Eliminate the Suck
By David Dodds
August 22nd, 2012

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 Jacksonville, Miami and Cleveland (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 2012: Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals. The players on these teams are shaded gray on the below list.

Rule 2: Conversely, the top eight offenses (New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles) 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: San Diego Chargers (@Pit, Car, @NYJ), Washington Redskins (Bal, @Cle, @Phi), Tennessee Titans (@Ind, NYJ, @GB), Indianapolis Colts (@Ind, NYJ, @GB), Chicago Bears (@Min, GB, @Ari), San Francisco 49ers (Mia, @NE, @Sea), Seattle Seahawks (Ari, @Buf, SF), and the Arizona Cardinals (@Sea, Det, Chi). 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: San Francisco 49ers (@GB, Det, @Min, @NYJ, Buf), Pittsburgh Steelers (@Den, NYJ, @Oak, BYE, Phi), Tennessee Titans (NE, @SD, Det, @Hou, @Min), Oakland Raiders (SD, @Mia, Pit, @Den, BYE), Buffalo Bills (@NYJ, KC, @Cle, NE, @SF), Indianapolis Colts (@Chi, Min, Jac, BYE, GB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Car, @NYG, @Dal, Was, BYE), and the Denver Broncos (Pit, @Atl, Hou, Oak, @NE). These players are shaded yellow on the below list.

Rule 5: Any team flagged for two "Yellow Cards" is "Red Carded". These players are shaded red on the below list. Players from the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts meet this criteria.

Rule 6: Old players suck. They get hurt a lot and offer minimal upside. Go ahead and cross off Terrell Owens (39 years old), Matt Hasselbeck (37), Peyton Manning (36), Tony Gonzalez (36), Tom Brady (35), Randy Moss (35), Reggie Wayne (34), Dallas Clark (33), Steve Smith, Car (33), Santana Moss (33), Fred Jackson (31), Willis McGahee (31), and Ronnie Brown (31) 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.

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

    Of course the very best rosters never follow an extremely rigid draft plan as outlined above. But many of the grayed out and red 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 Darren McFadden, Oak/5 (green)
    Rd 2 - Pick 19 - RB Darren Sproles, NO/6 (green)
    Rd 3 - Pick 30 - WR Roddy White, Atl/7 (green)
    Rd 4 - Pick 43 - TE Aaron Hernandez, NE/9 (green)
    Rd 5 - Pick 54 - WR Steve Johnson, Buf/8 (yellow)
    Rd 6 - Pick 67 - RB Donald Brown, Ind/8 (red) * Exception - great value
    Rd 7 - Pick 78 - WR Torrey Smith, Bal/8 (white)
    Rd 8 - Pick 91 - QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pit/4 (yellow)
    Rd 9 - Pick 102 - WR Titus Young, Det/5 (green)
    Rd 10 - Pick 115 - QB Josh Freeman, TB/5 (yellow)
    Rd 11 - Pick 126 - TE Brent Celek, Phi/7 (green)
    Rd 12 - Pick 139 - RB Felix Jones, Dal/5 (green)
    Rd 13 - Pick 150 - WR Brandon LaFell, Car/6 (white)
    Rd 14 - Pick 163 - WR Doug Baldwin, Sea/11 (yellow)
    Rd 15 - Pick 174 - Def New England Patriots Defense (green)
    Rd 16 - Pick 187 - PK Garrett Hartley, NO/6 (green)
    Rd 17 - Pick 198 - WR Stephen Hill, NYJ/9 (gray) * Exception - great value
    Rd 18 - Pick 211 - RB Danny Ware, NYG/11 (green)

    Final Tally: 10 green, 2 white, 4 yellow, 1 red, 1 gray

    For a roster that looks like this:

  • QBs: Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman

  • RBs: Darren McFadden, Darren Sproles, Donald Brown, Felix Jones, Danny Ware

  • WRs: Roddy White, Steve Johnson, Torrey Smith, Titus Young, Brandon LaFell, Doug Baldwin, Stephen Hill

  • TEs: Aaron Hernandez, Brent Celek

  • PK: Garrett Hartley

  • Def: New England

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