Draft Grade: B
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Although they selected 12th overall, Clint Eastwood came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 11-2-0 (1,638 points), placing them second in Stampede Blue League 9 League. With their first five picks, Clint Eastwood focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (36th overall), RBs Trent Richardson (12th) and Alfred Morris (13th), and WRs Danny Amendola (37th) and Hakeem Nicks (60th). They ended up with one of the highest-scoring combos of TEs in the league, as they scooped up Tony Gonzalez and Martellus Bennett.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might test the managerial chops of the Clint Eastwood coach. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (6) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have one of the least challenging schedules in Stampede Blue League 9 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Clint Eastwood. Starting in Week 4, Clint Eastwood 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.
- Best Position: Clint Eastwood has five above-average positions with WR (18.3% above the league positional average) and TE (11.5%) projected to lead the way.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Clint Eastwood got a steal in snatching Phil Dawson in the ninth round (108th overall pick vs. ADP of 84.9).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Clint Eastwood, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Shane Vereen) and fourth-ranked (Knowshon Moreno) RBs.
- QB Controversy?: The coach of Clint Eastwood might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Michael Vick) have very similar seasonal point projections.
- On the Rise: Clint Eastwood hopes to break through this season, led by six players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Clint Eastwood might need waiver wire help in Week 9, as both Ks they drafted will be idle that week (Phil Dawson and Josh Brown).
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (12th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Trent Richardson is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- Alfred Morris
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Traditionalist: Clint Eastwood stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris right off the bat.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (36th Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 2.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- Danny Amendola
4th Round (37th Pick)
Value Found: Danny Amendola is expected to score 33.0% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (60th Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 60th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (18th) with 7.5 and 1,059 respectively.
Calling an Audible
K, the only subpar position on Clint Eastwood, is projected to be 3.1% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 259 ADP: 135.92
Rank: 264 ADP: 122.1
Rank: 272 ADP: 125.77
Rank: 276 ADP: 122.84
- 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..."