St(f)al Draft Report Card

B-
Grade

Slated for an 11th-Place Finish, St(f)al Can Make the Playoffs if They Just Replace Most of the Team

Draft Summary

For some the ninth overall pick is a challenge, for others its a blessing, but for St(f)al it looks to be a curse and an early indicator of the season ahead. Most teams in the league will pick up an easy win against St(f)al, resulting in their projected 5-8-0 (1,440) record and 11th-place finish in Tom Donovan's Son League. They wanted to shore up any RB concerns early, using three of their first five draft picks to draft RBs Matt Forte (second round), Melvin Gordon (third round), and Joseph Randle (fourth round). They have the lowest-scoring group of WRs in the league, as they have John Brown, Sammy Watkins, Steve Smith Sr., and Brandon LaFell on their team.

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Schedule

Week 10 might require some waiver-wire magic from St(f)al. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a less-challenging-than-average schedule. St(f)al has the opportunity to exit the gates quickly, as the first four games of their season are projected to be less difficult than the league average.

Draft Notes

  • On Autopilot

    Picking starting RBs should be an effortless exercise most weeks for St(f)al, as there's a healthy projected point difference between their third-ranked (Joseph Randle) and fourth-ranked (Reggie Bush) RBs.

  • Choosing which WRs to start should be pretty obvious most weeks for St(f)al, as projections show a healthy point difference between their third-ranked (Steve Smith Sr.) and fourth-ranked (Brandon LaFell) wideouts.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, St(f)al chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    St(f)al has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Rob Gronkowski and Matt Forte) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Mr. Mendoza

    Ray Rice is owned in only 1% of all Yahoo! leagues. Let's hope that a.) St(f)al has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.

  • Mr. Irrelevant

    In terms of projected points, the choice of Ray Rice with the 177th pick gave St(f)al the worst pick of the final round. This Mr. Irrelevant gets no parade, unfortunately.

Player Analysis

    • Rob Gronkowski, TE
    • Round 1, Pick 9
    And It Wasn't Even Close

    Across all Yahoo! leagues, no Tight End appeared more often on first-place rosters than Gronk last year.

    • Matt Forte, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Advanced Math

    If St(f)al had a nickel for every time Matt Forte is projected to touch the ball this season, they'd have 306 nickels.

    • Melvin Gordon, RB
    • Round 3, Pick 33
    Rarely Seen in the Wild

    With 1,114 projected yards on the ground, Melvin Gordon is an elusive three-down back.

    • Joseph Randle, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 40
    Apparently ADP is Overrated

    With their fourth-round pick, St(f)al pulled the trigger. They took Joseph Randle at pick number 40 despite an ADP of just 57.6 across all Yahoo! leagues.

    • Matt Ryan, QB
    • Round 5, Pick 57
    Do You Know if Matt Ryan is Religious?

    With 291 projected points, St(f)al is hoping Ryan will be the answer to their prayers.

Best Available

RB and WR are expected to be the worst positions for St(f)al and a potential area of need.

    • David Cobb
    • Rank 106, ADP 125
    • Knile Davis
    • Rank 177, ADP 126
    • Brian Quick
    • Rank 116, ADP 130
    • Marvin Jones
    • Rank 128, ADP 129
  • Bye Week Points Lost
    Points

    Each 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 ADP
    Pick Number

    Bars 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 League
        Team     League

    The 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 Points
    Week

    Week-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..."

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St(f)al
1. (9) Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE)
2. (16) Matt Forte (Chi - RB)
3. (33) Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
4. (40) Joseph Randle (Dal - RB)
5. (57) Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)
6. (64) Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR)
7. (81) Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR)
8. (88) John Brown (Ari - WR)
9. (105) Baltimore (Bal - DEF)
10. (112) Brandon LaFell (NE - WR)
11. (129) Kenny Stills (Mia - WR)
12. (136) Ronnie Hillman (Den - RB)
13. (153) Matt Bryant (Atl - K)
14. (160) Reggie Bush (SF - RB)
15. (177) Ray Rice (Bal - RB)
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