Draft Grade: B+
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with BuildTheMonster, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 6 League (8-5-0, 1,652 points). BuildTheMonster jumped on ballcarriers early and often, using their first three selections to grab RBs C.J. Spiller (8th overall), Steven Jackson (17th), and Reggie Bush (32nd). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the top set of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, BuildTheMonster 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 a weaker-than-average slate. BuildTheMonster will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. A soft stretch might begin in Week 4, when BuildTheMonster plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Strongest Position: With three better-than-average positions on BuildTheMonster, WR (4.2% above the league average) and K (0.6%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: BuildTheMonster might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 10, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for BuildTheMonster, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Steven Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Ben Tate) RBs.
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, BuildTheMonster hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Mr. Irrelevant: BuildTheMonster may know something no one else does, grabbing Joseph Randle, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of BuildTheMonster. They minimized risk by selecting six consistent players among their 16 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (8th Pick)
C.J. Spiller is projected to finish second in the league with 1,882 total yards (1,488 rushing, 393 receiving).
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Traditionalist: BuildTheMonster stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Steven Jackson right off the bat.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, BuildTheMonster may have reached a little on Reggie Bush in the third round (32nd overall pick vs. ADP of 55.5).
- M. Colston
4th Round (41st Pick)
Marques Colston may not justify his 41st overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (26th with 1,010) and TDs (13th with 7.8).
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (56th Pick)
While drafted 56th overall, Hakeem Nicks is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (17th with 7.5) or receiving yards (18th with 1,059).
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on BuildTheMonster, RB (9.4% below the league average at that spot) and QB (3.9%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 143 ADP: 124.23
Rank: 146 ADP: 126.8
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..."