Draft Grade: C
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The poor draft position for Scalding Chowdah proved too great an obstacle to overcome. After selecting 11th overall, they're projected to finish ninth in Pats Pulpit II Bruschi League with a record of 5-9-0 (1,428 points). Scalding Chowdah stocked up on pass-catching weapons early on, using three of their first five selections to pick up WRs A.J. Green (second round), Randall Cobb (third round), and Cecil Shorts (fifth round). In conjunction with that drafting strategy, they ended up with one of the best foursomes of WRs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Scalding Chowdah has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have an easier-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the sixth-easiest overall schedule, Scalding Chowdah also has the second-easiest first four games of the season. An especially easy stretch appears to start in Week 4, during which Scalding Chowdah plays projected bottom-tier teams for two consecutive games.
- Strongest Position: Scalding Chowdah has two positional units projected to beat their slot's league average, DEF (by 7.9%) and WR (5.0%).
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, Scalding Chowdah got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Cincinnati (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 88.8).
- Turning the Tables: The coach of Scalding Chowdah must have arrived late to the draft party. After picking up the fewest projected points in the league over the draft's first half, they accumulated the most during the second half.
- It's How You Finish: Scalding Chowdah had a strong finish, accumulating the most projected points in the league over the second half of the draft.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Scalding Chowdah. They minimized risk by selecting six consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Isaac Redman is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (2%). Let's hope that a.) Scalding Chowdah has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
Toyota Top Picks
- Matt Forte
1st Round (11th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Matt Forte is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks third among RBs in projected receiving yards with 529.
- A.J. Green
2nd Round (14th Pick)
A.J. Green ranks sixth in the league among WRs with 219 projected fantasy points, 33.3% higher than the average at that position.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Pats Pulpit II Bruschi League, Scalding Chowdah may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,313 all-purpose yards.
- Lamar Miller
4th Round (38th Pick)
Although he was taken 38th overall in the fantasy draft, Lamar Miller is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either rushing TDs (18th with 7.0) or rushing yards (19th with 1,095).
- Cecil Shorts
5th Round (59th Pick)
Cecil Shorts was the worst value pick of the round, projected to score 3.2% fewer points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Scalding Chowdah is projected to have four subpar positions, TE is clearly their weakest unit (21.1% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 169 ADP: 135.6
Rank: 176 ADP: 135.9
Rank: 185 ADP: 125.59
Rank: 186 ADP: 135.37
- 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..."