Draft Grade: B
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Bjoern Winner parlayed a solid draft slot (fourth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-6-0 (1,635 points), they're projected to finish sixth in Stampede Blue League 8 League. Bjoern Winner opted for balance early, selecting QB Drew Brees (21st overall), RB Reggie Bush (28th), WR Calvin Johnson (4th), and TE Tony Gonzalez (52nd) within the first five rounds. They landed one of the best trios of WRs in the league, as they picked up Johnson, Lance Moore and Cecil Shorts for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Bjoern Winner, as it is the week when the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the least difficult schedules in the league. Along with the third-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Bjoern Winner. A soft stretch might begin in Week 7, when Bjoern Winner plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with three better-than-average positions, TE is the best player grouping on Bjoern Winner (44.4% above the league average for that group).
- Team of Champions: Bjoern Winner 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 Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, and Tony Gonzalez.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Bjoern Winner, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Chris Ivory) and fourth-ranked (Andre Brown) RBs.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Bjoern Winner picked up projected top-3 players (including Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, and Tony Gonzalez).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Bjoern Winner. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Bjoern Winner may know something no one else does, grabbing Austin Collie, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%).
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (4th Pick)
With 317 projected fantasy points (66.3% more than the average WR), Calvin Johnson leads all WRs in that category.
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (21st Pick)
Bjoern Winner drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Bjoern Winner snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected Reggie Bush in the third round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (28th pick vs. ADP of 48.4).
- D. McFadden
4th Round (45th Pick)
According to projections, Darren McFadden will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (37th with 4.2) and yards (23rd with 966).
- Tony Gonzalez
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Tony Gonzalez ranks third in the league among TEs with 224 projected fantasy points, 44.4% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Bjoern Winner is projected to have three below-average positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (34.3% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 235 ADP: 144.64
Rank: 251 ADP: 146.54
Rank: 255 ADP: 143.39
Rank: 259 ADP: 129.26
- 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..."