Draft Grade: C+
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (fourth overall), Build the Monster looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish 12th in Stampede Blue League 5 League with a record of 2-11-0 (1,558 points). Build the Monster stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Roddy White (third round), Wes Welker (fourth round), and Michael Crabtree (fifth round). They ended up with one of the least prolific sets of RBs in the league, as they picked up Arian Foster, Rashard Mendenhall, Knowshon Moreno, and Pierre Thomas for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 looks to be a tough one for Build the Monster, as it is the week when the most players (8) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the hardest schedules in Stampede Blue League 5 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 Build the Monster. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 4, during which Build the Monster plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: QB, the only better-than-average position on Build the Monster, is projected to be 23.7% better than the league mean at that spot.
- On the Decline: With four players projected to score significantly fewer points this season than last season, Build the Monster will be hoping that the pundits are wrong.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Build the Monster was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Build the Monster may know something no one else does, grabbing Scott Chandler, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%).
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Build the Monster grabbed LaMichael James with pick No. 172.
- A Pair of Winners: Build the Monster has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Arian Foster and Drew Brees) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (4th Pick)
Build the Monster picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (21st Pick)
According to projections, Drew Brees was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 23.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Roddy White
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Roddy White ranks eighth in the league among WRs with 252 projected fantasy points, 34.9% higher than the average at that position.
- Wes Welker
4th Round (45th Pick)
Wes Welker went with the 45th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (42nd) and receiving yards (29th) with 5.3 and 966 respectively.
- M. Crabtree
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Biggest Reach: Build the Monster may have reached a bit for their fifth-round choice. Michael Crabtree, taken with the 52nd overall pick, has an ADP of 110.0 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
With five below-average positions on Build the Monster, RB (26.5% below the league average at that spot) and TE (20.1%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 146 ADP: 126.84
Rank: 249 ADP: 110.93
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 197 ADP: 125.03
- 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..."