Draft Grade: B
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Midwest Coast Colts was unable to capitalize on their fortuitous draft position. Despite selecting third overall, they're projected to finish 10th in Stampede Blue League 5 League with a mark of 4-9-0 (1,588 points). With their first five picks, Midwest Coast Colts focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (46th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (3rd) and Chris Johnson (27th), and WRs Demaryius Thomas (22nd) and Torrey Smith (51st). They ended up with one of the least prolific sets of RBs in the league, as they picked up Lynch, Johnson, Eddie Lacy, and Mikel Leshoure for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Midwest Coast Colts has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Along with the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Midwest Coast Colts. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 8, during which Midwest Coast Colts plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on Midwest Coast Colts, WR (7.6% above the league average) and DEF (4.6%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Midwest Coast Colts will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Mike Williams), fourth- (Emmanuel Sanders), and fifth-ranked (Anquan Boldin) WRs.
- It's How You Finish: Midwest Coast Colts had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Midwest Coast Colts. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Digging Deep: Shayne Graham is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (7%). Perhaps he will reward Midwest Coast Colts for their faith.
- A Pair of Winners: Midwest Coast Colts has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Marshawn Lynch and Demaryius Thomas) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- D. Thomas
2nd Round (22nd Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 272 projected fantasy points, 45.2% higher than the average at that position.
- Chris Johnson
3rd Round (27th Pick)
Although he was taken 27th overall in the fantasy draft, Chris Johnson is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (30th with 5.2) or rushing yards (12th with 1,192).
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (46th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks sixth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 10.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Torrey Smith
5th Round (51st Pick)
Midwest Coast Colts selected the best big-play WR in the league in Torrey Smith. He is projected to pace NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 6.4, TDs over 40 yards with 2.6, and percentage of touches over 40 yards at 11.5%.
Calling an Audible
TE (7.0% below the league average at that position) and QB (2.0%) are projected as relatively weak units for Midwest Coast Colts.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 197 ADP: 125.03
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..."