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 Statistical Anomaly, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 7 League (9-4-0, 1,637 points). With their first five picks, Statistical Anomaly focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (17th overall), RBs Arian Foster (8th) and David Wilson (56th), and WRs Randall Cobb (32nd) and Wes Welker (41st). They ended up with one of the highest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Brees and Josh Freeman.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Statistical Anomaly 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 a less-challenging-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the sixth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Statistical Anomaly. Starting in Week 6, Statistical Anomaly 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.
- Best Position: Statistical Anomaly has four above-average positions with QB (7.2% above the league positional average) and TE (5.5%) projected to lead the way.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Statistical Anomaly will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Tavon Austin), fourth- (Denarius Moore), and fifth-ranked (Kendall Wright) WRs.
- Team of Champions: Statistical Anomaly has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, three of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Arian Foster, Drew Brees, and Randall Cobb.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Statistical Anomaly was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. Statistical Anomaly chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (8th Pick)
Statistical Anomaly picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Statistical Anomaly 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.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Stampede Blue League 7 League, Statistical Anomaly may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,306 all-purpose yards.
- Wes Welker
4th Round (41st Pick)
While drafted 41st overall, Wes Welker is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (43rd with 5.3) or receiving yards (28th with 967).
- David Wilson
5th Round (56th Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Stampede Blue League 7 League, Statistical Anomaly may have found a gem in David Wilson. Including his 559 projected return yards, he ranks sixth in the league with 1,893 all-purpose yards.
Calling an Audible
Statistical Anomaly is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (DEF and WR), but DEF is clearly their weakest unit (20.9% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.5
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.91
Rank: 266 ADP: 125.14
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 126.38
- 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..."