Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking 10th overall, Strawmy Thunder is projected to land in eighth place in Stampede Blue League 6 League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,597 points). With their first five picks, Strawmy Thunder focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (34th overall), RBs LeSean McCoy (10th) and Darren McFadden (58th), and WRs Dez Bryant (15th) and Vincent Jackson (39th). They have the worst set of RBs in the league, as they picked up McCoy, McFadden and Bryce Brown for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 12 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Strawmy Thunder. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (5) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the least challenging slates in Stampede Blue League 6 League. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, Strawmy Thunder has the softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 4, Strawmy Thunder will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on Strawmy Thunder, DEF (11.3% above the league average) and WR (7.0%) are projected as especially strong units.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Strawmy Thunder, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Antonio Brown) and fourth-ranked (Chris Givens) WRs.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Strawmy Thunder might need waiver wire help in Week 9, as both Ks they drafted will be idle that week (Matt Prater and Josh Brown).
- Super Sleeper: Strawmy Thunder hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Jordan Cameron and Josh Brown).
- Veteran Mentors: While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 9 in the league with an average of 5.8 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (No. 2 with 6.0 years).
- Well-Balanced: While the bottom half of the Strawmy Thunder roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
Toyota Top Picks
- LeSean McCoy
1st Round (10th Pick)
LeSean McCoy ranks eighth in the league among RBs with 266 projected fantasy points, 56.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (15th Pick)
Dez Bryant ranks fifth in the league among WRs with 269 projected fantasy points, 38.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (34th Pick)
Although Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 3.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (39th Pick)
Strawmy Thunder selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
- D. McFadden
5th Round (58th Pick)
Although he was taken 58th overall in the fantasy draft, Darren McFadden is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (34th with 4.8) or rushing yards (22nd with 984).
Calling an Audible
K (3.1% below the league average at that position) and TE (2.7%) are projected as relatively weak units for Strawmy Thunder.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 265 ADP: 145.28
Rank: 267 ADP: 132.48
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.43
Rank: 184 ADP: 121.1
- 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..."