Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking 11th overall, Blue Artillery is projected to land in eighth place in Stampede Blue League 10 League with a record of 6-7-0 (1,613 points). With their first five picks, Blue Artillery focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (35th overall), RBs Lamar Miller (38th) and Daryl Richardson (59th), and WRs A.J. Green (11th) and Dez Bryant (14th). They landed the top quartet of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Bryant, Green, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Givens for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Blue Artillery 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 less-challenging-than-average slate. Although they have the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Blue Artillery actually has the toughest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 1, Blue Artillery 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 (24.3% above the league average) and WR (22.9%) are projected as especially strong units for Blue Artillery.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Blue Artillery got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Jermichael Finley (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 86.2).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Blue Artillery, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) and fourth-ranked (Michael Bush) RBs.
- On the Rise: Blue Artillery hopes to break through this season, led by five players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Bargain Hunter: With three steals in the first 10 rounds (including Jermichael Finley, Greg Olsen, and Pierre Garcon), Blue Artillery made some shrewd moves.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Blue Artillery may know something no one else does, grabbing Bilal Powell, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (2%).
Toyota Top Picks
- A.J. Green
1st Round (11th Pick)
Although A.J. Green was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 35.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Dez Bryant
2nd Round (14th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Dez Bryant will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 10 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank ninth in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (35th Pick)
New-Age QB: With 633 projected rushing yards (ranking third among QBs), Cam Newton has multiple ways to bring in points.
- Lamar Miller
4th Round (38th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Blue Artillery went out on a limb with their fourth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Lamar Miller has an ADP of 59.8, but Blue Artillery grabbed him at pick No. 38.
- D. Richardson
5th Round (59th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Blue Artillery may have reached a little on Daryl Richardson in the fifth round (59th overall pick vs. ADP of 105.2).
Calling an Audible
While Blue Artillery is projected to have four subpar positions, RB is clearly their weakest unit (15.2% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 165 ADP: 120.82
Rank: 171 ADP: 120.07
Rank: 181 ADP: 126.38
Rank: 217 ADP: 120.5
- 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..."