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  • Brandon 3:26 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink
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    Your top five picks 

    As the draft for some leagues has already come and gone (and some are quickly approaching) I was interested to see the kinds of teams people are ending up with. For the moment, let’s just focus on the top five picks for your team, so that people can get a good picture of what the foundation of their team might look like from a given draft position. Just give the number of teams in the league, your pick number, as well as any crazy rule variations that could affect how the draft went (e.g. QB touchdowns worth 10 points, etc.) To get things started, here’s the top five picks from my Yahoo! public league draft a while back:

    Number of teams: 12
    Draft number: 1
    Rules: 2 QB’s (plus you can start another in the flex spot), tons o’ points from QB and kick returners – don’t ask why the league is set up like this…that’s why it’s a public league I guess!

    1 (1): Chris Johnson (RB-TEN)
    2 (24): Tom Brady (QB-NE)
    3 (25): Roddy White (WR-ATL)
    4 (48): Jay Cutler (QB-CHI)
    5 (49): Joseph Addai (RB-IND)

    Probably not the best example 🙂 Anyways, how are your drafts going?

    • Javier 3:35 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I missed my live draft and the yahoo auto gave me this (I was #1 seed!):

      Chris Johnson
      Miles Austin
      Sid Rice
      Vernon Davis
      Felix Jones
      Eli Manning
      Santana Moss
      Malcolm Floyd
      Ryan Longwell

      It also gave me Matthew Stafford and Dustin Keller which I dropped to add Dexter McCluster and Buckhalter from waivers… I kept Marshawn Lynch because its the only other RB I got!

      • Matt 9:28 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That auto-draft is… crippling. I have to avert my eyes now.

      • Brandon 9:31 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Was it a 12 team league? I’m starting to find that if you’re the #1 pick and take Chris Johnson, it’s important to grab the top QB and WR available for your next two picks (assuming a top tier QB is left) otherwise, you’re left with scraps when it comes back to you for picks 4 and 5.

    • Javier 10:16 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes it’s a 12-man league… it turns out that a lot of people couldn’t make the live draft either, so most teams are horrendous as well!

    • rob 4:25 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      watch out for the curse Chris j. beware!

    • Squish 11:00 pm on August 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been doing actual drafts on rapiddraft instead of mocks since they are free this year and RD has a massive 60 team maximum. I found my best draft so far was the one I did the first week of August when I took some chances. To make things better most of the experts only had regular pre-set rankings rather than their own:

      Pick 1.09 – Turner
      Pick 2.04 – Wayne (ADP 1.11)
      Pick 3.09 – Welker
      Pick 4.04 – Peyton Manning! (ADP 2.10)
      Pick 5.09 – Benson! (ADP 3.09)
      Pick 6.04 – Tony Gonzalez
      Pick 7.09 – Harvin
      Pick 8.04 – Portis
      Pick 9.09 – Breaston
      Pick 10.04 – Ben Tate
      Pick 11.09 – Arian Foster
      Pick 12.04 – Brett Favre! (ADP 8.05)
      Pick 13.09 – Massaquoi
      Pick 14.04 -Bernard Scott
      Pick 15.09 – Sanchez
      Pick 16.04 – Manningham
      Pick 17.09 – NYG Defense
      Pick 18.04 – Ben Watson
      Pick 19.09 – Gostkowski
      Pick 20.04 – CHI Defense

      I’m a little weak at WR especially if Welker isn’t himself but one of the other WRs will likely step up. At QB I’m insane (if Favre plays) and to have two starting RBs (Portis and Foster) fighting over the flex spot, I think I’m in good shape there especially with Benson handcuffed. I’ve had a lot of drafts since then on RD but I’ve yet to come out with a better and deeper team than this.

  • Matt 5:19 pm on July 8, 2008 Permalink
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    Four overvalued wide receivers to avoid drafting 

    These four wide receivers stand out to me as representing the “first tier” of overvalued wideouts – guys whose names frequently leap off the page to me as I review power rankings from around the web. Someone in your league will draft one of these players far too early. Don’t let it be you.

    Steve Smith, Panthers

    Why you might draft him: You think Delhomme’s elbow will be fine. You remember Smith’s 2005 season (1563 yards, 12 TD) and, like many fantasy football players, are under the impression that he’s had a few seasons like that one.

    Why you shouldn’t: He hasn’t. Steve Smith is possibly the most overvalued fantasy football player in the NFL. He’s had one elite season, and three good ones. He proved last season that he’s mediocre without Delhomme, whose arm is supposedly improving – but I don’t see too many people lining up to take Delhomme in mock drafts this year. He’s five-foot-nine, dependent on his speed, and 29 years old – so how explosive can he be these days? I’m guessing he’s lost a step, will never have another season like 2005, and will have another immensely disappointing season if Delhomme’s elbow isn’t 100% by week 1.

    Where he’ll go: Pick 22-28.

    Take him if he’s still available at: Pick 35 or later. (More …)

    • Brandon 9:14 pm on July 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What about Lee Evans? hah…go Pats!

    • Andy 2:23 pm on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’d throw Deion Branch in that mix as well. While his injury probably ensures that he won’t be ranked or chosen as highly this season he inexplicably always ends up being chosen well before he should. I believe he is the most overrated player in the NFL.

      For someone who used to be mentioned as close to an elite receiver and who was traded to Seattle for a first round picks his numbers are ridiculously pedestrian. He’s never scored more than five touchdowns in his six years and he’s never had a 1,000 yard season – he parlayed one good playoff run into a contract that he has never justified.

      Deion Branch – often an early to mid round draft pick in fantasy leagues – should be drafted: off the free agent heap when you are desperate during a bye week.

    • The Advisor 12:13 pm on July 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can see Marvin Harrison, Nate Burleson, and maybe even Jerry Porter even though he hasn’t had a decent Qb yet.

      But, Steve Smith is EASILY a top 10 WR in the NFL. Also that 2005 season you mention, was one unlike any other player in the NFL right now has ever had, the Triple Crown.

  • Matt 10:56 am on June 20, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: draft approach, , drafting, fantasy football draft strategy, rb-rb,   

    The RB-RB approach, dissected 

    If you found yourself in your league’s championship matchup last season, there’s a good chance you got there despite your running backs, rather than because of them. It was just one of those seasons where most owners found themselves banking on their receivers and quarterbacks rather than on their injury-prone or lackluster RBs. In short, it wasn’t a good season for the vaunted “take RBs in rounds 1 and 2, always” drafting mantra.

    Is it time to reevaluate the RB-RB approach? The subject has been broached by several bloggers and columnists this off-season. Here I’ll provide a summary of their opinions, as well as my own take. Will we reach a consensus of sorts? (More …)

    • ffexchange 12:00 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There was a rule change that benefited QB-WRs in 2004 where illegal contact/pass interference became more strict. However, this year, there has been an elimination of a rule which will hurt QB-WRs. There is no more force out rule, so balls receivers catch and a defender knocks the player out of bounds before both feet are down can no longer be ruled as a force out. I think this could have a major impact, especially in the end zone. Those plays also weren’t reviewable and now they will be. I still like the RB-RB approach unless you get into that tier of RBBC players like Jacobs where I’d rather have an elite WR or 2nd tier QB like Romo (Brady won’t fall to the 2nd round).

    • Josh 2:35 am on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I think this is a great discussion topic. Obviously it depends on the type of league you’re in as well, since I’m in a league where the optimal lineup is 2 QB & 3 RB’s (we have 16 teams and there are two flex spots – which are best filled with one QB & RB) that make QB the toughest spot to fill.

      But I think the trend that has hit the NFL (and thus fantasy football) that has changed the RB-RB trend is the one towards a share situation among two or three guys. Which has led to more players actually putting up numbers and less of a concentration of production among a top group of just 20 to 25 guys. Now there seems to be 10 players who are truly feature backs, then a sliding scale of thirty+ guys who are worthy of playing most weeks. That means getting a guy at any position who is going to score a lot is more important, regardless of position.

      So I personally I don’t subscribe to the RB – RB theory anymore, or at least not until the NFL trend changes.

    • Jon 6:12 pm on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure you were attempting to be funny but I’m fairly certain that Bryce McRae was not predicting that Tom Brady would fall into the late second round. It seems fairly obvious that he was exaggerating an idea to make a point.

    • Matt 4:07 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “However, if a player such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady falls to you late in the second round, seriously consider picking him up.” That doesn’t sound like he was exaggerating. It sounds like he think it’s plausible.

    • The Hazean 9:08 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I try to draft best available with the first few rounds. Usually works out well because the best available players tend to be running backs in the early going.

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