Draft Grade: D
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The poor draft position for Luck Commander proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 11th overall, they're projected to finish 12th in Stampede Blue League 9 League with a record of 1-12-0 (1,429 points). With their first five picks, Luck Commander focused on balance, selecting QB Colin Kaepernick (38th overall), RBs Matt Forte (11th) and Maurice Jones-Drew (14th), and WRs Victor Cruz (35th) and Jordy Nelson (59th). They landed one of the highest-scoring tandems of RBs in the league, as they picked up Forte and Jones-Drew for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Luck Commander. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (5) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the most challenging schedules in Stampede Blue League 9 League. Along with the third-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Luck Commander. Luck Commander has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: TE is one of two positional groups projected to beat their slot's league average on Luck Commander (along with QB). Of the two groups, TE is projected to be the best unit on the squad, topping the league average for that position by 43.3%.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Luck Commander threw caution to the wind. They took Bilal Powell at pick number 107 vs. an ADP of 128.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Luck Commander, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Danny Woodhead) and fourth-ranked (Pierre Thomas) RBs.
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Luck Commander may have done just that, with five players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Digging Deep: Bilal Powell is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%). Perhaps he will reward Luck Commander for their faith.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Luck Commander grabbed Ryan Broyles with pick No. 158.
Toyota Top Picks
- Matt Forte
1st Round (11th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Matt Forte is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 526.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (14th Pick)
Traditionalist: Luck Commander stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Matt Forte and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Mr. December: Victor Cruz has a winning pedigree. He was the 20th-most-owned player by playoff teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season.
- C. Kaepernick
4th Round (38th Pick)
New-Age QB: With 803 projected rushing yards (ranking first among QBs), Colin Kaepernick has multiple ways to bring in points.
- Jordy Nelson
5th Round (59th Pick)
Jordy Nelson is expected to reach paydirt 9.1 times, placing him seventh in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
Calling an Audible
RB (11.0% below the league average at that position) and WR (5.1%) are projected as relatively weak units for Luck Commander.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 125 ADP: 120.24
Rank: 165 ADP: 120.79
Rank: 148 ADP: 132.59
Rank: 153 ADP: 129.71
- 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..."