Draft Grade: B-
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Flying Tigers, which flipped its ninth overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Yahoo Public 498786 League (8-6-0, 1,395 points). Flying Tigers stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs A.J. Green (second round), Vincent Jackson (third round), and Dwayne Bowe (fourth round). They ended up with the least prolific pair of RBs in the league, as they picked up DeMarco Murray and David Wilson for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Flying Tigers has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the softest schedule in the league. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Flying Tigers also has the easiest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 4, during which Flying Tigers plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: While Flying Tigers is projected to have three better-than-average positions, K is clearly their best unit (21.2% above the league average).
- Team of Champions: Flying Tigers 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 A.J. Green, Vincent Jackson, and Matt Bryant.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Flying Tigers threw caution to the wind. They took Baltimore at pick number 89 vs. an ADP of 113.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Flying Tigers. They minimized risk by selecting six consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. Flying Tigers chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Aaron Rodgers
1st Round (9th Pick)
Top Signal Caller: Aaron Rodgers leads all QBs with 345 projected fantasy points (22.7% more than the average QB).
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (12th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 179 projected fantasy points, 34.7% higher than the average at that position.
- V. Jackson
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Vincent Jackson ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 159 projected fantasy points, 19.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Dwayne Bowe
4th Round (32nd Pick)
While drafted 32nd overall, Dwayne Bowe is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (20th with 6.9) or receiving yards (16th with 1,092).
- DeMarco Murray
5th Round (49th Pick)
No Faith in Tradition: Flying Tigers said no to the RB-RB tradition of fantasy drafting, waiting until the fifth round to pick up their first RB (DeMarco Murray).
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on Flying Tigers, TE (15.8% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (10.7%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 181 ADP: 125.56
Rank: 184 ADP: 121.49
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.06
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125
- 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..."