Draft Grade: B
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A masterful draft-day performance by the GM of Statistical Anomaly turned the eighth overall pick into a projected second-place finish. They're expected to finish 10-3-0 (1,662 points) in Stampede Blue League 10 League. With their first five picks, Statistical Anomaly focused on balance, selecting QB Drew Brees (17th overall), RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (32nd) and Ryan Mathews (56th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (8th) and Victor Cruz (41st). They have the most prolific combo of WRs in the league, as they picked up Johnson and Cruz for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 is shaping up to be a tricky one for Statistical Anomaly. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (6) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average schedule. Statistical Anomaly could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. Starting in Week 9, Statistical Anomaly 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: While Statistical Anomaly is projected to have three better-than-average positions, WR is clearly their best unit (19.3% above the league average).
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Statistical Anomaly might need to hit the waiver wire in Week 8, as both TEs they picked will be resting that week (Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener).
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Statistical Anomaly got a steal in snatching Owen Daniels in the ninth round (104th overall pick vs. ADP of 83.8).
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Statistical Anomaly picked up projected top-3 players (including Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, and Denver).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Statistical Anomaly was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Statistical Anomaly may know something no one else does, grabbing Coby Fleener, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (4%).
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (8th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 317 fantasy points (64.6% more than the average WR).
- Drew Brees
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Statistical Anomaly drafted the most explosive QB in the league in Drew Brees. He is projected to lead NFL QBs in both plays over 40 yards with 11.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.5.
- M. Jones-Drew
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
No Faith in Tradition: Statistical Anomaly said no to the RB-RB tradition of fantasy drafting, waiting until the third round to pick up their first RB (Maurice Jones-Drew).
- Victor Cruz
4th Round (41st Pick)
Victor Cruz is expected to reach paydirt 8.2 times, placing him ninth in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
- Ryan Mathews
5th Round (56th Pick)
According to projections, Ryan Mathews will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (25th with 6.3) and yards (21st with 1,070).
Calling an Audible
While Statistical Anomaly is projected to have three subpar positions, TE is clearly their worst unit (14.2% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 169 ADP: 135.68
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
Rank: 185 ADP: 125.46
Rank: 186 ADP: 135.44
- 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..."