Draft Grade: A-
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Coinciding with a juicy draft position (fourth overall), Brad's Team had an outstanding performance. They're projected to finish second in 20 Team League with a record of 9-4-0 (1,138 points). Brad's Team stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Vincent Jackson (second round), Marques Colston (third round), and T.Y. Hilton (fifth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired one of the best sets of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Brad's Team, as it is the week when the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have an easier-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Brad's Team could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 2, during which Brad's Team plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on Brad's Team, DEF (30.6% above the league average) and WR (25.6%) are projected as especially strong units.
- The Bargain Whisperer: Brad's Team was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up three steals in the first 9 rounds (including Seattle, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Dustin Keller).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Brad's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing five consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Roy Helu is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (0%). Let's hope that a.) Brad's Team has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- Aging Stars: The top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively old (ranked No. 3 in the league with an average of 7.3 years of NFL experience), whereas the bottom half is fairly young (No. 16 with 3.6 years).
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Brad's Team grabbed Roy Helu with pick No. 284.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (4th Pick)
With 190 projected fantasy points (114.7% more than the average RB), Arian Foster leads all RBs in that category.
- V. Jackson
2nd Round (37th Pick)
Brad's Team selected one of the best big-play WRs in the league in Vincent Jackson. He is projected to rank second among NFL WRs in both plays over 40 yards with 6.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 2.6.
- M. Colston
3rd Round (44th Pick)
Marques Colston may not justify his 44th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (26th with 1,010) and TDs (13th with 7.8).
- Tony Romo
4th Round (77th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Brad's Team took Tony Romo in the fourth round, getting the highest-ranked QB left on the board. However, according to ADP, it might have been a bit of a stretch at that pick (77th overall pick vs. ADP of 89.0).
- T.Y. Hilton
5th Round (84th Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their fifth-round pick, Brad's Team threw caution to the wind. They took T.Y. Hilton at pick number 84 vs. an ADP of 105.5 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
TE (2.4% below the league average at that position) and RB (1.3%) are projected as relatively weak units for Brad's Team.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 270 ADP: 121.25
Rank: 249 ADP: 110.96
- 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..."