Draft Grade: B
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Coinciding with a juicy draft position (second overall), Colt Following had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish first in Stampede Blue League 7 League with a record of 10-3-0 (1,622 points). Colt Following opted for balance early, selecting QB Matt Ryan (26th overall), RB Doug Martin (2nd), WR Victor Cruz (23rd), and TE Tony Gonzalez (50th) within the first five rounds. They landed the top pair of TEs in the league, as they added Gonzalez and Fred Davis.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Colt Following. From a projected points standpoint, they have the weakest slate in the league. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Colt Following also has the softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 4, Colt Following 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.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, TE is the best player grouping on Colt Following (18.1% above the league average for that group).
- Team of Champions: Colt Following 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 Doug Martin, Tony Gonzalez, and Stephen Gostkowski.
- Cream of the Crop: At four different roster slots, Colt Following picked up projected top-3 players (including Doug Martin, Tony Gonzalez, and Stephen Gostkowski).
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With 11 consistent players among their 16 picks, Colt Following is looking for reliable help.
- Digging Deep: Michael Bush is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%). Perhaps he will reward Colt Following for their faith.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. Colt Following chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Doug Martin is expected to rank third in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 291 (61.2% higher than the average RB).
- Victor Cruz
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Victor Cruz piling up 8.2 scores, giving him an NFL rank of ninth in receiving TDs.
- Matt Ryan
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Biggest Reach: By taking Matt Ryan with the 26th overall pick, Colt Following might have pushed their luck according to his ADP of 48.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Torrey Smith
4th Round (47th Pick)
Although Torrey Smith was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 2.8% more points than the average player at that position.
- Tony Gonzalez
5th Round (50th Pick)
Value Found: Tony Gonzalez is expected to score 41.7% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on Colt Following, RB (9.3% below the league average at that spot) and WR (5.3%) 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..."