Draft Grade: A-
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (fifth overall), The Sophomore Bump had a stellar showing. With a mark of 11-2-0 (1,670 points), they're projected to finish second in Stampede Blue League 5 League. With six WRs on the roster, The Sophomore Bump might have more quantity than quality at that spot; their WRs are projected to average 170 points this season, fewer than the league average of 187. They landed the top tandem of TEs in the league, as they picked up Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 10 figures to test the depth of The Sophomore Bump. They have one of the easiest schedules in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. The Sophomore Bump could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. The Sophomore Bump has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Stoutest Slot: The Sophomore Bump should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 59.4%.
- Beginning with a Bang: The Sophomore Bump got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 16 picks, The Sophomore Bump is looking for reliable help.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The Sophomore Bump may know something no one else does, grabbing Kenbrell Thompkins, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%).
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 1 in the league with an average of 8.8 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 11 with 2.7 years).
- Dual-Threat Dynamo: Michael Vick can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 501 projected rushing yards, he ranks fifth among QBs in that category.
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (5th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Jamaal Charles is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 478.
- Jimmy Graham
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Value Found: Jimmy Graham is expected to score 75.8% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Darren Sproles
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: The Sophomore Bump snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected Darren Sproles in the third round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (29th pick vs. ADP of 84.3).
- Jason Witten
4th Round (44th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Jason Witten will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 5 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank fifth in the NFL with 94 receptions.
- Steve Smith
5th Round (53rd Pick)
Steve Smith may not justify his 53rd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (20th with 1,048) and TDs (26th with 6.4).
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on The Sophomore Bump, DEF (14.5% below the league average at that spot) and QB (13.8%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
New York Defense
Rank: 235 ADP: 139.8
San Diego Defense
Rank: 254 ADP: 144.23
Rank: 129 ADP: 132.53
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.93
- 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..."