Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking seventh overall, The Statutory Apes is projected to land in sixth place in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,607 points). With their first five picks, The Statutory Apes focused on balance, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (55th overall), RBs Chris Johnson (18th) and Frank Gore (31st), and WRs Calvin Johnson (7th) and Pierre Garcon (42nd). They have the most prolific foursome of WRs in the league, as they picked up Johnson, Garcon, Golden Tate, and Jeremy Kerley for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson) for The Statutory Apes will be relaxing during off weeks. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the least difficult schedules in the league. Along with having the second-easiest overall schedule, The Statutory Apes also has the second-softest last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 5, during which The Statutory Apes plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: WR, the only better-than-average position on The Statutory Apes, is projected to be 6.0% better than the league mean at that spot.
- Biggest Steal: The Statutory Apes may have found a steal in the 10th round, grabbing Matt Prater (114th overall pick vs. ADP of 90.9).
- Digging Deep: Jeremy Kerley is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%). Perhaps he will reward The Statutory Apes for their faith.
- Don't Rock the Boat: The Statutory Apes was focused on a steady squad, grabbing nine consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, The Statutory Apes grabbed Zac Stacy with pick No. 186.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Zac Stacy with the 186th pick gave The Statutory Apes the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (7th Pick)
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Calvin Johnson has winning in his blood. He was the seventh-most-owned player by championship teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season, as well as the sixth-most-owned player by playoff teams.
- Chris Johnson
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Although Chris Johnson was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 26.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- Frank Gore
3rd Round (31st Pick)
With 9.1 rushing TDs, Frank Gore is projected to finish sixth in the NFL in that category.
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (42nd Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 42nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,116) and TDs (22nd with 6.6).
- M. Stafford
5th Round (55th Pick)
Estimates have Matthew Stafford scoring 389 fantasy points, 9.7% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him seventh among QBs.
Calling an Audible
While The Statutory Apes is projected to have five subpar positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (18.6% 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..."