Blue Horseshoe put together an underrated roster that might not dominate week in and week out, but will be firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by season's end. They're projected to finish the season with a 7-6-0 (1,604) record in Stampede Blue League 8 League, which will be good enough for fifth. With their first five picks, Blue Horseshoe aimed for balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (4th overall), RBs Doug Martin (21st) and Reggie Bush (28th), and WRs Roddy White (45th) and DeSean Jackson (52nd). They ended up with the top QB combo in the league, as they added Manning and Andy Dalton.
Week 9 may cause some frustration for Blue Horseshoe, as their top two projected scorers (Peyton Manning and Andy Dalton) will be resting that weekend. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest schedules. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Blue Horseshoe has the second-softest last four games of the season.
Brett Favre is Just a Phone Call Away
It's likely that in Week 4, Blue Horseshoe will either be scraping the wire or begging for a trade (Peyton Manning and Andy Dalton will both be on bye). You can give Favre a call, but texting him isn't recommended.
QB is the strongest position for Blue Horseshoe, though TE and DEF aren't too shabby either.
Up and Comers
Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Blue Horseshoe may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their prior-season numbers by a substantial amount.
How Much Tread's Left on the Tires
With an average of 7.9 years of NFL experience, Blue Horseshoe is the team most likely to have a player become a grandpa.
The top half of the Blue Horseshoe roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 3). However, the bottom of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
This is the American version, folks. Blue Horseshoe elected to go with two kickers, rather than adding depth at other positions.
Fantasy is Better Than Reality
- Peyton Manning, QB
- Round 1, Pick 4
Even though he fell short in Super Bowl 48, Peyton Manning was more likely to be owned on a 2013 Yahoo! championship roster than any other QB.
Feed Thy Beast
- Doug Martin, RB
- Round 2, Pick 21
Doug Martin will get the ball early and often, projected to finish seventh in the league with 299 touches.
- Reggie Bush, RB
- Round 3, Pick 28
With their third-round pick, Blue Horseshoe pulled the trigger. They drafted Reggie Bush at pick number 28 despite an ADP of just 62.4 across all Yahoo! leagues.
A Big, Strong Threat
- Jason Witten, TE
- Round 6, Pick 69
Jason Witten ranks fourth in the Stampede Blue League 8 League among TEs with 196 projected fantasy points. If the pundits are wrong and he places outside the top-10, Blue Horseshoe could be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
It Was a Learning Experience
- Jeremy Maclin, WR
- Round 7, Pick 76
Hey, remember that time Blue Horseshoe took Jeremy Maclin WAY too early and the entire draft room erupted in laughter? Maclin was the weakest value pick of the round.
Blue Horseshoe is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (RB and WR), but RB is clearly their worst unit and an area that will likely need an upgrade.
- Darren McFadden
- Rank 153, ADP 123
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis
- Rank 192, ADP 118
Bye Week Points LostPoints
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 ADPPick 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 LeagueTeam 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 PointsWeek
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..."