Draft Grade: B
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A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of Fumbalayas turned the eighth overall pick into a projected third-place finish. They're expected to finish 10-3-0 (1,628 points) in Stampede Blue League 9 League. With their first five picks, Fumbalayas focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (8th overall), RBs Eddie Lacy (41st) and DeAngelo Williams (56th), and WRs Dez Bryant (17th) and Andre Johnson (32nd). They have the worst threesome of RBs in the league, as they picked up Lacy, Williams and Stepfan Taylor for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Fumbalayas has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. From a projected points standpoint, they have a more-challenging-than-average slate. Along with the sixth-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Fumbalayas. Fumbalayas has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Stoutest Slot: Fumbalayas should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. DEF looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 39.4%.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Fumbalayas got a steal in the 10th round, when they selected Blair Walsh (113th overall pick vs. ADP of 87.9).
- Earning Your Paycheck: Fumbalayas will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Lance Moore), fourth- (Miles Austin), and fifth-ranked (Kenbrell Thompkins) WRs.
- The Bargain Whisperer: Fumbalayas was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up three steals in the first 10 rounds (including Blair Walsh, Chicago, and Rob Gronkowski).
- Digging Deep: Stepfan Taylor is owned in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%). Perhaps he will reward Fumbalayas for their faith.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Fumbalayas grabbed Stepfan Taylor with pick No. 185.
Toyota Top Picks
- Drew Brees
1st Round (8th Pick)
According to projections, Drew Brees was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 24.3% more points than the average player at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (17th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Dez Bryant will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 9 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank ninth in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Andre Johnson
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Andre Johnson will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 9 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank eighth in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Eddie Lacy
4th Round (41st Pick)
No Faith in Tradition: Fumbalayas said no to the RB-RB tradition of fantasy drafting, waiting until the fourth round to pick up their first RB (Eddie Lacy).
- D. Williams
5th Round (56th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Fumbalayas may have reached a bit for their fifth-round choice. DeAngelo Williams, taken with the 56th overall pick, has an ADP of 101.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
Fumbalayas is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their worst unit (16.6% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 125 ADP: 120.24
Rank: 165 ADP: 120.79
Rank: 171 ADP: 120.12
Rank: 181 ADP: 126.44
- 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..."