Draft Grade: B
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Make it Wayne parlayed a solid draft slot (fourth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-6-0 (1,640 points), they're projected to finish sixth in Stampede Blue League 6 League. With their first five picks, Make it Wayne focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (21st overall), RBs Ray Rice (4th) and Darren Sproles (52nd), and WRs Victor Cruz (28th) and Wes Welker (45th). They have one of the highest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they picked up Brees and Andy Dalton for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
While Week 9 has the most players on bye for Make it Wayne (3), Week 7 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. They have the most difficult slate in Stampede Blue League 6 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the most grueling overall schedule, Make it Wayne also has the second-toughest first four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 8, when Make it Wayne plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Best Position: Make it Wayne has three above-average positions with RB (12.4% above the league positional average) and WR (6.3%) projected to lead the way.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Make it Wayne will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Mike Williams), fourth- (Mike Wallace), and fifth-ranked (Emmanuel Sanders) WRs.
- It's How You Finish: Make it Wayne had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Make it Wayne was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 6.8 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 12 with 3.3 years).
- A Pair of Winners: Make it Wayne has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Ray Rice and Drew Brees) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (4th Pick)
Ray Rice ranks 10th in the league among RBs with 258 projected fantasy points, 51.7% higher than the average at that position.
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (21st Pick)
Make it Wayne drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Victor Cruz is expected to reach paydirt 8.2 times, placing him ninth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
- Wes Welker
4th Round (45th Pick)
Wes Welker went with the 45th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (43rd) and receiving yards (29th) with 5.3 and 967 respectively.
- Darren Sproles
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Make it Wayne may have reached a little on Darren Sproles in the fifth round (52nd overall pick vs. ADP of 83.6).
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Make it Wayne, DEF (5.5% below the league average at that spot) and K (2.2%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.5
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125.9
Rank: 265 ADP: 145.28
Rank: 267 ADP: 132.48
- 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..."