Draft Grade: B+
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Coinciding with a juicy draft position (first overall), Indywinapolis had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish second in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 9-4-0 (1,655 points). Indywinapolis opted for balance early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (25th overall), RB Adrian Peterson (1st), WR Jordy Nelson (49th), and TE Jimmy Graham (24th) within the first five rounds. They have the worst quartet of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Nelson, Michael Floyd, T.Y. Hilton, and Josh Gordon for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Indywinapolis 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 more-challenging-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Indywinapolis will be hard-pressed to start or finish fast, as both the first four games and final four games of their season are projected to be more challenging than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 5, during which Indywinapolis plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Stoutest Slot: Indywinapolis should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 14.6%.
- Biggest Steal: Indywinapolis may have found a steal in the ninth round, grabbing Arizona (97th overall pick vs. ADP of 85.3).
- Team of Champions: Indywinapolis 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 Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Graham, and Peyton Manning.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Indywinapolis, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Giovani Bernard) and fourth-ranked (Ben Tate) RBs.
- The Sky's the Limit: With five players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Indywinapolis hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Indywinapolis picked up projected top-3 players (including Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Graham, and Peyton Manning).
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
Adrian Peterson was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 70.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Jimmy Graham
2nd Round (24th Pick)
Value Found: Jimmy Graham is expected to score 75.2% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Peyton Manning ranks third in the league among QBs with 424 projected fantasy points, 19.5% higher than the average at that position.
- Lamar Miller
4th Round (48th Pick)
Lamar Miller went with the 48th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for Indywinapolis, he is projected to miss the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards (19th with 1,017) and TDs (25th with 6.1).
- Jordy Nelson
5th Round (49th Pick)
Jordy Nelson is expected to reach paydirt 9.1 times, placing him seventh in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on Indywinapolis, RB (11.5% below the league average at that spot) and WR (6.9%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 115 ADP: 125.35
Rank: 120 ADP: 126.38
Rank: 169 ADP: 127.88
Rank: 172 ADP: 127.34
- 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..."