Draft Grade: B+
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Although they selected 10th overall, 49ers Fan for Life came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 11-3-0 (1,437 points), placing them second in GCCL League. With their first five picks, 49ers Fan for Life focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (30th overall), RBs C.J. Spiller (10th) and Ray Rice (11th), and WRs Roddy White (31st) and Torrey Smith (50th). They ended up with one of the highest-scoring trios of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Spiller, Rice, and Daryl Richardson to lead the way.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, 49ers Fan for Life has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have one of the least difficult schedules in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. Corresponding with the third-easiest overall schedule, 49ers Fan for Life also has the softest last four games of the season. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 8, when 49ers Fan for Life matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: With three better-than-average positions on 49ers Fan for Life, TE (10.6% above the league average) and RB (10.6%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of 49ers Fan for Life. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Super Sleeper: 49ers Fan for Life hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Daryl Richardson and Jordan Cameron).
- A Pair of Winners: 49ers Fan for Life has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Ray Rice and Tony Gonzalez) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- Well-Balanced: While the bottom half of the 49ers Fan for Life roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 8).
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. 49ers Fan for Life chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (10th Pick)
Feed the Beast: C.J. Spiller figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish sixth in the league with 346 touches.
- Ray Rice
2nd Round (11th Pick)
Traditionalist: 49ers Fan for Life stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Ray Rice right off the bat.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Cam Newton can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 633 projected rushing yards, he ranks third among QBs in that category.
- Roddy White
4th Round (31st Pick)
Roddy White ranks seventh in the league among WRs with 166 projected fantasy points, 19.6% higher than the average at that position.
- Torrey Smith
5th Round (50th Pick)
49ers Fan for Life selected the best big-play WR in the league in Torrey Smith. He is projected to pace NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 6.4, TDs over 40 yards with 2.6, and percentage of touches over 40 yards at 11.5%.
Calling an Audible
With three subpar positions on 49ers Fan for Life, QB (3.9% below the league average at that spot) and WR (0.5%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 129 ADP: 133.04
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.84
Rank: 100 ADP: 112.75
Rank: 112 ADP: 121.68
- 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..."