Draft Grade: A-
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (fourth overall), Istanbul Horseheads had a stellar showing. With a mark of 10-3-0 (1,685 points), they're projected to finish first in Stampede Blue League 10 League. With five WRs on the roster, Istanbul Horseheads has both quality and quantity at that spot; their WRs are projected to average 202 points this season, more than the league average of 192. They landed the lowest-scoring set of RBs in the league, as they picked up Jamaal Charles, Darren McFadden, Roy Helu, and Ronnie Hillman for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
While Week 5 has the most players on bye for Istanbul Horseheads (4), Week 8 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. They have the least challenging schedule in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Istanbul Horseheads also has the league's second-easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 5, Istanbul Horseheads 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.
- Best Position: Istanbul Horseheads has three above-average positions with TE (16.4% above the league positional average) and K (10.6%) projected to lead the way.
- Biggest Steal: Istanbul Horseheads may have found a steal in the ninth round, grabbing San Francisco (100th overall pick vs. ADP of 67.5).
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster slots, Istanbul Horseheads picked up projected top-3 players (including Matt Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Jason Witten).
- Bargain Hunter: With four steals in the first 10 rounds (including San Francisco, Robert Griffin III, and Torrey Smith), Istanbul Horseheads made some shrewd moves.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Istanbul Horseheads was focused on a steady squad, grabbing seven consistent players out of 16 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Roy Helu is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (1%). Let's hope that a.) Istanbul Horseheads has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (4th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Jamaal Charles is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 486.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (21st Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 10 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- L. Fitzgerald
3rd Round (28th Pick)
Larry Fitzgerald ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 249 projected fantasy points, 29.1% higher than the average at that position.
- D. McFadden
4th Round (45th Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their fourth-round pick, Istanbul Horseheads threw caution to the wind. They took Darren McFadden at pick number 45 vs. an ADP of 71.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Jason Witten
5th Round (52nd Pick)
Jason Witten was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 42.4% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Istanbul Horseheads, DEF (11.3% below the league average at that spot) and RB (4.8%) 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: 165 ADP: 120.82
Rank: 171 ADP: 120.07
- 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..."