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 Statistical Anomaly, which flipped its ninth overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in Stampede Blue League 9 League (9-4-0, 1,616 points). With their first five picks, Statistical Anomaly focused on balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (16th overall), RBs Lamar Miller (40th) and Giovani Bernard (57th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (9th) and Randall Cobb (33rd). They landed the top set of WRs in the league, as they picked up Johnson, Cobb, Brian Hartline, and Tavon Austin for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 4 looks to be a tough one for Statistical Anomaly. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the softest slates in the league. In addition to having the third-easiest overall schedule, Statistical Anomaly also has the second-softest last four games of the season. A soft stretch might begin in Week 11, when Statistical Anomaly plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Strongest Position: While Statistical Anomaly is projected to have three better-than-average positions, WR is clearly their best unit (12.7% above the league average).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Statistical Anomaly, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Rashard Mendenhall) and fourth-ranked (Giovani Bernard) RBs.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Statistical Anomaly will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Brian Hartline), fourth- (Tavon Austin), and fifth-ranked (DeAndre Hopkins) WRs.
- On the Rise: Statistical Anomaly hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Hedging Their Bets: By selecting six consistent players along with seven risky ones, Statistical Anomaly did a good job of balancing their roster's risk profile.
- Young and Hungry: Statistical Anomaly is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 3.9 years of NFL experience.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (9th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 317 fantasy points (64.5% more than the average WR).
- Aaron Rodgers
2nd Round (16th Pick)
With 455 projected fantasy points (25.6% more than the average QB), Aaron Rodgers leads all QBs in that category.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (33rd Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Stampede Blue League 9 League, Statistical Anomaly may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,306 all-purpose yards.
- Lamar Miller
4th Round (40th Pick)
New World Order: Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Statistical Anomaly didn't select their first RB (Lamar Miller) until the fourth round.
- G. Bernard
5th Round (57th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Statistical Anomaly went out on a limb with their fifth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Giovani Bernard has an ADP of 102.0, but Statistical Anomaly grabbed him at pick No. 57.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Statistical Anomaly, DEF (13.5% below the league average at that spot) and TE (9.8%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 236 ADP: 144.69
Rank: 252 ADP: 146.54
Rank: 145 ADP: 132.11
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
- 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..."