Draft Grade: B
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A mediocre draft slot can often result in a mediocre draft performance. Picking eighth overall, Stink Apes is projected to land in sixth place in AP's Twitter People League with a record of 7-6-0 (1,242 points). Stink Apes loaded up on ballcarriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Arian Foster (first round), Maurice Jones-Drew (second round), and Le'Veon Bell (fifth round). Going hand-in-hand with that early investment, they acquired the most prolific set of RBs in the league.
The Season Ahead
With the most players (5) and most projected fantasy points on bye, Week 8 might test the managerial chops of the Stink Apes coach. From a projected points standpoint, they have a weaker-than-average schedule. Along with the sixth-easiest overall schedule, both the first four games and last four games of the season are about league-average difficulty for Stink Apes. Stink Apes has a well-balanced schedule this season, avoiding prolonged stretches against either the projected top or bottom teams in the league.
- Strongest Position: Stink Apes only had one above-average position grouping, RB, which is projected to beat the league mean at that slot by 12.5%.
- On Autopilot: Picking starting RBs should be an academic exercise most weeks for Stink Apes, as there's a healthy projected points difference between their third-ranked (Ryan Mathews) and fourth-ranked (Le'Veon Bell) RBs.
- The Heist Is On: The other league managers passed over a diamond in the rough. According to ADP, Stink Apes got a steal in snatching Greg Olsen in the ninth round (104th overall pick vs. ADP of 67.6).
- The Sky's the Limit: With six players projected to significantly beat their previous year's fantasy points, Stink Apes hopes to have found some up-and-coming stars.
- Don't Rock the Boat: Stink Apes was focused on a steady squad, grabbing six consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Hit the Waiver Wire: Stink Apes will need a hand from the waiver wire in Week 10, as their only K (Ryan Succop) and only DEF (Kansas City) will both be on bye that week.
Toyota Top Picks
- Arian Foster
1st Round (8th Pick)
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Arian Foster has winning in his blood. He was the third-most-owned player by championship teams across all Yahoo! leagues last season, as well as the third-most-owned player by playoff teams.
- M. Jones-Drew
2nd Round (17th Pick)
Traditionalist: Stink Apes stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew right off the bat.
- Dwayne Bowe
3rd Round (32nd Pick)
Dwayne Bowe may not justify his 32nd overall draft pick if projections hold true. Currently, he is estimated to fall outside the NFL's top 10 in both yards (15th with 1,110) and TDs (20th with 7.0).
- C. Kaepernick
4th Round (41st Pick)
New-Age QB: With 803 projected rushing yards (ranking first among QBs), Colin Kaepernick has multiple ways to bring in points.
- Le'Veon Bell
5th Round (56th Pick)
Le'Veon Bell was the worst value pick of the round, projected to score 32.5% fewer points than the average player at that position.
Calling an Audible
While Stink Apes is projected to have five below-average positions, DEF is clearly their worst unit (37.7% below the league average at that position).
The following undrafted players may be worth considering:
New York Defense
Rank: 234 ADP: 140.66
San Diego Defense
Rank: 236 ADP: 144.73
Rank: 252 ADP: 146.55
Rank: 257 ADP: 143.72
- 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..."