Draft Grade: B
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Dennis's Team parlayed a solid draft slot (third overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 8-6-0 (1,379 points), they're projected to finish fifth in GCCL League. Dennis's Team loaded up on pass-catching weapons early on, using four of their first seven selections to acquire WRs Julio Jones (second round), Reggie Wayne (fourth round), Danny Amendola (sixth round), and Jordy Nelson (seventh round). That early positional investment yielded the best triumvirate of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Dennis's Team 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 the easiest slate in GCCL League when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Dennis's Team also has the easiest first four games of the season. The fate of Dennis's Team might be determined starting in Week 6, as they play the projected top teams in the league for three straight weeks.
- Strongest Position: WR is one of two positional groups projected to beat their slot's league average on Dennis's Team (along with RB). Of the two groups, WR is projected to be the best unit on the squad, topping the league average for that position by 9.2%.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Dennis's Team. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Dennis's Team will need some help from the waiver wire in Week 8, as their only TE (Antonio Gates) and only DEF (Baltimore) will both be idle that week.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Fred Jackson with the 143rd pick gave Dennis's Team the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
- A Pair of Winners: Dennis's Team has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Marshawn Lynch and Reggie Wayne) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
- Single Serving: Forsaking roster depth, Dennis's Team opted to select only one player at each of three positions (TE, DEF, and K).
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- Julio Jones
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Julio Jones was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 35.5% more points than the average player at that position.
- M. Jones-Drew
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
Moving the Chains: Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to rank eighth in the league among RBs in fantasy points with 218 (32.5% higher than the average RB).
- Reggie Wayne
4th Round (38th Pick)
Reggie Wayne may not justify his 38th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (16th with 1,092) and TDs (32nd with 6.1).
- R. Griffin III
5th Round (43rd Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Robert Griffin III can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 587 projected rushing yards, he ranks fourth among QBs in that category.
Calling an Audible
With four below-average positions on Dennis's Team, DEF (6.2% below the league average at that spot) and QB (5.8%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
San Diego Defense
Rank: 254 ADP: 144.44
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.5
Rank: 129 ADP: 133.04
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.84
- 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..."