Draft Grade: A
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A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of Spelunky Medimacs turned the eighth overall pick into a projected first-place finish. They're expected to finish 11-2-0 (1,702 points) in Stampede Blue League 5 League. With their first five picks, Spelunky Medimacs focused on balance, selecting QB Russell Wilson (56th overall), RBs Steven Jackson (17th) and Reggie Bush (32nd), and WRs Calvin Johnson (8th) and Vincent Jackson (41st). They ended up with one of the most prolific quartets of WRs in the league, as they picked up Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Jackson, and Sidney Rice for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Spelunky Medimacs. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the least challenging schedule in the league. Corresponding with the easiest overall schedule, Spelunky Medimacs also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 11, when Spelunky Medimacs plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Stoutest Slot: Spelunky Medimacs should be in good shape with five position groups projected to be better-than-average. DEF looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 37.3%.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Spelunky Medimacs, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Vincent Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Sidney Rice) WRs.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Spelunky Medimacs got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Chicago (104th overall pick vs. ADP of 71.1).
- No Country for Old Men: With an average of 7.9 years of NFL experience, Spelunky Medimacs is the oldest team in the league.
- Bargain Hunter: With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Chicago, Jordy Nelson, and Eli Manning), Spelunky Medimacs made some shrewd moves.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Spelunky Medimacs was focused on a steady squad, grabbing seven consistent players out of 16 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (8th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 317 fantasy points (69.4% more than the average WR).
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Paydirt Found: Steven Jackson is expected to finish 10th in the NFL in rushing TDs with 8.7.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Reggie Bush can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 526.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (41st Pick)
Spelunky Medimacs selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
- Russell Wilson
5th Round (56th Pick)
Russell Wilson is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in passing TDs with 26.8.
Calling an Audible
K, the only below-average position on Spelunky Medimacs, is projected to be 10.2% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 272 ADP: 120.19
Rank: 275 ADP: 119.75
Rank: 281 ADP: 124.01
Rank: 285 ADP: 121.24
- 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..."