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Topic: Fantasy Football Draft Tips for the Beginner (or Expert)
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 08/31/09 13:22
Assuming a standard league (10-12 teams; 16 round draft; starting 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 Defense/Special teams; standard 1 point for every 10 rushing or receiving yards; 6 points for every rushing or receiving TD; 1 point for every 20-25 passing yards; 4-6 points for every passing TD; point per reception optional).


General rules of thumb:


*-Dont draft a backup Kicker or Defense unless your league rules force you to.
*-Youll want to have 1 QB, 3 RBs, and 2 WRs by the end of round 6.
*-By the end of round 7 youll want to have either a 4th RB or a 3rd WR.
*-Round 8 is the earliest to be looking to draft a TE. In round 8, if one of the top 11 TEs are still available (and there should be only maybe a max of 7 TEs taken by this time) take the TE in round 8.
*-Kickers should not be taken before the last 3 rounds.
*-Defenses should not be taken before the last 5 rounds.
*-Be sure your backup QBs bye week is different from your starting QB.
*-If at all possible, make sure your TE, Kicker, and Defense all have different bye weeks. This ensures that youll only have to drop one player from your roster to cover the bye in any given week and after the first bye week has passed from one of these positions, you can simply drop the bye week replacement (i.e TE has bye week 5, Kicker bye week 7, Defense bye week 8; drop a backup WR or RB to get a TE to cover bye week 5, then drop that replacement TE for a bye week replacement at K week 7; and then drop the replacement kicker to pick up a bye week filler Defense. After all 3 positions have had their bye week, drop the replacement and get a free agent for one of your other positions)


Some Guidelines:


QB Handcuff:


If you draft Kurt Warner, you should draft Matt Leinart in one of the last 3 rounds. Warner is the biggest injury risk of the top 6 QBs. This should be the only time you would draft 3 QBs. Try to not draft a QB in unstable situations where the starter is not yet named, or is in danger of being on a short leash.


RB Handcuffs:


Certain RBs come with risk due to injury, time share, or their backup is just that good to have as insurance. When filling out depth at RB, if any of your top 4 RBs are on the following list, be prepared to draft his handcuff for your bench if at all possible, even if the handcuff is listed much lower on the rankings.

Starter Handcuff


Adrian Peterson - Chester Taylor
Michael Turner Jerious Norwood
Brandon Jacobs Ahmad Bradshaw
Frank Gore Glen Coffee
LaDainain Tomlinson Darren Sproles
Clinton Portis Ladell Betts
Brian Westbrook LeSean McCoy
Marion Barber Felix Jones
Ronnie Brown Ricky Williams
Darren McFadden Michael Bush
Joseph Addai Donald Brown
Ray Rice Willis McGahee
Willie Parker Rashard Mendenhall
Thomas Jones Leon Washington
Cedric Benson Bernard Scott
Derrick Ward Ernest Graham
Marshawn Lynch Fred Jackson
Larry Johnson Jamaal Charles
Jamal Lewis James Davis
Julius Jones - Edgerrin James



Specifics round by round:


Round 1:
*-If you pick in the top 6 picks, take a RB. If you pick from 7-end of round, take one of the top 6 RBs if available, if not, take one of the top 4 WRs. If (and this is HIGHLY unlikely) those top 4 WRs are gone and the top 6 RBs are gone, take the next best RB.


Round 2:
*-If you got a RB in round 1 you probably should take a WR here.
*-If you got a WR in rd 1, you should probably take a RB.
Exceptions to this:
*-If any of the top 4 WRs are still available, take a WR regardless of whether you took a RB or WR in rd 1. Usually the top 4 WRs are gone by the early-middle of the 2nd round.
*-If all of the top 4 WRs are gone, and your pick is not one of the last 4 in rd 2, take a RB.
*-If all of the top 4 WRs are gone, and your pick is one of the last 4 in rd 2, and QB Drew Brees is still available, then take Drew Brees over a RB. Brees is the only QB who should be taken in the second round and only in the last 4 picks of the second round.
*-If the top 4 WRs and Drew Brees are all gone by your pick, take a RB.


Round 3:
*-If you have 2 RBs from rds 1 and 2, take either a WR, or a QB. Only take the QB if it is Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. If none these QBs are available, take a WR.
*-If you took 2 WRs in rds 1 and 2, take a RB no matter what.
*-If you took 1 RB and 1 WR in rounds 1 and 2, Take one of those 3 QBs (Brees, Manning or Brady). If none are available, take a RB.
*-If you took a RB in rd 1 and took Brees in rd 2, take one of the WRs ranked 1-9. If none of the WRs ranked 1-9 are available, take a RB.
*-If you took a WR in rd 1 and Brees in round 2, take a RB no matter what.


This way by the end of round 3 your team will either have:
1 QB, 1 RB, and 1 WR
1 QB, 2 RBs
2 RBs, 1 WR
1 RB, 2 WRs


Round 4:
*-If you only have 1 RB on your team thru the first 3 rounds, take a RB.
*-If you have 2 RBs and 1 QB, take a WR ranked 1-15, if none are available, take a RB
*-If you have 2 RBs and 1 WR take one of QBs ranked 1-5. If none of those QBs are available, take one of WRs ranked 1-15. If QBs 1-5 and WRs 1-15 are all gone, take a RB.


Round 5:
*-If you have 3 RBs and 1 WR, take one of the top 8 QBs. If they are all gone, take a WR.
*-If you have 3 RBs and 1 QB, take a WR no matter what.
*-If your roster has 1 QB, 2 RBs, and 1 WR, take a WR ranked 1-23. If none are available, take a RB
*-If your roster has 2 RBs and 2 WRs, take a QB ranked 1-8. If none of these are available, take a RB ranked 1-23. If none of those are available, take a WR.


Round 6:
*-If you havent taken a QB yet, take a QB no matter what.
*-If you have 1 QB, 2 RBs, and 2 WRs, take a RB no matter what.
*-If you have 1 QB, 3 RBs, and 1 WR, take a WR no matter what.


This ensures you have 1 QB, 3 RBs, and 2 WRs thru the first 6 rounds.


Round 7:
*-If any of WRs 1-27 are available, take a WR. If not, take a RB.


Round 8:
*-Take any of TEs ranked 1-11. In the unlikely event all are gone, if you have 3 RBs and 3 WRs take a RB. If you have 4 RBs and 2 WRs, take a WR.


Round 9:
*-If you didnt get a TE in rd 8, Take a TE no matter what.
*-If you got your TE in rd 8, start drafting your backups at QB, RB, and WR. Go with your instincts as to which position to draft.


Rounds 10 and 11:
*-Continue drafting backups at QB (however you shouldnt draft more than 2 QBs total for your roster unless your starter is an injury risk), RB, and WR.


Round 12:
*-If you like your depth and none of the available players really catch your eye, consider any of Defenses ranked 1-8.
*-If you really like a player available thats not a defense or the top 8 Defenses are gone, continue filling out your bench.


Round 13:
*-If you didnt take a defense in rd 12, take your Defense now.
*-If you took a defense in rd 12, continue filling out your bench with handcuff RB or QB, or sleeper RB/WR.


Round 14:
*-Consider one of the top 4 kickers if available or fill out more depth with handcuff RB or QB, or sleeper RB/WR.


Round 15:
*-If you didnt take your K in rd 14, take one here. Most every team will be taking their Kicker in the last round anyway so you should still be able to get a good sleeper RB or Handcuff to a starting RB in the next round.


Round 16:
*-Handcuff RB, sleeper RB/WR, or handcuff QB.


A good 16 round draft should leave your team looking like:


2-3 QBs
5-7 RBs
4-6 WRs
1 TE
1 K
1 D
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Post Date: 08/31/09 14:12
this is the best advice i have seen i cant thank you enough keep up the outstanding work
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Post Date: 08/31/09 16:04
This is awesome. Wish i would have had it before I drafted, but I pretty much followed a lot of your advice. However, as great as this advice is, a lot of people don't follow the rules. Also, for some reason in my draft you had to pick your starter team first fefore you could pick any reserves. Kind of messed up my strategy.
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Post Date: 08/31/09 16:27
Russ...this is by far one of the best pieces of info you've put out and a great help to rookies and us savvy vets alike!

I see two things to be ticky-tac on you when you listed your RBHC's you didn't do Chris Johnson/LenDale White. This tandem in 2008 produced 2237 combined yards and 25-TD's last...I say they are an absolute MUST HC.

I agree with your TE comments UNLESS THE SCORING SYSTEM dictates otherwise. As has been well documented by me...my league gives a bounus of 1-PPR for TE's only this puts the top 5 TE's on par with the top 5 WR's IN MY LEAGUE.
Therfore this made Gates a 3rd pick for me even though he's a TE.

That being said, had I followed your stategy to the letter I still would have had a very good TE so even in my league...it would work!

Thanks again...all together my FFS brethern and sistern..........
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START: 1-QB, 1-RB, 1-WR, 1-TE, 1-FLEX (RB/TE) 1-FLEX (RB/WR) 1-PK, 1-DST
 James The Mod_4852
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Post Date: 08/31/09 19:38
Good post Russ.

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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/01/09 09:33
Thanks.

In regards to Drum Master's 2 things, I prefaced the entire thng with it being a standard league implying no special rules, and with ppr being standard across the board.

As for Chris Johnson/LenDale White h/c, I was focusing more on those RB's usually available in round 8 and beyond. White usually goes anywhere from the 5th-7th round. McCoy and Felix Jones ride that 8th rd borderline but White typically doesn't.

These are just general guidelines to help those who are rookies at playing fantasy football and provide veterans with the basic idea I am going into all of my drafts this year. I play in several leagues where the above instructions don't apply because of funky scoring systems and/or roster requirements (start 2 QB's, capped at only 4 RB's max on your roster, are required to carry backups at TE, K, and D, etc). But in the typical garden variety fantasy league, these instructions will ensure you won't have a bad draft.
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What differences (if any) would you suggest for a 14-team draft?
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I should clarify, 14-team, PPR with bonuses.
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Post Date: 09/01/09 15:35
Great post Russ! Simple and to the point. Love it!
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Post Date: 09/02/09 10:26
This post will be extremely helpful for my draft on saturday.
One questions: In my 12 team league, I have seen as many as 4-5 qb's be taken in the first round. Should I change my strategy at all if this is the case this year?
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