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Topic: Fantasy Football Draft Tips for the Beginner (or Expert)
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/02/09 10:52
For Bill, I'd say it depends entirely on how many players you start at each position. In my 14 team league we start 1 RB and 2 WR's and can flex either another RB or WR. So we fly 2/2 or 1/3. Those typs of differences in starting requirements makes a big difference. The draft tips I posted here are a general guideline for standard leagues following the assumptions I posted at the very beginning. Positions dry up faster in 14 and 16 team leagues and how many starters you have at each position dictates whether you need to take 2 RB's in the first 3 rounds so you don't get locked out of the top 27 or so RB's. If you only start 1, then the emphasis on them is decreased.
 
There are no round by round instructions I can make up for every different style of league. But I will definitely recommend using the Tier Rankings to see when position scarcity makes it more adviseable for you to take a pick a specific position.
 
For Ryan, Let the other teams take a QB that early. Don't get caught up in position runs. It's extremely unlikely (unless you start 2 QB's every week) that any of the other teams will draft a backup QB by round 6 if they burn a 1st or second round pick on a QB. This means you should get at the very least QB ranked 12th if every other team has taken one. If your league mates burn 11 of the first 48 picks on QB's, I think you'll get TREMENDOUS value at RB's and WR's those rounds and still get a QB from this group: McNabb, Schaub, Roethlisberger, Cutler, or Ryan. I'll start any of them with 2-3 great RB's and 2-3 great WR's every week and be very happy.
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Post Date: 09/02/09 19:45
Thanks Russell
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Post Date: 09/04/09 20:47
What do you do in a situation where you are stuck in an autodraft league?   Any advice?
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Post Date: 09/05/09 06:50
Russ is the love the radio show here in Phoenix!!! I must be doing something right as I did not read this befofre draft but followed it to the letter. I was Lucky enough with 8th pick to get Fitz 1st and then Andre Johnson on the way back down! We can start up to 4 wr so I will be running spread starting 5 each week. Also have Lee Evans, Donal Driver, Joush Morgan, Bobby Engram.
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/05/09 08:55
If the autodraft allows you to input the draft picks, follow what I've written only make it RB/WR/RB/QB/RB/WR for rounds 1-6. I hate doing it that way and why I don't do autodrafts, but it's a good basic strategy to follow that order.
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Post Date: 09/05/09 11:47
Hey Russell_108,  Thanks for the info.
I have a 8 Team League Draft coming up on Tuesday and was wondering if the same rules apply for this Draft?
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Team1:
10 Team Yahoo Yardage League (1 point per 10 yards)6 pts TD, 1 pt 25 yds/ passing 4 pts passing TD (Starts 2RB, 2WR, 1 TE, & 1 Flex W/R/T)

QB: C. Kaepernick, E. Manning
RB: T. Richardson, F. Gore, D. Murray, D. Richardson
WR: C. Johnson, R. White, C. Shorts, V. Brown, K. Thompkins
TE: J. Cook
D: Patriots
K: P. Dawson

Team2:
14 Team Yahoo Yardage League (1 point per 10 yards)6 pts TD, 1 pt 25 yds/ passing 4 pts passing TD (Starts 2RB, 2WR, 1 TE, & 1 Flex W/R/T)

QB: Brees
RB: J. Charles, M Jones-Drew, R. Bush, B. Rainey, L. Bell
WR: E. Decker, J. Boykin, K. Stills, N. Burleson
TE: J. Cameron, D. Pitta
D: Panthers
K: S. Hauschka
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/05/09 12:26
In 8 team leagues it becomes critical to amass the best starters at RB, WR, QB, and TE over too many depth players. In a 12 team league, 48 picks goes thru round 4. In an 8 team league, 48 picks goes thru round 6. That's 2 more of the top 50 players you can draft in 8 team leagues.
 
It's also very important to note your starting reuirements. Since most every team in an 8 team league is going to be stacked with quality players, some require you start 2 QB's, or 3 RB's instead of the standard 1 QB and 2 RB's.
 
If you're familiar with the concept of tiering as a fantasy football strategy and can fairly well predict what the other guys around you are likely to be doing with their picks, I would use the tier sheets to execute my draft to get the best possible starters and top 1 bench player at RB and WR. 
 
 
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Post Date: 09/07/09 23:52
Thanks again Russell_108 for your response. 
I am fairly new to fantasy football and have a silly question.  At what point would you initiate or accept a trade?  Do you have any guidelines on when and who you should trade throughout the season?
Sorry for the beginner question.
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Team1:
10 Team Yahoo Yardage League (1 point per 10 yards)6 pts TD, 1 pt 25 yds/ passing 4 pts passing TD (Starts 2RB, 2WR, 1 TE, & 1 Flex W/R/T)

QB: C. Kaepernick, E. Manning
RB: T. Richardson, F. Gore, D. Murray, D. Richardson
WR: C. Johnson, R. White, C. Shorts, V. Brown, K. Thompkins
TE: J. Cook
D: Patriots
K: P. Dawson

Team2:
14 Team Yahoo Yardage League (1 point per 10 yards)6 pts TD, 1 pt 25 yds/ passing 4 pts passing TD (Starts 2RB, 2WR, 1 TE, & 1 Flex W/R/T)

QB: Brees
RB: J. Charles, M Jones-Drew, R. Bush, B. Rainey, L. Bell
WR: E. Decker, J. Boykin, K. Stills, N. Burleson
TE: J. Cameron, D. Pitta
D: Panthers
K: S. Hauschka
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Post Date: 09/08/09 06:22
When I run my draft analysis cheat sheet, I have conflicts with your advice. For example, it has Drew Brees, Payton Manning and Tom Brady as #11,12,and 13th overall picks. It has kickers and defenses in the 6th and 7th rounds. I'm not sure how to reconcile your sound advice with this cheat sheet.
Thanks.
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Post Date: 09/08/09 12:11
At this early point in the season I make very few trades, if any. Unless something has happened (like a major injury) I stick with who I drafted and let it roll the first couple of weeks. If one of my bench players blows up in week 1 and his trade value becomes very high, I would definitely be willing to shop him around to any team that had a need (or perceived need) at that position. Throughout the season trading depends on how I value my players and how they are valued by others. Can I get an obvious upgrade at a position by taking advantage of a strong bench? Do I have someone who is performing way over his projections and I feel he can't sustain it? Those are times I go looking to make a trade.
 
Whatever trade you think about making or offering, run it thru the Trade Analyzer. Be sure to adjust the starting and ending weeks for the trade, and be sure to include any players you might pick up to fill an open roster spot (if it's a 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 player deal) or drop the extra player you would drop from your team if reversed.
 
For Grant, the problem with a Value Based Draft board is that it dictates taking Kickers and defenses way earlier than I would normally do. In some leagues where roster limitation come into play I can understand it, but in others, I prefer to have high quality bench players at RB and WR before taking a starting K or D. That's why I use the Tiering method. I use the Tiering cheat sheets provided on the Draft Analyzer results page to execute my drafts and not the overall value based board.
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