Draft Grade: A-
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Although they selected 11th overall, @Chiefs58 came through with a solid draft performance. They're projected to finish with a record of 12-1-0 (1,304 points), placing them first in AP's Twitter People League. With their first five picks, @Chiefs58 focused on balance, selecting QB Matthew Stafford (59th overall), RBs Trent Richardson (11th) and Matt Forte (14th), and WRs Roddy White (35th) and Vincent Jackson (38th). They ended up with a serviceable set of WRs, as they scooped up White, Jackson, Lance Moore, and Vincent Brown for their rotation.
The Season Ahead
Whether by good fortune or well-planned strategy, @Chiefs58 has secured a favorable bye week schedule for their superstars. Of their top five players in projected points, none share a common off week. They have the least challenging slate in the league when factoring in opponents' projected points. In addition to having the easiest overall schedule, @Chiefs58 also has the easiest first four games of the season. Starting in Week 3, @Chiefs58 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: @Chiefs58 has four above-average positions with RB (14.3% above the league positional average) and TE (7.4%) projected to lead the way.
- Biggest Steal: If other Yahoo! users are right, @Chiefs58 got a steal in the ninth round, when they selected Stephen Gostkowski (107th overall pick vs. ADP of 82.9).
- Team of Champions: @Chiefs58 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 Vincent Jackson, Tony Gonzalez, and Stephen Gostkowski.
- Don't Rock the Boat: @Chiefs58 was focused on a steady squad, grabbing seven consistent players out of 15 picks.
- Mr. Mendoza: Pierre Thomas is owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo! leagues (5%). Let's hope that a.) @Chiefs58 has some solid inside information, or b.) he's a close friend of the family.
- The Bargain Whisperer: @Chiefs58 was hunting for deals throughout the draft, snapping up three steals in the first 9 rounds (including Stephen Gostkowski, San Francisco, and Tony Gonzalez).
Toyota Top Picks
- T. Richardson
1st Round (11th Pick)
He Can Catch, Too: Trent Richardson is a dual threat, racking up points on the ground and through the air. He ranks fifth among RBs in projected receiving yards with 451.
- Matt Forte
2nd Round (14th Pick)
Traditionalist: @Chiefs58 stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of choosing RB-RB to start the draft, nabbing Trent Richardson and Matt Forte right off the bat.
- Roddy White
3rd Round (35th Pick)
Roddy White ranks seventh in the league among WRs with 166 projected fantasy points, 27.1% higher than the average at that position.
- V. Jackson
4th Round (38th Pick)
Vincent Jackson ranks 10th in the league among WRs with 159 projected fantasy points, 22.1% higher than the average at that position.
- M. Stafford
5th Round (59th Pick)
Arm Cannon: Matthew Stafford is one of the most dynamic NFL QBs. Projections have him ranking second in both plays over 40 yards with 11.2 and TDs over 40 yards with 4.3.
Calling an Audible
@Chiefs58 is projected to have a pair of subpar positions (DEF and QB), but DEF is clearly their worst unit (12.5% 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..."