Draft Grade: B
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NFL Brazil parlayed a solid draft slot (second overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 9-4-0 (1,628 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Stampede Blue League 10 League. NFL Brazil loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Doug Martin (first round), DeMarco Murray (second round), and Darren Sproles (fourth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the highest-scoring quartet of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, NFL Brazil 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 one of the easiest slates in Stampede Blue League 10 League. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, NFL Brazil has the easiest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 7, NFL Brazil 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: NFL Brazil has three above-average positions with WR (5.8% above the league positional average) and RB (2.3%) projected to lead the way.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for NFL Brazil, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeMarco Murray) and fourth-ranked (Shane Vereen) RBs.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, NFL Brazil got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Le'Veon Bell (98th overall pick vs. ADP of 77.9).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for NFL Brazil, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Michael Floyd) and fourth-ranked (Vincent Brown) WRs.
- Beginning with a Bang: NFL Brazil got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- Free Fallin': The GM of NFL Brazil must have had to leave their draft party early. After tallying the most projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they racked up the fewest during the second half.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (2nd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Doug Martin is expected to rank third in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 291 (72.1% higher than the average RB).
- DeMarco Murray
2nd Round (23rd Pick)
Traditionalist: NFL Brazil stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Doug Martin and DeMarco Murray right off the bat.
- Julio Jones
3rd Round (26th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Julio Jones will bring extra value if Stampede Blue League 10 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank 10th in the NFL with 90 receptions.
- Darren Sproles
4th Round (47th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: NFL Brazil snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected Darren Sproles in the fourth round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (47th pick vs. ADP of 81.5).
- Danny Amendola
5th Round (50th Pick)
Hands Team: Danny Amendola is a reception machine. He is projected to catch an NFL-leading 107 balls this year.
Calling an Audible
While NFL Brazil is projected to have three subpar positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (19.2% below the league average at that position).
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: 252 ADP: 146.55
Rank: 257 ADP: 143.72
- 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..."