Draft Grade: B
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Knucklesacks was unable to capitalize on their fortuitous draft position. Despite selecting third overall, they're projected to finish 10th in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a mark of 4-9-0 (1,633 points). Knucklesacks jumped on ballcarriers early and often, using their first three selections to grab RBs Jamaal Charles (3rd overall), Steven Jackson (22nd), and Reggie Bush (27th). Corresponding with that strategy, they landed the most prolific foursome of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Knucklesacks. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (5) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have one of the most challenging schedules in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Knucklesacks also has the toughest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 7, during which Knucklesacks plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Knucklesacks is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and QB), but RB is clearly their best unit (35.4% above the league average).
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Knucklesacks got a steal in snatching Cecil Shorts in the ninth round (99th overall pick vs. ADP of 73.8).
- Earning Your Paycheck: Knucklesacks will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Cecil Shorts), fourth- (Kenny Britt), and fifth-ranked (Rueben Randle) WRs.
- On the Rise: Knucklesacks hopes to break through this season, led by six players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- No Country for Old Men: With an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience, Knucklesacks is the oldest team in the league.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Knucklesacks may know something no one else does, grabbing Brandon LaFell, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (3%).
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (3rd Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Jamaal Charles is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 479.
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (22nd Pick)
Traditionalist: Knucklesacks stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Jamaal Charles and Steven Jackson right off the bat.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (27th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Knucklesacks may have reached a little on Reggie Bush in the third round (27th overall pick vs. ADP of 54.9).
- Hakeem Nicks
4th Round (46th Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 46th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (17th) with 7.5 and 1,059 respectively.
- Tom Brady
5th Round (51st Pick)
Just Win, Baby: Last season, owning Tom Brady usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (ninth) and individual playoff percentage (eighth). Knucklesacks hopes that trend holds true again this year.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Knucklesacks, TE (6.8% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (5.1%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.44
Rank: 197 ADP: 124.98
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.5
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.91
- 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..."