Draft Grade: D
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Selecting in the bottom half of the first round (sixth overall), JMG's Expert Team was unable to conjure up any fantasy magic. With a projected record of 1-13-0 (1,221 points), they're picked to finish 10th in GCCL League. JMG's Expert Team jumped on ballcarriers early and often, using their first three selections to grab RBs Jamaal Charles (6th overall), Trent Richardson (15th), and Stevan Ridley (26th). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the highest-scoring foursome of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
While Week 5 has the most players on bye for JMG's Expert Team (4), Week 10 is actually projected to have the team's highest amount of idle fantasy points. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most difficult slates in the league. Along with the second-most grueling overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for JMG's Expert Team. Starting in Week 2, JMG's Expert Team will have to navigate a tricky part of the schedule, squaring off against projected top-tier teams in the league three times in a five-game span.
- Strongest Position: JMG's Expert Team is projected to have a pair of better-than-average positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their best unit (11.8% above the league average).
- Trade Bait: JMG's Expert Team might be able to deal a RB to upgrade at other spots. Their fifth-ranked RB, David Wilson, is projected to be better than the league average at his position.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: JMG's Expert Team might require waiver wire help in Week 10, as their No. 1- (Jamaal Charles), No. 2- (Trent Richardson) and No. 4-ranked (Stevan Ridley) RBs will all be idle that week.
- Earning Your Paycheck: JMG's Expert Team will have some tricky calls to make each week at RB, with a slim projected points difference between their third- (DeMarco Murray), fourth- (Stevan Ridley), and fifth-ranked (David Wilson) RBs.
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and JMG's Expert Team may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: JMG's Expert Team will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 5, as their only TE (Kyle Rudolph) and only DEF (Tampa Bay) will both be idle that week.
Toyota Top Picks
- Jamaal Charles
1st Round (6th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Jamaal Charles is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fourth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 479.
- T. Richardson
2nd Round (15th Pick)
Traditionalist: JMG's Expert Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Jamaal Charles and Trent Richardson right off the bat.
- Stevan Ridley
3rd Round (26th Pick)
With 10.8 rushing TDs and 1,257 rushing yards, Stevan Ridley is projected to finish third and 10th in the NFL in those categories.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (35th Pick)
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Vincent Jackson has winning in his blood. He was the 15th-most-owned player by championship teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season, as well as the 19th-most-owned player by playoff teams.
- Pierre Garcon
5th Round (46th Pick)
While drafted 46th overall, Pierre Garcon is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (22nd with 6.6) or receiving yards (14th with 1,116).
Calling an Audible
While JMG's Expert Team is projected to have three subpar positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (29.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 254 ADP: 144.44
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.5
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.91
Rank: 266 ADP: 125.14
- 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..."