Draft Grade: B
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with ColtsFanFromHawaii, which flipped its ninth overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 5 League (8-5-0, 1,602 points). ColtsFanFromHawaii stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Randall Cobb (third round), Marques Colston (fourth round), and Eric Decker (fifth round). That early positional investment yielded one of the highest-scoring foursomes of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 4 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb) for ColtsFanFromHawaii will be relaxing during off weeks. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the softest slates in Stampede Blue League 5 League. Along with having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, ColtsFanFromHawaii also has the second-easiest first four games of the season. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 8, when ColtsFanFromHawaii matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While ColtsFanFromHawaii is projected to have three better-than-average positions, QB is clearly their best unit (25.1% above the league average).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for ColtsFanFromHawaii, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Marques Colston) and fourth-ranked (Ryan Broyles) WRs.
- Doing It By Committee: By picking up a pair of Cincinnati Bengals RBs in the middle rounds of the draft (Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis), ColtsFanFromHawaii will be hoping there are enough fantasy points to go around in that backfield.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, ColtsFanFromHawaii got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Houston (105th overall pick vs. ADP of 73.4).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: ColtsFanFromHawaii will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only K (Adam Vinatieri) and only DEF (Houston) will both be on bye that week.
- Mr. Mendoza: Bernard Pierce is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (8%). Let's hope that a.) ColtsFanFromHawaii has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
Toyota Top Picks
- Alfred Morris
1st Round (9th Pick)
Although Alfred Morris was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 35.1% more points than the average player at that position.
- Aaron Rodgers
2nd Round (16th Pick)
Mr. December: Aaron Rodgers has a winning pedigree. He was the 14th-most-owned player by playoff teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (33rd Pick)
Count the Rings: Last season, owning Randall Cobb usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (20th), a trend that ColtsFanFromHawaii hopes will continue this year.
- M. Colston
4th Round (40th Pick)
Marques Colston went with the 40th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (13th) and receiving yards (26th) with 7.8 and 1,010 respectively.
- Eric Decker
5th Round (57th Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Eric Decker piling up 8.8 scores, giving him an NFL rank of eighth in receiving TDs.
Calling an Audible
While ColtsFanFromHawaii is projected to have three below-average positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit (14.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 197 ADP: 125.03
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.81
Rank: 223 ADP: 124.13
- 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..."