Draft Slots Study - 10 Teams / Pick 1.01
By Chris Smith
August 22nd, 2012

One of the more interesting discussion points every time a new fantasy football season rolls around is in regards to the draft slots. While it is possible with wise decisions, bold moves and fearless picks to win a league no matter where you draft from, it is obvious to veteran fantasy owners that there is some advantage to drafting in certain positions as opposed to others. Every draft slot will have positives, negatives and its own unique draft strategy and it is imperative that fantasy owners take the time to really breakdown the advantages and disadvantages to their draft position. That is where I and this long-running Footballguys exclusive come in.

This series of articles will take an in-depth look at multiple types of leagues such as 10-team, 12-team and 14-team leagues as well as unique starting lineup and scoring rules. We will run a mock draft for every new scenario and breakdown the positives and negatives of each draft position.

This study is performed using the mock draft function within our own Draft Dominator software. The program gives you the ability to draft for one team and have the other teams taken over by computer control using different ADP lists. For the purpose of this study, I will use David Dodds' projections found within the Dominator. The mock draft ability of the Dominator is a nice way to prepare for your fantasy draft. Running the same draft several times will help you to anticipate all possible scenarios when your own draft arrives. Check it out today.

This particular series is based on...

  • 10 teams
  • 18 rounds
  • There are a few interesting twists in this study

  • Start 2 quarterback league
  • PPR league (1pt per RB/WR and 2pt per TE)
  • No FLEX player this time
  • Starting Lineup Requirements (18 total players on roster)

  • 2 Quarterbacks
  • 2 Running Backs
  • 3 Wide Receivers
  • 1 Tight End
  • 1 Place Kicker
  • 1 Team Defense
  • League Scoring Rules

  • Passing: 1 point every 20 passing yards 4 points per touchdown pass / -1 point per interception

  • Rushing: 1 point every 10 rushing yards / 6 points per touchdown

  • Receiving: 1 point every 10 receiving yards / 6 points per touchdown / 1 point per reception (RB and WR) / 2 points per reception (TE)

  • Kicking: 3 points per field goal / 1 point per extra point

  • Defense: 5 points for shutout / 3 pts for allowing < 7 points / 1 point for allowing less than 11 points / 2 points for interceptions / fumble recoveries and safeties / 1 point per sack
  • *** JUST A HEADS UP *** A few players are dropping further than anticipated in the Draft Dominator likely due to a number of factors. I have tweaked those players’ projections higher in order to have them drafted where they should be in the draft. Always striving to make this series better so if you have any feedback or questions, let me know.

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

    Onto the article.

    Drafting 1st overall (10-team re-draft)

    Ten-team fantasy leagues top to bottom are always easier to build than 12-, 14-, and 16-team leagues. Positions do not dry up as quickly and value is always there to be found. That is why in this study, I decided to switch it up a little and make it a 2QB start league. Having two quarterbacks in the starting lineup really well change the dynamic of the fantasy draft and puts a higher premium on a position that many owners normally wait until the 8th or later round to grab their first. Do that in a league you have to start two quarterbacks and you may be left without a starting quarterback to begin the season. As in the 12-team and 14-team studies, drafting first overall is a great spot to build a dynamite roster. You get the best player on your draft board and three of the top twenty one players. That is a great way to begin your fantasy draft.

    Possible strategies to incorporate into your draft

    League that goes RB heavy in first two rounds

    Many leagues out there still feature running backs flying off the board in the first two rounds. If this is a case it is a no brainer to load up on QB, WR, or even TE to begin this draft. Having two starting quarterbacks really makes it attractive to have a pair of decent quarterbacks by the end of round three.

    Possible squad through five rounds

  • QB Aaron Rogers
  • QB Michael Vick
  • RB Maurice Jones-Drew
  • WR Dez Bryant
  • RB Marshawn Lynch
  • Going quarterback / quarterback to begin this draft gives my squad a huge fantasy point total in most weeks. Rogers and Vick will team up for 600 yards and 6 touchdowns in many weeks and there should not be many disappointing weeks throughout the season. That gives a wonderful foundation to a fantasy squad. Nice with five picks in the first forty-one selections as I manage to draft three difference makers from rounds 3 through 5.

    League that has more flexibility in first two rounds

    If your league has more flexibility in the top include the best quarterbacks and receivers off the board, then a more conventional approach is in order...

    Possible squad through five rounds

  • RB Arian Foster
  • QB Matt Ryan
  • QB Tony Romo
  • RB Marshawn Lynch
  • Wes Welker
  • Aaron Rogers is the player to target with the top fantasy pick in leagues that you must start two quarterbacks. He is consistent, durable and puts up huge fantasy stats. That is all you need out of your top draft pick. I feel it is important to get two quarterbacks in your first few rounds when you start two at the position. There will be more running backs to scoop up in the mid rounds than quarterbacks due to how many teams utilize running back by committee approach. In this example, just to showcase something different, I began the draft in a conventional manner, scooping up Arian Foster with the top pick. Foster is a wonderful RB1 and there is not much to criticize with taking him instead of Rodgers. Rounds two and three, I target a pair of quarterbacks and after three rounds, I am still sitting in good shape with a wonderful quarterbacking duo in place. I see it pretty important here to have two running backs in the first few rounds. In the next two picks (round four and five), I find a strong RB2 in Marshawn Lynch and a solid WR1 in a PPR league in Wes Welker.

    Likely selections in first seven rounds

  • Round 1: QB
  • Round 2-3: RB/QB if top eight QB available. WR Calvin Johnson, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Julio Jones, WR Andre Johnson or top 2 TE
  • Round 4-5: If 2 quarterbacks on roster already, RB/RB or RB/WR unless exceptional quarterback value there or a top-five tight end
  • Round 6-7: Depends on value and who is currently on roster. Could be anything here.
  • Positives of the draft slot

  • Get top player on draft board
  • Get three of the top twenty-one players, allowing for a great foundation
  • Easiest position in the entire draft to draft for value instead of positional needs
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Long time between picks still (18 picks between)
  • Positional runs can result in slim pickings when turn to draft arrives
  • Final Draft Table

    Pick
    Pos
    Player Selected
    Team
    Selected By
    1.01
    QB1
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB/10
    Draft Study Team
    1.02
    RB1
    Arian Foster
    Hou/8
    Team 2
    1.03
    RB2
    Ray Rice
    Bal/8
    Team 3
    1.04
    TE1
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/6
    Team 4
    1.05
    RB3
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Team 5
    1.06
    QB2
    Tom Brady
    NE/9
    Team 6
    1.07
    QB3
    Drew Brees
    NO/6
    Team 7
    1.08
    TE2
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/9
    Team 8
    1.09
    WR1
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/5
    Team 9
    1.10
    QB4
    Cam Newton
    Car/6
    Team 10
    2.01
    QB5
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/5
    Team 10
    2.02
    RB4
    Matt Forte
    Chi/6
    Team 9
    2.03
    RB5
    Chris Johnson
    Ten/11
    Team 8
    2.04
    RB6
    Darren McFadden
    Oak/5
    Team 7
    2.05
    QB6
    Michael Vick
    Phi/7
    Team 6
    2.06
    WR2
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Ari/10
    Team 5
    2.07
    QB7
    Eli Manning
    NYG/11
    Team 4
    2.08
    RB9
    Trent Richardson
    Cle/10
    Team 3
    2.09
    QB8
    Philip Rivers
    SD/7
    Team 2
    2.10
    RB7
    DeMarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Draft Study Team
    3.01
    QB10
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Draft Study Team
    3.02
    QB9
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    3.03
    WR3
    Julio Jones
    Atl/7
    Team 3
    3.04
    RB8
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/11
    Team 4
    3.05
    RB10
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/7
    Team 5
    3.06
    RB11
    Doug Martin
    TB/5
    Team 6
    3.07
    RB12
    Darren Sproles
    NO/6
    Team 7
    3.08
    WR5
    Roddy White
    Atl/7
    Team 8
    3.09
    QB11
    Robert Griffin III
    Was/10
    Team 9
    3.10
    RB13
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/6
    Team 10
    4.01
    RB14
    Steven Jackson
    StL/9
    Team 10
    4.02
    WR6
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/8
    Team 9
    4.03
    RB15
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/8
    Team 8
    4.04
    WR7
    A.J. Green
    Cin/8
    Team 7
    4.05
    RB16
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/7
    Team 6
    4.06
    QB12
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/4
    Team 5
    4.07
    RB17
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/7
    Team 4
    4.08
    QB13
    Peyton Manning
    Den/7
    Team 3
    4.09
    WR8
    Greg Jennings
    GB/10
    Team 2
    4.10
    WR14
    Wes Welker
    NE/9
    Draft Study Team
    5.01
    WR4
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/10
    Draft Study Team
    5.02
    WR9
    Percy Harvin
    Min/11
    Team 2
    5.03
    WR10
    Brandon Marshall
    Chi/6
    Team 3
    5.04
    WR11
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    Team 4
    5.05
    WR12
    Victor Cruz
    NYG/11
    Team 5
    5.06
    WR13
    Steve Smith
    Car/6
    Team 6
    5.07
    WR15
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/11
    Team 7
    5.08
    RB18
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/11
    Team 8
    5.09
    TE3
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/9
    Team 9
    5.10
    WR16
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/4
    Team 10
    6.01
    RB19
    Frank Gore
    SF/9
    Team 10
    6.02
    RB20
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/11
    Team 9
    6.03
    WR17
    Demaryius Thomas
    Den/7
    Team 8
    6.04
    TE4
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    Team 7
    6.05
    WR18
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/8
    Team 6
    6.06
    WR19
    Marques Colston
    NO/6
    Team 5
    6.07
    WR20
    Vincent Jackson
    TB/5
    Team 4
    6.08
    TE5
    Antonio Gates
    SD/7
    Team 3
    6.09
    TE6
    Vernon Davis
    SF/9
    Team 2
    6.10
    RB22
    Donald Brown
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    7.01
    WR21
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Draft Study Team
    7.02
    RB21
    Michael Turner
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    7.03
    RB23
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/4
    Team 3
    7.04
    RB24
    Willis McGahee
    Den/7
    Team 4
    7.05
    TE7
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/5
    Team 5
    7.06
    RB25
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/9
    Team 6
    7.07
    WR22
    Antonio Brown
    Pit/4
    Team 7
    7.08
    WR23
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Team 8
    7.09
    RB26
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/8
    Team 9
    7.10
    WR24
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/5
    Team 10
    8.01
    WR25
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/7
    Team 10
    8.02
    WR26
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Team 9
    8.03
    WR27
    Eric Decker
    Den/7
    Team 8
    8.04
    RB27
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Cin/8
    Team 7
    8.05
    RB28
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/6
    Team 6
    8.06
    RB29
    Mark Ingram
    NO/6
    Team 5
    8.07
    WR28
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/4
    Team 4
    8.08
    WR29
    Torrey Smith
    Bal/8
    Team 3
    8.09
    WR30
    Brandon Lloyd
    NE/9
    Team 2
    8.10
    TE9
    Fred Davis
    Was/10
    Draft Study Team
    9.01
    RB33
    Stevan Ridley
    NE/9
    Draft Study Team
    9.02
    WR31
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Oak/5
    Team 2
    9.03
    QB14
    Josh Freeman
    TB/5
    Team 3
    9.04
    RB30
    Roy Helu
    Was/10
    Team 4
    9.05
    WR32
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/9
    Team 5
    9.06
    WR33
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/11
    Team 6
    9.07
    WR34
    Pierre Garcon
    Was/10
    Team 7
    9.08
    QB15
    Carson Palmer
    Oak/5
    Team 8
    9.09
    RB31
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/6
    Team 9
    9.10
    TE8
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/7
    Team 10
    10.01
    TE10
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/10
    Team 10
    10.02
    WR35
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/9
    Team 9
    10.03
    RB32
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/6
    Team 8
    10.04
    RB34
    Peyton Hillis
    KC/7
    Team 7
    10.05
    WR36
    Robert Meachem
    SD/7
    Team 6
    10.06
    RB35
    James Starks
    GB/10
    Team 5
    10.07
    QB16
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/8
    Team 4
    10.08
    RB36
    Michael Bush
    Chi/6
    Team 3
    10.09
    RB37
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/10
    Team 2
    10.10
    QB21
    Andrew Luck
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    11.01
    WR41
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/8
    Draft Study Team
    11.02
    RB38
    Kevin Smith
    Det/5
    Team 2
    11.03
    WR37
    Nate Washington
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    11.04
    WR38
    Titus Young
    Det/5
    Team 4
    11.05
    WR39
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/7
    Team 5
    11.06
    WR40
    Greg Little
    Cle/10
    Team 6
    11.07
    WR42
    Mike Williams
    TB/5
    Team 7
    11.08
    WR43
    Lance Moore
    NO/6
    Team 8
    11.09
    TE11
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    Team 9
    11.10
    RB39
    Chris Wells
    Ari/10
    Team 10
    12.01
    RB40
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Team 10
    12.02
    WR44
    Austin Collie
    Ind/4
    Team 9
    12.03
    TE12
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/8
    Team 8
    12.04
    DEF1
    Chicago
    Chi/6
    Team 7
    12.05
    WR45
    Brandon LaFell
    Car/6
    Team 6
    12.06
    TE13
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/9
    Team 5
    12.07
    WR46
    Nate Burleson
    Det/5
    Team 4
    12.08
    TE14
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/8
    Team 3
    12.09
    RB41
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/11
    Team 2
    12.10
    RB47
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/7
    Draft Study Team
    13.01
    RB51
    David Wilson
    NYG/11
    Draft Study Team
    13.02
    DEF2
    San Francisco
    SF/9
    Team 2
    13.03
    WR47
    Randy Moss
    SF/9
    Team 3
    13.04
    QB17
    Andy Dalton
    Cin/8
    Team 4
    13.05
    QB18
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/6
    Team 5
    13.06
    TE15
    Jacob Tamme
    Den/7
    Team 6
    13.07
    RB42
    Ronnie Hillman
    Den/7
    Team 7
    13.08
    DEF3
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    Team 8
    13.09
    RB43
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/6
    Team 9
    13.10
    RB44
    Mikel Leshoure
    Det/5
    Team 10
    14.01
    PK1
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/9
    Team 10
    14.02
    QB19
    Alex Smith
    SF/9
    Team 9
    14.03
    QB20
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/8
    Team 8
    14.04
    QB22
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/8
    Team 7
    14.05
    DEF4
    Green Bay
    GB/10
    Team 6
    14.06
    DEF5
    Baltimore
    Bal/8
    Team 5
    14.07
    DEF6
    Detroit
    Det/5
    Team 4
    14.08
    DEF7
    New England
    NE/9
    Team 3
    14.09
    RB45
    Cedric Benson
    GB/10
    Team 2
    14.10
    WR49
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/11
    Draft Study Team
    15.01
    DEF9
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/4
    Draft Study Team
    15.02
    TE16
    Greg Olsen
    Car/6
    Team 2
    15.03
    RB46
    Ben Tate
    Hou/8
    Team 3
    15.04
    TE17
    Jared Cook
    Ten/11
    Team 4
    15.05
    RB48
    Tim Hightower
    Was/10
    Team 5
    15.06
    TE18
    Kyle Rudolph
    Min/11
    Team 6
    15.07
    RB49
    Shane Vereen
    NE/9
    Team 7
    15.08
    RB50
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/7
    Team 8
    15.09
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/9
    Team 9
    15.10
    WR48
    Justin Blackmon
    Jac/6
    Team 10
    16.01
    WR50
    Jerome Simpson
    Min/11
    Team 10
    16.02
    PK2
    Mason Crosby
    GB/10
    Team 9
    16.03
    PK3
    David Akers
    SF/9
    Team 8
    16.04
    WR51
    David Nelson
    Buf/8
    Team 7
    16.05
    WR52
    Randall Cobb
    GB/10
    Team 6
    16.06
    WR53
    Santana Moss
    Was/10
    Team 5
    16.07
    WR54
    Doug Baldwin
    Sea/11
    Team 4
    16.08
    WR55
    Laurent Robinson
    Jac/6
    Team 3
    16.09
    WR56
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Pit/4
    Team 2
    16.10
    TE19
    Coby Fleener
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    17.01
    RB59
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/5
    Draft Study Team
    17.02
    QB23
    Jake Locker
    Ten/11
    Team 2
    17.03
    QB24
    Sam Bradford
    StL/9
    Team 3
    17.04
    WR57
    Danny Amendola
    StL/9
    Team 4
    17.05
    RB52
    Bernard Scott
    Cin/8
    Team 5
    17.06
    RB53
    Kendall Hunter
    SF/9
    Team 6
    17.07
    RB54
    Marcel Reece
    Oak/5
    Team 7
    17.08
    WR58
    Kendall Wright
    Ten/11
    Team 8
    17.09
    WR59
    Davone Bess
    Mia/7
    Team 9
    17.10
    DEF10
    New York Giants
    NYG/11
    Team 10
    18.01
    WR60
    Michael Floyd
    Ari/10
    Team 10
    18.02
    WR61
    Terrell Owens
    Sea/11
    Team 9
    18.03
    WR62
    Alshon Jeffery
    Chi/6
    Team 8
    18.04
    PK4
    Randy Bullock
    Hou/8
    Team 7
    18.05
    PK5
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/6
    Team 6
    18.06
    PK6
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/7
    Team 5
    18.07
    PK7
    Jason Hanson
    Det/5
    Team 4
    18.08
    PK8
    Dan Bailey
    Dal/5
    Team 3
    18.09
    PK9
    Matt Bryant
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    18.10
    PK12
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Oak/5
    Draft Study Team

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 1st draft position

    Round 1: QB Aaron Rodgers

    In a start-two quarterback fantasy league, Aaron Rodgers is the clear-cut number one pick in my mind. I am very happy to put a fantasy beast in my foundation. He is consistent, durable and will put up big fantasy numbers. There is more risk involved with drafting Arian Foster and the quarterback position dries up quicker than running back when you start two quarterbacks.

    Rounds 2-3: RB DeMarco Murray / QB Tony Romo

    I grab a pair of Dallas Cowboys here and both will be excellent additions to my team. As mentioned earlier in the article, I love grabbing two quarterbacks in the first three rounds with these starting lineup requirements if a top-eight quarterback falls to your pick. Rodgers and Romo team up to give my squad incredible fantasy points from the quarterback position and the duo gives me a big heads up on the rest of the league. DeMarco Murray is a great pickup and will be a good RB1 this season. I see taking a running back here unless WR Calvin Johnson / WR Larry Fitzgerald / WR Andre Johnson / TE Jimmy Graham / TE Rob Gronkowski fall to this slot.

    Round 4-5: WR Wes Welker / WR Jordy Nelson

    What I love about ten-team leagues is what talent is still available when the four/five turn comes up. The talent pool has not dried up yet and adding this pair of receivers to my already strong foundation threw down the gauntlet that my team is the team to beat. Both Welker and Nelson are capable of finishing as a top-five fantasy producer this season. I do consider running back here with Frank Gore, Ryan Matthews and Marshawn Lynch available but I see this receiving duo trumping any running backs I can scoop up here. There will be good running back prospects to pick up in the later rounds.

    Rounds 6-7: RB Donald Brown / WR Miles Austin

    This is an interesting turn here. I can go after my tight end now as I see a number of interesting players here including Brandon Pettigrew, Fred Davis and Jermichael Finley. I feel pretty confident that one of these players will drop to round eight though so I hold off on the starting tight end for now. I can also go after a quarterback like Matt Schaub here and really cement quarterback as the strength of my team. However with the projections I am using, two players leap off the page at me in Donald Brown and Miles Austin. Both have upside and are in good positions to have successful seasons. Austin is the safer pick and gives me an incredible trio at receiver. Brown definitely is a riskier pick but if he pays off, he and Murray will form a solid starting duo.

    Rounds 8-9: TE Fred Davis / RB Stevan Ridley

    Waiting on the tight end position has paid off as Fred Davis fell into my lap with my 8th round pick. He is an excellent fantasy receiver and could climb into the top-three if rookie QB Robert Griffin III can play well this season. I am very happy to add Steven Ridley as my RB3 and he may emerge as my 2nd starting running back in place of Donald Brown depending on how things break down.

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

    Quarterbacks

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tony Romo
  • Running Backs

  • DeMarco Murray
  • Donald Brown
  • Stevan Ridley
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Jordy Nelson
  • Miles Austin
  • Tight Ends

  • Fred Davis
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • In a fantasy league in which starting two quarterbacks is mandatory, makes sure to secure to good ones before the position dries out. Having the Rodgers / Romo pair will guarantee great fantasy points in most weeks. In this era of ‘running back by committee’ running rampant, it is easier to wait on this position than ever before. Right now I have three interesting prospects that all are capable of top-12 fantasy seasons and I see plenty of players to target in the next rounds that are capable of big things. My receiving trio is lights out. Welker, Nelson and Austin are all capable of top-10 fantasy seasons. Finally I have an excellent fantasy tight end in place with Fred Davis who is capable of top-three if things go right for him and the Redskins offense. Going forward, I need to add a third good quarterback, a few good prospects at running back and some receiver depth.

    Rounds 10-13: QB Andrew Luck / WR Anquan Boldin / RB Jacquizz Rodgers / RB David Wilson

    I am very happy to add Luck to my team in the fourth round. A little Luck can go a long way and ultimately, he will probably just start during Rodgers and Romo’s bye weeks this season unless injuries hit. He is capable of big things depending how quickly he gets comfortable when the games start for real. Boldin is the perfect player to pick up as the top fantasy backup receiver. You can pencil him in and count on 5+ receptions on a consistent basis. Finally I add a pair of young, dynamic running backs who have tons of upside this season. Both will get 8-10 touches per game no matter what but if they get their opportunity can shock the fantasy community.

    Rounds 14-18: WR Sidney Rice / Steelers D / TE Coby Fleener / RB LeGarrette Blount / PK Sebastian Janikowski

    I am pleased to find two veteran players, one at running back and receiver to round out those positions. Sidney Rice should have a better season this year with improved quarterback play and back to full health. Coby Fleener has history with Andrew Luck and is capable of big things right out of the gate. He is a backup tight end with big upside. Finally I add a good defense and kicker here.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #1)

    Quarterbacks

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tony Romo
  • Andrew Luck
  • Running Backs

  • DeMarco Murray
  • Donald Brown
  • Stevan Ridley
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
  • David Wilson
  • LeGarrette Blount
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Jordy Nelson
  • Miles Austin
  • Anquan Boldin
  • Sidney Rice
  • Tight Ends

  • Fred Davis
  • Coby Fleener
  • Place Kickers

  • Sebastian Janikowski
  • Defenses

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    This is a powerful fantasy squad. All the positions top to bottom are loaded for bear. If I were to criticize this team I would say the backup quarterback (Andrew Luck) is unproven and there are only five receivers on roster so injuries could cause issues. Also there are questions regarding five of the six running backs I have on the team. However all six running backs are still likely to provide consistent fantasy offense and worst case scenario be decent RB2 players for my team. My starting lineup of Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Donald Brown, Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson, Miles Austin and Fred Davis is second to nobody.

    Last thoughts on the 1st draft slot in a 10-team league

    Drafting first overall in any size league is always going to be a nice luxury. Getting the best player on your board and three of the top 21 in this case builds a strong, powerful foundation that makes it easy to build up a strong fantasy house on top of. Draft for value throughout the draft but keep in mind to take two quarterbacks in the first three rounds unless the top-eight are all off the board. Without question, make sure to have a good starting pair in place by round five unless the league goes QB-crazy. If they do, stockpile running back and receiving talent and plan on a committee approach at quarterback instead. Good luck and happy drafting.

    Good luck and happy drafting. Thanks for reading.

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