Draft Grade: A
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Corresponding with a solid draft slot (third overall), Steve's Team had a stellar showing. With a mark of 13-1-0 (1,470 points), they're projected to finish first in Yahoo Public 841251 League. With their first five picks, Steve's Team focused on balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (23rd overall), RBs C.J. Spiller (3rd) and Maurice Jones-Drew (18th), and WRs Dwayne Bowe (38th) and Pierre Garcon (43rd). They ended up with one of the most prolific tandems of TEs in the league, as they picked up Rob Gronkowski and Jared Cook for their fantasy stable.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 12 might require some waiver-wire magic from the coach of Steve's Team. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the weakest schedules in Yahoo Public 841251 League. Steve'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. Steve's Team has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: While Steve's Team is projected to have four better-than-average positions, TE is clearly their best unit (17.6% above the league average).
- On Autopilot: Picking starting WRs should be academic most weeks for Steve's Team, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (DeSean Jackson) and fourth-ranked (Stevie Johnson) WRs.
- Beginning with a Bang: Steve's Team got off to a sizzling start, amassing the most projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.
- The Sky's the Limit: With four players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Steve's Team hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Risk Hater: Actuaries love the drafting style of Steve's Team. They minimized risk by selecting five consistent players among their 15 picks.
- Super Sleeper: With the hope of a breakout performance, Steve's Team grabbed DeAndre Hopkins with pick No. 138.
Toyota Top Picks
- C.J. Spiller
1st Round (3rd Pick)
Feed the Beast: C.J. Spiller figures to get the ball early and often, projected to finish sixth in the league with 346 touches.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (18th Pick)
Traditionalist: Steve's Team stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing C.J. Spiller and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- Aaron Rodgers
3rd Round (23rd Pick)
Mr. December: Aaron Rodgers has a winning pedigree. He was the 14th-most-owned player by playoff teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season.
- Dwayne Bowe
4th Round (38th Pick)
Dwayne Bowe went with the 38th pick, but according to projections, he will fall outside of the top 10 in the NFL in both receiving TDs (20th) and receiving yards (15th) with 7.0 and 1,093 respectively.
- Pierre Garcon
5th Round (43rd Pick)
While drafted 43rd overall, Pierre Garcon is not projected among the NFL's top 10 in either receiving TDs (22nd with 6.6) or receiving yards (14th with 1,116).
Calling an Audible
K (2.1% below the league average at that position) and WR (1.9%) are projected as relatively weak units for Steve's Team.
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 248 ADP: 109.24
Rank: 253 ADP: 137.84
Rank: 137 ADP: 128.06
Rank: 140 ADP: 130.18
- 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..."