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Topic: Need help to decide drafting strategy
preeti222_189451
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Post Date: 05/07/13 03:29
What is the strategy behind not drafting QBs in earlier rounds ? And is it a good strategy to go favorite players while drafting?
 James_4852
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Post Date: 05/07/13 16:52
Most drafts require either two or three starting running backs and receivers to start in a typical lineup. If you draft a QB over a highly rated RB or WR in the first round, the talent pool dries up fast for those positions. Especially in the running back category. Not so much for receivers.



So, if you take Tom Brady in the first round, the top tier Rb's will most likely be gone by the second round if you are in a typical 10 to 12 coach fantasy league.



If you play in a league where there are fewer than 10 coaches in the league then it does not matter who you draft in the first round.



It all depends on your league and the number of requirements for each starting position.



If you start 3 rb's and 3 WR's in your lineup each week then you will have to draft at least 4 to 5 rb's and WR's for depth. Going QB first might lead to disaster and a last place finish.



If I am in a serpentine draft and have the 12th pick of the first round, then the first pick of the second round, I usually will draft a top tiered receiver, then running back. If all of the top starting running backs are taken, then I usually will draft a top Qb, then top WR. Then, in rounds 3 and 4 draft RB's. That gives me top quality at the QB and WR slots. In other words, you must attempt to get top rated players for each position on your team. These are called anchor players.



I hope I am making sense to you!





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 James_4852
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Post Date: 05/07/13 17:42
Oh, And to answer your question about drafting favorite players, it is not a good idea to do that.



Before you go into a draft you must have an idea of who you want in starting anchor positions. Tier drafting helps you do this. But in fantasy football you must do your homework before you draft to win consistently, and tier drafting helps with that.



I have been playing in one 10 man coaches league for 12 years now. We have one coach that is a Cowboys fan that will draft 2 to 3 Cowboy players every year, and he has never even gotten close to winning a championship.



Every year he drafts Felix Jones and it hurts him. This is an example of drafting favorites that does nothing but to help you lose a league.



Another important factor is drafting players that are best for your league scoring system. Many coaches overlook that.
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Post Date: 05/07/13 20:48
If his favorite player is Adrian Peterson I say yes...lol

Good advice James!
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 05/14/13 17:55
James is spot on here (as usual)
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preeti222_189451
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Post Date: 05/16/13 02:50
@James,thanks for explanation that explanation is quite undertstandable. I am in the league where 11 coaches are there.and thanks for giving good example for not selecting favorite players.
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Post Date: 06/07/13 12:22
I have been a big supporter of drafting a QB early, especially if you play in league the allows you to start 2 QB (1 as a wild card). Although, I am beginning to have doubts after looking over some 10 years of data during the off season and comparing how much top RB score when compared to top QBs.

Depending on the number of starters at each position, this will dictate how you approach the draft. It always seems to be easier to build a better team around a strong #1 RB than around a top QB or WR. As James said, the RB talent thins out very quickly and you are quickly left looking for diluated talent in the early rounds if you draft another position.

As for favorite players or favorite teams...I have learned over the years to go in liking no NFL team or keying in on individual players. It has hurt me over the years more than it has helped. Sure I have got lucky in the past (Ron Moore, Arizona RB, anyone?) but also got burned Ali Haji Shiekh, sadly drafted in the first round (don't make me explain that draft pick). Now older and wiser, I have lost my love of the NFL, I have no favorite players and the Chargers have been nothing short of disappointing, so I have no real favorite team. BUT...we have some in our league who are Charger fans and their late round picks show it, same with a Bear fan and a Broncos fan. To each their own, I won't condemn who someone drafts, but I won't be caught up in favorites.
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Post Date: 06/07/13 21:07
I think this year there is an abundance of quality QB's out the gate so I definitely favor stocking up on RB's. They seem to have the most impact on your fantasy team when they get hurt if you don't have someone else to plugin. And FA won't help much.
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Post Date: 06/08/13 10:28
I personally like sites like Fantasy Football Calculator to practice mock drafts prior to my real one. I'm in a ten team league and with easily (10) good/solid QB's in FF I wait easily until the 6-7 round before I even think about who to take. The depth currently at RB is not great while WR depth is very good. If I draft in a 10 team league towards the back of the line I find myself going RB, RB. If I'm in the front like top 4 I go RB and then when it comes back I look at the combined list of remaining RB's and WR's that I like and then go either RB again or WR then RB.



With you being in a (12) team league which makes things even more difficult with the overall lack of RB depth I would tend to go RB, RB. Again mocking and reviewing the outcomes is a great way of preparing in my opinion.
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Post Date: 06/08/13 12:54
As Russ said James is spot on the only other caveats I have is does your league allow keepers, your draft position and scoring system.

For example my league allows one keeper from the previous years squad and is a little weighted towards the QB from a scoring standpoint, most league award 4-pts per TD thrown, ours is 6-pts per TD. We are laso a 10-team league so stay with me.

Lets say you had the 8th pick in the first round of my league and 7 out of 10 owners keep running backs. and 5 out of 7 picks ahead of you ar RB's then I'm taking a QB or top 3 WR...see my point.



The general rule is draft RB's early and often but it's not written in stone you have to mock your draft using your leagues rules.
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