Picking sixth, Sam's Team put together a team that is expected to finish the season in a favorable spot. There's something to be said for a GM who flipped a bottom of the barrel pick into a projected third-place finish in Yahoo Public 639029 League (8-6-0, 1,374 points). With their first five picks, Sam's Team focused on a balanced offensive attack, selecting QB Peyton Manning (15th overall), RBs Zac Stacy (26th) and Bishop Sankey (46th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (6th) and Victor Cruz (35th). They landed the best QB tandem in the league, as they added Manning and Colin Kaepernick.
Sam's Team should drop off the grid during Week 4. They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have one of the most challenging schedules. Along with having the second-most demanding overall schedule, Sam's Team also has the league's toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season.
QB is the strongest position for Sam's Team, though DEF and K aren't too shabby either.
Sam's Team knows this is American football, right? They elected to go with two kickers, instead of stockpiling depth at other positions.
Team of Champions?
Sam's Team is fielding a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues: Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Zac Stacy.
Basic Math is Optional
Michael Vick once claimed "I have two weapons; my arms, my legs and my brain.” With 664 projected rushing yards, Colin Kaepernick can channel his inner Vick to help Sam's Team this year.
The Standard by Which All Others are Measured
- Calvin Johnson, WR
- Round 1, Pick 6
Often the lone wideout taken in the first round in 2013, Megatron lived up to the expectations and was owned on more playoff teams across Yahoo! than any other WR.
A Mile-High Marvel
- Peyton Manning, QB
- Round 2, Pick 15
By fantasy standards, Peyton Manning's second season in Denver was his strongest as an NFL QB. He was owned on more championship rosters across all Yahoo! leagues than any other quarterback.
If it Ain't Broke
- Zac Stacy, RB
- Round 3, Pick 26
Then do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Sam's Team didn't grab their first RB (Zac Stacy) until the third round.
The Power of Persuasion
- Victor Cruz, WR
- Round 4, Pick 35
Now would be a reasonable time for Sam's Team to encourage the Yahoo Public 639029 League to raise the value of receptions. They snagged Victor Cruz and his 88 projected catches (ranked seventh in the NFL).
Let Me Check it Again
- Vernon Davis, TE
- Round 6, Pick 55
Why can't I find Vernon Davis on my draft cheat sheet? Oh wait, here he is under "mid-to-late round flier."
Sam's Team could potentially upgrade TE and RB, but TE is the position they'll want to focus on first.
- Coby Fleener
- Rank 172, ADP 138
- Antonio Gates
- Rank 173, ADP 120
- Dwayne Allen
- Rank 175, ADP 135
- Owen Daniels
- Rank 177, ADP 123
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..."