Draft Grade: C
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The poor draft position for Indianapolis Colts proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 12th overall, they're projected to finish 11th in Stampede Blue League 10 League with a record of 3-10-0 (1,553 points). Indianapolis Colts loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Matt Forte (first round), David Wilson (second round), and Frank Gore (fourth round). They landed one of the lowest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer.
The Season Ahead
While Week 8 has the most players on bye for Indianapolis Colts (5), Week 9 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. They have the most difficult slate in Stampede Blue League 10 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. Corresponding with the most grueling overall schedule, Indianapolis Colts also has the second-toughest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 5, during which Indianapolis Colts plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Indianapolis Colts has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, K (by 1.8%) and WR (1.4%).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Indianapolis Colts, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (David Wilson) and fourth-ranked (Bernard Pierce) RBs.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Indianapolis Colts will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Lance Moore), fourth- (Anquan Boldin), and fifth-ranked (Kenbrell Thompkins) WRs.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Indianapolis Colts will need to get busy on the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only TE (Antonio Gates) and only K (Adam Vinatieri) will both be off that week.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Indianapolis Colts may know something no one else does, grabbing Christine Michael, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Indianapolis Colts was focused on a steady squad, grabbing nine consistent players out of 16 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- Matt Forte
1st Round (12th 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.
- David Wilson
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Indianapolis Colts went out on a limb with their second-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, David Wilson has an ADP of 65.1, but Indianapolis Colts grabbed him at pick No. 13.
- Reggie Wayne
3rd Round (36th Pick)
Count the Rings: Last season, owning Reggie Wayne usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (18th), a trend that Indianapolis Colts hopes will continue this year.
- Antonio Brown
5th Round (60th Pick)
Antonio Brown may not justify his 60th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (17th with 1,059) and TDs (40th with 5.4).
- Russell Wilson
6th Round (61st Pick)
The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Indianapolis Colts got a steal in snatching Russell Wilson in the sixth round (61st overall pick vs. ADP of 50.6).
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Indianapolis Colts, DEF (5.6% below the league average at that spot) and QB (5.5%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
New York Defense
Rank: 234 ADP: 140.66
San Diego Defense
Rank: 236 ADP: 144.73
Rank: 138 ADP: 128.76
Rank: 154 ADP: 129.63
- 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..."