Draft Grade: B
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Badger State Colts couldn't weave their second overall selection into fantasy gold. They're projected to end up seventh in Stampede Blue League 5 League with a mark of 6-7-0 (1,613 points). With their first five picks, Badger State Colts focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (26th overall), RBs Ray Rice (2nd) and Frank Gore (23rd), and WRs Danny Amendola (47th) and Hakeem Nicks (50th). They have the lowest-scoring tandem of TEs in the league, as they added Kyle Rudolph and Jake Ballard.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to be a difficult one for Badger State Colts, as it is the week when the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have a more-difficult-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Badger State Colts could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 3, during which Badger State Colts plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, DEF is the best player grouping on Badger State Colts (30.0% above the league average for that group).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Badger State Colts, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (James Jones) and fourth-ranked (Alshon Jeffery) WRs.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Badger State Colts, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Mark Ingram) and fourth-ranked (Fred Jackson) RBs.
- Biggest Reach: Badger State Colts may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. Fred Jackson, taken with the 98th overall pick, has an ADP of 121.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- On the Rise: Badger State Colts hopes to break through this season, led by five players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Digging Deep: LeGarrette Blount is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%). Perhaps he will reward Badger State Colts for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Ray Rice is expected to rank 10th in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 258 (52.5% higher than the average RB).
- Frank Gore
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Traditionalist: Badger State Colts stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Ray Rice and Frank Gore right off the bat.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Estimates have Peyton Manning scoring 423 fantasy points, 16.4% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him third among QBs.
- Danny Amendola
4th Round (47th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Projected to snag an NFL-leading 106 balls, Danny Amendola will provide added pop if Stampede Blue League 5 has a PPR format.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (50th Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 50th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (19th) with 7.5 and 1,057 respectively.
Calling an Audible
While Badger State Colts is projected to have three below-average positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit (50.8% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 153 ADP: 136.16
Rank: 197 ADP: 125.03
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.81
Rank: 223 ADP: 124.13
- 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..."