Draft Grade: C+
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Bjorn Ready was unable to capitalize on their fortuitous draft position. Despite selecting third overall, they're projected to finish ninth in Stampede Blue League 9 League with a mark of 4-9-0 (1,559 points). With their first five picks, Bjorn Ready focused on balance, selecting QB Matt Ryan (46th overall), RBs Arian Foster (3rd) and Frank Gore (22nd), and WRs Larry Fitzgerald (27th) and Marques Colston (51st). They landed one of the lowest-scoring foursomes of WRs in the league, as they added Fitzgerald, Colston, Mike Wallace, and Emmanuel Sanders.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Bjorn Ready 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 the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a more-difficult-than-average slate. Along with having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, Bjorn Ready also has the toughest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 2, Bjorn Ready 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: Although Bjorn Ready has no better-than-average positional projections, K is their best group (2.1% below the league mean at that spot).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Bjorn Ready, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ahmad Bradshaw) and fourth-ranked (Fred Jackson) RBs.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 16 picks, Bjorn Ready is looking for reliable help.
- Mr. Mendoza: Denard Robinson is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (1%). Let's hope that a.) Bjorn Ready has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Super Sleeper: Bjorn Ready hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Denard Robinson and EJ Manuel).
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Just Win, Baby: Last season, owning Arian Foster usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (third) and individual playoff percentage (third). Bjorn Ready hopes that trend holds true again this year.
- Frank Gore
2nd Round (22nd Pick)
Traditionalist: Bjorn Ready stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Arian Foster and Frank Gore right off the bat.
- L. Fitzgerald
3rd Round (27th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Larry Fitzgerald will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 9 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 91 receptions.
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (46th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks fifth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 11.1% higher than the average at that position.
- M. Colston
5th Round (51st Pick)
Biggest Steal: Bjorn Ready may have found a steal in the fifth round, grabbing Marques Colston (51st overall pick vs. ADP of 38.2).
Calling an Audible
While Bjorn Ready is projected to have six below-average positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (27.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 236 ADP: 144.69
Rank: 252 ADP: 146.54
Rank: 257 ADP: 143.64
Rank: 261 ADP: 130.07
- 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..."