Draft Grade: B
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Grigs Dip Lips, which flipped its 10th overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 7 League (7-6-0, 1,615 points). Grigs Dip Lips stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Demaryius Thomas (second round), Reggie Wayne (third round), and Vincent Jackson (fourth round). That early positional investment yielded the best set of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
While Week 8 has the most players on bye for Grigs Dip Lips (6), Week 9 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the least challenging slates in Stampede Blue League 7 League. Grigs Dip Lips could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. Starting in Week 3, Grigs Dip Lips will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Stoutest Slot: Grigs Dip Lips should be in good shape with five position groups projected to be better-than-average. DEF looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 25.4%.
- Team of Champions: Grigs Dip Lips 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 Demaryius Thomas, Reggie Wayne, and Vincent Jackson.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Grigs Dip Lips, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Vincent Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Malcom Floyd) WRs.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Grigs Dip Lips got a steal in snatching Phil Dawson in the ninth round (106th overall pick vs. ADP of 84.2).
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Grigs Dip Lips hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With six consistent players among their 16 picks, Grigs Dip Lips is looking for reliable help.
Toyota Top Picks
- Alfred Morris
1st Round (10th Pick)
According to projections, Alfred Morris was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 22.4% more points than the average player at that position.
- D. Thomas
2nd Round (15th Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 271 projected fantasy points, 39.5% higher than the average at that position.
- Reggie Wayne
3rd Round (34th Pick)
Reggie Wayne went with the 34th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (16th) with 6.1 and 1,092 respectively.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (39th Pick)
Grigs Dip Lips selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
- C. Kaepernick
5th Round (58th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Colin Kaepernick can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 803 projected rushing yards, he ranks first among QBs in that category.
Calling an Audible
K, the only subpar position on Grigs Dip Lips, is projected to be 4.5% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 256 ADP: 126.3
Rank: 264 ADP: 143.09
Rank: 265 ADP: 145.47
Rank: 272 ADP: 120.67
- 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..."