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Topic: 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy and Advice
Cody_100138
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Post Date: 08/23/10 08:10
Russ, what do you think about not taking a backup QB in the draft?  Almost every mock I've done, and the one 10 team that I've drafted I've seen guys like Stafford and Henne go undrafted so there is decent enough depth on the wire.  If you draft any of the top 6 or 7 you will likely never sit them anyways so why carry a backup all season?  If your guy goes down, you will be in trouble either way.
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 08/23/10 08:55
If the depth is there and you know the other owners aren't going to take backups and leave you only with choices like Jake Delhomme, TRent Edwards, Mark Sanchez, etc, I can see not taking a backup QB and waiting til the bye to fill it from the FA wire. But you always run the risk that you'll get shutout from a decent backup QB.
 
Besides, another reason to take a good backup QB is trade bait. Injuries happen every year and if you have Matt Ryan, Chad Henne, or Donovan McNabb as a backup and he's tearing it up, you should be able to trade him to another owner instead of the other owner going to the wire and picking up a more mediocre option.
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Post Date: 08/23/10 09:28
I am in 14 team league.I need a round by round draft strategy.When do I consider cutoffs by position?
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 08/23/10 09:46
Assuming the scoring and starting lineup requirements and amount of rounds is the same as the general version I posted originally, I don't think there'd be much change to this. Just make sure you keep track of the RB's as the quality starters depth at that position will dry out faster in a 14 team league that requires you start 2 every week. Unless they are slipping I probably wouldn't go with 1 QB and 2 WR's in the first 3 rounds. I'd definitely want at least one RB in the first 2 rounds.
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Wesley_113449
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Post Date: 08/23/10 14:09
Rus, We have a ten team with one flex option league. Everbody seems to start two QB's thru out the season and rack up on points. Should I focus on taking two QB's in the first two rounds like everbody else or stick to your Draft Strategy Advice?
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Post Date: 08/23/10 16:19
In leagues where you start 2 QB's it is, in my opinion, imperative that you get 2 of the top 14 QB's from my 2010 fantasy football QB rankings since that is where I draw the cutoff this season between the high value/consistent QB's and those who come with a substantial amount of risk. And only you know your league well enough to know whether that is going to cost you 2 of your first 3 rounds picks, or not.
 
But usually, when everyone is grabbing QB's it means there are great values at other positions to be had. I'd use the tier sheets from the Draft Analyzer to see if maybe a value that's too good to pass up is there instead of grabbing a second QB.
 
Besides, if you wait some, you may still get a decent second QB with a fair amount of upside like Matt Stafford, or Kyle Orton, etc and still be able to play 2 QB's.
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Wesley_113449
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Post Date: 08/23/10 16:41
cool, thanks Russ.
we are drafting in twenty minutes, can't wait
 Matt_55508
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Post Date: 08/23/10 21:09
Hey Russ,
Do you have rankings for WR and TE with a paragraph about each, similar to the QB and RB rankings you have posted.  I looked all over the site and can't find anything.
 Brandon07_77822
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Post Date: 08/24/10 09:40
Hey Russ,
Is there anyway that you could make a printable version of your draft strategy.  I would like to take it to my drafts in a nice readable form...

Thanks and great work!!!
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 08/24/10 10:30
Just copy and paste the original post in a word document.
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