Draft Slots Study - 12 Teams / Pick 1.12
By Chris Smith
August 15th, 2011

Every new NFL season there is much discussion on the positives and the negatives for each of the draft slots in a fantasy football league. While it is possible to win a league no matter where you draft from, it is obvious to veteran fantasy owners that there is some advantage to drafting in certain positions as opposed to others. This series of articles will take an in-depth look at each different draft positions in a 12-team, redraft fantasy football league for the 2011 campaign and outline the positives and negatives of each slot. In addition each separate article will showcase a mock draft compiled using the Draft Dominator.

After this series is complete, I will try to break down many other styles of leagues (10-team, 14-team, 16-team, 8-team, FLEX options, etc.)

This particular series is based on...

  • 12-team redraft league / 18-round fantasy draft
  • Must start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 Def
  • Scoring is as follows:
  • 1 point every 20 passing yards
  • 1 point every 10 rushing yards
  • 4 points per passing touchdown
  • 6 points per rushing / receiving touchdown
  • 3 points per field goal / 1 point per extra point
  • 2 points per interception, fumble recovery and safety
  • 1 point per sack
  • 6 points per defensive touchdown
  • 10 points per shutout
  • This study is performed using the mock draft function within our own Draft Dominator software. The program gives you the ability to draft for one team and have the other teams taken over by computer control using different ADP lists. For the purpose of this study, I will use David Dodds' projections found within the Dominator. The mock draft ability of the Dominator is a nice way to prepare for your fantasy draft. Running the same draft several times will help you to anticipate all possible scenarios when your own draft arrives. Check it out today.

    If you would like to see a particular study this season, please send me an e-mail at smith@footballguys.com, and I will do my best to cover your scoring rules, starting lineup requirements, etc. before the end of training camp.

    Onto the article.

    Drafting 12th overall (12-team re-draft)

    Drafting 12th overall is always lots of fun but far from an easy place to succeed. It is absolutely imperative you not only draft for value here but also make the right decisions looking ahead 24 picks to your next turn. It can be a great experience as well from this slot because you can really influence the direction of the draft. The biggest challenge with this pick is missing out on the top running backs and receivers on the draft board. Unless the team goes RB crazy to begin a draft, you'll likely see at least six of the top running backs off the board, three of the receivers and a quarterback or two. Of course it all depends on your draft rules and types of owners you have in the league but that is a tricky position to overcome. However there is an advantage as well and that is you will have two of the top thirteen players in the entire league and that is not terrible at all. The big key here is to take your time with these two picks and attempt to look ahead towards your next set of picks. If you can accurately determine who positions are likely to slide to your next pick, you'll put together a very strong squad.

    Possible strategies to incorporate into your draft

    Examples

    1. League that goes RB heavy in first two rounds: Many leagues out there still feature running backs flying off the board in the first two rounds. If this happens, RB/WR/WR is certainly the play here.

    Possible squad through six rounds

  • WR Andre Johnson
  • WR Calvin Johnson
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • WR Mike Williams (TB)
  • RB DeAngelo Williams
  • RB Daniel Thomas
  • Through six rounds in this scenario I have managed to stock up at both the running back and wide receiver positions. Now this is certainly a best case scenario as not many leagues will go all running backs to begin a draft but it gives a good look at what a team can become if value slides to their first two picks. Obviously receiver is stacked and running back is much better than anticipated.

    2. League that has more flexibility in first two rounds: If your league has more flexibility in the top include the best quarterbacks and receivers off the board, then a more conventional approach is in order. I can see going RB/RB/RB to begin a draft where a FLEX player starts each week.

    Possible squad through six rounds

  • RB Steven Jackson
  • WR Roddy White
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • WR Mike Williams
  • RB Ryan Grant
  • TE Antonio Gates
  • In this example, it makes sense to either go RB/RB or RB/WR with the first two picks. I do consider to running backs here but I see some running backs I like in the third through six rounds while the receivers get a little more sketchy. Roddy White is going to be a fantasy monster. All in all, there is nice depth at running back, two good young receivers and a veteran stud difference maker at tight end. This team is poised for a good run.

    Positives of the draft slot

  • Less time between picks
  • Sure miss out on top running backs but get first crack at receiver / quarterback talent
  • Drafting well will put pressure on the owners 1st through 5th to make the right decisions
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Missing out on the top-tier running backs is tough
  • Always a more complicated draft by not starting with a running back
  • Riding the wave in the middle means projecting 10+ picks out in both directions
  • Final Draft Table

    Pick
    Pos
    Player Selected
    Team
    Selected By
    1.01
    RB1
    Arian Foster
    Hou/11
    Expert 1
    1.02
    QB1
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB/8
    Consensus1
    1.03
    RB2
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/9
    Expert 2
    1.04
    RB3
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/6
    MFL1
    1.05
    RB4
    Ray Rice
    Bal/5
    FF Extreme 1
    1.06
    RB5
    Chris Johnson
    Ten/6
    CBS Sportsline 1
    1.07
    WR1
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/11
    Mag Avg 1
    1.08
    WR2
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/9
    Consensus 2
    1.09
    RB6
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Expert 3
    1.10
    QB2
    Michael Vick
    Phi/7
    FF Extreme 2
    1.11
    RB7
    Darren McFadden
    Oak/8
    MFL2
    1.12
    WR3
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/7
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    2.01
    RB8
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Pit/11
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    2.02
    QB3
    Tom Brady
    NE/7
    MFL2
    2.03
    RB9
    Steven Jackson
    StL/5
    FF Extreme 2
    2.04
    WR4
    Roddy White
    Atl/8
    Expert 3
    2.05
    WR5
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/11
    Consensus 2
    2.06
    WR6
    Vincent Jackson
    SD/6
    Mag Avg 1
    2.07
    RB10
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/9
    CBS Sportsline 1
    2.08
    RB11
    Matt Forte
    Chi/8
    FF Extreme 1
    2.09
    RB12
    Frank Gore
    SF/7
    MFL1
    2.10
    RB13
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/7
    Expert 2
    2.11
    RB14
    Peyton Hillis
    Cle/5
    Consensus1
    2.12
    QB4
    Philip Rivers
    SD/6
    Expert 1
    3.01
    WR7
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Ari/6
    Expert 1
    3.02
    WR8
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Consensus1
    3.03
    QB5
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Expert 2
    3.04
    WR9
    Greg Jennings
    GB/8
    MFL1
    3.05
    QB6
    Drew Brees
    NO/11
    FF Extreme 1
    3.06
    WR10
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/6
    CBS Sportsline 1
    3.07
    RB15
    Jahvid Best
    Det/9
    Mag Avg 1
    3.08
    RB16
    Michael Turner
    Atl/8
    Consensus 2
    3.09
    QB7
    Peyton Manning
    Ind/11
    Expert 3
    3.10
    RB17
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/8
    FF Extreme 2
    3.11
    WR11
    Mike Williams
    TB/8
    MFL2
    3.12
    RB18
    Mark Ingram
    NO/11
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    4.01
    WR14
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/11
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    4.02
    RB19
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/6
    MFL2
    4.03
    WR12
    Brandon Lloyd
    Den/6
    FF Extreme 2
    4.04
    WR13
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    Expert 3
    4.05
    WR15
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Consensus 2
    4.06
    QB8
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/11
    Mag Avg 1
    4.07
    WR16
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/8
    CBS Sportsline 1
    4.08
    WR17
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/7
    FF Extreme 1
    4.09
    WR18
    Brandon Marshall
    Mia/5
    MFL1
    4.10
    RB20
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Expert 2
    4.11
    RB21
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/8
    Consensus1
    4.12
    RB22
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/7
    Expert 1
    5.01
    WR19
    Mario Manningham
    NYG/7
    Expert 1
    5.02
    WR20
    Percy Harvin
    Min/9
    Consensus1
    5.03
    WR21
    Wes Welker
    NE/7
    Expert 2
    5.04
    RB23
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/6
    MFL1
    5.05
    WR22
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/6
    FF Extreme 1
    5.06
    RB24
    Knowshon Moreno
    Den/6
    CBS Sportsline 1
    5.07
    RB25
    Cedric Benson
    Cin/7
    Mag Avg 1
    5.08
    RB26
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/9
    Consensus 2
    5.09
    WR23
    Marques Colston
    NO/11
    Expert 3
    5.10
    WR24
    Mike Thomas
    Jac/9
    FF Extreme 2
    5.11
    WR25
    Austin Collie
    Ind/11
    MFL2
    5.12
    RB27
    Ryan Grant
    GB/8
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    6.01
    WR26
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/5
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    6.02
    RB28
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/5
    MFL2
    6.03
    RB29
    Joseph Addai
    Ind/11
    FF Extreme 2
    6.04
    RB30
    Tim Hightower
    Was/5
    Expert 3
    6.05
    QB9
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/11
    Consensus 2
    6.06
    RB31
    Brandon Jacobs
    NYG/7
    Mag Avg 1
    6.07
    QB10
    Josh Freeman
    TB/8
    CBS Sportsline 1
    6.08
    RB32
    Chris Wells
    Ari/6
    FF Extreme 1
    6.09
    TE1
    Antonio Gates
    SD/6
    MFL1
    6.10
    WR27
    Julio Jones
    Atl/8
    Expert 2
    6.11
    RB33
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/9
    Consensus1
    6.12
    WR28
    Jacoby Ford
    Oak/8
    Expert 1
    7.01
    RB34
    Mike Tolbert
    SD/6
    Expert 1
    7.02
    RB35
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    NE/7
    Consensus1
    7.03
    WR29
    Santana Moss
    Was/5
    Expert 2
    7.04
    WR30
    A.J. Green
    Cin/7
    MFL1
    7.05
    WR31
    Chad Ochocinco
    NE/7
    FF Extreme 1
    7.06
    WR32
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/6
    CBS Sportsline 1
    7.07
    WR33
    Roy Williams
    Chi/8
    Mag Avg 1
    7.08
    WR34
    Steve Smith
    Car/9
    Consensus 2
    7.09
    RB36
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/6
    Expert 3
    7.10
    WR35
    Pierre Garcon
    Ind/11
    FF Extreme 2
    7.11
    TE2
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    MFL2
    7.12
    TE3
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/8
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    8.01
    QB13
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/8
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    8.02
    TE4
    Vernon Davis
    SF/7
    MFL2
    8.03
    TE5
    Dallas Clark
    Ind/11
    FF Extreme 2
    8.04
    RB37
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/5
    Expert 3
    8.05
    RB38
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/7
    Consensus 2
    8.06
    RB39
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/9
    Mag Avg 1
    8.07
    TE6
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/7
    CBS Sportsline 1
    8.08
    RB40
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    NYJ/8
    FF Extreme 1
    8.09
    QB11
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/9
    MFL1
    8.10
    QB12
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/5
    Expert 2
    8.11
    TE7
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/11
    Consensus1
    8.12
    RB41
    Shane Vereen
    NE/7
    Expert 1
    9.01
    TE8
    Kellen Winslow
    TB/8
    Expert 1
    9.02
    WR36
    Braylon Edwards
    SF/7
    Consensus1
    9.03
    TE9
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/11
    Expert 2
    9.04
    QB14
    Eli Manning
    NYG/7
    MFL1
    9.05
    QB15
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/8
    FF Extreme 1
    9.06
    QB16
    Sam Bradford
    StL/5
    CBS Sportsline 1
    9.07
    TE10
    Marcedes Lewis
    Jac/9
    Mag Avg 1
    9.08
    DEF1
    Green Bay
    GB/8
    Consensus 2
    9.09
    WR37
    Lance Moore
    NO/11
    Expert 3
    9.10
    WR38
    Arrelious Benn
    TB/8
    FF Extreme 2
    9.11
    WR39
    Johnny Knox
    Chi/8
    MFL2
    9.12
    RB42
    James Starks
    GB/8
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    10.01
    QB17
    Kevin Kolb
    Ari/6
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    10.02
    WR40
    Lee Evans
    Bal/5
    MFL2
    10.03
    TE11
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/9
    FF Extreme 2
    10.04
    TE12
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/8
    Expert 3
    10.05
    TE13
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/8
    Consensus 2
    10.06
    TE14
    Jared Cook
    Ten/6
    Mag Avg 1
    10.07
    DEF2
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/11
    CBS Sportsline 1
    10.08
    TE15
    Heath Miller
    Pit/11
    FF Extreme 1
    10.09
    WR41
    Robert Meachem
    NO/11
    MFL1
    10.10
    WR42
    Greg Little
    Cle/5
    Expert 2
    10.11
    WR43
    Andre Roberts
    Ari/6
    Consensus1
    10.12
    WR44
    Mike Williams
    Sea/6
    Expert 1
    11.01
    DEF3
    New England
    NE/7
    Expert 1
    11.02
    WR45
    Hines Ward
    Pit/11
    Consensus1
    11.03
    WR46
    James Jones
    GB/8
    Expert 2
    11.04
    DEF4
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    MFL1
    11.05
    WR47
    Mike Sims-Walker
    StL/5
    FF Extreme 1
    11.06
    WR48
    Davone Bess
    Mia/5
    CBS Sportsline 1
    11.07
    WR49
    Jerome Simpson
    Cin/7
    Mag Avg 1
    11.08
    RB43
    Thomas Jones
    KC/6
    Consensus 2
    11.09
    RB44
    Delone Carter
    Ind/11
    Expert 3
    11.10
    WR50
    Earl Bennett
    Chi/8
    FF Extreme 2
    11.11
    WR51
    Deion Branch
    NE/7
    MFL2
    11.12
    WR52
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/6
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    12.01
    WR55
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/8
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    12.02
    QB18
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ/8
    MFL2
    12.03
    QB19
    Matt Cassel
    KC/6
    FF Extreme 2
    12.04
    QB20
    Jason Campbell
    Oak/8
    Expert 3
    12.05
    RB45
    Demarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Consensus 2
    12.06
    RB46
    Michael Bush
    Oak/8
    Mag Avg 1
    12.07
    RB47
    Darren Sproles
    NO/11
    CBS Sportsline 1
    12.08
    WR53
    Derrick Mason
    NYJ/8
    FF Extreme 1
    12.09
    RB48
    Willis McGahee
    Den/6
    MFL1
    12.10
    WR54
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/8
    Expert 2
    12.11
    TE16
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/7
    Consensus1
    12.12
    TE17
    Zach Miller
    Sea/6
    Expert 1
    13.01
    QB21
    Tarvaris Jackson
    Sea/6
    Expert 1
    13.02
    QB22
    Cam Newton
    Car/9
    Consensus1
    13.03
    DEF5
    New Orleans
    NO/11
    Expert 2
    13.04
    DEF6
    New York Giants
    NYG/7
    MFL1
    13.05
    DEF7
    Detroit
    Det/9
    FF Extreme 1
    13.06
    QB23
    Donovan McNabb
    Min/9
    CBS Sportsline 1
    13.07
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/8
    Mag Avg 1
    13.08
    QB24
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/7
    Consensus 2
    13.09
    DEF9
    Chicago
    Chi/8
    Expert 3
    13.10
    WR56
    Danny Amendola
    StL/5
    FF Extreme 2
    13.11
    WR57
    Louis Murphy
    Oak/8
    MFL2
    13.12
    WR59
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Draft Slot Study 12
    14.01
    RB50
    Bernard Scott
    Cin/7
    Draft Slot Study 12
    14.02
    RB49
    Justin Forsett
    Sea/6
    MFL2
    14.03
    RB51
    Danny Woodhead
    NE/7
    FF Extreme 2
    14.04
    RB52
    Ronnie Brown
    Phi/7
    Expert 3
    14.05
    RB53
    Ryan Torain
    Was/5
    Consensus 2
    14.06
    RB54
    Jason Snelling
    Atl/8
    Mag Avg 1
    14.07
    TE18
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    CBS Sportsline 1
    14.08
    TE19
    Chris Cooley
    Was/5
    FF Extreme 1
    14.09
    WR58
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/7
    MFL1
    14.10
    RB55
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/11
    Expert 2
    14.11
    RB56
    Jerome Harrison
    Det/9
    Consensus1
    14.12
    WR60
    Kevin Walter
    Hou/11
    Expert 1
    15.01
    PK1
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/6
    Expert 1
    15.02
    RB57
    Ricky Williams
    Bal/5
    Consensus1
    15.03
    TE20
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/7
    Expert 2
    15.04
    WR61
    Plaxico Burress
    NYJ/8
    MFL1
    15.05
    WR62
    Donnie Avery
    StL/5
    FF Extreme 1
    15.06
    WR63
    Jacoby Jones
    Hou/11
    CBS Sportsline 1
    15.07
    QB25
    Alex Smith
    SF/7
    Mag Avg 1
    15.08
    TE21
    Tony Moeaki
    KC/6
    Consensus 2
    15.09
    TE22
    Ben Watson
    Cle/5
    Expert 3
    15.10
    RB58
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/9
    FF Extreme 2
    15.11
    RB59
    Anthony Dixon
    SF/7
    MFL2
    15.12
    DEF10
    Baltimore
    Bal/5
    Draft Slot Study 12
    16.01
    RB64
    Marion Barber
    Chi/8
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    16.02
    RB60
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/8
    MFL2
    16.03
    RB61
    Javon Ringer
    Ten/6
    FF Extreme 2
    16.04
    QB26
    Matt Hasselbeck
    Ten/6
    Expert 3
    16.05
    QB27
    Kyle Orton
    Den/6
    Consensus 2
    16.06
    QB28
    Colt McCoy
    Cle/5
    Mag Avg 1
    16.07
    WR64
    Devin Hester
    Chi/8
    CBS Sportsline 1
    16.08
    WR65
    Nate Burleson
    Det/9
    FF Extreme 1
    16.09
    TE23
    Fred Davis
    Was/5
    MFL1
    16.10
    RB62
    Roy Helu
    Was/5
    Expert 2
    16.11
    DEF11
    Dallas
    Dal/5
    Consensus1
    16.12
    WR66
    Steve Breaston
    KC/6
    Expert 1
    17.01
    PK2
    Mason Crosby
    GB/8
    Expert 1
    17.02
    PK3
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/7
    Consensus1
    17.03
    PK4
    Alex Henery
    Phi/7
    Expert 2
    17.04
    RB63
    Montario Hardesty
    Cle/5
    MFL1
    17.05
    RB65
    Brandon Jackson
    Cle/5
    FF Extreme 1
    17.06
    RB66
    Derrick Ward
    Hou/11
    CBS Sportsline 1
    17.07
    RB67
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/11
    Mag Avg 1
    17.08
    RB68
    Mike Goodson
    Car/9
    Consensus 2
    17.09
    DEF12
    Atlanta
    Atl/8
    Expert 3
    17.10
    DEF13
    San Diego
    SD/6
    FF Extreme 2
    17.11
    PK5
    Shaun Suisham
    Pit/11
    MFL2
    17.12
    DEF14
    San Francisco
    SF/7
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    18.01
    PK7
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/11
    Draft Slot Study 12
    18.02
    DEF15
    Arizona
    Ari/6
    MFL2
    18.03
    PK6
    Dan Bailey
    Dal/5
    FF Extreme 2
    18.04
    PK8
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Oak/8
    Expert 3
    18.05
    PK9
    Neil Rackers
    Hou/11
    Consensus 2
    18.06
    PK10
    Jason Hanson
    Det/9
    Mag Avg 1
    18.07
    PK11
    Adam Vinatieri
    Ind/11
    CBS Sportsline 1
    18.08
    PK12
    Billy Cundiff
    Bal/5
    FF Extreme 1
    18.09
    PK13
    Lawrence Tynes
    NYG/7
    MFL1
    18.10
    RB69
    Cadillac Williams
    StL/5
    Expert 2
    18.11
    RB70
    Lonyae Miller
    Dal/5
    Consensus1
    18.12
    RB71
    Lex Hilliard
    Mia/5
    Expert 1
    1.01
    RB1
    Arian Foster
    Hou/11
    Expert 1

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 12th draft position

    Round 1/2: WR Hakeem Nicks / RB Rashard Mendenhall

    When my picks finally roll around, there is plenty of talent on the board but the top players at running back and receiver are gone. I do consider bucking the trend and scooping up a top quarterback here but I see better depth at quarterback round seven on than I do the receiver position. I also consider going RB/RB here and starting with Mendenhall and Jones-Drew but see some nice talent at running back that I believe I can snag in the next few rounds. So I take the top receiver and running back on my draft board and feel good about the selections.

    Rounds 3/4: RB Mark Ingram / WR Reggie Wayne

    Well I am very pleased here to add a rookie running back with elite potential in Mark Ingram as well as veteran receiver Reggie Wayne. Both will be very good fantasy starters for my squad this season. This was an even easier selection than my first two picks were. Now I have a good tandem running back starting group and a pair of excellent receivers. That is a good start to any fantasy squad.

    Rounds 5/6: RB Ryan Grant / WR Anquan Boldin

    I continue my trend here of a running back and receiver selection. I do not see a quarterback that leaps out at me here and think I can get a great starting tight end with my next pair of picks. Now I have some nice depth at running back with the addition of Grant as well as a good option as my third starting receiver in Boldin.

    Rounds 7/8: TE Jermichael Finley / QB Matt Ryan

    Waiting on the tight end and quarterback position has paid off in a big way. I have a great foundation at running back and receiver and still found an elite tight end in Finley as well as a very good fantasy quarterback in Ryan. Both players could finish the season top-five in their position.

    Rounds 9/10: RB James Starks / QB Kevin Kolb

    I am very happy here to handcuff Starks to my earlier pick Grant, guaranteeing points from my RB3 slot. If one goes down to injury, the other player is a 20-carry per game fantasy weapon for my team. I plan on going receiver in round ten but there is only one quarterback remaining that I believe has top-ten potential in 2011 and that is Kolb. I scoop him up and love my Ryan/Kolb tandem going forward.

    At just past the halfway point of the draft, our team looks like this...

    Quarterbacks

  • Matt Ryan 8.01
  • Kevin Kolb 10.01
  • Running Backs

  • Rashard Mendenhall 2.01
  • Mark Ingram 3.12
  • Ryan Grant 5.12
  • James Starts 9.01
  • Wide Receivers

  • Hakeem Nicks 1.12
  • Reggie Wayne 4.01
  • Anquan Boldin 6.01
  • Tight Ends

  • Jermichael Finley 7.12
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • This is a very well balanced squad through ten selections. I have my quarterback rotation in place with two young players with upside. At running back I have a pair of good starting backs in Mendenhall and Ingram and have locked up points with my RB3 handcuff of Grant and Starks. I love my trio of receivers that will start for my team but need to address the depth of the position going forward. Finally I have a fantasy gem at the tight end position in Finley. He may finish as the top fantasy tight end in 2011. All in all I am off to a fantastic start.

    Rounds 11-14: WR Malcom Floyd / WR Jordy Nelson / WR Jeremy Maclin / RB Bernard Scott

    Realizing I am thin at the receiver position, I add a trio of receivers here capable of bigger things than their current draft slot. All of young, talented players who will contribute this season but could rise into legitimate WR2 status for my fantasy team. I especially like Jordy Nelson whom I believe will become the 2nd receiver for the Packers this season, moving by veteran Donald Driver. I find a running back with upside in round fourteen and Scott is a Cedric Benson injury away from touching the ball 20 times per game. Worth at shot at this point in the draft.

    Rounds 15-18: Ravens Defense / RB Marion Barber / 49ers Defense / K Garrett Hartley

    Just fleshing out my roster with these four picks. Get two defenses with different bye weeks, a starting kicker on a good offensive team and an interesting veteran RB in Barber who has looked re-born with the Bears this training camp. Perhaps he has been written off to soon and may be at worst, the goal line back in 2011.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #12)

    Quarterbacks

  • Matt Ryan 8.01
  • Kevin Kolb 10.01
  • Running Backs

  • Rashard Mendenhall 2.01
  • Mark Ingram 3.12
  • Ryan Grant 5.12
  • James Starts 9.01
  • Bernard Scott 14.01
  • Marion Barber 16.01
  • Wide Receivers

  • Hakeem Nicks 1.12
  • Reggie Wayne 4.01
  • Anquan Boldin 6.01
  • Malcom Floyd 11.12
  • Jordy Nelson 12.01
  • Jeremy Maclin 13.12
  • Tight Ends

  • Jermichael Finley 7.12
  • Place Kickers

  • Garrett Hartley 18.01
  • Defenses

  • Baltimore Ravens 15.12
  • San Francisco 49ers 17.12
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    This squad is capable of big things. There is no weakness on this team top to bottom and the backups on the roster have sizable upside. With a good quarterback tandem, starting running backs, receivers and an elite tight end, the sky truly is the limit in 2011.

    Last thoughts on the 12th draft slot in a 12-team league

    I really believe following a similar approach to how I tackled this draft is the key to success here. Make sure in the first six rounds to land three good running backs and receivers. If you can land a good quarterback in round seven and great tight end in round eight, you will be well on your way to a fantastic fantasy season. Really though, with 22 picks between your own pair of players, you need to sit back, not fall in love with a player or position and take the best options each round. Do your best to look ahead and try and determine what the positional depth will be for your next set of picks. If quarterback is looking dangerously thin by round six, you may not want to wait on the position. The key to this slot being successful is to have a well-balanced team with upside in the depth players. If you draft this way, you will succeed.

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