Draft Grade: B-
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking 11th overall, Speedy Gonzalez is projected to land in seventh place in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,604 points). With their first five picks, Speedy Gonzalez focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (35th overall), RBs Ray Rice (11th) and DeMarco Murray (59th), and WRs Dez Bryant (14th) and Dwayne Bowe (38th). They landed one of the most prolific threesomes of WRs in the league, as they added Bryant, Bowe, and Antonio Brown.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 figures to be a difficult one for Speedy Gonzalez. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Corresponding with the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, Speedy Gonzalez also has the second-toughest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 8, during which Speedy Gonzalez plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: TE (2.2% above the league average) and DEF (0.9%) are projected as especially strong units for Speedy Gonzalez.
- Biggest Steal: Speedy Gonzalez may have found a steal in the ninth round, grabbing Blair Walsh (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 86.5).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Speedy Gonzalez, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Antonio Brown) and fourth-ranked (Greg Little) WRs.
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Speedy Gonzalez may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Young and Hungry: Speedy Gonzalez is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4.1 years of NFL experience.
- Digging Deep: LaMichael James is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (3%). Perhaps he will reward Speedy Gonzalez for their faith.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (11th Pick)
Ray Rice ranks 10th in the league among RBs with 258 projected fantasy points, 42.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (14th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Dez Bryant will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 7 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank ninth in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Although Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 4.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Dwayne Bowe
4th Round (38th Pick)
Dwayne Bowe went with the 38th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (20th) and receiving yards (15th) with 7.0 and 1,093 respectively.
- DeMarco Murray
5th Round (59th Pick)
According to projections, DeMarco Murray will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (21st with 6.6) and yards (16th with 1,122).
Calling an Audible
While Speedy Gonzalez is projected to have four subpar positions, RB is clearly their weakest unit (13.6% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 115 ADP: 125.35
Rank: 120 ADP: 126.38
Rank: 156 ADP: 119.8
Rank: 163 ADP: 119.84
- 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..."