Eliminate the Suck
By David Dodds
August 16th, 2011

Let me start off by saying this article is likely going to ruffle some feathers. Like all things in life, there are winners and losers. And some of you homers are rooting for teams and players that simply suck.

Value-Based Drafting shows you that every player has value. But we all know that really isn't the case. You can't load up with players from Cleveland, Buffalo and Cincinnati (even if they were value picks) and expect to win your league. Suck In...equals guess what...Suck Out.

In an effort to eliminate the suck from the Top 300 PPR draft list, I have chosen to implement the following rules:

Rule 1: All players on the worst eight offenses have been eliminated. Worst offenses are calculated looking at my team projections using standard PPR scoring. These teams did not make the cut in 2011: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos. The players on these teams are shaded gray on the below list.

Rule 2: Conversely, the top eight offenses (Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and Houston Texans) keep their players on the abbreviated cheatsheet. These players are shaded green on the below list.

Rule 3: Of the remaining 16 teams from rules 1 and 2 above, the eight with the worst playoff matchups (weeks 14-16) have been given a "Yellow Card" warning. These teams have been tagged for their difficult playoff schedules: Kansas City Chiefs (@NYJ, GB, Oak), Oakland Raiders (@GB, Det, @KC), San Francisco 49ers (@Ari, Pit, @Sea), Chicago Bears (@Den, Sea, @GB), New York Jets (KC, @Phi, NYG), Jacksonville Jaguars (TB, @Atl, @Ten), New York Giants (@Dal, Was, @NYJ), and the St. Louis Rams (@Sea, Cin, @Pit). These players are shaded yellow on the below list.

Rule 4: Of the remaining 16 teams from rules 1 and 2 above, the eight with the worst starting matchups (weeks 1-5) have been given a "Yellow Card" warning. These teams have been tagged for their difficult starting schedules: Atlanta Falcons (@Chi, Phi, @TB, @Sea, GB), Baltmore Ravens (Pit, @Ten, @StL, NYJ, Bye), New York Giants (@Was, StL, @Phi, @Ari, Sea), Detroit Lions (@TB, KC, @Min, @Dal, Chi), New York Jets (Dal, jac, @Oak, @Bal, @NE), Oakland Raiders (@Den, @Buf, NYJ, NE, @Hou), Pittsburgh Steelers (@Bal, Sea, @Ind, @Hou, Ten), Washington Redskins (NYG, Ari, @Dal, @StL, Bye)

Rule 5: Any team flagged for two "Yellow Cards" is "Red Carded". These players are shaded red on the below list. Players from the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and the New York Jets meet this criteria.

Rule 6: Old players suck. They get hurt a lot and offer minimal upside. Go ahead and cross off Derrick Mason (37 years old), Donald Driver (36), Matt Hasselbeck (36), Tony Gonzalez (35), Peyton Manning (35), Donovan McNabb (35), Hines Ward (35), Tom Brady (34), Plaxico Burress (34), David Garrard (33), Thomas Jones (33), Chad Ochocinco (33), Reggie Wayne (33) from the remaining players. Some are still pretending to have game, but many will likely disappoint. These players are shaded a lighter gray to match their hair color.

Rule 7: Unless you are in a league that does not allow transactions, you should not be drafting multiple kickers and defenses. Go ahead and cross off kickers and defense outside of the top 12. These defenses and kickers are shaded gray. The top 12 kickers are ranked as players based on rules 1-8 above. The top 12 defenses are marked as green.

Rule 8: The first 20 players are exempt from the other rules. By definition they can't suck and be in the top 20. These players are shaded green if they are not on the 8 worst offenses list and don't have bad starting and ending schedules. If they are on one of the other lists they are shaded yellow.

Rule 9: These rules will be done in the order they are listed. That will reverse some previous color combinations.

Rule 10: Any player not impacted by these other rules will be shaded light green.

Understanding the colors:

  • Green - These players either play in the eight best offenses or represent the best 20 players in fantasy football. Draft these players with no fear.

  • Light Green - These players play in average offenses and have good to great starting and finishing schedules. Draft these players with little fear.

  • Yellow - These players play in average offenses and have either a hard starting or hard ending schedule. Try to minimize the number of these players you draft.

  • Red - These players play in average offenses and have difficult starts (weeks 1-5) and finishes (weeks 14-16). These players are sure to disappoint when you need them the most and are best to avoid.

  • Light Gray - These guys are OLD. Only draft one of these players when it represents exceptional value. Most of these players should be avoided.

  • Dark Gray - These players either play on the 8 worst offenses in the league or are kickers or defenses you will not be drafting. Unless you can get substantial value against ADP, you should look to minimize these players.

  • Here's to not sucking on draft day...

    Overall 12 Team 10 Team 14 Team Pos Player Team ADP
    1 1.01 1.01 1.01 RB1 Arian Foster Hou 1
    2 1.02 1.02 1.02 RB2 Ray Rice Bal 5
    3 1.03 1.03 1.03 RB3 Jamaal Charles KC 4
    4 1.04 1.04 1.04 RB4 LeSean McCoy Phi 6
    5 1.05 1.05 1.05 RB5 Chris Johnson Ten 3
    6 1.06 1.06 1.06 WR1 Andre Johnson Hou 7
    7 1.07 1.07 1.07 RB6 Adrian Peterson Min 2
    8 1.08 1.08 1.08 WR2 Calvin Johnson Det 9
    9 1.09 1.09 1.09 WR3 Roddy White Atl 8
    10 1.10 1.10 1.10 RB7 Darren McFadden Oak 11
    11 1.11 2.01 1.11 QB1 Aaron Rodgers GB 12
    12 1.12 2.02 1.12 WR4 Hakeem Nicks NYG 16
    13 2.01 2.03 1.13 WR5 Larry Fitzgerald Ari 13
    14 2.02 2.04 1.14 RB8 Matt Forte Chi 18
    15 2.03 2.05 2.01 RB9 Maurice Jones-Drew Jax 10
    16 2.04 2.06 2.02 RB10 Steven Jackson Stl 20
    17 2.05 2.07 2.03 QB2 Michael Vick Phi 17
    18 2.06 2.08 2.04 RB11 Peyton Hillis Cle 22
    19 2.07 2.09 2.05 RB12 Frank Gore SF 15
    20 2.08 2.10 2.06 WR6 Vincent Jackson SD 25
    21 2.09 3.01 2.07 WR7 Mike Wallace Pit 24
    22 2.10 3.02 2.08 RB13 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 29
    23 2.11 3.03 2.09 RB14 Rashard Mendenhall Pit 14
    24 2.12 3.04 2.10 WR8 Greg Jennings GB 19
    25 3.01 3.05 2.11 WR9 Dwayne Bowe KC 28
    26 3.02 3.06 2.12 WR10 Reggie Wayne Ind 21
    27 3.03 3.07 2.13 RB15 Jahvid Best Det 33
    28 3.04 3.08 2.14 QB3 Tom Brady NE 30
    29 3.05 3.09 3.01 WR11 DeSean Jackson Phi 32
    30 3.06 3.10 3.02 WR12 Brandon Marshall Mia 35
    31 3.07 4.01 3.03 WR13 Mike Williams TB 38
    32 3.08 4.02 3.04 WR14 Wes Welker NE 34
    33 3.09 4.03 3.05 QB4 Philip Rivers SD 39
    34 3.10 4.04 3.06 QB5 Drew Brees NO 27
    35 3.11 4.05 3.07 WR15 Brandon Lloyd Den 48
    36 3.12 4.06 3.08 WR16 Dez Bryant Dal 41
    37 4.01 4.07 3.09 WR17 Miles Austin Dal 26
    38 4.02 4.08 3.10 RB16 Ryan Mathews SD 37
    39 4.03 4.09 3.11 WR18 Steve Johnson Buf 52
    40 4.04 4.10 3.12 QB6 Tony Romo Dal 54
    41 4.05 5.01 3.13 QB7 Peyton Manning Ind 36
    42 4.06 5.02 3.14 WR19 Santonio Holmes NYJ 50
    43 4.07 5.03 4.01 RB17 Felix Jones Dal 55
    44 4.08 5.04 4.02 TE1 Jason Witten Dal 45
    45 4.09 5.05 4.03 RB18 Mark Ingram NO 49
    46 4.10 5.06 4.04 RB19 Knowshon Moreno Den 47
    47 4.11 5.07 4.05 TE2 Antonio Gates SD 31
    48 4.12 5.08 4.06 WR20 Percy Harvin Min 57
    49 5.01 5.09 4.07 RB20 Shonn Greene NYJ 42
    50 5.02 5.10 4.08 TE3 Dallas Clark Ind 43
    51 5.03 6.01 4.09 RB21 Michael Turner Atl 23
    52 5.04 6.02 4.10 WR21 Austin Collie Ind 60
    53 5.05 6.03 4.11 WR22 Mario Manningham NYG 70
    54 5.06 6.04 4.12 WR23 Marques Colston NO 51
    55 5.07 6.05 4.13 RB22 Fred Jackson Buf 68
    56 5.08 6.06 4.14 WR24 Anquan Boldin Bal 58
    57 5.09 6.07 5.01 TE4 Jermichael Finley GB 44
    58 5.10 6.08 5.02 TE5 Vernon Davis SF 56
    59 5.11 6.09 5.03 QB8 Ben Roethlisberger Pit 69
    60 5.12 6.10 5.04 RB23 Cedric Benson Cin 64
    61 6.01 7.01 5.05 RB24 LeGerrette Blount TB 40
    62 6.02 7.02 5.06 RB25 Marshawn Lynch Sea 71
    63 6.03 7.03 5.07 RB26 DeAngelo Williams Car 46
    64 6.04 7.04 5.08 WR25 Kenny Britt Ten 66
    65 6.05 7.05 5.09 QB9 Matt Schaub Hou 59
    66 6.06 7.06 5.10 RB27 Ryan Grant GB 62
    67 6.07 7.07 5.11 RB28 Daniel Thomas Mia 65
    68 6.08 7.08 5.12 WR26 Mike Thomas Jax 88
    69 6.09 7.09 5.13 QB10 Josh Freeman TB 73
    70 6.10 7.10 5.14 RB29 Joseph Addai Ind 74
    71 6.11 8.01 6.01 WR27 Santana Moss Was 82
    72 6.12 8.02 6.02 WR28 A.J. Green Cin 80
    73 7.01 8.03 6.03 WR29 Julio Jones Atl 81
    74 7.02 8.04 6.04 WR30 Sidney Rice Sea 61
    75 7.03 8.05 6.05 WR31 Steve Smith Car 78
    76 7.04 8.06 6.06 QB11 Matthew Stafford Det 89
    77 7.05 8.07 6.07 WR32 Chad Ochocinco NE 77
    78 7.06 8.08 6.08 TE6 Jimmy Graham NO 75
    79 7.07 8.09 6.09 RB30 Chris Wells Ari 86
    80 7.08 8.10 6.10 QB12 Matt Ryan Atl 63
    81 7.09 9.01 6.11 RB31 Reggie Bush Mia 87
    82 7.10 9.02 6.12 QB13 Joe Flacco Bal 100
    83 7.11 9.03 6.13 WR33 Pierre Garcon Ind 76
    84 7.12 9.04 6.14 QB14 Eli Manning NYG 83
    85 8.01 9.05 7.01 TE7 Kellen Winslow TB 106
    86 8.02 9.06 7.02 WR34 Jacoby Ford Oak 99
    87 8.03 9.07 7.03 RB32 Brandon Jacobs NYG 93
    88 8.04 9.08 7.04 TE8 Rob Gronkowski NE 111
    89 8.05 9.09 7.05 TE9 Tony Gonzalez Atl 98
    90 8.06 9.10 7.06 QB15 Jay Cutler Chi 101
    91 8.07 10.01 7.07 RB33 C.J. Spiller Buf 85
    92 8.08 10.02 7.08 TE10 Owen Daniels Hou 72
    93 8.09 10.03 7.09 RB34 Jonathan Stewart Car 67
    94 8.10 10.04 7.10 TE11 Brandon Pettigrew Det 114
    95 8.11 10.05 7.11 RB35 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ 116
    96 8.12 10.06 7.12 TE12 Marcedes Lewis Jax 96
    97 9.01 10.07 7.13 WR35 Lance Moore NO 117
    98 9.02 10.08 7.14 WR36 Braylon Edwards SF 113
    99 9.03 10.09 8.01 WR37 Mike Williams Sea 105
    100 9.04 10.10 8.02 QB16 Sam Bradford Stl 94
    101 9.05 11.01 8.03 RB36 Tim Hightower Was 134
    102 9.06 11.02 8.04 RB37 Mike Tolbert SD 91
    103 9.07 11.03 8.05 WR38 Davone Bess Mia 119
    104 9.08 11.04 8.06 WR39 Johnny Knox Chi 92
    105 9.09 11.05 8.07 WR40 Roy Williams Chi 130
    106 9.10 11.06 8.08 RB38 Ryan Williams Ari 84
    107 9.11 11.07 8.09 Def1 Pittsburgh Steelers Pit 104
    108 9.12 11.08 8.10 QB17 Kevin Kolb Ari 118
    109 10.01 11.09 8.11 WR41 Hines Ward Pit 122
    110 10.02 11.10 8.12 RB39 Rashad Jennings Jax 126
    111 10.03 12.01 8.13 WR42 Greg Little Cle 139
    112 10.04 12.02 8.14 WR43 Mike Sims-Walker Stl 121
    113 10.05 12.03 9.01 RB40 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 79
    114 10.06 12.04 9.02 QB18 Matt Cassel KC 124
    115 10.07 12.05 9.03 RB41 Darren Sproles NO 132
    116 10.08 12.06 9.04 Def2 Green Bay Packers GB 108
    117 10.09 12.07 9.05 TE13 Dustin Keller NYJ 142
    118 10.10 12.08 9.06 WR44 Robert Meachem NO 129
    119 10.11 12.09 9.07 QB19 Mark Sanchez NYJ 137
    120 10.12 12.10 9.08 WR45 Deion Branch NE 125
    121 11.01 13.01 9.09 WR46 Arrelious Benn TB 161
    122 11.02 13.02 9.10 RB42 James Starks GB 95
    123 11.03 13.03 9.11 TE14 Jared Cook Ten 145
    124 11.04 13.04 9.12 RB43 Shane Vereen NE 140
    125 11.05 13.05 9.13 WR47 James Jones GB 152
    126 11.06 13.06 9.14 RB44 Danny Woodhead NE 133
    127 11.07 13.07 10.01 TE15 Zach Miller Sea 107
    128 11.08 13.08 10.02 WR48 Malcom Floyd SD 112
    129 11.09 13.09 10.03 TE16 Jermaine Gresham Cin 148
    130 11.10 13.10 10.04 WR49 Lee Evans Bal 165
    131 11.11 14.01 10.05 WR50 Jerome Simpson Cin 157
    132 11.12 14.02 10.06 Def3 New England Patriots NE 141
    133 12.01 14.03 10.07 WR51 Jordy Nelson GB 110
    134 12.02 14.04 10.08 TE17 Chris Cooley Was 109
    135 12.03 14.05 10.09 WR52 Danny Amendola Stl 103
    136 12.04 14.06 10.10 Def4 Philadelphia Eagles Phi 128
    137 12.05 14.07 10.11 RB45 DeMarco Murray Dal 159
    138 12.06 14.08 10.12 RB46 Delone Carter Ind 135
    139 12.07 14.09 10.13 TE18 Brent Celek Phi 147
    140 12.08 14.10 10.14 WR53 Derrick Mason NYJ 169
    141 12.09 15.01 11.01 WR54 Michael Crabtree SF 90
    142 12.10 15.02 11.02 WR55 Earl Bennett Chi 176
    143 12.11 15.03 11.03 TE19 Heath Miller Pit 183
    144 12.12 15.04 11.04 RB47 Willis McGahee Den 154
    145 13.01 15.05 11.05 WR56 Andre Roberts Ari 205
    146 13.02 15.06 11.06 Def5 New York Jets NYJ 127
    147 13.03 15.07 11.07 WR57 Jeremy Maclin Phi 53
    148 13.04 15.08 11.08 Def6 New York Giants NYG 166
    149 13.05 15.09 11.09 RB48 Michael Bush Oak 115
    150 13.06 15.10 11.10 QB20 Cam Newton Car 177
    151 13.07 16.01 11.11 QB21 Donovan McNabb Min 156
    152 13.08 16.02 11.12 RB49 Jason Snelling Atl 182
    153 13.09 16.03 11.13 WR58 Plaxico Burress NYJ 123
    154 13.10 16.04 11.14 RB50 Thomas Jones KC 153
    155 13.11 16.05 12.01 TE20 Aaron Hernandez NE 151
    156 13.12 16.06 12.02 RB51 Ronnie Brown Phi 138
    157 14.01 16.07 12.03 TE21 Tony Moeaki KC 174
    158 14.02 16.08 12.04 QB22 Jason Campbell Oak 201
    159 14.03 16.09 12.05 QB23 Ryan Fitzpatrick Buf 146
    160 14.04 16.10 12.06 RB52 Ryan Torain Was 97
    161 14.05 17.01 12.07 PK1 Nate Kaeding SD 160
    162 14.06 17.02 12.08 WR59 Steve Breaston KC 144
    163 14.07 17.03 12.09 WR60 Nate Burleson Det 194
    164 14.08 17.04 12.10 Def7 Chicago Bears Chi 150
    165 14.09 17.05 12.11 Def8 New Orleans Saints NO 185
    166 14.10 17.06 12.12 RB53 Bernard Scott Cin 178
    167 14.11 17.07 12.13 TE22 Ben Watson Cle 187
    168 14.12 17.08 12.14 WR61 Jacoby Jones Hou 203
    169 15.01 17.09 13.01 RB54 Pierre Thomas NO 102
    170 15.02 17.10 13.02 WR62 Devin Hester Chi 196
    171 15.03 18.01 13.03 RB55 Justin Forsett Sea 213
    172 15.04 18.02 13.04 WR63 Denarius Moore Oak 235
    173 15.05 18.03 13.05 PK2 Mason Crosby GB 191
    174 15.06 18.04 13.06 RB56 Jerome Harrison Det 188
    175 15.07 18.05 13.07 WR64 Louis Murphy Oak 222
    176 15.08 18.06 13.08 TE23 Visanthe Shiancoe Min 184
    177 15.09 18.07 13.09 Def9 Detroit Lions Det 175
    178 15.10 18.08 13.10 RB57 Mike Goodson Car 186
    179 15.11 18.09 13.11 WR65 Donald Driver GB 172
    180 15.12 18.10 13.12 WR66 Eddie Royal Den 199
    181 16.01 19.01 13.13 PK3 Stephen Gostkowski NE 193
    182 16.02 19.02 13.14 Def10 Baltimore Ravens Bal 143
    183 16.03 19.03 14.01 WR67 Donnie Avery Stl 215
    184 16.04 19.04 14.02 WR68 Emmanuel Sanders Pit 162
    185 16.05 19.05 14.03 QB24 Matt Hasselbeck Ten 202
    186 16.06 19.06 14.04 WR69 Kevin Walter Hou 245
    187 16.07 19.07 14.05 TE24 Greg Olsen Car 164
    188 16.08 19.08 14.06 RB58 Jacquizz Rodgers Atl 210
    189 16.09 19.09 14.07 PK4 Alex Henery Phi 198
    190 16.10 19.10 14.08 Def11 Atlanta Falcons Atl 200
    191 16.11 20.01 14.09 RB59 Ricky Willams Bal 197
    192 16.12 20.02 14.10 QB25 Tarvaris Jackson Sea 257
    193 17.01 20.03 14.11 Def12 San Diego Chargers SD 180
    194 17.02 20.04 14.12 RB60 Marion Barber Chi 181
    195 17.03 20.05 14.13 QB26 Colt McCoy Cle 216
    196 17.04 20.06 14.14 QB27 Kyle Orton Den 149
    197 17.05 20.07 15.01 PK5 Garrett Hartley NO 192
    198 17.06 20.08 15.02 WR70 Brian Robiskie Cle 238
    199 17.07 20.09 15.03 WR71 Jason Hill Jax 229
    200 17.08 20.10 15.04 RB61 Montario Hardesty Cle 136
    201 17.09 21.01 15.05 WR72 Jabar Gaffney Was 224
    202 17.10 21.02 15.06 Def13 San Francisco 49ers SF 219
    203 17.11 21.03 15.07 Def14 Dallas Cowboys Dal 173
    204 17.12 21.04 15.08 RB62 Roy Helu Was 131
    205 18.01 21.05 15.09 RB63 Toby Gerhart Min 242
    206 18.02 21.06 15.10 TE25 Fred Davis Was 257
    207 18.03 21.07 15.11 TE26 Heap Todd Ari 228
    208 18.04 21.08 15.12 WR73 Eric Decker Den 257
    209 18.05 21.09 15.13 QB28 Alex Smith SF 256
    210 18.06 21.10 15.14 WR74 Jonathan Baldwin KC 195
    211 18.07 22.01 16.01 RB64 Javon Ringer Ten 209
    212 18.08 22.02 16.02 WR75 Torrey Smith Bal 225
    213 18.09 22.03 16.03 PK6 Neil Rackers Hou 208
    214 18.10 22.04 16.04 RB65 Anthony Dixon SF 257
    215 18.11 22.05 16.05 WR76 Nate Washington Ten 257
    216 18.12 22.06 16.06 QB29 David Garrard Jax 190
    217 19.01 22.07 16.07 WR77 Devin Aromashadu Min 257
    218 19.02 22.08 16.08 Def15 Minnesota Vikings Min 207
    219 19.03 22.09 16.09 PK7 Sebastian Janikowski Oak 170
    220 19.04 22.10 16.10 WR78 Brian Hartline Mia 257
    221 19.05 23.01 16.11 RB66 Brandon Jackson Cle 257
    222 19.06 23.02 16.12 WR79 Legedu Naanee Car 257
    223 19.07 23.03 16.13 PK8 Adam Vinatieri Ind 217
    224 19.08 23.04 16.14 QB30 Andy Dalton Cin 257
    225 19.09 23.05 17.01 TE27 Kevin Boss Oak 237
    226 19.10 23.06 17.02 PK9 Shaun Suisham Pit 257
    227 19.11 23.07 17.03 RB67 Derrick Ward Hou 257
    228 19.12 23.08 17.04 Def16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB 257
    229 20.01 23.09 17.05 WR80 Golden Tate Sea 257
    230 20.02 23.10 17.06 PK10 Dan Bailey Dal 257
    231 20.03 24.01 17.07 QB31 Rex Grossman Was 257
    232 20.04 24.02 17.08 TE28 Ed Dickson Bal 252
    233 20.05 24.03 17.09 QB32 Chad Henne Mia 247
    234 20.06 24.04 17.10 RB68 LaRod Stephens-Howling Ari 257
    235 20.07 24.05 17.11 RB69 Isaac Redman Pit 257
    236 20.08 24.06 17.12 RB70 Cadillac Williams Stl 254
    237 20.09 24.07 17.13 WR81 Jerricho Cotchery Pit 257
    238 20.10 24.08 17.14 PK11 Matt Bryant Atl 204
    239 20.11 24.09 18.01 RB71 Allen Bradford TB 257
    240 20.12 24.10 18.02 Def17 Tennessee Titans Ten 257
    241 21.01 25.01 18.03 WR82 Early Doucet Ari 240
    242 21.02 25.02 18.04 WR83 Damian Williams Ten 257
    243 21.03 25.03 18.05 Def18 Arizona Cardinals Ari 253
    244 21.04 25.04 18.06 PK12 Billy Cundiff Bal 257
    245 21.05 25.05 18.07 QB33 Tim Tebow Den 167
    246 21.06 25.06 18.08 RB72 Lonyae Miller Dal 257
    247 21.07 25.07 18.09 Def19 Oakland Raiders Oak 257
    248 21.08 25.08 18.10 QB34 Blaine Gabbert Jax 257
    249 21.09 25.09 18.11 RB73 Kendall Hunter SF 189
    250 21.10 25.10 18.12 RB74 Lex Hilliard Mia 257
    251 21.11 26.01 18.13 WR84 Steve Smith Phi 120
    252 21.12 26.02 18.14 PK13 Jason Hanson Det 257
    253 22.01 26.03 19.01 TE29 Anthony Fasano Mia 257
    254 22.02 26.04 19.02 Def20 Seattle Seahawks Sea 257
    255 22.03 26.05 19.03 PK14 Lawrence Tynes NYG 234
    256 22.04 26.06 19.04 QB35 John Beck Was 257
    257 22.05 26.07 19.05 RB75 Earnest Graham TB 257
    258 22.06 26.08 19.06 TE30 Lance Kendricks Stl 257
    259 22.07 26.09 19.07 WR85 Vincent Brown SD 257
    260 22.08 26.10 19.08 Def21 St. Louis Rams Stl 257
    261 22.09 27.01 19.09 PK15 Josh Brown Stl 250
    262 22.10 27.02 19.10 QB36 Vince Young Phi 257
    263 22.11 27.03 19.11 WR86 Anthony Armstrong Was 206
    264 22.12 27.04 19.12 RB76 Deji Karim Jax 257
    265 23.01 27.05 19.13 Def22 Indianapolis Colts Ind 257
    266 23.02 27.06 19.14 TE31 Travis Beckum NYG 257
    267 23.03 27.07 20.01 PK16 Dan Carpenter Mia 257
    268 23.04 27.08 20.02 WR87 Devery Henderson NO 257
    269 23.05 27.09 20.03 Def23 Carolina Panthers Car 257
    270 23.06 27.10 20.04 QB37 Colin Kaepernick SF 257
    271 23.07 28.01 20.05 TE32 Jeremy Shockey Car 257
    272 23.08 28.02 20.06 WR88 Jordan Shipley Cin 211
    273 23.09 28.03 20.07 Def24 Miami Dolphins Mia 231
    274 23.10 28.04 20.08 WR89 David Nelson Buf 257
    275 23.11 28.05 20.09 PK17 Josh Scobee Jax 257
    276 23.12 28.06 20.10 QB38 Jake Locker Ten 257
    277 24.01 28.07 20.11 RB77 Jeremiah Johnson Den 257
    278 24.02 28.08 20.12 TE33 Kyle Rudolph Min 257
    279 24.03 28.09 20.13 Def25 Kansas City Chiefs KC 257
    280 24.04 28.10 20.14 PK18 Rob Bironas Ten 243
    281 24.05 29.01 21.01 WR90 Harry Douglas Atl 257
    282 24.06 29.02 21.02 PK19 Robbie Gould Chi 233
    283 24.07 29.03 21.03 RB78 Alexander Green GB 257
    284 24.08 29.04 21.04 Def26 Cleveland Browns Cle 257
    285 24.09 29.05 21.05 TE34 Martellus Bennett Dal 257
    286 24.10 29.06 21.06 PK20 Matt Prater Den 257
    287 24.11 29.07 21.07 WR91 Mohamed Massaquoi Cle 257
    288 24.12 29.08 21.08 Def27 Washington Redskins Was 257
    289 25.01 29.09 21.09 PK21 Nick Novak NYJ 257
    290 25.02 29.10 21.10 RB79 Taiwan Jones Oak 257
    291 25.03 30.01 21.11 QB39 Matt Moore Mia 257
    292 25.04 30.02 21.12 WR92 Josh Morgan SF 220
    293 25.05 30.03 21.13 Def28 Buffalo Bills Buf 257
    294 25.06 30.04 21.14 PK22 Jeff Reed Sea 257
    295 25.07 30.05 22.01 TE35 Joel Dreesen Hou 257
    296 25.08 30.06 22.02 PK23 Ryan Succop KC 257
    297 25.09 30.07 22.03 TE36 Tony Scheffler Det 257
    298 25.10 30.08 22.04 QB40 Bruce Gradkowski Cin 257
    299 25.11 30.09 22.05 Def29 Cincinnati Bengals Cin 257
    300 25.12 30.10 22.06 PK24 Olindo Mare Car 236

    Of course the very best rosters never follow an extremely rigid draft plan as outlined above. But many of the grayed out players will indeed underperform. Minimizing these types of players can go a long way in fielding a competitive roster.

    Here is my sample draft from the sixth hole for a team that starts 1 QB, 2 Rbs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 Def and 1 flex (RB/WR/TE). Note: All picks taken at or before their ADP

    Rd 1 - Pick 6 - RB LeSean McCoy, Phi (green)
    Rd 2 - Pick 19 - RB Steven Jackson, StL (green)
    Rd 3 - Pick 30 - WR DeSean Jackson, Phi (green)
    Rd 4 - Pick 43 - WR Brandon Lloyd, Den (gray) - Exception, bad offense
    Rd 5 - Pick 54 - RB Felix Jones, Dal (green)
    Rd 6 - Pick 67 - QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (yellow)
    Rd 7 - Pick 78 - WR Mike Thomas, Jac (yellow)
    Rd 8 - Pick 91 - TE Kellen Winslow, TB (light green)
    Rd 9 - Pick 102 - TE Rob Gronkowski, NE (green)
    Rd 10 - Pick 115 - WR Lance Moore, NO (green)
    Rd 11 - Pick 126 - RB Tim Hightower, Was (yellow)
    Rd 12 - Pick 139 - WR Greg Little, Cle (gray) - Exception, bad offense
    Rd 13 - Pick 150 - WR Arrelious Benn, TB (light green)
    Rd 14 - Pick 163 - WR Lee Evans, Bal (yellow)
    Rd 15 - Pick 174 - WR Andre Roberts, Ari (light green)
    Rd 16 - Pick 187 - Def New Orleans Saints (green)
    Rd 17 - Pick 198 - QB Jason Campbell, Oak (red) - Exception, bad schedule
    Rd 18 - Pick 211 - PK Adam Vinatieri, Ind (green)

    For a roster that looks like this:

  • QBs: Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Campbell

  • RBs: LeSean McCoy, Steven Jackson, Felix Jones, and Tim Hightower

  • WRs: DeSean Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Mike Thomas, Lance Moore, Greg Little, Arrelious Benn, Lee Evans and Andre Roberts

  • TEs: Kellen Winslow and Rob Gronkowski

  • PK: Adam Vinatieri

  • Def: New Orleans Saints

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