Draft Grade: B
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (fifth overall), corey's Nifty Team had a stellar showing. With a mark of 12-2-0 (1,436 points), they're projected to finish first in Yahoo Public 498786 League. With their first five picks, corey's Nifty Team focused on balance, selecting QB Russell Wilson (45th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (5th) and Chris Johnson (25th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (16th) and Marques Colston (36th). They have one of the most prolific combos of TEs in the league, as they added Rob Gronkowski and Ed Dickson.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might test the managerial chops of the corey's Nifty Team coach. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (8) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have a more-challenging-than-average schedule when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, corey's Nifty Team also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 9, during which corey's Nifty Team plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Stoutest Slot: corey's Nifty Team should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 30.3%.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for corey's Nifty Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeSean Jackson) and fourth-ranked (T.Y. Hilton) WRs.
- It's How You Finish: corey's Nifty Team had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster spots, corey's Nifty Team picked up projected top-2 players (including Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Marshall, and Justin Tucker).
- Young and Hungry: corey's Nifty Team is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 5.0 years of NFL experience.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With six consistent players among their 15 picks, corey's Nifty Team is looking for reliable help.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (5th Pick)
According to projections, Marshawn Lynch was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 11.4% more points than the average player at that position.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (16th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 498786 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- Chris Johnson
3rd Round (25th Pick)
Chris Johnson was the worst value pick of the round, projected to score 2.3% fewer points than the average player at that position.
- M. Colston
4th Round (36th Pick)
Marques Colston may not justify his 36th 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).
- Russell Wilson
5th Round (45th Pick)
Russell Wilson is projected to finish ninth in the NFL in passing TDs with 26.8.
Calling an Audible
RB (3.0% below the league average at that position) and QB (2.3%) are projected as relatively weak units for corey's Nifty Team.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 79 ADP: 110.88
Rank: 81 ADP: 115.68
Rank: 144 ADP: 126.96
Rank: 145 ADP: 124.79
- 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..."