Draft Grade: C+
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking ninth overall, Kings of Indy is projected to land in sixth place in Stampede Blue League 10 League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,585 points). Kings of Indy loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Trent Richardson (first round), Reggie Bush (third round), and Ahmad Bradshaw (fifth round). In conjunction with that drafting strategy, they ended up with the best tandem of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might require some artful managing by the coach of Kings of Indy. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (6) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have a more-difficult-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. Kings of Indy has the opportunity to start quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average. However, their closing stretch of four games is expected to be tougher than average. A soft stretch might begin in Week 7, when Kings of Indy plays projected bottom-tier teams for three games in a row.
- Best Position: Kings of Indy has three above-average positions with DEF (6.0% above the league positional average) and QB (4.8%) projected to lead the way.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Kings of Indy got a steal in the 10th round, when they selected Cincinnati (112th overall pick vs. ADP of 89.0).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Kings of Indy, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ahmad Bradshaw) and fourth-ranked (Ben Tate) RBs.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Kings of Indy may know something no one else does, grabbing Kendall Hunter, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%).
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Kings of Indy grabbed Nate Burleson with pick No. 177.
- Well-Balanced: While the bottom half of the Kings of Indy roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 3), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 11).
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (9th Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Trent Richardson can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- D. Thomas
2nd Round (16th Pick)
Just Win, Baby: Last season, owning Demaryius Thomas usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual championship percentage (sixth) and individual playoff percentage (seventh). Kings of Indy hopes that trend holds true again this year.
- Reggie Bush
3rd Round (33rd Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Kings of Indy snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected Reggie Bush in the third round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (33rd pick vs. ADP of 46.0).
- Matt Ryan
4th Round (40th Pick)
Matt Ryan ranks fifth in the league among QBs with 402 projected fantasy points, 11.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Ahmad Bradshaw
5th Round (57th Pick)
According to projections, Ahmad Bradshaw will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (32nd with 4.9) and yards (29th with 833).
Calling an Audible
While Kings of Indy is projected to have three subpar positions, TE is clearly their worst unit (18.5% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 169 ADP: 135.68
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
Rank: 185 ADP: 125.46
Rank: 186 ADP: 135.44
- 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..."