Beginner Series Section VIII: Post-draft Analysis of Your Squad
By Chris Smith
May 17th, 2012

"For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream." -- Emmitt Smith

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You just spent countless hours devoting yourself to the fantasy draft, poring over countless notes, articles, statistics and everything else you could read in order to have the best possible draft. You arrived at the draft confident and prepared, knowing that you were going to have the preeminent draft possible this season. The past 4+ hours were spent drafting the players you believe will carry you to the league championship. You know that the draft went smoothly and you weren't left scrambling at any point. More than likely, as a Footballguys.com subscriber, you were ready thanks to our articles, features and tools such as our very own Draft Dominator and the fantasy draft unfolded beautifully in front of you, leaving you great value to pick up throughout the process.

After the draft, you have a couple cold ones, talk some trash with your league mates and then have a choice to make:

  1. Congratulate yourself for having the perfect draft and wait for the season to begin
    or
  2. Take stock of your roster, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each position

Many fantasy owners do not take the time to reflect on their own rosters and that is a poor decision. No matter how marvelous your draft was, there will always be some positions stronger than others and it is important to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of your roster to properly etch out your plan of attack going forward.

After your draft, really take the time to give serious reflection in regards to your roster. Try to look at the players impartially as there are many different aspects of your roster to look at after the draft.

  1. Bye-week strength and conflict
  2. Starting lineup strength
  3. Back up strength
  4. Best position(s)
  5. Worst position(s)
  6. Possible trade bait

Here is a look at a potential draft for an owner in a league where you must start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 TD.

Pick
Overall
Pos
Player
Team
1.09
9
RB
Darren McFadden
Oak
2.04
16
WR
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari
3.09
33
WR
Julio Jones
Atl
4.04
40
WR
Vincent Jackson
TB
5.09
57
RB
Reggie Bush
Mia
6.04
64
RB
Willis McGahee
Den
7.09
81
QB
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit
8.04
88
RB
Daniel Thomas
Mia
9.09
105
TE
Tony Gonzalez
Atl
10.04
112
WR
Lance Moore
NO
11.09
129
QB
Kevin Kolb
Ari
12.04
136
WR
Michael Crabtree
SF
13.09
153
RB
Bernard Scott
Cin
14.04
160
DT
Baltimore Ravens
Bal
15.09
177
PK
David Akers
Phi
16.04
184
WR
David Nelson
Buf

Take this information and break it down by position.

Pos
Player
Team
Bye
QB
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit
5
QB
Kevin Kolb
Ari
6
RB
Darren McFadden
Oak
5
RB
Reggie Bush
Mia
5
RB
Willis McGahee
Den
7
RB
Daniel Thomas
Mia
5
RB
Bernard Scott
Cin
8
WR
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari
6
WR
Julio Jones
Atl
7
WR
Vincent Jackson
TB
8
WR
Lance Moore
NO
9
WR
Michael Crabtree
SF
4
WR
David Nelson
Buf
10
TE
Tony Gonzalez
Atl
7
PK
Robbie Gould
Chi
8
DT
Baltimore Ravens
Bal
10

Do a detailed breakdown of each position.

  • Quarterbacks - Grade: 7/10
  • Two capable starting fantasy quarterbacks with some upside heading into the season
  • Running Backs - Grade: 7/10
  • Good starting RB1 in Darren McFadden
  • Reggie Bush is a good RB2 considering his draft position
  • Got the handcuff to Bush in Daniel Thomas, all but guaranteeing RB2 points
  • Willis McGahee is a solid reserve back
  • Bernard Scott has the ability to become a value pick this season
  • Week 5 could be huge issue with three of the five players off on a bye week
  • Wide Receivers - Grade: 9.5/10
  • Almost as good as a team could realistically expect
  • Three players are capable of WR1 spot
  • Excellent reserves in Lance Moore and Michael Crabtree
  • Tight Ends - Grade: 7/10
  • Gonzalez is a good fantasy starter (still need a backup)
  • Place Kicker - Grade: 8/10
  • Good kicker in a good situation (still need a backup)
  • Defenses - Grade 8/10
  • A very good defense (still need a backup)
  • Thoughts on this roster going forward

  • Quarterback position is strong and shouldn't need much attention going forward. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get another serviceable fantasy quarterback down the road.
  • Some question at the running back position in behind the starting two.
    Wide receiver is a big strength. Possibility to package one of the receivers to increase running back strength.
  • Tight end, kicker and defense starting strength is good but no depth at those positions as of yet.
  • Once you have identified the various weaknesses and strengths of your fantasy roster, it will be time to take steps to strengthen the roster. You will be able to use trades and waiver wire pickups to turn around the weaker aspects of your roster, and you should take the time to target teams that have weakness in positions that you have significant strength (receiver in the example above). One of the better aspects of the Draft Dominator is the ability to see the projected total scoring for each of the franchises in your league. You can compare your draft to the others in your league using this feature and can target teams with strong running games, great quarterback play and questionable receiver ability just by clicking a button. It is a fabulous tool that helps you truly break down your fantasy draft.

    Now you are ready to begin tweaking your roster and to start the season in your quest for the championship. Track all of the fantasy football news leading up to and through the entire season using our free Daily Updates, Footballguys News Blogger and The Shark Pool and you will be well on your way to a dominant fantasy season.

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