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A Winning Draft Strategy
I have a snake draft for a standard 12 team yahoo league this upcoming Sunday. My draft position is 11. Over the past couple weeks, I have done numerous mock drafts and absorbed as much quality fantasy content as possible. The result is that I have a strategy for my draft and I’m feeling prepared.

Round 1- I will be addressing the quarterback position with this pick. Most likely Peyton Manning will be available, and if not, I will gladly draft Tony Romo. I’m going to draft a quarterback this early because I believe there is a shortage of exciting players at the position and if I don’t grab one now, I can’t be sure that Ben Roethlisberger or Derek Anderson will be there at the end of Round 3. Quality quarterbacks can generate a lot of fantasy points and I do not want to be stuck with a mediocre or risky player.

Round 2- I am a big proponent of drafting 3 starting caliber running backs. I believe this strategy is important because it provides my team with depth at the running back position and provides me with an attractive trading chip in the event that a key player at another position gets injured and needs to be replaced. The other main benefit is starting 3 players each Sunday that are capable of putting up a lot of points. I will draft the best available running back in this round and this player will likely be Ryan Grant or Larry Johnson.

Round 3- I will continue my quest for starting 3 running backs by drafting a back with upside and a full time gig. This player will likely be Lawrence Maroney or Earnest Graham.

Round 4- I will draft my last starting running back in this round. This player will likely be a rookie with upside like Matt Forte or Kevin Smith. The reason for drafting a running back for the third straight round is that I don’t want to wait until Round 5 and risk missing out on a starting caliber running back.

Round 5- The next two rounds will address the wide receiver position. It is necessary to act now because the pool of attractive receivers is dwindling. I will probably draft a young receiver with upside such as Calvin Johnson or Dwayne Bowe.

Round 6- Here, I will draft my other starting wide receiver. I will target an underrated receiver who is in a good position to succeed like Jericho Cotchery.

Round 7- I will now draft my starting tight end. I will target tight ends who are members of potent offenses and have no injury histories (that means pass on Vernon Davis). I will draft Heath Miller if he is available. The reason I have waited until Round 7 to draft a tight end is simple. After the top two players at the position (Kellen Winslow & Antonio Gates), there is tremendous parity. Because I did not think a fourth round pick was worth using on a tight end, I knew that a number of tight ends from the next tier would be available in Round 7.

Round 8- I now have every starting position filled except for defense and kicker. It is too soon to address either of these positions. What I will now do is add depth to the wide receiver position. I believe this is important because I didn’t draft a wide receiver until Round 5 and both of my receivers carry a moderate amount of risk. I will draft the best starting caliber wide receiver available; someone like Laveraneus Coles.

Round 9- I will now add depth to the tight end position. Depth at tight end is important because of the physical nature of the position. In addition, my Round 7 tight end will likely carry a moderate amount of risk. I will target a player in a good system who does not have an injury history. I will likely draft Tony Scheffler.

Round 10- I will now address the defense position. Although many are proponents of waiting until the late rounds to select a defense, I believe there are several potentially elite defenses that are worth drafting as early as Round 10. I will draft the Minnesota Vikings defense if they are available. They were an elite fantasy unit in 07’ and should be even better with the addition of Jared Allen.

Round 11- I now have depth at wide receiver and tight end. Because of my belief that decent backup quarterbacks and defenses can be found in the later rounds, I will turn my attention to adding depth at running back. I will draft the best available backup running back or “handcuff”. I will look to draft a player who has succeeded in the past and is backing up an injury prone running back; someone like Kenny Watson.

Round 12- Again, I will draft a quality “handcuff”. Ideally, this player will have succeeded in the past and will be backing up an injury prone running back. I will draft Ladell Betts if he is available.

Round 13- I will now look to add some depth at the quarterback position. I will target young, unproven players who are surrounded with a decent amount of talent on offense. I will draft Jason Campbell if he is available.

Round 14- Here, I will look to draft a “sleeper” wide receiver. This player will: be young and unproven; have ability; and, be part of a potent offense. I will draft Robert Meachem if he is available.

Round 15- I will now address the kicker position. I will target kickers with big and accurate legs who play for high scoring teams. I will draft Phil Dawson if he is available. I know you are supposed to draft kickers last, but if your positive that what you want to draft in Round 16 will be available, you might as well draft a kicker in Round 15.

Round 16- My last pick will be spent on a backup defense. I will target defenses that are full of talent and face a soft schedule in 08’. I will be drafting the New York Jets defense if they are available. The Jets defense has potential Pro-Bowlers in: Vernon Gholston; David Harris; Calvin Pace; Kris Jenkins; Kerry Rhodes; and, Darrelle Revis. In addition, coach Mangini has finished his overhaul of the Jets roster and all of his defensive players fit his 3-4 scheme. Lastly, the Jets schedule for the upcoming season is one of the easiest in all of football.

Draft Results:

Rd 1 Peyton Manning
Rd 2 Ryan Grant
Rd 3 Lawrence Maroney
Rd 4 Matt Forte
Rd 5 Calvin Johnson
Rd 6 Jericho Cotchery
Rd 7 Heath Miller
Rd 8 Laveraneus Coles
Rd 9 Tony Scheffler
Rd 10 Minnesota Vikings Defense
Rd 11 Kenny Watson
Rd 12 Ladell Betts
Rd 13 Jason Campbell
Rd 14 Robert Meachem
Rd 15 Phil Dawson
Rd 16 New York Jets Defense

Posted by David Martorano at 8/10/2008 5:04:00 PM
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