Draft Grade: A
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (sixth overall), Husker Power had a stellar showing. With a mark of 9-4-0 (1,686 points), they're projected to finish third in Stampede Blue League 5 League. Husker Power loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Doug Martin (first round), Matt Forte (second round), and DeMarco Murray (fifth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the best foursome of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 looks to be a tough one for Husker Power, as it is the week when the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the softest slates in the league. Husker Power will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 4, when Husker Power matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Husker Power is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their best unit (32.6% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Husker Power might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 8, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Owen Daniels and Martellus Bennett).
- Bargain Hunter: With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Seattle, Phil Dawson, and Cam Newton), Husker Power made some shrewd moves.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With 10 consistent players among their 16 picks, Husker Power is looking for reliable help.
- Veteran Mentors: While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 11 in the league with an average of 4.0 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (No. 2 with 7.0 years).
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Husker Power chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (6th Pick)
Moving the Chains: Doug Martin is expected to rank third in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 291 (72.2% higher than the average RB).
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (19th Pick)
Traditionalist: Husker Power stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Doug Martin and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Victor Cruz piling up 8.2 scores, giving him an NFL rank of ninth in receiving TDs.
- Cam Newton
4th Round (43rd Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 2.9% more points than the average player at that position.
- DeMarco Murray
5th Round (54th Pick)
DeMarco Murray was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 47.4% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Husker Power, QB (3.5% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (2.5%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.53
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.93
New York Defense
Rank: 235 ADP: 139.8
San Diego Defense
Rank: 254 ADP: 144.23
- 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..."