11
Rank: 230 ADP: 122.08
- 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..."