12-team Mock IDP Draft: Results
By FBG Staff
July 24th, 2012

Several members of the Footballguys.com staff, plus some other writers from neighboring sites, participated in a 12-team IDP mock draft June 9th, 2012. After completing the draft, each participant was asked a series of questions based on the team they drafted as well as their opinion on other teams in the league.

League Rules

  • Number of Teams - 12
  • Roster Spots - 34
  • Starters - 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK, 2 DEs, 1 DT, 3 LBs, 2 CBs, 2 Ss
  • Offensive Scoring
  • Passing TD - 4 points
  • Passing Yard - 0.05 points
  • INT Thrown - minus 1 point
  • Rushing TD - 6 points
  • Rushing Yard - 0.1 points
  • Receiving TD - 6 points
  • Receiving Yard - 0.1 points
  • Reception - 1 point
  • FG Made from 0-30 Yards - 3 points
  • FG Made from 31-99 Yards - 0.1 point per yard
  • IDP Scoring
  • Solo Tackle - 1.5 points
  • Assisted Tackle - 0.75 points
  • Return TD - 6 points
  • Forced Fumble - 3 points
  • Fumble Recovery - 3 points
  • INT Caught - 6 points
  • Pass Defensed - 1.5 points
  • Sacked a QB - 4 point
  • Safety - 2 points
  • Draft Results

    Matt Waldman (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 1

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well rounded team?

    There are other teams with better upside picks, but they also have a greater chance of busting. So I'll have to go with John Norton and Sigmund Bloom just over Jeff Ratcliffe and Jeff Haseley. All four did a fine job of picking solid teams from top to bottom, but Norton and Bloom have personnel I like just a little more.

    Norton has players at nearly every position capable of having a huge week: Matt Stafford, Arian Foster, Vincent Brown, Denarius Moore, Elvis Dumervil, Karlos Dansby, Derrick Johnson, and Bernard Pollard. His linebacker corps is strong. I wanted Dansby, who moves to MLB in Miami, and has always been a terrific defensive football player. When Chad Greenway is your LB4, that's good work.

    However, he also has quality depth elsewhere. Fred Jackson, DeAngelo Williams and Delone Carter are all in the mix for heavy playing time. Marques Colston is a strong WR2/WR3 and between Vincent Jackson, Eddie Royal, and Laurent Robinson, he has at least one player on the bench capable of fantasy starter production. I like his upside picks in Michael Johnson, Kerry Rhodes, and Dallas Clark.

    The fact that he didn't waste a lot on cornerbacks, the easiest position to build in free agency in most IDP leagues, is just one indication of many that Norton knows what he's doing.

    I like Sigmund Bloom's upside picks. Doug Martin has the skills and opportunity to produce on an equal or greater level than Trent Richardson. He's a strong RB2 choice to pair with Marshawn Lynch (Editor's note: this draft took place before Lynch's recent legal issues) and it doesn't hurt to have Jonathan Stewart as an RB3. I heard a rumor that Bloom sends flowers to Jacquizz Rodgers' locker before every game and based on camp reports, the love might not be unrequited in 2012. Every RB on his roster makes sense.

    While I'm not a huge fan of Brian Quick and Stephen Hill, Bloom went safer with his first five receivers: Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, and Greg Little. Adding Santana Moss in the 25th round was also a smart, safe play. Combine these picks with Gronkowski, Romo, and Luck, and the offensive firepower is sound.

    I believe Bloom is counting on Rob Gronkowski to stay healthy wire-to-wire with the belief he'll find solid tight end play if that doesn't happen, because there's enough depth on the waiver wire with the trend of two-tight end sets likely to catch fire this year. I can get with that.

    The linebacker corps includes a nice mix of MLBs and pass-rushing, big-play OLBs, the corners are big or hardy tacklers, and Barron is a good player capable of a strong rookie year as the safety in the Bucs defense. By no means is either team dominant, but they have the depth in the right places and smartly decided where they could be thin.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and whom would you choose instead?

    I would have waited on Randall Cobb in round 15 and taken either James Starks or DeMeco Ryans. A starting RB in round 15 is a good deal no matter how you slice it and I could have used a third starter at the position. I probably could have gotten Cobb 1-3 rounds later. Ryans has a chance to be a nice LB2 with LB1 upside as the MLB in Philadelphia's scheme. I like my starting LBs, but that would have given me great depth.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him?

    All of my tight ends are in contention for that spot especially Jacob Tamme but I'll roll with my 13th-round pick WR Titus Young, who is having a great camp and according to teammate Anwar Richardson, is looking unstoppable. Young benefits from Calvin Johnson and I think he's in for a breakout year.

    Defensively, it's probably between rookie linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Bobby Wagner. Hightower is official backing up Brandon Spikes, but is slated to play multiple positions in the same Nick Saban style of defense where he starred at Alabama and see the field early. Wagner is seeing time as the first-team middle linebacker. I think the safer pick is Wagner and if he does win the starting job, he could provide LB2 production possibly more as my LB4.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected?

    I think Jeff Haseley's selection of Alex Smith in the 30th round is a great value. He was the second-to-last QB off the board in the draft, but I can see him performing at a better rate than at least 12-13 quarterbacks picked above him. The 49ers aren't going to be the Saints in 2012, but they will have more firepower and I believe Smith has matured enough to play at least as well as Andy Dalton did last year. I'd much rather have taken Smith on my roster at 30.01 than Dalton at 15.03. Sorry Norton, but I picked your team as the most well-rounded, right?

    Bramel disappointed at least Norton and me when he took Rams defensive end Robert Quinn at 18.09. If I had taken James Starks at 15.01, I would have passed on Toby Gerhart at 17.01 and taken the promising pass rusher. It was probably the only pick in the draft where I was crestfallen. I took Jason Pierre Paul super early and hoped to wait to the middle of the draft to land Quinn as my DE2. I waited a round too long.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    I go with the flow for the most part, but I have some basic tenets that I follow in IDP drafts, especially against the likes of Norton, Bramel, and Bloom, whom I face every year in multiple leagues. I opted for a dominant DE super early because I liked the value I was going to get at receiver in rounds 4-5, but knew I needed to pick a round earlier on many of the players I wanted or I probably wouldn't get them. In non-writer leagues, I can afford to wait on many of the players I see as values. In these leagues, I usually can't. So I'd rather be viewed as someone going off the grid when it is not so much the case as it appears.

    Knowing that I liked my WR values between rounds 4-7, I decided I'd go with RBs early. Hard not to when you have 1.01 and either Ray Rice or LeSean McCoy are standing there in the group of guys on the sandlot. If you need to wait to hear them say, "pick me," then you're not playing the game right.

    Because Bloom and Bramel like to show how savvy they are and wait on linebacker values and Norton likes to hoard quality backers, I opted to try to stay even with Norton or a step ahead to get at least three linebackers I felt comfortable with and then wait a little longer. I know I'm good at finding value on offense, safety, and corner, rather than take that risk at LB. I tend to build solid-to-strong IDP teams, so against this competition I figured drafting LBs early made sense.

    I think what fantasy owners can take from my example is that with 34 rounds at your disposal, waiting for value isn't always the best thing. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses in terms of identifying good personnel and fashioning a strategy around how to pick to maximize your strengths is often a better approach. If that's how a fantasy owner opts to proceed, then the process is often about staying ahead of the curve. I have no idea if anyone thinks I have one of the better teams, but I believe I have a strong squad. Depth could be better at LB and potentially RB, but I have no major complaints about my squad.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    8.12
    QB
    Ben Roethlisberger
    PIT
    11.01
    QB
    Jay Cutler
    CHI
    1.01
    RB
    Ray Rice
    BAL
    2.12
    RB
    Darren Sproles
    NOS
    10.12
    RB
    Ronnie Hillman
    DEN
    17.01
    RB
    Toby Gerhart
    MIN
    26.12
    RB
    Rashad Jennings
    JAC
    4.12
    WR
    Steve Smith
    CAR
    5.01
    WR
    Brandon Lloyd
    NEP
    7.01
    WR
    Antonio Brown
    PIT
    13.01
    WR
    Titus Young
    DET
    15.01
    WR
    Randall Cobb
    GBP
    21.01
    WR
    Randy Moss
    SFO
    33.01
    WR
    Juron Criner
    OAK
    12.12
    TE
    Jacob Tamme
    DEN
    24.12
    TE
    Kellen Davis
    CHI
    30.12
    TE
    Dwayne Allen
    IND
    34.12
    TE
    James Casey
    HOU
    32.12
    PK
    Jason Hanson
    DET
    3.01
    DE
    Jason Pierre-Paul
    NYG
    25.01
    DE
    Brian Robison
    MIN
    27.01
    DE
    Kyle Vanden Bosch
    DET
    29.01
    DE
    Lamarr Houston
    OAK
    20.12
    DT
    Geno Atkins
    CIN
    6.12
    LB
    D'Qwell Jackson
    CLE
    9.01
    LB
    Navorro Bowman
    SFO
    14.12
    LB
    Brian Urlacher
    CHI
    19.01
    LB
    Bobby Wagner
    SEA
    31.01
    LB
    Dont'a Hightower
    NEP
    22.12
    CB
    Brandon Browner
    SEA
    23.01
    CB
    Kyle Arrington
    NEP
    28.12
    CB
    Brent Grimes
    ATL
    16.12
    S
    Antoine Bethea
    IND
    18.12
    S
    Roman Harper
    NOS

    Russell Clay (Fantasy-FootballU.com) - Draft Slot 2

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    I would probably say I was the most impressed with Bryan Fontaine: Great draft In my opinion. He grabbed the best possible value with every pick. Love the picks of Donald Brown Demaryius Thomas, Handcuffing the whole Cowboys backfield and Antonio Gates, I'm impressed. I also really liked Matt Bitonti's team He has the best Offensive core, in my opinion and has a bunch of guys that, if they stay healthy will put up borderline elite numbers (McFadden, Julio, Dez).

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    If I could have one pick back, it would be Calvin Johnson. I made a bit of a goof with my initial understanding of the format and Picked Calvin thinking it was dynasty. I think it actually worked out for me because I was able to grab Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson on the turn of the 2nd and 3rd round. They both will probably be borderline Low end RB1 or high end RB2. I would have probably picked Arian Foster if I had another shot at it.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    I would say Brandon Lafell was my best value on offense. Getting him as the 53rd WR off the board, I think he easily outproduces that this year. On the defensive side I'm going to have to go with Derrick Morgan in round 26. I think the addition of Kamerion Wimbley is really going to spark his fantasy production this year.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    I think it has to be Donald Brown here. 10th round and the 34th RB off the board - that screams value. Not saying Donald is going for a 10 TD season this year, but barring injury I would just about guarantee he's in the top 25.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    Honestly, my strategy was best player available. 34 rounds, 18 starters, you want depth at every position and grabbing as many elite skilled position players as you can was the way to go for me. Unique to this year though, GRAB A RUNNINGBACK EARLY. There are only a select few RBs who you can be confident going into the year with, I have no problems with gambling on guys you see talent in, but you need some type of consistency in order to win week in and week out in fantasy.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    7.02
    QB
    Philip Rivers
    SDC
    17.02
    QB
    Sam Bradford
    STL
    2.11
    RB
    Steven Jackson
    STL
    3.02
    RB
    Adrian Peterson
    MIN
    10.11
    RB
    David Wilson
    NYG
    11.02
    RB
    Mike Goodson
    OAK
    13.02
    RB
    Isaiah Pead
    STL
    21.02
    RB
    Lamar Miller
    MIA
    32.11
    RB
    Dion Lewis
    PHI
    1.02
    WR
    Calvin Johnson
    DET
    4.11
    WR
    Kenny Britt
    TEN
    12.11
    WR
    Alshon Jeffery
    CHI
    18.11
    WR
    Brandon LaFell
    CAR
    19.02
    WR
    Jon Baldwin
    KCC
    27.02
    WR
    Ryan Broyles
    DET
    30.11
    WR
    Steve Breaston
    KCC
    6.11
    TE
    Jason Witten
    DAL
    24.11
    TE
    Lance Kendricks
    STL
    34.11
    PK
    Robbie Gould
    CHI
    9.02
    DE
    Julius Peppers
    CHI
    15.02
    DE
    Calais Campbell
    ARI
    26.11
    DE
    Derrick Morgan
    TEN
    20.11
    DT
    Nick Fairley
    DET
    22.11
    DT
    Vince Wilfork
    NEP
    5.02
    LB
    Patrick Willis
    SFO
    8.11
    LB
    James Laurinaitis
    STL
    28.11
    LB
    Bruce Carter
    DAL
    29.02
    LB
    Melvin Ingram
    SDC
    33.02
    LB
    Robert Mathis
    IND
    14.11
    CB
    Patrick Peterson
    ARI
    23.02
    CB
    Joe Haden
    CLE
    16.11
    S
    LaRon Landry
    NYJ
    25.02
    S
    Edward Reed
    BAL
    31.02
    S
    Michael Griffin
    TEN

    John Norton (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 3

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    In a draft like this there is rarely anyone that comes out with no weakness. From top to bottom the two teams I like most are Bryan Fontaine and Jene Bramel. Both have very solid defenses and a lot of potential on offense. If Peyton Manning and DeMarco Murray come back healthy, Bryan will be very solid. Jene is a little shaky at corner and I question the decision not to carry any depth at a couple of positions, but if everyone stays/gets healthy he will be very solid.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    If I could have a Mulligan on one pick it would be Chad Greenway at 12.10. Not because he was not worth that pick, but rather because I could have gotten him or similar talent a couple of rounds later. A perfect example is Karlos Dansby, who I took in round 14. In hindsight, I would have rather gone defensive end with Charles Johnson.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    On the defensive side, my biggest value pick is very easy to identify. Kerry Rhodes as the 24th safety off the board is a major steal. I really had other needs there but just couldn't pass Rhodes at that point. He missed most of last season, but did everyone forget 2010 when he put up 78 solo tackles with 4 fumble recoveries, 4 picks, a sack, 12 passes defended and a pair of scores?

    Offensively I really like Eddie Royal in round 29. He may ultimately be a non-factor but the change of scenery puts him in a much better situation. The Chargers have a strong passing game and are looking for receivers to step up now that Vincent Jackson is gone. We are hearing a lot of good things coming out of San Diego about Royal. If he is a bust, I didn't spend much. If he has a decent season, he was a great value where I got him.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Offensively the value pick that stands out to me was Austin Collie at 17.06. Yes this is a rebuilding year for the Colts, but that just means they will be behind a lot. With Garcon gone, Collie becomes the #2 receiver in an offense that will be passing the ball often. I can easily see him being better than the 47th receiver this year. Defensively I would have to go with Mason Foster in round 22. There is some risk with him for certain, but I can't believe Jene stole him after 42 other linebackers were gone. In fact, I was set to take him with the next pick had Jene not.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    Over the years I have learned that my best drafts are when I go in without a specific plan; especially in a draft like this when I don't know what to expect from several of the participants. The one thing that I usually do is concentrate on offense first. I like to pick up quality depth in the early/mid rounds when everyone else has turned to defense. I find that since I cover defense and tend to study those players much harder, I am able to pick up some gems in the later rounds.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    2.10
    QB
    Matthew Stafford
    DET
    15.03
    QB
    Andy Dalton
    CIN
    1.03
    RB
    Arian Foster
    HOU
    3.03
    RB
    Fred Jackson
    BUF
    10.10
    RB
    DeAngelo Williams
    CAR
    16.10
    RB
    Delone Carter
    IND
    34.10
    RB
    Dan Herron
    CIN
    4.10
    WR
    Marques Colston
    NOS
    5.03
    WR
    Vincent Jackson
    TBB
    7.03
    WR
    Denarius Moore
    OAK
    13.03
    WR
    Vincent Brown
    SDC
    22.10
    WR
    Laurent Robinson
    JAC
    29.03
    WR
    Eddie Royal
    SDC
    6.10
    TE
    Brandon Pettigrew
    DET
    17.03
    TE
    Owen Daniels
    HOU
    30.10
    TE
    Dallas Clark
    TBB
    32.10
    PK
    David Akers
    SFO
    11.03
    DE
    Elvis Dumervil
    DEN
    18.10
    DE
    Matt Shaughnessy
    OAK
    19.03
    DE
    Osi Umenyiora
    NYG
    27.03
    DE
    Michael Johnson
    CIN
    23.03
    DT
    Tommy Kelly
    OAK
    33.03
    DT
    Antonio Garay
    SDC
    8.10
    LB
    Derrick Johnson
    KCC
    9.03
    LB
    Colin McCarthy
    TEN
    12.10
    LB
    Chad Greenway
    MIN
    14.10
    LB
    Karlos Dansby
    MIA
    28.10
    LB
    Paris Lenon
    ARI
    24.10
    CB
    Eric Wright
    TBB
    25.03
    CB
    Alterraun Verner
    TEN
    31.03
    CB
    Stephon Gilmore
    BUF
    20.10
    S
    Bernard Pollard
    BAL
    21.03
    S
    Quintin Mikell
    STL
    26.10
    S
    Kerry Rhodes
    ARI

    Jene Bramel (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 4

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    This was such a solid draft that it's a tough call. I like nearly everyone's team, but Bryan Fontaine might have the best mix of talent in his prospective starting lineup.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    I wanted a better RB2 than Frank Gore, but I'm not sure I could have done anything differently to get a player higher in my tiers given how the first three rounds went down. I probably should have taken Rolando McClain or Perry Riley over Marcell Dareus later in the draft, but I really wanted a solid, lone DT on the roster and there's a good chance that Mason Foster will put up stats better than his on-field play.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    There's no way Matt Schaub is the QB18 this year. I don't think the Lisfranc injury is a major concern. Durability has been an issue and the depth at the position is better than usual, but if Schaub plays 16 games he'll finish as a QB1 easily. All three of my DE picks Kamerion Wimbley, Chris Clemons, Robert Quinn, came ten rounds after the established studs were drafted. I think at least one of them finishes in the top ten this year.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Waldman getting Antonio Brown in the 7th round is criminal. I just barely took Stevie Johnson over him three picks earlier and was really hoping Brown would somehow slip around the turn. I planned on drafting Terrell Suggs late so I passed him multiple times, but Osi Umenyiora is a top 20 defensive end. Norton got him 16 rounds after the first defensive end was drafted (and 13 rounds after the first defensive end run started).

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    My tiers strongly suggest a few things leading into training camp. Running backs are thin in the middle-late tiers, wide receivers are extremely deep and it may be a mistake to target both a top five QB and top five TE regardless of how the tiers fall. Also, I think you can easily wait even longer than usual to target the defensive end and linebacker position. I felt like I followed my tiers closely throughout the draft.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    2.09
    QB
    Tom Brady
    NEP
    14.09
    QB
    Matt Schaub
    HOU
    1.04
    RB
    LeSean McCoy
    PHI
    3.04
    RB
    Frank Gore
    SFO
    4.09
    RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG
    8.09
    RB
    Mark Ingram
    NOS
    17.04
    RB
    Mikel Leshoure
    DET
    24.09
    RB
    Rashard Mendenhall
    PIT
    5.04
    WR
    Jeremy Maclin
    PHI
    6.09
    WR
    Steve Johnson
    BUF
    7.04
    WR
    Torrey Smith
    BAL
    10.09
    WR
    Michael Crabtree
    SFO
    13.04
    WR
    Malcom Floyd
    SDC
    25.04
    WR
    Danny Amendola
    STL
    26.09
    WR
    Chris Givens
    STL
    28.09
    WR
    James Jones
    GBP
    9.04
    TE
    Fred Davis
    WAS
    20.09
    TE
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ
    33.04
    PK
    Randy Bullock
    HOU
    15.04
    DE
    Kamerion Wimbley
    TEN
    16.09
    DE
    Chris Clemons
    SEA
    18.09
    DE
    Robert Quinn
    STL
    32.09
    DE
    Terrell Suggs
    BAL
    21.04
    DT
    Marcell Dareus
    BUF
    11.04
    LB
    Lawrence Timmons
    PIT
    12.09
    LB
    Donald Butler
    SDC
    22.09
    LB
    Mason Foster
    TBB
    23.04
    LB
    Erin Henderson
    MIN
    29.04
    LB
    Kavell Conner
    IND
    34.09
    LB
    Justin Houston
    KCC
    30.09
    CB
    A.J. Jefferson
    ARI
    31.04
    CB
    Aaron Williams
    BUF
    19.04
    S
    George Wilson
    BUF
    27.04
    S
    Jordan Babineaux
    TEN

    Mark Wimer (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 5

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    John Norton has a nice mix of established veteran players across the skill positions with a nice mixture of young talent. I especially like his wide receiver corps (Vincent Brown, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Denarius Moore, Laurent Robinson, Eddie Royal).

    Jene Bramel has a murderer's row at three key positions. Quarterback (Tom Brady, Matt Schaub); running back (Ahmad Bradshaw, Frank Gore, Lesean McCoy, Mark Ingram) with some nice lottery tickets in Mikel Leshoure and Rashard Mendenhall; and at linebacker - Lawrence Timmons, Donald Butler, Mason Foster, Erin Henderson, with some nice potential in Kavell Conner and Justin Houston.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    I would want my pick at 16.08 where I drafted Patrick Chung to anchor my safety roster. I dithered with taking Mikel LeShoure at that pick, but thought that he'd last to 17.05. Unfortunately, Jene Bramel sniped LeShoure at 17.04. It's not a huge deal, as LeShoure is facing a multi-game suspension due to his marijuana problem and he is coming off an Achilles injury, but I would have liked to have him as insurance against a Jahvid Best concussion in the mid- and late-term of the 2012 season.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    If Jahvid Best can avoid the injury bug this year I have a steal in him at 4.08 (44th overall) as he has the potential to be a top-five fantasy back in that explosive Detroit offense. That's a big IF, but I love what I've seen of him when he's been on the field. Nnamdi Asomugha at 31.05 (365th overall) could be my best defensive pick - the Eagles realize that they misused their cornerbacks last season and are changing their scheme to fit the available talent. Asomugha could be the top CB in the NFL this year, in my opinion.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower at 30.12 (360th overall) could be a great pick for Matt Waldman - Brandon Spikes is ancient at 35 years old, so Hightower has a shot to unseat the cagey veteran in the starting lineup. Sigmund Bloom's pick of Tim Hightower has a good chance of netting him the starting Redskins' running back if Hightower is back to 100% after his torn left ACL derailed the 2011 season after five games. It was a good risk at 23.08 (272nd overall).

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times or did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    As it is a PPR league, I wanted the top pass-catching tight end - Jimmy Graham - because he and Rob Gronkowski (ankle injury/surgery concerns drop Gronkowski below Graham in my book) simply blow away the rest of the field at tight end. I should net a big net PPR advantage at the tight end position. I also wanted at least two top receivers for this league, so went Roddy White and Victor Cruz in rounds two and three. In a PPR league - given the ever-growing emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, the value of the top two tight ends and the top five wide receivers outweighs any running back not in the top three (Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy) in my opinion. I wanted to go TE early and follow that up with top wide receivers. I planned to wait on quarterbacks until the draft got to the Matt Ryan/Tony Romo/Eli Manning tier, as I think any of those three guys can be a top-five fantasy quarterback this year, but they are significantly less expensive/cost a less premium pick than the Aaron Rodgers/Drew Brees/Tom Brady/Cam Newton/Matthew Stafford tier of LAST year's top five quarterbacks. I had my own plan and pretty much stuck to it. I didn't take my first running back until fourth round, and held off on second and third backs until the seventh/eighth round picks. A strategy I would offer is to wait on running backs this year if you can't land one of the top three guys (Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice). Drafting 5th, I knew I'd miss out on the "sure bets" at running back, so I took the "sure bet" at tight end. If Calvin Johnson had been there at 1.05 I'd have taken him over Jimmy Graham, but he went at 1.02.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    5.05
    QB
    Matt Ryan
    ATL
    17.05
    QB
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    BUF
    4.08
    RB
    Jahvid Best
    DET
    7.05
    RB
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ
    8.08
    RB
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    CIN
    18.08
    RB
    Bernard Scott
    CIN
    26.08
    RB
    LaMichael James
    SFO
    33.05
    RB
    Christopher Ivory
    NOS
    2.08
    WR
    Roddy White
    ATL
    3.05
    WR
    Victor Cruz
    NYG
    9.05
    WR
    Robert Meachem
    SDC
    19.05
    WR
    Nate Washington
    TEN
    21.05
    WR
    Lestar Jean
    HOU
    23.05
    WR
    Donald Jones
    BUF
    34.08
    WR
    Harry Douglas
    ATL
    1.05
    TE
    Jimmy Graham
    NOS
    22.08
    TE
    Heath Miller
    PIT
    32.08
    PK
    Mason Crosby
    GBP
    6.08
    DE
    Mario Williams
    BUF
    12.08
    DE
    Chris Long
    STL
    29.05
    DE
    Darnell Dockett
    ARI
    13.05
    DT
    Haloti Ngata
    BAL
    28.08
    DT
    Richard Seymour
    OAK
    10.08
    LB
    Curtis Lofton
    NOS
    11.05
    LB
    Brian Cushing
    HOU
    14.08
    LB
    Jon Beason
    CAR
    15.05
    LB
    Nick Barnett
    BUF
    27.05
    LB
    Tamba Hali
    KCC
    20.08
    CB
    Charles Woodson
    GBP
    25.05
    CB
    Devin McCourty
    NEP
    31.05
    CB
    Nnamdi Asomugha
    PHI
    16.08
    S
    Patrick Chung
    NEP
    24.08
    S
    Kenny Phillips
    NYG
    30.08
    S
    Adrian Wilson
    ARI

    Bryan Fontaine (ProFootballFocus.com) - Draft Slot 6

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    Jeff Ratcliffe and Jene Bramel

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    I probably should have passed on taking a fourth defensive end in rookie Bruce Irvin and taken another wide receiver such as Brian Hartline instead.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    A.J. Green in the middle-third round is a great value. His ADP puts him in the early second in most drafts I have done. Where I landed Daryl Washington in the ninth round was good value, but getting Jerod Mayo in the 14th round was even better.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Matt Waldman got a steal with WR Antonio Brown in the seventh round, almost two rounds later than his current ADP. Jeff Haseley landed S Eric Berry in a good spot in the 14th round, with Chancellor going off the board the round before.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    I decided because of the lack of feature running backs available that I was going to go RB/RB if the value was there. I wanted to wait until after the eighth round to take an IDP, but Trent Cole was too good to pass up in the seventh round. I stuck to my value board through the first half of the draft, and then looked to fill out my bench with high upside players the rest of the way. I also wanted to be sure drafting in the middle of each round that I did not try to chase a position run going by. Because I waited on quarterback, I made sure to keep tabs on which teams still needed one and was able to wait one round later than I thought to get Peyton Manning in the 8th round after Tony Romo went off the board.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    8.07
    QB
    Peyton Manning
    DEN
    15.06
    QB
    Jake Locker
    TEN
    32.07
    QB
    Christian Ponder
    MIN
    1.06
    RB
    Ryan Mathews
    SDC
    2.07
    RB
    DeMarco Murray
    DAL
    10.07
    RB
    Donald Brown
    IND
    16.07
    RB
    Shane Vereen
    NEP
    19.06
    RB
    Felix Jones
    DAL
    3.06
    WR
    A.J. Green
    CIN
    4.07
    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DEN
    5.06
    WR
    Miles Austin
    DAL
    17.06
    WR
    Austin Collie
    IND
    18.07
    WR
    Davone Bess
    MIA
    6.07
    TE
    Antonio Gates
    SDC
    21.06
    TE
    Jared Cook
    TEN
    33.06
    TE
    Marcedes Lewis
    JAC
    34.07
    PK
    Dan Bailey
    DAL
    7.06
    DE
    Trent Cole
    PHI
    12.07
    DE
    Jabaal Sheard
    CLE
    28.07
    DE
    Greg Hardy
    CAR
    31.06
    DE
    Bruce Irvin
    SEA
    20.07
    DT
    Ahtyba Rubin
    CLE
    26.07
    DT
    Gerald McCoy
    TBB
    9.06
    LB
    Daryl Washington
    ARI
    11.06
    LB
    Paul Posluszny
    JAC
    14.07
    LB
    Jerod Mayo
    NEP
    27.06
    LB
    K.J. Wright
    SEA
    30.07
    LB
    Stephen Nicholas
    ATL
    22.07
    CB
    Cortland Finnegan
    STL
    23.06
    CB
    Terrell Thomas
    NYG
    29.06
    CB
    Janoris Jenkins
    STL
    13.06
    S
    Kam Chancellor
    SEA
    24.07
    S
    Antrel Rolle
    NYG
    25.06
    S
    Quinton Carter
    DEN

    Jeff Ratcliffe (Rotoworld.com/ProFootballFocus.com) - Draft Slot 7

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    While I feel there are a lot of solid rosters, the two that jump out at me are Norton's and Waldman's. I really like how Norton balanced his offensive spots with solid high-end picks and aggressive big upside picks. On IDP, he is rock solid at LB, DE, and safety, and went with some nice deeper names at CB and DT who should pan out well for him. Waldman surprised me a bit with how early he took JPP, but he still managed to load up his offensive roster. I love the idea of starting Rice, Sproles, Steve Smith, Lloyd, and Antonio Brown. He is a little light at QB, though a QBBC should work well for him. On IDP he grabbed two of my top-10 safeties and LBs, as well as grabbed upside guys Wagner and Hightower. This team should do quite well for him.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    In hindsight, I think I should have gone with Gates over Finley at 6.06. I've been back and forth on this one all offseason, but right now I'm leaning towards Gates. I really like Finley's athleticism, but as last season showed us, the Packers spread the ball around to much to give him top-tier value. Gates, on the other hand, is a favorite target of Rivers, and will continue to see a ton of targets this season. Right now, I put Gates behind only Graham and Gronkowski in my TE rankings.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    I'm going to have to say Pierre Garcon and Greg Olsen. While Garcon in the 7th round may not scream value to most folks, he has the potential to finish the year as a top-20 WR. I selected him as the 30th WR off the board, so if he hits, that's tremendous value. Olsen is going as a TE2 in most 12-team leagues right now, and I got him as the 16th TE off the board. Without Jeremy Shockey no longer there to compete with for targets, Olsen will get a lot of looks this year in a Panthers offense that relies heavily on the TE. I wouldn't be surprised to see Olsen break out this year.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    The two I feel are the best value picks are Antonio Gates for Bryan Fontaine and Tony Romo for Bloom (George Wilson for Bramel is a close third). I mentioned my love for Gates earlier, and he's an absolute steal where Fontaine got him at 6.07. During the draft, I remember being shocked to see Bloom scoop Romo at 8.05. I have Romo ranked as my 7th QB, ahead of Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers, all of whom were selected before him in this draft. To me, Romo is a solid pick in the 5th to 6th round, so getting him in the 8th is highway robbery. And the honorable mention goes to Bramel's pick of George Wilson as the 12th safety off the board at pick 19.04. In this draft, Jairus Byrd went 66 picks earlier at 13.10, and this honestly should have been the other way around. A lot of people are sleeping on Wilson this year, and forget that he put up elite fantasy numbers while healthy last season. At worst, Wilson should be the fourth or fifth safety off the board no later that the 15th round.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    My plan was to get my hands on two RBs in the first two rounds provided the value was there. Luckily, for me it was. From there, I wanted to fill my offensive starters, waiting on QB until Rd 5 or 6. With Vick, I felt I was getting good value in Rd 5. I knew I wanted to target at DE in the 8th, and my options were Wake or Peppers, so I went with Wake, who I feel has a bigger upside. I then wanted to grab two LBs, but ended up going three in a row because Ray Lewis was still on the board. From there, I wanted to grab value, but make sure I targeted a top-tier safety around the 14th-15th. Beyond that point, I went for value and tried to balance my picks as much as possible to produce a well-rounded roster. Oh, and I never draft a kicker until the last round.

    For others in an IDP draft, I would advise a similar strategy. The key here is balance between the offensive side and the IDP side. You don't want to wait too long to pick IDPs, at the same time, you can't forget about your offensive roster spots as well. Coming in with a plan is a good idea, but you need to realize that you can't always follow your plan to the letter. You always need to be in tune with the rhythm of the draft and be prepared to improvise if there's value on the board.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    5.07
    QB
    Michael Vick
    PHI
    17.07
    QB
    Joe Flacco
    BAL
    1.07
    RB
    Chris Johnson
    TEN
    2.06
    RB
    Trent Richardson
    CLE
    12.06
    RB
    Stevan Ridley
    NEP
    16.06
    RB
    Daniel Thomas
    MIA
    25.07
    RB
    Alex Green
    GBP
    3.07
    WR
    Andre Johnson
    HOU
    4.06
    WR
    Greg Jennings
    GBP
    7.07
    WR
    Pierre Garcon
    WAS
    15.07
    WR
    Michael Floyd
    ARI
    24.06
    WR
    Rueben Randle
    NYG
    28.06
    WR
    Jacoby Ford
    OAK
    6.06
    TE
    Jermichael Finley
    GBP
    18.06
    TE
    Greg Olsen
    CAR
    34.06
    PK
    Alex Henery
    PHI
    8.06
    DE
    Cameron Wake
    MIA
    13.07
    DE
    Cliff Avril
    DET
    20.06
    DE
    John Abraham
    ATL
    27.07
    DE
    Mark Anderson
    BUF
    21.07
    DT
    Kyle Williams
    BUF
    9.07
    LB
    Sean Lee
    DAL
    10.06
    LB
    Sean Weatherspoon
    ATL
    11.07
    LB
    Ray Lewis
    BAL
    19.07
    LB
    Lavonte David
    TBB
    26.06
    LB
    Michael Boley
    NYG
    30.06
    LB
    Kevin Burnett
    MIA
    32.06
    LB
    DJ Williams
    DEN
    33.07
    LB
    Mychal Kendricks
    PHI
    23.07
    CB
    Deangelo Hall
    WAS
    31.07
    CB
    Jabari Greer
    NOS
    14.06
    S
    Tyvon Branch
    OAK
    22.06
    S
    T.J. Ward
    CLE
    29.07
    S
    Yeremiah Bell
    NYJ

    Sigmund Bloom (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 8

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    Norton's team is very strong on offense except for TE, but he has great depth there. Norton's defense can hang with anyone else in the league and he has plenty of upside built in. Jeff Ratcliffe's offense is also very strong and better at TE than Norton. Ratcliffe's defense is a juggernaut at LB, and he has a very strong secondary.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    If I would have known that Robert Griffin III would fall to the 11th round, I would've selected Derrick Johnson instead of Tony Romo in the 8th and Griffin instead of Luke Kuechly in the 11th.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    Santana Moss has been in great shape this offseason, and he has the best quarterback he has had in a long time in Robert Griffin III. He'll vastly outperform his 25th round cost. Carlos Dunlap is like a baseball player who has hit a lot of doubles and is ready to hit some home runs. The Bengals defense is going to break out and Dunlap might be one of the NFL sack leaders, falling to the 17th round.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Jacob Tamme at 12.12 was an absolute steal. He should catch 60-70 balls in even the worst case scenario, and he could become Peyton Manning's favorite receiver because of the continuity he has with him. George Wilson at 19.04 was a terrific value as the #1 safety on a PPG basis last year - Jene got him as the #12 safety off the board.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    I was expecting to go TE at 1.08 and pepper RB and WR in rounds 2 through 6 or 7. I was going to wait as long as possible at QB and tackle LB/DE in the 10s, S/CB/DT in the 20s. The depth at QB and WR means you should err on the side of waiting at the positions. DE is actually deeper than in years past, so you don't need to rush to get one or two when you see the first few go off of the board.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    8.05
    QB
    Tony Romo
    DAL
    14.05
    QB
    Andrew Luck
    IND
    2.05
    RB
    Marshawn Lynch
    SEA
    4.05
    RB
    Doug Martin
    TBB
    6.05
    RB
    Jonathan Stewart
    CAR
    12.05
    RB
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    ATL
    23.08
    RB
    Tim Hightower
    WAS
    28.05
    RB
    Robert Turbin
    SEA
    31.08
    RB
    Bilal Powell
    NYJ
    34.05
    RB
    Jonathan Dwyer
    PIT
    3.08
    WR
    Wes Welker
    NEP
    5.08
    WR
    Dwayne Bowe
    KCC
    7.08
    WR
    DeSean Jackson
    PHI
    9.08
    WR
    Greg Little
    CLE
    19.08
    WR
    Brian Quick
    STL
    20.05
    WR
    Stephen Hill
    NYJ
    25.08
    WR
    Santana Moss
    WAS
    26.05
    WR
    Nate Burleson
    DET
    1.08
    TE
    Rob Gronkowski
    NEP
    33.08
    PK
    Rob Bironas
    TEN
    13.08
    DE
    Charles Johnson
    CAR
    16.05
    DE
    Adrian Clayborn
    TBB
    17.08
    DE
    Carlos Dunlap
    CIN
    32.05
    DT
    Kevin Williams
    MIN
    10.05
    LB
    Stephen Tulloch
    DET
    11.08
    LB
    Luke Kuechly
    CAR
    15.08
    LB
    DeMeco Ryans
    PHI
    18.05
    LB
    James Harrison
    PIT
    29.08
    LB
    Ryan Kerrigan
    WAS
    30.05
    LB
    LaMarr Woodley
    PIT
    24.05
    CB
    Antoine Winfield
    MIN
    27.08
    CB
    Richard Sherman
    SEA
    21.08
    S
    Mark Barron
    TBB
    22.05
    S
    Troy Polamalu
    PIT

    Matt Bitonti (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 9

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    I liked Jeff Ratcliffe's team. He has Chris Johnson and Trent Richardson at RB and Michael Vick in round 5 at QB. I especially like the Mike Vick pick. I don't love Andre Johnson but overall it's a good team. I also Like Jeff Haseley's team, Cam Newton should be a stud and Reggie Bush was drafted early but I feel that's warranted. The Isaac Redman pick angered me, because I was going to take him there. He's my RB target this year. David Harris is going to be a great IDP player.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    When I drafted RG3 in round 11, I did not realize he had the same bye week as Aaron Rodgers my starter. I probably should have found another RB at that spot, like Isaiah Pead or Jacquizz Rodgers. Both of these players have the chance to take over RB1 duties.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    Emmanuel Sanders in round 27 will outperform that selection. I'm not saying he's amazing but round 27, c'mon. Great pick by Matt Bitonti there. On defense people are really sleeping on Bart Scott (round 30, Bitonti struck again with a solid pick). He is reportedly slimmed down, and back to his old self in minicamps. The Jets drafted a linebacker in the third round, so Scott knows he's probably auditioning for a new team in 2013.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    I really liked the Isaac Redman pick in round 6. He has RB1 potential behind a vastly improved Steelers OL. K.J. Wright in round 27, was a pick that I wish I had made. He should rack up a ton of tackles, especially considered the Seattle offense rebuilding project.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    I tried to draft with an Al Davis strategy of getting the biggest fastest players (with the exception of Aaron Rodgers and Sebastian Janikowski). People bashed Al Davis toward the end but the guy had multiple rings and was a hall of famer. If there was a run, I drafted away from that position. Instead I tried to start the runs especially on defense. I took Ndamukong Suh in round 12 for example, I know in this league where you start 1 DT that's probably overkill. A lot of people were drafting tackles in the 30's, but Suh is probably the only threat to have 10 sacks a year at that position. Von Miller in round 8 is another example. He is exciting to watch, and has a ton of potential. I ended up a little thin at RB (especially if McFadden gets hurt again) But I have WR depth to spare, and maybe could parlay that into a trade. If RG3 started hot I could try to trade him too (because he can't be my bye week QB). Vernon Davis in the 5th round is someone who could pan out. I remember a lot of these guys from their draft days and if there's a better physical specimen at TE than Vernon Davis, I haven't seen it.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.09
    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    GBP
    11.09
    QB
    Robert Griffin III
    WAS
    20.04
    QB
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ
    23.09
    QB
    Tim Tebow
    NYJ
    2.04
    RB
    Darren McFadden
    OAK
    7.09
    RB
    C.J. Spiller
    BUF
    15.09
    RB
    James Starks
    GBP
    26.04
    RB
    Kendall Hunter
    SFO
    28.04
    RB
    Bernard Pierce
    BAL
    33.09
    RB
    Taiwan Jones
    OAK
    3.09
    WR
    Julio Jones
    ATL
    4.04
    WR
    Dez Bryant
    DAL
    9.09
    WR
    Justin Blackmon
    JAC
    13.09
    WR
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ
    17.09
    WR
    Mario Manningham
    SFO
    18.04
    WR
    Kendall Wright
    TEN
    24.04
    WR
    Leonard Hankerson
    WAS
    27.09
    WR
    Emmanuel Sanders
    PIT
    5.09
    TE
    Vernon Davis
    SFO
    22.04
    TE
    Ed Dickson
    BAL
    31.09
    PK
    Sebastian Janikowski
    OAK
    6.04
    DE
    Jared Allen
    MIN
    14.04
    DE
    J.J. Watt
    HOU
    12.04
    DT
    Ndamukong Suh
    DET
    8.04
    LB
    Von Miller
    DEN
    10.04
    LB
    Demarcus Ware
    DAL
    21.09
    LB
    Brian Orakpo
    WAS
    30.04
    LB
    Bart Scott
    NYJ
    19.09
    CB
    Darrelle Revis
    NYJ
    29.09
    CB
    Antonio Cromartie
    NYJ
    32.04
    CB
    Dwight Bentley
    DET
    16.04
    S
    Earl Thomas
    SEA
    25.09
    S
    Dashon Goldson
    SFO
    34.04
    S
    Eric Smith
    NYJ

    Jim Day (BlearcherReport.com/Fantasytaz.com) - Draft Slot 10

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    I think Sigmund Bloom and Jene Bramel had two of the most well-rounded teams. No real holes and plenty of depth.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    I had an internal battle with my 16th round pick, deciding between LB Kelvin Sheppard and 2nd year DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn is a guy I am very high on but thought that I could get him in the 17th so I went with Sheppard. Of course two picks later Bloom stole Clayborn. I don't hate my pick but I would've rather had Clayborn.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    Daryl Smith at 26.03 is a great value. He finished as the #22 scoring linebacker last year but was the 47th LB taken in this draft. He has always been undervalued and according to ProFootballFocus, he was the #2 rated 4-3 OLB in the league last year only behind Von Miller.

    My second value pick was Carson Palmer at 14.03. Palmer was selected as the 16th QB drafted. He averaged just under 300 yards a game in 9 starts last year with absolutely no work with his new team or receivers. I have Palmer ranked as my #10 QB this year.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Jene Bramel selected Matt Schaub as the 18th QB taken. If he can stay healthy there is no reason to believe he can't be a top 10 producer again as he was in 2009 and 2010. Russell Clay's pick of Calais Campbell at 15.02 represents great value. He was drafted as the 15th DE off the board after finishing as the 4th scoring DE in this scoring system in 2011. He is still only 25 and was ranked as the #2 rated 3-4 DE by ProFootballFocus.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    I usually tend to wait for IDP players, but when drafting with this many knowledgeable owners you must be flexible and ready to change tactics at any moment. As long as you are open to the idea of coming off your original strategy you will always be ready to pull the trigger on players that you definitely want on your squad.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    6.03
    QB
    Eli Manning
    NYG
    14.03
    QB
    Carson Palmer
    OAK
    1.10
    RB
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    JAC
    2.03
    RB
    Jamaal Charles
    KCC
    8.03
    RB
    Peyton Hillis
    KCC
    9.10
    RB
    Ben Tate
    HOU
    17.10
    RB
    LeGarrette Blount
    TBB
    31.10
    RB
    Brandon Jacobs
    SFO
    3.10
    WR
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG
    4.03
    WR
    Percy Harvin
    MIN
    5.10
    WR
    Eric Decker
    DEN
    11.10
    WR
    Mike Williams
    TBB
    18.03
    WR
    Lance Moore
    NOS
    27.10
    WR
    David Nelson
    BUF
    34.03
    WR
    Brian Hartline
    MIA
    12.03
    TE
    Brent Celek
    PHI
    19.10
    TE
    Coby Fleener
    IND
    7.10
    DE
    Justin Tuck
    NYG
    15.10
    DE
    Jeremy Mincey
    JAC
    25.10
    DE
    Dwight Freeney
    IND
    30.03
    DT
    Chris Canty
    NYG
    33.10
    DT
    Fletcher Cox
    PHI
    10.03
    LB
    London Fletcher
    WAS
    16.03
    LB
    Kelvin Sheppard
    BUF
    22.03
    LB
    E.J. Henderson
    MIN
    23.10
    LB
    Brandon Spikes
    NEP
    26.03
    LB
    Daryl Smith
    JAC
    29.10
    LB
    DeAndre Levy
    DET
    20.03
    CB
    Charles Tillman
    CHI
    24.03
    CB
    Tramon Williams
    GBP
    32.03
    CB
    Vontae Davis
    MIA
    13.10
    S
    Jairus Byrd
    BUF
    21.10
    S
    Darian Stewart
    STL
    28.03
    S
    Dawan Landry
    JAC

    John Gustafson (Justwindude.com) - Draft Slot 11

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    I really like Bramel and Norton's team. Both are stacked offensively and balanced on defense. They mixed in value picks with depth and have some very competitive squads. If this were a real league, I'd expect to see both in the playoffs.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    In the 15th round I took Jermaine Gresham. It's not a terrible pick, but admittedly, at this point in the draft I lost my concentration while waiting for my turn to pick. In hindsight, I would have liked to have grabbed Shane Vereen there who I think will be the top fantasy producer out of the NE backfield this year.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    On defense, I like the 18th round pick for Eric Weddle. I waited longer than most to start building my defense, but was still able to snag a guy who could easily finish top 5 at his position. On offense, my best value pick was Matt Flynn in the 23rd round. Getting Flynn in the 23rd is very intriguing. Let's be realistic and say he's 70% Aaron Rodgers. If he can produce 70% of what Rodgers did fantasy-wise, he'll be a top 10 QB. A stretch? Maybe, but not too far of one. If he can pull off a top 10 finish, he'll likely end up with similar numbers to Philip Rivers or Tony Romo, who were selected in the 7th and 8th rounds respectively.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Offensively, I really like Mark Wimer's 26th round pick of LaMichael James. I'm a diehard Niners fan and let's face it, Gore isn't getting any younger. Last year Gore was relegated to being primarily just a runner with his receptions falling off 80%. Additionally, the Niners don't spend a 2nd rounder on James if Kendall Hunter is their change of pace back. Furthermore, Gore has a rich injury history opening up the door for additional opportunities for James. I expect James to be involved in the passing game early and won't be surprised if he has a regular workload of 10-12 touches a game. If he can get to that level of involvement, he'll make a nice flex option most weeks. Not bad for the 26th round.

    Defensively, I like Waldman's 31st round selection of Dont'a Hightower. He's going to compete immediately for a starting job with New England and I think he can win it on the strong side. If he does he'll make a nice upside LB play most weeks which is fantastic for bye weeks. If he can do more than that, which I think he can, he'll far outperform this draft position.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    My plan for this draft was to build a great offense. I play primarily in offense only PPR leagues and even in some leagues where we don't even have a team defense. So to say IDP is my weakness would be an understatement. I decided to focus on my strength which is offense. I didn't select my first defensive player until the 12th round. This strategy is certainly risky, but with the depth I added on offense, I'll be able to make up for my average defense in 2 ways; 1) my offense will pick up the slack, 2) had this have been a real league, not a mock, I would use my offensive depth in trades to shore up the holes that pop up on my defense. For a new IDP player like myself, I would suggest the same. Focus on an area that you can create an advantage for yourself while acclimating yourself to the scoring system and importance of your defensive players, then adapt accordingly!

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.11
    QB
    Drew Brees
    NOS
    23.11
    QB
    Matt Flynn
    SEA
    2.02
    RB
    Matt Forte
    CHI
    5.11
    RB
    Michael Turner
    ATL
    6.02
    RB
    Roy Helu
    WAS
    8.02
    RB
    Chris Wells
    ARI
    9.11
    RB
    Willis McGahee
    DEN
    13.11
    RB
    Michael Bush
    CHI
    14.02
    RB
    Ryan Williams
    ARI
    3.11
    WR
    Jordy Nelson
    GBP
    4.02
    WR
    Mike Wallace
    PIT
    7.11
    WR
    Sidney Rice
    SEA
    11.11
    WR
    Anquan Boldin
    BAL
    34.02
    WR
    Greg Childs
    MIN
    10.02
    TE
    Tony Gonzalez
    ATL
    15.11
    TE
    Jermaine Gresham
    CIN
    29.11
    TE
    Martellus Bennett
    NYG
    33.11
    PK
    Matt Prater
    DEN
    24.02
    DE
    Courtney Upshaw
    BAL
    28.02
    DE
    Quinton Coples
    NYJ
    25.11
    DT
    Phil Taylor
    CLE
    26.02
    DT
    Cullen Jenkins
    PHI
    27.11
    DT
    B.J. Raji
    GBP
    12.02
    LB
    Aldon Smith
    SFO
    16.02
    LB
    Clay Matthews
    GBP
    17.11
    LB
    James Anderson
    CAR
    21.11
    LB
    Rolando McClain
    OAK
    22.02
    LB
    Perry Riley
    WAS
    19.11
    CB
    Morris Claiborne
    DAL
    20.02
    CB
    Jason McCourty
    TEN
    32.02
    CB
    Carlos Rogers
    SFO
    18.02
    S
    Eric Weddle
    SDC
    30.02
    S
    Reggie Nelson
    CIN
    31.11
    S
    Harrison Smith
    MIN

    Jeff Haseley (Footballguys.com) - Draft Slot 12

    Outside of yours, which two owners have the best, most well-rounded team?

    I thought John Norton and Bryan Fontaine drafted well rounded teams on both sides of the ball. Both mixed it up well between offense and defense, often getting good value picks. Norton repeatedly snagged solid IDP picks later in the draft. Alterraun Verner at 25.03 and Kerry Rhodes at 26.10 are just two examples. Bryan Fontaine always picked a player that probably should have been drafted a round earlier. In other words, he rarely reached on a player and routinely came away with strong value picks.

    If you could have one pick back, what would it be and who would you choose instead?

    14.01 Eric Berry. I like Berry. I think he is going to be a great Safety in the NFL, but there is some concern with him coming back from a serious knee injury. He could turn out to be a Top 5 Safety this year, but the safer move, if I wanted to take a Safety at that point in the draft was to select Tyvon Branch, who is a proven commodity at the position.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on your team do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round you selected him in.

    Jerome Simpson with pick 26.01 is a great value pick, considering he will only miss three games due to suspension. He could be the 2nd best receiver on the team behind Percy Harvin and be a weekly flex option. To get him in the 26th round is a steal in my opinion. Defensively, ILB Thomas Howard is projected to be a three-down LB for the Bengals. His improved play last year made Keith Rivers expendable. He should put up solid consistent numbers each week. Not bad for my sixth LB selected at 33.12.

    Which two picks (one offense and one defense) on any team but yours do you feel was the best "value pick" meaning most likely to outperform his ADP for the round he was selected in.

    Matt Waldman's pick of Rashad Jennings at 26.12 is criminal, especially if Maurice Jones-Drew misses time or holds out into the season. For him to get a RB with that much potential, that late in the draft, is quality drafting. Sticking with Waldman, I really liked his pick of LB Dont'a Hightower in the 31st round. If he makes a big splash, as some people suggest, this could be a great value pick. That's another example of a solid pick by Waldman, finding value instead of chasing a position of need. In his case, it worked out for both.

    What was your plan of action for this draft? Did you have a set plan to target certain positions at certain times? Did you go with the flow? What strategy did you use that would help others be successful in an IDP draft?

    My strategy was to get strong with starting QB, RB, WR and TE early, followed by a strong core of LBs with at least one solid DE and one solid Safety in the first half of the draft. The rest was filling in the missing pieces with value picks and known consistent players. There will always be strong waiver wire additions for the IDP positions, especially DE, DT, S and CB. I only drafted two IDP positions in the first 10 rounds (both LBs), with my first DE coming at 12.01 (Jason Babin). That allowed me to concentrate on the main offensive skill positions. This scoring format favors that area, so I made sure I had good strength there.

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.12
    QB
    Cam Newton
    CAR
    13.12
    QB
    Josh Freeman
    TBB
    30.01
    QB
    Alex Smith
    SFO
    4.01
    RB
    Reggie Bush
    MIA
    6.01
    RB
    Isaac Redman
    PIT
    11.12
    RB
    Pierre Thomas
    NOS
    23.12
    RB
    Kevin Smith
    DET
    29.12
    RB
    Mike Tolbert
    CAR
    2.01
    WR
    Larry Fitzgerald
    ARI
    3.12
    WR
    Brandon Marshall
    CHI
    8.01
    WR
    Reggie Wayne
    IND
    10.01
    WR
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    OAK
    20.01
    WR
    Doug Baldwin
    SEA
    26.01
    WR
    Jerome Simpson
    MIN
    5.12
    TE
    Aaron Hernandez
    NEP
    18.01
    TE
    Kyle Rudolph
    MIN
    32.01
    PK
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NEP
    12.01
    DE
    Jason Babin
    PHI
    15.12
    DE
    Justin Smith
    SFO
    24.01
    DE
    Chandler Jones
    NEP
    21.12
    DT
    Sione Pouha
    NYJ
    28.01
    DT
    Jurrell Casey
    TEN
    7.12
    LB
    Desmond Bishop
    GBP
    9.12
    LB
    Pat Angerer
    IND
    17.12
    LB
    David Hawthorne
    NOS
    19.12
    LB
    David Harris
    NYJ
    25.12
    LB
    Lance Briggs
    CHI
    33.12
    LB
    Thomas Howard
    CIN
    22.01
    CB
    Lardarius Webb
    BAL
    27.12
    CB
    Brandon Flowers
    KCC
    34.01
    CB
    Tim Jennings
    CHI
    14.01
    S
    Eric Berry
    KCC
    16.01
    S
    Morgan Burnett
    GBP
    31.12
    S
    Charlie Peprah
    GBP
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