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 greg's Team, which flipped its sixth overall pick into a projected third-place finish in Yahoo Public 700335 League (8-6-0, 1,408 points). With their first five picks, greg's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Tom Brady (46th overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (6th) and Stevan Ridley (26th), and WRs A.J. Green (15th) and Marques Colston (35th). They ended up with one of the lowest-scoring threesomes of RBs in the league, as they picked up Lynch, Ridley and Eddie Lacy for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 12 might test the managerial chops of the greg's Team coach. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. 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 greg's Team. Starting in Week 7, greg'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.
- Strongest Position: With three better-than-average positions on greg's Team, K (2.0% above the league average) and QB (0.8%) are projected as especially strong units.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for greg's Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeSean Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Chris Givens) WRs.
- Team of Champions: greg's Team has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, three of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green, and Tom Brady.
- Mr. Irrelevant: The choice of Tampa Bay with the 146th pick gave greg's Team the worst pick of the last round in terms of projected points.
- Big D: They say that defense wins championships, but maybe not in fantasy football. greg's Team chose to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.
- Long Bomber: Hope Yahoo Public 700335 League has a bonus for FGs from beyond 50 yards. Blair Walsh is projected to lead the NFL with 5.1 makes from that distance.
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (6th Pick)
Marshawn Lynch is projected to finish 10th in the league with 1,579 total yards (1,385 rushing, 194 receiving).
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (15th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 178 projected fantasy points, 30.4% higher than the average at that position.
- Stevan Ridley
3rd Round (26th Pick)
Repaying the Pick: Stevan Ridley is expected to finish third in the NFL with 10.8 rushing TDs and 10th with 1,257 rushing yards.
- M. Colston
4th Round (35th Pick)
While drafted 35th overall, Marques Colston is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (13th with 7.8) or receiving yards (26th with 1,010).
- Tom Brady
5th Round (46th Pick)
Tom Brady was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 11.5% more points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on greg's Team, RB (3.2% below the league average at that spot) and TE (2.0%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 79 ADP: 110.24
Rank: 81 ADP: 114.96
Rank: 154 ADP: 137.48
Rank: 166 ADP: 136.81
- 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..."