Draft Grade: B
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Curtis Painter couldn't weave their second overall selection into fantasy gold. They're projected to end up seventh in Stampede Blue League 8 League with a mark of 6-7-0 (1,595 points). Curtis Painter opted for balance early, selecting QB Peyton Manning (26th overall), RB Doug Martin (2nd), WR Julio Jones (23rd), and TE Jason Witten (50th) within the first five rounds. They have one of the lowest-scoring pairs of RBs in the league, as they picked up Martin and Ahmad Bradshaw for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer) for Curtis Painter will be relaxing during off weeks. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the softest schedule in the league. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Curtis Painter also has the league's easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 5, Curtis Painter 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.
- Strongest Position: Curtis Painter is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (TE and WR), but TE is clearly their best unit (16.8% above the league average).
- Waiver Wire Time: Week 9 looks to be a tough one for Curtis Painter as both QBs they selected will be on bye that week (Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer).
- Cream of the Crop: At four different roster slots, Curtis Painter picked up projected top-3 players (including Jason Witten, Peyton Manning, and Doug Martin).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Curtis Painter was focused on a steady squad, grabbing 10 consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Johnathan Franklin is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (4%). Let's hope that a.) Curtis Painter has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 2 in the league with an average of 7.8 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 11 with 3.3 years).
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 (70.2% higher than the average RB).
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Julio Jones will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 8 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Estimates have Peyton Manning scoring 424 fantasy points, 16.7% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him third among QBs.
- M. Colston
4th Round (47th Pick)
While drafted 47th overall, Marques Colston is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (13th with 7.8) or receiving yards (26th with 1,010).
- Jason Witten
5th Round (50th Pick)
Jason Witten was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 47.1% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Curtis Painter is projected to have four subpar positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (28.6% 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..."