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 DEATH SCYTHE, which flipped its 10th overall pick into a projected fourth-place finish in Yahoo Public 841251 League (9-5-0, 1,387 points). With their first five picks, DEATH SCYTHE focused on balance, selecting QB Cam Newton (31st overall), RBs Marshawn Lynch (10th) and Ray Rice (11th), and WRs Roddy White (30th) and Antonio Brown (50th). They have one of the highest-scoring tandems of QBs in the league, as they added Newton and Matthew Stafford.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, DEATH SCYTHE has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have the weakest slate in Yahoo Public 841251 League. Along with the easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for DEATH SCYTHE. Starting in Week 7, DEATH SCYTHE 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.
- Best Position: DEATH SCYTHE has five above-average positions with DEF (11.0% above the league positional average) and RB (8.5%) projected to lead the way.
- Team of Champions: DEATH SCYTHE 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, Ray Rice, and Tony Gonzalez.
- Earning Your Paycheck: DEATH SCYTHE will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Golden Tate), fourth- (Kenbrell Thompkins), and fifth-ranked (Rueben Randle) WRs.
- QB Controversy?: The coach of DEATH SCYTHE might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Cam Newton) and second-drafted QB (Matthew Stafford) have very similar seasonal point projections.
- Don't Rock the Boat: DEATH SCYTHE was focused on a steady squad, grabbing seven consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Super Sleeper: DEATH SCYTHE hopes that a pair of late-round sleepers will break out this season (Rueben Randle and Kenbrell Thompkins).
Toyota Top Picks
- Marshawn Lynch
1st Round (10th Pick)
Feed the Beast: Marshawn Lynch figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish ninth in the league with 320 touches.
- Ray Rice
2nd Round (11th Pick)
Traditionalist: DEATH SCYTHE stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Marshawn Lynch and Ray Rice right off the bat.
- Roddy White
3rd Round (30th Pick)
Roddy White ranks seventh in the league among WRs with 166 projected fantasy points, 21.8% higher than the average at that position.
- Cam Newton
4th Round (31st Pick)
According to projections, Cam Newton was the worst value pick of the round; however, estimates still show him putting up 6.4% more points than the average player at that position.
- Antonio Brown
5th Round (50th Pick)
Antonio Brown may not justify his 50th overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (22nd with 1,022) and TDs (41st with 5.3).
Calling an Audible
WR, the only subpar position on DEATH SCYTHE, is projected to be 5.4% worse than the league average at that spot.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 137 ADP: 128.06
Rank: 140 ADP: 130.18
Rank: 145 ADP: 130.9
Rank: 147 ADP: 132.69
- 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..."