Draft Grade: B-
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking sixth overall, Go Cowboys 1 is projected to land in fifth place in Yahoo Public 498786 League with a record of 8-6-0 (1,391 points). Go Cowboys 1 stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Calvin Johnson (first round), Victor Cruz (third round), and Jordy Nelson (fourth round). Corresponding with that strategy, they landed the highest-scoring foursome of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 figures to be an especially tough one, as the top four projected scorers on Go Cowboys 1 (Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Calvin Johnson, and Denver) will be resting that weekend. They have a weaker-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the fifth-easiest overall schedule, Go Cowboys 1 has the second-easiest first four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 8, when Go Cowboys 1 battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Go Cowboys 1 should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. WR looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 12.4%.
- Waiver Wire Time: Week 9 looks to be a tough one for Go Cowboys 1 as both QBs they selected will be on bye that week (Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Go Cowboys 1, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Jordy Nelson) and fourth-ranked (Sidney Rice) WRs.
- Biggest Reach: Go Cowboys 1 may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. Josh Brown, taken with the 86th overall pick, has an ADP of 106.1 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With six consistent players among their 15 picks, Go Cowboys 1 is looking for reliable help.
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Go Cowboys 1 chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (6th Pick)
Value Found: Calvin Johnson is expected to score 58.4% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (15th Pick)
According to projections, Steven Jackson was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 3.9% more points than the average player at that position.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Victor Cruz ranks ninth in the league among WRs with 161 projected fantasy points, 20.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Jordy Nelson
4th Round (35th Pick)
Jordy Nelson was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 19.0% more points than the average player at that position.
- Frank Gore
5th Round (46th Pick)
Although Frank Gore was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 3.0% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
Go Cowboys 1 is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (TE and RB), but TE is clearly their worst unit (15.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 181 ADP: 125.56
Rank: 184 ADP: 121.49
Rank: 197 ADP: 124.94
Rank: 212 ADP: 120.64
- 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..."