Draft Grade: B-
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking ninth overall, Clayton's Team is projected to land in sixth place in Yahoo Public 841251 League with a record of 7-7-0 (1,375 points). With their first five picks, Clayton's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Peyton Manning (32nd overall), RBs Arian Foster (9th) and Trent Richardson (12th), and WRs Randall Cobb (29th) and Hakeem Nicks (49th). They ended up with the best pair of QBs in the league, as they scooped up Manning and Robert Griffin III.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, Clayton's 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. From a projected points standpoint, they have a less-challenging-than-average slate. Corresponding with the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Clayton's Team also has the softest last four games of the season. Starting in Week 9, Clayton's 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: RB (11.4% above the league average) and QB (9.1%) are projected as especially strong units for Clayton's Team.
- Team of Champions: Clayton'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 Arian Foster, Randall Cobb, and Peyton Manning.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Clayton's Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Eric Decker) and fourth-ranked (Sidney Rice) WRs.
- On the Rise: Clayton's Team hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- QB Controversy?: The coach of Clayton's Team might need to flip a coin. Their top-drafted QB (Peyton Manning) and second-drafted QB (Robert Griffin III) have very similar seasonal point projections.
- Consistency Is My Middle Name: With seven consistent players among their 15 picks, Clayton's Team is looking for reliable help.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (9th Pick)
Clayton's 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.
- T. Richardson
2nd Round (12th Pick)
Traditionalist: Clayton's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Arian Foster and Trent Richardson right off the bat.
- Randall Cobb
3rd Round (29th Pick)
Returning to Greatness: If special teams contributions count in Yahoo Public 841251 League, Clayton's Team may have found a gem in Randall Cobb. Including his 1,216 projected return yards, he ranks first in the league with 2,306 all-purpose yards.
- Peyton Manning
4th Round (32nd Pick)
Estimates have Peyton Manning scoring 319 fantasy points, 11.5% higher than the average at the position. If they are right, this would rank him fourth among QBs.
- Hakeem Nicks
5th Round (49th Pick)
Hakeem Nicks went with the 49th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (17th) and receiving yards (17th) with 7.5 and 1,059 respectively.
Calling an Audible
With four subpar positions on Clayton's Team, TE (18.1% below the league average at that spot) and DEF (14.7%) are projected as especially weak units.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 163 ADP: 127.87
Rank: 168 ADP: 128.58
Rank: 251 ADP: 146.53
Rank: 255 ADP: 143.09
- 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..."