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 The Bandits, which flipped its 11th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 8 League (8-5-0, 1,612 points). With their first five picks, The Bandits focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (35th overall), RBs Alfred Morris (11th) and DeMarco Murray (38th), and WRs Dez Bryant (14th) and Pierre Garcon (59th). They ended up with the worst quartet of WRs in the league, as they picked up Bryant, Garcon, Anquan Boldin, and Aaron Dobson for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of The Bandits, as it is the week when the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have one of the least challenging schedules in Stampede Blue League 8 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, The Bandits has the league's second-toughest first four games and softest last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 10, during which The Bandits plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Best Position: The Bandits has four above-average positions with TE (7.5% above the league positional average) and RB (3.1%) projected to lead the way.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, The Bandits got a steal in snatching Matt Bryant in the ninth round (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 77.5).
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, The Bandits hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- The Bargain Whisperer: The Bandits was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up four steals in the first 10 rounds (including Matt Bryant, San Francisco, and Anquan Boldin).
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of The Bandits. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 16 picks.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: The Bandits might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 9, as both their DEFs will be on bye that week (San Francisco and Arizona).
Toyota Top Picks
- Alfred Morris
1st Round (11th Pick)
Although Alfred Morris was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 29.3% more points than the average player at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (14th Pick)
Dez Bryant ranks fifth in the league among WRs with 267 projected fantasy points, 40.1% higher than the average at that position.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (35th Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 1.8% more points than the average player at that position.
- DeMarco Murray
4th Round (38th Pick)
Although he was taken 38th overall in the fantasy draft, DeMarco Murray is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (24th with 6.6) or rushing yards (16th with 1,121).
- Pierre Garcon
5th Round (59th Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 59th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,116) and TDs (22nd with 6.6).
Calling an Audible
QB (3.2% below the league average at that position) and WR (0.1%) are projected as relatively weak units for The Bandits.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 124 ADP: 128.68
Rank: 135 ADP: 125.57
Rank: 153 ADP: 128.05
Rank: 156 ADP: 129.98
- 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..."