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  • Matt 2:27 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink

    The power of the all-position cheat sheet 

    Most experienced fantasy football managers organize their cheat sheets like Brandon did here – separate rankings for each position. If you have a good understanding of the relative value of each position, it makes sense to keep things organized this way so you can quickly identify the best player at the position you’re hoping to fill in a given round.

    For newbies, however, a combined cheat sheet makes a lot more sense. A co-worker recently asked me for some advice before her first-ever fantasy draft, and I told her to keep it simple and just go by the CBS Top 200 Players list. I told her to simply cross off each player’s name when as they were called and take the highest-ranked player every round until the mid-way point, at which point she should start making sure she had enough players at each position. She promised to “stick the the sheet” as closely as possible.

    Here’s the squad she wound up with in her ten-team league with many experienced fantasy footballers (and a few other novices). I envy this team. Deeply.

    She had the first overall pick. The round each player was taken in is indicated in parentheses.


    Matt Schaub (4)
    Alex Smith (12)


    Chris Johnson (1)
    DeAngelo Williams (2)
    Cedric Benson (3)
    Cadillac Williams (5)


    Miles Austin (6)
    Steve Smith (7)
    Sidney Rice (8)*
    Donald Driver (9)


    Visanthe Shiancoe (10)
    Zach Miller (11)


    Cowboys (13)
    Patriots (14)


    Lawrence Tynes (15)

    * Draft was done before the extent of his health issues were known.

    Now obviously she’s got some concerns at WR with Rice’s situation, but aside from that – did she own this joint or what? I give her tons of credit for sticking to the sheet and drafting RB-RB-RB right off the bat, which was probably pretty nervewracking.

    • Shirley 4:45 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing team, especially all the RBs.

    • Steve 11:44 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who did she draft with that let Miles Austin fall to round 6. Insanity. But seriously…a great team.

    • Mal 8:16 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, good to be back in the swing, got my draft order today so lately no questions just reading.

      Q1- I’m 8th- was thinking RB, QB ?
      Q2 – What is VJax’s value? Chargers or not he is a beast?
      Q3 – Which RBs are threatened by their backups the most? One reason I don’t like Deangelo being so high?
      Q4 – Saw Matthews go at #8 on an NFL.com draft, thoughts?

      Thoughts on it all? I’m going to edit Brandons sheet for my draft on the 4th so thanks for that. SPREAD IT ON!

      • Matt 8:55 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think QB in round 1 is necessary this year – the top four guys are so closely bunched in how I see their value that you can pretty safely wait until the 2nd round if you want one of them, and possibly the third (though that’s pretty risky with the 8th pick).

        VJax’s situation is just way up in the air. I don’t think his agent could even answer your question right now.

        I think Shonn Greene has the most to fear – LJ is used to working with an offensive line of that caliber and he’s going to excel every time he touches the ball, making it tough for the coaches to bench him. Greene’s going to have to improve in protection and hold onto the ball if he wants to secure the lion’s share of the workload.

        Mathews is a nice RB but there are better options at #8 overall in any format.

        • Mal 12:43 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks a lot Matt-

          I think at 8 I’m going to go, best RB I can get then get a decent QB with that close next pick. I agree, I put Rogers, brees, manning and brady (nearly rivers too) in the same grade of QB.

          With your advice I will steer clear of Greene and Williams. I also notice Jamaal Charles gets left hanging a bit in mock drafts?

          So @ 8th, I get the 2 picks within 6 turns. So RB,QB I think is pretty solid for the first two, 2nd 2 i’ve been going WR, WR as the RB talent drops very quickly. I am usually left with that section of thomas, stewart, mccoy, wells, foster, best etc to pick my 2nd RB from, who is the best value RB for that that you find down the list a bit?

        • Matt 11:12 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Careful not to set your positional strategy in stone – I’d caution you against going into the draft with your mind made up as to the positions you’re drafting in the first few rounds. What if the first seven picks are all RB? Do you really want to pass on Andre Johnson – who in my opinion is in a league of his own at WR – and draft the 8th-best RB instead?

  • Matt 12:05 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: evil incarnate, shanahan   

    The Wall Street Journal has already deemed 2010 fantasy football's Year of the … 

    The Wall Street Journal has already deemed 2010 fantasy football’s Year of the Head Slap thanks to the myriad suspensions, holdouts, running back committees and generally unsettled starting lineups heading into the season. Few things are ever as clear-cut in the NFL as fantasy owners would like them to be, but this season does seem to be more fraught with uncertainty than most. I blame the return of Shanahan.

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