Draft Grade: B-
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I swam with Pat parlayed a solid draft slot (fifth overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 8-5-0 (1,575 points), they're projected to finish sixth in Stampede Blue League 9 League. I swam with Pat loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Ray Rice (first round), DeMarco Murray (third round), and Darren McFadden (fourth round). That early positional investment yielded one of the highest-scoring triumvirates of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of I swam with Pat. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most difficult slates in Stampede Blue League 9 League. In addition to having the second-most grueling overall schedule, I swam with Pat also has the league's second-toughest first four games and most difficult last four games of the season. Starting in Week 8, I swam with Pat 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.
- Strongest Position: DEF, the only better-than-average position on I swam with Pat, is projected to be 7.6% better than the league mean at that spot.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for I swam with Pat, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Darren McFadden) and fourth-ranked (Johnathan Franklin) RBs.
- Mr. Irrelevant: I swam with Pat may know something no one else does, grabbing Johnathan Franklin, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (4%).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: I swam with Pat will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 12, as their only K (Mike Nugent) and only DEF (Cincinnati) will both be on bye that week.
- Don't Rock the Boat: I swam with Pat was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, I swam with Pat grabbed Cordarrelle Patterson with pick No. 173.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (5th Pick)
Ray Rice ranks 10th in the league among RBs with 266 projected fantasy points, 56.3% higher than the average at that position.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (20th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 9 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- DeMarco Murray
3rd Round (29th Pick)
DeMarco Murray went with the 29th overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for I swam with Pat, he is projected to miss the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards (16th with 1,121) and TDs (23rd with 6.6).
- D. McFadden
4th Round (44th Pick)
Although he was taken 44th overall in the fantasy draft, Darren McFadden is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (37th with 4.1) or rushing yards (24th with 975).
- DeSean Jackson
5th Round (53rd Pick)
While drafted 53rd overall, DeSean Jackson is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (57th with 4.7) or receiving yards (22nd with 1,038).
Calling an Audible
While I swam with Pat is projected to have five below-average positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit (18.2% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 145 ADP: 132.11
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
Rank: 185 ADP: 125.45
Rank: 186 ADP: 135.49
- 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..."