Draft Grade: A-
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Fabian D's Cool Team parlayed a solid draft slot (third overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-7-0 (1,446 points), they're projected to finish fifth in Yahoo Public 700335 League. With their first five picks, Fabian D's Cool Team focused on balance, selecting QB Robert Griffin III (43rd overall), RBs Arian Foster (3rd) and Reggie Bush (38th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (18th) and Demaryius Thomas (23rd). They landed the most prolific pair of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Griffin III and Michael Vick.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (3) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Fabian D's Cool Team. From a projected points standpoint, they have one of the softest slates in the league. In addition to having the second-easiest overall schedule, Fabian D's Cool Team also has the league's second-easiest first four games and second-softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 9, Fabian D's Cool 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 five better-than-average positions on Fabian D's Cool Team, K (12.3% above the league average) and TE (9.1%) are projected as especially strong units.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Fabian D's Cool Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (James Jones) and fourth-ranked (Tavon Austin) WRs.
- Team of Champions: Fabian D's Cool Team has a lineup sprinkled with proven fantasy winners. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, four of their players finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a championship roster. They include Arian Foster, Brandon Marshall, and Demaryius Thomas.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster spots, Fabian D's Cool Team picked up projected top-2 players (including Matt Bryant, Arian Foster, and Brandon Marshall).
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Fabian D's Cool Team may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Fabian D's Cool Team. They minimized risk by selecting eight consistent players among their 15 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Fabian D's Cool Team picked up the most dangerous RB in the league in Arian Foster, who is projected to top NFL RBs in both plays over 40 yards with 3.8 and TDs over 40 yards with 1.7.
- B. Marshall
2nd Round (18th Pick)
PPR Powerhouse: Brandon Marshall will bring extra value if Yahoo Public 700335 has a PPR format, as he's projected to rank third in the NFL with 104 receptions.
- D. Thomas
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
Demaryius Thomas ranks fourth in the league among WRs with 182 projected fantasy points, 33.7% higher than the average at that position.
- Reggie Bush
4th Round (38th Pick)
Taking a Chance: With their fourth-round pick, Fabian D's Cool Team threw caution to the wind. They took Reggie Bush at pick number 38 vs. an ADP of 57.2 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- R. Griffin III
5th Round (43rd Pick)
Dual-Threat Dynamo: Robert Griffin III can deliver wins with his arm and his legs. With 587 projected rushing yards, he ranks fourth among QBs in that category.
Calling an Audible
DEF, the only subpar position on Fabian D's Cool Team, is projected to be 2.4% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 266 ADP: 124.54
New York Defense
Rank: 269 ADP: 125.19
Rank: 293 ADP: 125.48
Rank: 297 ADP: 124.18
- 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..."