Draft Grade: B
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Nick's Tip-Top Team parlayed a solid draft slot (first overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-7-0 (1,390 points), they're projected to finish fifth in Yahoo Public 841251 League. Nick's Tip-Top Team loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Adrian Peterson (first round), Steven Jackson (third round), and Lamar Miller (fifth round). In conjunction with that drafting strategy, they ended up with the most prolific foursome of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Nick's Tip-Top Team 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 a harder-than-average slate when factoring in opponents' projected points. Along with having the fourth-most grueling overall schedule, Nick's Tip-Top Team has the second-toughest first four games of the season. An especially difficult stretch might begin in Week 9, when Nick's Tip-Top Team battles the projected top-tier teams for two straight games.
- Stoutest Slot: Nick's Tip-Top Team should be in good shape with three position groups projected to be better-than-average. TE looks to be the strongest among them, beating the average projection for the position by 28.3%.
- Taking a Chance: With their ninth-round pick, Nick's Tip-Top Team threw caution to the wind. They took Chris Givens at pick number 81 vs. an ADP of 126.9 across all Yahoo! leagues.
- The Sky's the Limit: With five players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Nick's Tip-Top Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Nick's Tip-Top Team grabbed Josh Brown with pick No. 140.
- Well-Balanced: While the bottom half of the Nick's Tip-Top Team roster is one of the strongest in the league (ranked No. 2), the top of the roster is among the weakest (ranked No. 9).
- A Pair of Winners: Nick's Tip-Top Team has a couple of proven fantasy champs in their lineup. Across all Yahoo! leagues last season, two of their players (Adrian Peterson and Jimmy Graham) finished among the top 20 in percentage of times on a first-place roster.
Toyota Top Picks
- A. Peterson
1st Round (1st Pick)
With 269 projected fantasy points (49.0% more than the average RB), Adrian Peterson leads all RBs in that category.
- Jimmy Graham
2nd Round (20th Pick)
Jimmy Graham was the best value pick of the round, projected to score 69.6% more points than the average player at that position.
- Steven Jackson
3rd Round (21st Pick)
Paydirt Found: Steven Jackson is expected to finish 10th in the NFL in rushing TDs with 8.9.
- Jordy Nelson
4th Round (40th Pick)
Jordy Nelson is expected to reach paydirt 9.1 times, placing him seventh in the NFL in projected receiving TDs.
- Lamar Miller
5th Round (41st Pick)
According to projections, Lamar Miller will fall outside of the NFL top 10 in both rushing TDs (24th with 6.1) and yards (21st with 1,017).
Calling an Audible
With three below-average positions on Nick's Tip-Top Team, WR (11.7% below the league average at that spot) and K (7.6%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 128.06
Rank: 140 ADP: 130.18
Rank: 248 ADP: 109.24
Rank: 253 ADP: 137.84
- 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..."