Draft Grade: C
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (fifth overall), Blood Sweat & Brees looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish 11th in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 4-9-0 (1,527 points). With their first five picks, Blood Sweat & Brees focused on balance, selecting QB Andrew Luck (53rd overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (5th) and Darren McFadden (44th), and WRs A.J. Green (20th) and Larry Fitzgerald (29th). They ended up with the lowest-scoring tandem of QBs in the league, as they added Luck and EJ Manuel.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 12 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Blood Sweat & Brees. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have an easier-than-average slate. Along with having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Blood Sweat & Brees also has the second-easiest first four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 2, when Blood Sweat & Brees plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Best Position: Blood Sweat & Brees has three above-average positions with K (7.5% above the league positional average) and DEF (6.6%) projected to lead the way.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Blood Sweat & Brees will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Andre Roberts), fourth- (Greg Jennings), and fifth-ranked (Miles Austin) WRs.
- Biggest Steal: Blood Sweat & Brees may have found a steal in the ninth round, grabbing Cincinnati (101st overall pick vs. ADP of 90.4).
- Mr. Mendoza: Andre Roberts is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (3%). Let's hope that a.) Blood Sweat & Brees has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Blood Sweat & Brees grabbed EJ Manuel with pick No. 188.
- A Pair of Winners: Blood Sweat & Brees has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Marshawn Lynch and A.J. Green) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (5th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (20th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 264 projected fantasy points, 36.4% higher than the average at that position.
- L. Fitzgerald
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Larry Fitzgerald ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 249 projected fantasy points, 28.1% higher than the average at that position.
- D. McFadden
4th Round (44th Pick)
Darren McFadden went with the 44th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Blood Sweat & Brees, he is projected to miss the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards (22nd with 984) and TDs (34th with 4.8).
- Andrew Luck
5th Round (53rd Pick)
Biggest Reach: By taking Andrew Luck with the 53rd overall pick, Blood Sweat & Brees might have pushed their luck according to his ADP of 79.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
While Blood Sweat & Brees is projected to have three subpar positions, QB is clearly their weakest unit (19.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 145 ADP: 124.08
Rank: 147 ADP: 119.44
Rank: 225 ADP: 112.07
- 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..."