Draft Grade: B-
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Despite selecting in the top half of the first round (third overall), Raider Nation looks a little soft on paper. They're projected to finish eighth in Yahoo Public 498786 League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,376 points). With their first five picks, Raider Nation focused on balance, selecting QB Robert Griffin III (38th overall), RBs Doug Martin (3rd) and Matt Forte (18th), and WRs Larry Fitzgerald (23rd) and Hakeem Nicks (43rd). They landed one of the least prolific quartets of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Fitzgerald, Nicks, Steve Smith, and Denarius Moore for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 5 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Robert Griffin III and Doug Martin) for Raider Nation will be relaxing during off weeks. They have a tougher-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. Raider Nation 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. Raider Nation has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: K is one of two positional groups projected to beat their slot's league average on Raider Nation (along with RB). Of the two groups, K is projected to be the best unit on the squad, topping the league average for that position by 10.0%.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Raider Nation, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Steve Smith) and fourth-ranked (Denarius Moore) WRs.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Raider Nation. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Yahoo Public 498786 League, Raider Nation may have found a gem in Tavon Austin. Including his 1,200 projected return yards, he ranks fourth in the league with 1,976 all-purpose yards.
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Raider Nation chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
- Long Bomber: Hope Yahoo Public 498786 League has a bonus for FGs from beyond 50 yards. Blair Walsh is projected to lead the NFL with 5.1 makes from that distance.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Doug Martin has winning in his blood. He was the second-most-owned player by championship teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season, as well as the second-most-owned player by playoff teams.
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Traditionalist: Raider Nation stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Doug Martin and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- L. Fitzgerald
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Larry Fitzgerald will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 498786 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 91 receptions.
- R. Griffin III
4th Round (38th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Robert Griffin III can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 587 projected rushing yards, he ranks third among QBs in that category.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (43rd Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 43rd pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (19th) with 7.5 and 1,057 respectively.
Calling an Audible
While Raider Nation is projected to have four below-average positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (14.4% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.06
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125
Rank: 293 ADP: 125.26
Rank: 297 ADP: 123.81
- 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..."