Draft Grade: B
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When a bottom-half draft slot yields top-half results, that's the sign of a strong effort by the GM. Such was the case with Dogs, which flipped its eighth overall pick into a projected third-place finish in Yahoo Public 641490 League (9-5-0, 1,432 points). With their first five picks, Dogs focused on balance, selecting QB Tom Brady (48th overall), RBs Steven Jackson (13th) and Stevan Ridley (28th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (8th) and Randall Cobb (33rd). They have the best set of WRs in the league, as they scooped up Johnson, Cobb, DeSean Jackson, and Michael Floyd for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Week 10 figures to be a difficult one for Dogs, as it is the week when the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have an easier-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with the fifth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Dogs. Starting in Week 7, Dogs 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.
- Best Position: Dogs has four above-average positions with WR (9.0% above the league positional average) and K (7.1%) projected to lead the way.
- Team of Champions: Dogs has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, five of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb, and Tom Brady.
- No Country for Old Men: With an average of 6.9 years of NFL experience, Dogs is the oldest team in the league.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Dogs was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
- D-Fence: The best offense is a good defense? Dogs chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (8th Pick)
Calvin Johnson was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 56.1% more points than the average player at that position.
- Steven Jackson
2nd Round (13th Pick)
With 8.7 rushing TDs, Steven Jackson is projected to finish 10th in the NFL in that category.
- Stevan Ridley
3rd Round (28th Pick)
With 10.8 rushing TDs and 1,257 rushing yards, Stevan Ridley is projected to finish third and 10th in the NFL in those categories.
- Randall Cobb
4th Round (33rd Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Yahoo Public 641490 League, Dogs may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,305 all-purpose yards.
- Tom Brady
5th Round (48th Pick)
Tom Brady ranks fifth in the league among QBs with 316 projected fantasy points, 12.4% higher than the average at that position.
Calling an Audible
Dogs is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (DEF and QB), but DEF is clearly their weakest unit (14.5% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 258 ADP: 146.47
Rank: 262 ADP: 142.42
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.06
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125
- 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..."