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 Colts All Day, which flipped its ninth overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 8 League (8-5-0, 1,581 points). Colts All Day stockpiled ballcarriers early, using four of their first seven picks to snatch up RBs Trent Richardson (first round), Darren Sproles (fourth round), Giovani Bernard (sixth round) and Montee Ball (seventh round). Corresponding with that strategy, they landed the most prolific quartet of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to test the depth of Colts All Day, as it is the week when the most players (4) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have a tougher-than-average schedule. Along with the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Colts All Day. A soft stretch might begin in Week 2, when Colts All Day plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Strongest Position: While Colts All Day is projected to have three better-than-average positions, RB is clearly their best unit (25.0% above the league average).
- Earning Your Paycheck: Colts All Day will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Stevie Johnson), fourth- (Chris Givens), and fifth-ranked (Rueben Randle) WRs.
- Mr. Mendoza: Coby Fleener is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (4%). Let's hope that a.) Colts All Day has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Colts All Day grabbed Zach Sudfeld with pick No. 160.
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (9th 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.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (16th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 8 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (33rd Pick)
Breaking the Plane: Projections have Victor Cruz piling up 8.2 scores, giving him an NFL rank of ninth in receiving TDs.
- Darren Sproles
4th Round (40th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Colts All Day may have reached a little on Darren Sproles in the fourth round (40th overall pick vs. ADP of 82.1).
- M. Stafford
5th Round (57th Pick)
Matthew Stafford ranks seventh in the league among QBs with 389 projected fantasy points, 7.0% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Colts All Day, DEF (22.1% below the league average at that spot) and TE (20.6%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 235 ADP: 144.64
Rank: 251 ADP: 146.54
Rank: 171 ADP: 135.48
Rank: 190 ADP: 135.68
- 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..."