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 Molly's Team, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected third-place finish in GCCL League (10-4-0, 1,404 points). Molly's Team loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Alfred Morris (second round), Chris Johnson (third round), and Le'Veon Bell (fifth round). They landed the most prolific pair of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Calvin Johnson and Randall Cobb to carry the weight.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Molly'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. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the softest slates in GCCL League. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, Molly's Team also has the second-softest last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 8, when Molly's Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Molly's Team should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. WR looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 15.5%.
- Team of Champions: Molly's Team 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 Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb, and Tom Brady.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 15 picks, Molly's Team is looking for reliable help.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Molly's Team grabbed Ronnie Hillman with pick No. 128.
- Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in GCCL League, Molly's Team may have found a gem in Tavon Austin. Including his 1,200 projected return yards, he ranks fourth in the league with 1,976 all-purpose yards.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. Molly's Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (8th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 211 fantasy points (52.1% more than the average WR).
- Alfred Morris
2nd Round (13th Pick)
Repaying the Pick: Alfred Morris is expected to finish fourth in the NFL with 10.3 rushing TDs and sixth with 1,330 rushing yards.
- Chris Johnson
3rd Round (28th Pick)
According to projections, Chris Johnson will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (31st with 5.2) and yards (12th with 1,192).
- Randall Cobb
4th Round (33rd Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in GCCL League, Molly's Team may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,306 all-purpose yards.
- Le'Veon Bell
5th Round (48th Pick)
Biggest Reach: Molly's Team may have reached a bit for their fifth-round choice. Le'Veon Bell, taken with the 48th overall pick, has an ADP of 67.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
Calling an Audible
While Molly's Team is projected to have three subpar positions, DEF is clearly their weakest unit (16.2% 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..."