Draft Grade: A-
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Coinciding with a juicy draft position (third overall), The Breakers had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish third in Stampede Blue League 10 League with a record of 9-4-0 (1,687 points). With their first five picks, The Breakers focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (22nd overall), RBs C.J. Spiller (3rd) and Steven Jackson (27th), and WRs Vincent Jackson (46th) and Dwayne Bowe (51st). They have the worst set of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Bowe, Jackson, Kendall Wright, and Alshon Jeffery for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
While Week 8 has the most players on bye for The Breakers (4), Week 12 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. They have one of the least challenging slates in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. The Breakers will need to be playing their best as the playoffs approach, as the last four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 11, during which The Breakers plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Best Position: The Breakers has four above-average positions with DEF (15.2% above the league positional average) and RB (10.8%) projected to lead the way.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, The Breakers threw caution to the wind. They took Fred Jackson at pick number 99 vs. an ADP of 123.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for The Breakers, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Chris Ivory) and fourth-ranked (Fred Jackson) RBs.
- Team of Champions: The Breakers has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, three of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, and Tony Gonzalez.
- On the Rise: The Breakers hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- No Country for Old Men: With an average of 7.7 years of NFL experience, The Breakers is the oldest team in the league.
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (3rd Pick)
C.J. Spiller is projected to finish second in the league with 1,934 total yards (1,529 rushing, 404 receiving).
- Peyton Manning
2nd Round (22nd Pick)
Although Peyton Manning was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 17.9% more points than the average player at that position.
- Steven Jackson
3rd Round (27th Pick)
With 8.9 rushing TDs, Steven Jackson is projected to finish 10th in the NFL in that category.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (46th Pick)
Vincent Jackson may not justify his 46th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (11th with 1,164) and TDs (19th with 7.2).
- Dwayne Bowe
5th Round (51st Pick)
While drafted 51st overall, Dwayne Bowe is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (20th with 7.0) or receiving yards (15th with 1,110).
Calling an Audible
K (5.2% below the league average at that position) and WR (1.4%) are projected as relatively weak units for The Breakers.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 253 ADP: 116.7
Rank: 256 ADP: 143.31
Rank: 151 ADP: 130.21
Rank: 155 ADP: 126.9
- 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..."