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. Jack's Team parlayed their overall No. 1 selection into this year's top draft, projected to finish in first place in Yahoo Public 761954 League with a mark of 13-1-0 (1,470 points). With their first five picks, Jack's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Robert Griffin III (41st overall), RBs Adrian Peterson (1st) and Matt Forte (20th), and WRs Brandon Marshall (21st) and Pierre Garcon (40th). They ended up with the best threesome of RBs in the league, as they scooped up Peterson, Forte, and Chris Ivory to lead the way.
The Season Ahead
Week 5 appears to be a tricky one, as the top two projected scorers (Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson) for Jack's Team will be relaxing during off weeks. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the softest schedule in Yahoo Public 761954 League. Jack's Team could run into an early buzzsaw, as the first four games of their season are projected to be more difficult than the league average. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 8, when Jack's Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Jack's Team should be in good shape with five position groups projected to be better-than-average. RB looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 20.4%.
- Earning Your Paycheck: Jack's Team will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Michael Floyd), fourth- (Emmanuel Sanders), and fifth-ranked (Cecil Shorts) WRs.
- Team of Champions: Jack'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 Adrian Peterson, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Bryant.
- Cream of the Crop: At three different roster spots, Jack's Team picked up projected top-2 players (including Adrian Peterson, Matt Bryant, and Brandon Marshall).
- Up and Comers: Assembling a squad of rising stars is key to fantasy success and Jack's Team may have done just that, with four players estimated to top their last-season numbers by a substantial amount.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Jack's Team was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
Freight Train: Adrian Peterson is projected to lead all RBs with 270 fantasy points (50.4% more than the average RB).
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Traditionalist: Jack's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- B. Marshall
3rd Round (21st Pick)
Value Found: Brandon Marshall is expected to score 39.5% more points than the average player at that position, making him the best value pick of the round.
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (40th Pick)
While drafted 40th overall, Pierre Garcon is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (23rd with 6.6) or receiving yards (14th with 1,116).
- R. Griffin III
5th Round (41st Pick)
New-Age QB: With 587 projected rushing yards (ranking fourth among QBs), Robert Griffin III has multiple ways to bring in points.
Calling an Audible
QB, the only below-average position on Jack's Team, is projected to be 6.6% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 131 ADP: 133.81
Rank: 145 ADP: 124.17
Rank: 147 ADP: 119.33
Rank: 149 ADP: 118.48
- 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..."