Draft Grade: A
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Having the top pick in the draft doesn't always lead to championships. But, in this case, there is reason for optimism. Elias's Fine Team parlayed their overall No. 1 selection into this year's top draft, projected to finish in first place in Yahoo Public 700335 League with a mark of 14-0-0 (1,476 points). With their first five picks, Elias's Fine Team focused on balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (21st overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (1st) and Maurice Jones-Drew (20th), and WRs Pierre Garcon (40th) and Danny Amendola (41st). They ended up with the most prolific threesome of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Peterson, Jones-Drew, and Darren Sproles to lead the way.
The Season Ahead
Week 8 looks to be a tough one for Elias's Fine Team. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From a projected points standpoint, they have the least difficult slate in Yahoo Public 700335 League. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, Elias's Fine Team also has the league's easiest first four games and softest last four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 7, when Elias's Fine Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Strongest Position: Elias's Fine Team only had one above-average position grouping, TE, which is projected to beat the league mean at that slot by 81.8%.
- Consistent Domination: By racking up the most projected points in the league during both the first and second halves of the draft, Elias's Fine Team established itself as a fantasy contender.
- On Autopilot: Selecting starting RBs should be a simple task most weeks for Elias's Fine Team, as the projected points difference between their second-ranked (Maurice Jones-Drew) and third-ranked (Darren Sproles) RBs is significant.
- Biggest Reach: Elias's Fine Team went out on a limb with their ninth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Miles Austin has an ADP of 95.9, but Elias's Fine Team grabbed him at pick No. 81.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster spots, Elias's Fine Team picked up projected top-2 players (including Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and Rob Gronkowski).
- On the Rise: Elias's Fine Team hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
With 270 projected fantasy points (43.3% more than the average RB), Adrian Peterson leads all RBs in that category.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Traditionalist: Elias's Fine Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- Aaron Rodgers
3rd Round (21st Pick)
Top Signal Caller: Aaron Rodgers leads all QBs with 346 projected fantasy points (22.1% more than the average QB).
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (40th Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 40th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,116) and TDs (23rd with 6.6).
- Danny Amendola
5th Round (41st Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Projected to snag an NFL-leading 106 balls, Danny Amendola will provide added pop if Yahoo Public 700335 has a PPR format.
Calling an Audible
With five below-average positions on Elias's Fine Team, DEF (6.9% below the league average at that spot) and K (3.7%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.54
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125.19
Rank: 260 ADP: 137.67
Rank: 265 ADP: 145.37
- 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..."