Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking seventh overall, Beast Mode is projected to land in seventh place in Stampede Blue League 6 League with a record of 6-7-0 (1,616 points). With their first five picks, Beast Mode focused on balance, selecting QB Andrew Luck (55th overall), RBs Jamaal Charles (7th) and Frank Gore (42nd), and WRs Julio Jones (18th) and Randall Cobb (31st). They have the highest-scoring combo of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Jones and Cobb to carry the weight.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Beast Mode has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have one of the softest slates in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Beast Mode also has the second-softest last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 5, when Beast Mode battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Beast Mode 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 44.2%.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Beast Mode got a steal in snatching Arizona in the ninth round (103rd overall pick vs. ADP of 85.4).
- Earning Your Paycheck: Beast Mode will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Greg Jennings), fourth- (Kenny Britt), and fifth-ranked (DeAndre Hopkins) WRs.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Beast Mode will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 9, as their only K (David Akers) and only DEF (Arizona) will both be on bye that week.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Beast Mode may know something no one else does, grabbing Isaiah Pead, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (4%).
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With eight consistent players among their 16 picks, Beast Mode is looking for reliable help.
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (7th 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 479.
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Postseason Hero: Last season, owning Julio Jones usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual playoff percentage (11th), a trend that Beast Mode hopes will continue this year.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (31st Pick)
Count the Rings: Last season, owning Randall Cobb usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (20th), a trend that Beast Mode hopes will continue this year.
- Frank Gore
4th Round (42nd Pick)
Paydirt Found: Frank Gore is expected to finish sixth in the NFL in rushing TDs with 9.1.
- Andrew Luck
5th Round (55th Pick)
Biggest Reach: By taking Andrew Luck with the 55th overall pick, Beast Mode might have pushed their luck according to his ADP of 79.3 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on Beast Mode, K (8.5% below the league average at that spot) and QB (8.0%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 265 ADP: 145.28
Rank: 267 ADP: 132.48
Rank: 125 ADP: 129.74
Rank: 147 ADP: 119.33
- 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..."