Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking eighth overall, Medulla Amendola is projected to land in sixth place in Northwest Ospreys League with a record of 5-8-0 (1,589 points). Medulla Amendola stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs Brandon Marshall (second round), Roddy White (third round), and Wes Welker (fifth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the best triumvirate of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 figures to test the depth of Medulla Amendola, as it is the week when the most players (7) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the most challenging schedules in the league. Along with having the second-most grueling overall schedule, Medulla Amendola also has the league's second-toughest first four games and second-most difficult last four games of the season. A particularly tough stretch might begin in Week 1, when Medulla Amendola matches up against projected top-tier teams for three consecutive games.
- Stoutest Slot: Medulla Amendola should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. WR looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 14.9%.
- On the Rise: Medulla Amendola hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Mr. Irrelevant: Medulla Amendola may know something no one else does, grabbing Christine Michael, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (1%).
- Don't Rock the Boat: Medulla Amendola was focused on a steady squad, grabbing five consistent players out of 14 picks.
- Super Sleeper: Medulla Amendola hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Christine Michael and Josh Brown).
- A Pair of Winners: Medulla Amendola has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Ray Rice and Brandon Marshall) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (8th Pick)
According to projections, Ray Rice will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (13th with 7.7) and yards (18th with 1,089).
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Brandon Marshall was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 46.7% more points than the average player at that position.
- Roddy White
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Roddy White ranks ninth in the league among WRs with 252 projected fantasy points, 25.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Rob Gronkowski
4th Round (41st Pick)
Value Found: Rob Gronkowski is expected to score 33.0% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Wes Welker
5th Round (56th Pick)
While drafted 56th overall, Wes Welker is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (44th with 5.1) or receiving yards (28th with 967).
Calling an Audible
While Medulla Amendola is projected to have three subpar positions, RB is clearly their weakest unit (29.2% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 115 ADP: 125.57
Rank: 120 ADP: 128.13
Rank: 134 ADP: 120.13
Rank: 137 ADP: 120.66
- 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..."