Draft Grade: B
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (third overall), Rusty's Team had a stellar showing. With a mark of 11-3-0 (1,428 points), they're projected to finish first in Yahoo Public 641490 League. With their first five picks, Rusty's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (23rd overall), RBs Doug Martin (3rd) and David Wilson (38th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (18th) and Reggie Wayne (43rd). They have a serviceable set of RBs, as they scooped up Martin, Wilson, Darren McFadden, and Rashard Mendenhall for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might require some artful managing by the coach of Rusty's Team. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. They have the softest slate in Yahoo Public 641490 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Rusty's Team has the softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 6, Rusty's Team 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.
- Stoutest Slot: Rusty's Team should be in good shape with four position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 69.7%.
- Team of Champions: Rusty's Team has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, four of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Doug Martin, Brandon Marshall, and Peyton Manning.
- Biggest Reach: Rusty's Team may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. Anquan Boldin, taken with the 83rd overall pick, has an ADP of 99.8 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Rusty's Team might need assistance from the waiver wire in Week 8, as both their DEFs will be on bye that week (Baltimore and San Diego).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Rusty's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing five consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Mr. Relevant: Rusty's Team secured the best value pick of the final round, drafting San Diego at pick number 143.
Toyota Top Picks
- Doug Martin
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Doug Martin ranks third in the league among RBs with 237 projected fantasy points, 35.7% higher than the average at that position.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (18th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 641490 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- Peyton Manning
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
Estimates have Peyton Manning scoring 318 fantasy points, 13.4% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him fourth among QBs.
- David Wilson
4th Round (38th Pick)
Reaching for the Best: Although they got the highest-ranked RB left on the board, Rusty's Team may have reached a little on David Wilson in the fourth round (38th overall pick vs. ADP of 71.4).
- Reggie Wayne
5th Round (43rd Pick)
Reggie Wayne went with the 43rd pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (32nd) and receiving yards (15th) with 6.0 and 1,092 respectively.
Calling an Audible
RB (4.1% below the league average at that position) and DEF (1.1%) are projected as relatively weak units for Rusty's Team.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 81 ADP: 115.68
Rank: 82 ADP: 115.8
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.47
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
- 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..."