Draft Grade: C+
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The poor draft position for Preying Mathis proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 12th overall, they're projected to finish ninth in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,587 points). With their first five picks, Preying Mathis focused on balance, selecting QB Tony Romo (60th overall), RBs Trent Richardson (12th) and Maurice Jones-Drew (13th), and WRs Andre Johnson (36th) and Marques Colston (37th). They landed one of the top pairs of TEs in the league, as they picked up Jason Witten and Coby Fleener for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Preying Mathis, as it is the week when the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the most difficult schedule in the league. In addition to having the most grueling overall schedule, Preying Mathis has the league's easiest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 3, during which Preying Mathis plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Preying Mathis has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, TE (by 7.8%) and WR (2.5%).
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Preying Mathis may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Preying Mathis may know something no one else does, grabbing Christine Michael, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%).
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Preying Mathis grabbed Christine Michael with pick No. 157.
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (12th Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Trent Richardson can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Traditionalist: Preying Mathis stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Trent Richardson and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- Andre Johnson
3rd Round (36th Pick)
Postseason Hero: Last season, owning Andre Johnson usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual playoff percentage (18th), a trend that Preying Mathis hopes will continue this year.
- M. Colston
4th Round (37th Pick)
While drafted 37th overall, Marques Colston is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (13th with 7.8) or receiving yards (25th with 1,010).
- Tony Romo
5th Round (60th Pick)
Projections have Tony Romo finishing with 27.5 passing TDs and 4,568 yards, good enough to rank him at eighth and fifth respectively.
Calling an Audible
While Preying Mathis is projected to have four below-average positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (21.2% 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..."