Draft Grade: B+
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Dream Team parlayed a solid draft slot (first overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 8-5-0 (1,643 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Stampede Blue League 5 League. With their first five picks, Dream Team focused on balance, selecting QB Robert Griffin III (49th overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (1st) and Stevan Ridley (25th), and WRs Larry Fitzgerald (24th) and Pierre Garcon (48th). They landed an above-average foursome of RBs, as they scooped up Peterson, Ridley, Ryan Mathews, and Jonathan Stewart for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 5 looks to be a difficult one, as the top three projected scorers on Dream Team (Robert Griffin III, Ben Roethlisberger and Adrian Peterson) will be sitting out with byes. They have a weaker-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Dream Team has the toughest first four games of the season. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 2, when Dream Team matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Dream Team is projected to have five better-than-average positions, RB is clearly their best unit (17.7% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Dream Team might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 5, as both QBs they selected will be on bye that week (Robert Griffin III and Ben Roethlisberger).
- On the Rise: Dream Team hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Mr. Mendoza: Graham Gano is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (8%). Let's hope that a.) Dream Team has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Dream Team grabbed Graham Gano with pick No. 192.
- A Pair of Winners: Dream Team has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Adrian Peterson and Matt Bryant) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
Adrian Peterson was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 82.2% more points than the average player at that position.
- L. Fitzgerald
2nd Round (24th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Larry Fitzgerald will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 5 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 91 receptions.
- Stevan Ridley
3rd Round (25th Pick)
With 10.8 rushing TDs and 1,257 rushing yards, Stevan Ridley is projected to finish third and 10th in the NFL in those categories.
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (48th Pick)
Pierre Garcon went with the 48th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (23rd) and receiving yards (14th) with 6.6 and 1,114 respectively.
- R. Griffin III
5th Round (49th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Robert Griffin III can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 587 projected rushing yards, he ranks third among QBs in that category.
Calling an Audible
QB, the only subpar position on Dream Team, is projected to be 0.9% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.53
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.93
Rank: 145 ADP: 124.51
Rank: 147 ADP: 118.93
- 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..."