Draft Grade: C-
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (sixth overall), Thundering Horseshoe looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish 12th in Stampede Blue League 6 League with a record of 1-12-0 (1,496 points). With their first five picks, Thundering Horseshoe focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (30th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (6th) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (43rd), and WRs Reggie Wayne (19th) and Danny Amendola (54th). They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring quartets of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Lynch, Daryl Richardson, Ryan Mathews, and DeAngelo Williams for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Thundering Horseshoe 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 a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most challenging schedules in Stampede Blue League 6 League. Corresponding with the second-most grueling overall schedule, Thundering Horseshoe also has the toughest first four games of the season. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 2, when Thundering Horseshoe matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: WR (5.7% above the league average) and K (1.3%) are projected as especially strong units for Thundering Horseshoe.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Thundering Horseshoe will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their only K (Blair Walsh) and only DEF (Minnesota) will both be on bye that week.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Thundering Horseshoe may know something no one else does, grabbing Andre Roberts, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (3%).
- A Pair of Winners: Thundering Horseshoe has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Marshawn Lynch and Reggie Wayne) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- Single Serving: Forsaking roster depth, Thundering Horseshoe opted to select only one player at each of three positions (TE, DEF, and K).
- Starting Slow: Thundering Horseshoe got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (6th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- Reggie Wayne
2nd Round (19th Pick)
While drafted 19th overall, Reggie Wayne is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (32nd with 6.0) or receiving yards (16th with 1,092).
- Matt Ryan
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks sixth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 11.3% higher than the average at that position.
- B. Green-Ellis
4th Round (43rd Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their fourth-round pick, Thundering Horseshoe threw caution to the wind. They took BenJarvus Green-Ellis at pick number 43 vs. an ADP of 101.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Danny Amendola
5th Round (54th Pick)
Hands Team: Danny Amendola is a reception machine. He is projected to catch an NFL-leading 106 balls this year.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Thundering Horseshoe, DEF (12.1% below the league average at that spot) and RB (8.8%) 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: 143 ADP: 124.23
Rank: 146 ADP: 126.8
- 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..."