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 raiderhaters, which flipped its seventh overall pick into a projected fifth-place finish in AP's Twitter People League (7-6-0, 1,245 points). With their first five picks, raiderhaters focused on balance, selecting QB Aaron Rodgers (18th overall), RBs DeMarco Murray (31st) and Giovani Bernard (55th), and WRs Calvin Johnson (7th) and Pierre Garcon (42nd). They ended up with the worst threesome of RBs in the league, as they added Murray, Bernard, and LaMichael James.
The Season Ahead
Week 9 might test the managerial chops of the raiderhaters coach. Among all weeks this season, it has both their largest number of players (4) and projected fantasy points on bye. From the perspective of opponents' projected points, they have one of the toughest slates in the league. Corresponding with the second-most grueling overall schedule, raiderhaters also has the most difficult last four games of the season. raiderhaters has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Sturdiest Slot: On a team with four better-than-average positions, DEF is the best player grouping on raiderhaters (25.0% above the league average for that group).
- Earning Your Paycheck: raiderhaters will have some hard decisions to make each week at WR, with a scant projected points difference between their third- (Anquan Boldin), fourth- (Kenbrell Thompkins), and fifth-ranked (Sidney Rice) WRs.
- Cream of the Crop: At four different roster slots, raiderhaters picked up projected top-3 players (including Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and Rob Gronkowski).
- On the Rise: raiderhaters hopes to break through this season, led by four players who are projected to significantly exceed their fantasy points from last season.
- Don't Rock the Boat: raiderhaters was focused on a steady squad, grabbing eight consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Mr. Irrelevant: raiderhaters may know something no one else does, grabbing Dexter McCluster, who is on a squad in less than 10% of all Yahoo! leagues (0%).
Toyota Top Picks
- Calvin Johnson
1st Round (7th Pick)
Stretching the Field: Projections have Calvin Johnson leading all WRs with 210 fantasy points (61.2% more than the average WR).
- Aaron Rodgers
2nd Round (18th Pick)
With 344 projected fantasy points (23.5% more than the average QB), Aaron Rodgers leads all QBs in that category.
- DeMarco Murray
3rd Round (31st Pick)
Reaching for the Best: raiderhaters snagged the highest-ranked RB left on the board when they selected DeMarco Murray in the third round, but according to ADP, it still may have been a stretch at that spot (31st pick vs. ADP of 51.2).
- Pierre Garcon
4th Round (42nd Pick)
Pierre Garcon may not justify his 42nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (14th with 1,116) and TDs (21st with 6.7).
- G. Bernard
5th Round (55th Pick)
Biggest Reach: raiderhaters went out on a limb with their fifth-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Giovani Bernard has an ADP of 101.1, but raiderhaters grabbed him at pick No. 55.
Calling an Audible
raiderhaters is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (RB and K), but RB is clearly their weakest unit (24.5% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
Rank: 120 ADP: 123.07
Rank: 131 ADP: 117.11
Rank: 139 ADP: 121.55
Rank: 161 ADP: 125.25
- 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..."