Draft Grade: B
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Selecting in the bottom half of the first round (sixth overall), Survivor 2013 was unable to conjure up any fantasy magic. With a projected record of 5-8-1 (958 points), they're picked to finish eighth in Know Your Fantasy 2009 League. With five RBs on the roster, Survivor 2013 has quality and quantity at that spot; their RBs are projected to average 102 points this season, more than the league average of 94. They have the worst foursome of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Victor Cruz, Danny Amendola, Ryan Broyles, and Tavon Austin for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might require some artful managing by the coach of Survivor 2013, as it is the week when the most players (6) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the easiest slates in the league. Along with having the third-easiest overall schedule, Survivor 2013 also has the second-easiest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 4, Survivor 2013 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: RB, the only better-than-average position on Survivor 2013, is projected to be 7.4% better than the league mean at that spot.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Survivor 2013, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Frank Gore) and fourth-ranked (Daryl Richardson) RBs.
- Biggest Reach: Survivor 2013 may have reached a bit for their 10th-round choice. Daryl Richardson, taken with the 95th overall pick, has an ADP of 117.7 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- QB Controversy?: The coach of Survivor 2013 might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Andrew Luck) and second-drafted QB (Eli Manning) have very similar seasonal point projections.
- Young and Hungry: Survivor 2013 is the youngest squad in the league, with an average of just 4.2 years of NFL experience.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Survivor 2013. They minimized risk by selecting seven consistent players among their 17 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (6th Pick)
Running, Catching, Winning: Trent Richardson can hurt opponents with his hands as well as his feet. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- Stevan Ridley
2nd Round (15th Pick)
According to projections, Stevan Ridley was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 34.0% more points than the average player at that position.
- Victor Cruz
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Postseason Hero: Last season, owning Victor Cruz usually equalled fantasy success. Among all players, he ranked in the top 20 across all Yahoo! leagues in individual playoff percentage (20th), a trend that Survivor 2013 hopes will continue this year.
- Danny Amendola
4th Round (35th Pick)
Although Danny Amendola was the worst value pick of the round, he is still projected to score 2.9% more points than the average player at that position.
- Vernon Davis
5th Round (46th Pick)
Vernon Davis ranks fourth in the league among TEs with 79 projected fantasy points, 12.3% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Survivor 2013 is projected to have five below-average positions, WR is clearly their worst unit (16.8% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 100 ADP: 112.88
Rank: 116 ADP: 127.91
Rank: 123 ADP: 132.57
Rank: 126 ADP: 128.28
- 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..."