Draft Grade: C+
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The poor draft position for Stevieann's Team proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting ninth overall, they're projected to finish 10th in Yahoo Public 696388 League with a record of 2-12-0 (1,343 points). With their first five picks, Stevieann's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (29th overall), RBs Ray Rice (9th) and Trent Richardson (12th), and WRs Dwayne Bowe (32nd) and Torrey Smith (49th). They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring combos of TEs in the league, as they added Owen Daniels and Jordan Cameron.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 might require some artful managing by the coach of Stevieann's Team, as it is the week when the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points are on bye. They have the weakest slate in Yahoo Public 696388 League when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the easiest overall schedule, Stevieann's Team also has the league's second-easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 6, when Stevieann's Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: With four better-than-average positions on Stevieann's Team, DEF (8.0% above the league average) and RB (7.9%) are projected as especially strong units.
- Biggest Reach: Stevieann's Team may have reached a bit for their ninth-round choice. Josh Brown, taken with the 89th overall pick, has an ADP of 106.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- It's How You Finish: Stevieann's Team had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Stevieann's Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Stevieann's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Veteran Mentors: While the top half of the roster (from a projected points perspective) is relatively young (ranked No. 10 in the league with an average of 3.9 years of NFL experience), the bench is quite experienced (No. 2 with 8.4 years).
Toyota Top Picks
- Ray Rice
1st Round (9th Pick)
According to projections, Ray Rice was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 10.8% more points than the average player at that position.
- T. Richardson
2nd Round (12th Pick)
Traditionalist: Stevieann's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Ray Rice and Trent Richardson right off the bat.
- Cam Newton
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Cam Newton can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 633 projected rushing yards, he ranks second among QBs in that category.
- Dwayne Bowe
4th Round (32nd Pick)
Dwayne Bowe may not justify his 32nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (16th with 1,092) and TDs (20th with 6.9).
- Torrey Smith
5th Round (49th Pick)
Stevieann's Team selected the best big-play WR in the league in Torrey Smith. He is projected to pace NFL WRs in plays over 40 yards with 6.4, TDs over 40 yards with 2.6, and percentage of touches over 40 yards at 11.5%.
Calling an Audible
Stevieann's Team is projected to have a pair of below-average positions (TE and K), but TE is clearly their weakest unit (13.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.47
Rank: 166 ADP: 136.66
Rank: 181 ADP: 125.74
Rank: 184 ADP: 121.41
- 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..."