Draft Slots Study - 10 Teams / Pick 1.05
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 5th overall (10-team re-draft)

    Ten-team leagues are without question easier to draft in top to bottom than 12-team, 14-team and larger leagues. The talent pool lasts longer and it is easier to project who will be available in the next picks. That said there is a still strategy and smart decisions needed to rise above the other teams in your league. As mentioned multiple times in the first article in this particular series, having a two-quarterback starting lineup means that quarterbacks are in much higher demand than in a typical start 1-QB league. You will still get owners that wish to wait on the position and others that target one in each of the first three rounds as the talent pool will dry up faster at quarterback than the other positions.

    For the first three rounds of the draft, my goal in this league would be to emerge with 2QB / 1WR or 2QB / 1 RB depending on who is available. That does not mean however that you should reach on the quarterback position. If the league goes quarterback crazy to begin with, target elite receivers and running back. Even tight ends like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski will give a big advantage. Sure you may wind up with a Sam Bradford / Mark Sanchez / Andy Dalton combination at quarterback but the advantage to having top running backs and receivers will keep this team in the running for the title. It all depends on what the other teams in your league will do.

    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 six rounds

  • RB Ray Rice
  • TE Jimmy Graham
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • WR A.J. Green
  • QB Joe Flacco
  • QB Josh Freeman
  • The top three quarterbacks went in the first four picks and I do not see Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford as being in the same class so I pick up a top running back here instead. Ray Rice will give me an advantage to start the draft. In round two, I do not see quarterbacks I am happy with that early and running backs are still loaded and can grab some good ones in the middle rounds so I happily scoop up the top tight end here. Next two excellent receivers drop as owners scramble for quarterbacks and running backs and finally in the fifth and six rounds, I find two serviceable quarterbacks with upside. My quarterback duo will not be the strong point of my team but they should be decent starting options and my other starters are very strong. I would definitely target one more quarterback in the next two rounds before the position dries up and then get some running backs on board.

    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 six rounds

  • QB Drew Brees
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • QB Matt Ryan
  • RB Marshawn Lynch
  • WR Hakeem Nicks
  • RB C.J. Spiller
  • I managed to draft two strong quarterbacks that will be the backbone of the fantasy team. Brees and Ryan should have some monster weeks together. I have a great receiver duo in Fitzgerald and Nicks with both players' top-five capable and finally my running back pair of Lynch and Spiller is serviceable.

    Likely selections in first seven rounds

  • Round 1: QB Brees, Brady, Rodgers or RB
  • Round 2: QB Newton, Stafford, RB or WR
  • Round 3: If one QB, top-10 quarterback or RB/WR
  • Round 4: If one QB, top-14 quarterback or RB/WR
  • Round 5: RB/WR/TE/QB
  • Round 6: RB/WR/TE/QB
  • Round 7: RB/WR/TE/QB
  • Positives of the draft slot

  • It is easy to project to the next pick with few picks in between
  • Going to wind up with top three quarterback or top two running back
  • In a great position to scoop value up going up and down the draft
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Possibility of having weak quarterback options if owners go quarterback heavy around you
  • As always can feel like you are chasing owner drafting first with his first overall pick and three of the top-21
  • Final Draft Table

    Pick
    Pos
    Player Selected
    Team
    Selected By
    1.01
    RB1
    Arian Foster
    Hou/8
    Team 1
    1.02
    RB2
    Ray Rice
    Bal/8
    Team 2
    1.03
    QB1
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB/10
    Team 3
    1.04
    QB3
    Tom Brady
    NE/9
    Team 4
    1.05
    QB2
    Drew Brees
    NO/6
    Draft Study Team
    1.06
    RB3
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Team 6
    1.07
    WR1
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/5
    Team 7
    1.08
    QB4
    Cam Newton
    Car/6
    Team 8
    1.09
    RB4
    Matt Forte
    Chi/6
    Team 9
    1.10
    TE1
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/6
    Team 10
    2.01
    RB5
    Chris Johnson
    Ten/11
    Team 10
    2.02
    TE2
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/9
    Team 9
    2.03
    QB5
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/5
    Team 8
    2.04
    QB6
    Michael Vick
    Phi/7
    Team 7
    2.05
    RB6
    Darren McFadden
    Oak/5
    Team 6
    2.06
    RB9
    Trent Richardson
    Cle/10
    Draft Study Team
    2.07
    RB7
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/7
    Team 4
    2.08
    RB8
    Steven Jackson
    StL/9
    Team 3
    2.09
    WR2
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Ari/10
    Team 2
    2.10
    WR3
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/8
    Team 1
    3.01
    QB7
    Robert Griffin III
    Was/10
    Team 1
    3.02
    RB10
    DeMarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Team 2
    3.03
    QB8
    Eli Manning
    NYG/11
    Team 3
    3.04
    QB9
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    3.05
    QB10
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Draft Study Team
    3.06
    RB11
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/11
    Team 6
    3.07
    RB12
    Darren Sproles
    NO/6
    Team 7
    3.08
    RB13
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/6
    Team 8
    3.09
    RB14
    Doug Martin
    TB/5
    Team 9
    3.10
    RB15
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/8
    Team 10
    4.01
    WR4
    Julio Jones
    Atl/7
    Team 10
    4.02
    QB11
    Philip Rivers
    SD/7
    Team 9
    4.03
    RB16
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/7
    Team 8
    4.04
    RB17
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/7
    Team 7
    4.05
    QB12
    Peyton Manning
    Den/7
    Team 6
    4.06
    RB18
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/11
    Draft Study Team
    4.07
    WR5
    Roddy White
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    4.08
    RB19
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/11
    Team 3
    4.09
    WR6
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/10
    Team 2
    4.10
    WR7
    Brandon Marshall
    Chi/6
    Team 1
    5.01
    WR8
    A.J. Green
    Cin/8
    Team 1
    5.02
    WR9
    Greg Jennings
    GB/10
    Team 2
    5.03
    RB20
    Frank Gore
    SF/9
    Team 3
    5.04
    WR10
    Percy Harvin
    Min/11
    Team 4
    5.05
    WR11
    Wes Welker
    NE/9
    Draft Study Team
    5.06
    QB13
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/4
    Team 6
    5.07
    TE3
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/9
    Team 7
    5.08
    WR12
    Victor Cruz
    NYG/11
    Team 8
    5.09
    WR13
    Steve Smith
    Car/6
    Team 9
    5.10
    WR14
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/11
    Team 10
    6.01
    TE4
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    Team 10
    6.02
    WR15
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    Team 9
    6.03
    TE5
    Antonio Gates
    SD/7
    Team 8
    6.04
    RB21
    Donald Brown
    Ind/4
    Team 7
    6.05
    WR16
    Demaryius Thomas
    Den/7
    Team 6
    6.06
    WR18
    Marques Colston
    NO/6
    Draft Study Team
    6.07
    WR17
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/8
    Team 4
    6.08
    WR19
    Brandon Lloyd
    NE/9
    Team 3
    6.09
    QB14
    Josh Freeman
    TB/5
    Team 2
    6.10
    RB22
    Michael Turner
    Atl/7
    Team 1
    7.01
    RB23
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/4
    Team 1
    7.02
    RB24
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/8
    Team 2
    7.03
    TE6
    Vernon Davis
    SF/9
    Team 3
    7.04
    RB25
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/9
    Team 4
    7.05
    RB26
    Willis McGahee
    Den/7
    Draft Study Team
    7.06
    TE7
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/5
    Team 6
    7.07
    RB27
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/6
    Team 7
    7.08
    RB28
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Cin/8
    Team 8
    7.09
    RB29
    Mark Ingram
    NO/6
    Team 9
    7.10
    RB30
    Peyton Hillis
    KC/7
    Team 10
    8.01
    WR20
    Vincent Jackson
    TB/5
    Team 10
    8.02
    WR21
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Team 9
    8.03
    WR22
    Antonio Brown
    Pit/4
    Team 8
    8.04
    WR23
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/4
    Team 7
    8.05
    WR24
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Team 6
    8.06
    WR27
    Eric Decker
    Den/7
    Draft Study Team
    8.07
    QB15
    Carson Palmer
    Oak/5
    Team 4
    8.08
    WR25
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Team 3
    8.09
    QB16
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/6
    Team 2
    8.10
    QB17
    Alex Smith
    SF/9
    Team 1
    9.01
    WR26
    Torrey Smith
    Bal/8
    Team 1
    9.02
    TE8
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    9.03
    WR29
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/7
    Team 3
    9.04
    QB18
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/8
    Team 4
    9.05
    TE9
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/10
    Draft Study Team
    9.06
    RB31
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/6
    Team 6
    9.07
    WR28
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/5
    Team 7
    9.08
    WR30
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Oak/5
    Team 8
    9.09
    WR31
    Pierre Garcon
    Was/10
    Team 9
    9.10
    RB32
    Stevan Ridley
    NE/9
    Team 10
    10.01
    WR32
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    10.02
    RB33
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/10
    Team 9
    10.03
    WR33
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/4
    Team 8
    10.04
    WR34
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/11
    Team 7
    10.05
    WR35
    Titus Young
    Det/5
    Team 6
    10.06
    QB19
    Andrew Luck
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    10.07
    RB36
    Kevin Smith
    Det/5
    Team 4
    10.08
    QB20
    Andy Dalton
    Cin/8
    Team 3
    10.09
    QB21
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/8
    Team 2
    10.10
    QB22
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/8
    Team 1
    11.01
    RB34
    Michael Bush
    Chi/6
    Team 1
    11.02
    WR36
    Austin Collie
    Ind/4
    Team 2
    11.03
    RB35
    Evan Royster
    Was/10
    Team 3
    11.04
    TE10
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    Team 4
    11.05
    RB38
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/11
    Draft Study Team
    11.06
    PK1
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/9
    Team 6
    11.07
    PK2
    Mason Crosby
    GB/10
    Team 7
    11.08
    RB37
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Team 8
    11.09
    PK3
    David Akers
    SF/9
    Team 9
    11.10
    DEF1
    Chicago
    Chi/6
    Team 10
    12.01
    WR37
    Nate Washington
    Ten/11
    Team 10
    12.02
    WR38
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/7
    Team 9
    12.03
    WR39
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/9
    Team 8
    12.04
    WR40
    Greg Little
    Cle/10
    Team 7
    12.05
    WR41
    Mike Williams
    TB/5
    Team 6
    12.06
    WR42
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/8
    Draft Study Team
    12.07
    RB39
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/6
    Team 4
    12.08
    DEF2
    San Francisco
    SF/9
    Team 3
    12.09
    RB40
    Ronnie Hillman
    Den/7
    Team 2
    12.10
    TE11
    Fred Davis
    Was/10
    Team 1
    13.01
    TE12
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/8
    Team 1
    13.02
    TE13
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    13.03
    WR43
    Lance Moore
    NO/6
    Team 3
    13.04
    WR44
    Robert Meachem
    SD/7
    Team 4
    13.05
    RB44
    Mikel Leshoure
    Det/5
    Draft Study Team
    13.06
    TE14
    Jacob Tamme
    Den/7
    Team 6
    13.07
    DEF3
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    Team 7
    13.08
    WR45
    Brandon LaFell
    Car/6
    Team 8
    13.09
    DEF4
    Green Bay
    GB/10
    Team 9
    13.10
    RB41
    James Starks
    GB/10
    Team 10
    14.01
    RB42
    Chris Wells
    Ari/10
    Team 10
    14.02
    RB43
    Cedric Benson
    GB/10
    Team 9
    14.03
    DEF5
    Baltimore
    Bal/8
    Team 8
    14.04
    RB45
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/6
    Team 7
    14.05
    DEF6
    Detroit
    Det/5
    Team 6
    14.06
    WR51
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/11
    Draft Study Team
    14.07
    DEF7
    New England
    NE/9
    Team 4
    14.08
    WR46
    Randy Moss
    SF/9
    Team 3
    14.09
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    14.10
    DEF9
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/4
    Team 1
    15.01
    RB46
    Ben Tate
    Hou/8
    Team 1
    15.02
    RB47
    Roy Helu
    Was/10
    Team 2
    15.03
    WR47
    Randall Cobb
    GB/10
    Team 3
    15.04
    RB48
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    15.05
    DEF10
    New York Giants
    NYG/11
    Draft Study Team
    15.06
    WR48
    Justin Blackmon
    Jac/6
    Team 6
    15.07
    RB49
    Shane Vereen
    NE/9
    Team 7
    15.08
    RB50
    Bilal Powell
    NYJ/9
    Team 8
    15.09
    RB51
    Tim Hightower
    Was/10
    Team 9
    15.10
    PK4
    Randy Bullock
    Hou/8
    Team 10
    16.01
    QB23
    Jake Locker
    Ten/11
    Team 10
    16.02
    QB24
    Sam Bradford
    StL/9
    Team 9
    16.03
    RB52
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/7
    Team 8
    16.04
    RB53
    David Wilson
    NYG/11
    Team 7
    16.05
    RB54
    Kendall Hunter
    SF/9
    Team 6
    16.06
    TE17
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/8
    Draft Study Team
    16.07
    PK5
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/6
    Team 4
    16.08
    PK6
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/7
    Team 3
    16.09
    PK7
    Jason Hanson
    Det/5
    Team 2
    16.10
    PK8
    Dan Bailey
    Dal/5
    Team 1
    17.01
    WR49
    Jerome Simpson
    Min/11
    Team 1
    17.02
    WR50
    David Nelson
    Buf/8
    Team 2
    17.03
    WR52
    Doug Baldwin
    Sea/11
    Team 3
    17.04
    RB55
    Bernard Scott
    Cin/8
    Team 4
    17.05
    PK12
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Oak/5
    Draft Study Team
    17.06
    QB25
    Matt Cassel
    KC/7
    Team 6
    17.07
    QB26
    Christian Ponder
    Min/11
    Team 7
    17.08
    QB27
    Brandon Weeden
    Cle/10
    Team 8
    17.09
    RB56
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/5
    Team 9
    17.10
    QB28
    Matt Flynn
    Sea/11
    Team 10
    18.01
    WR53
    Santana Moss
    Was/10
    Team 10
    18.02
    WR54
    Danny Amendola
    StL/9
    Team 9
    18.03
    PK9
    Matt Bryant
    Atl/7
    Team 8
    18.04
    WR55
    Nate Burleson
    Det/5
    Team 7
    18.05
    WR56
    Laurent Robinson
    Jac/6
    Team 6
    18.06
    WR61
    Steve Smith
    StL/9
    Draft Study Team
    18.07
    WR57
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Pit/4
    Team 4
    18.08
    RB57
    Montario Hardesty
    Cle/10
    Team 3
    18.09
    RB58
    Marcel Reece
    Oak/5
    Team 2
    18.10
    RB59
    LeRon McClain
    SD/7
    Team 1

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 5th draft position

    Round 1: QB Drew Brees

    If one of the top three quarterbacks are on the board in a start-two quarterback league it is a no brainer. Scoop up Brees here and move on.

    Rounds 2: RB Trent Richardson

    Just to show something different here I select Richardson. In the example earlier in the article, I took WR Larry Fitzgerald. Both are solid draft choices. If Michael Vick or one of the top two tight ends drop here (Graham, Gronkowski) then one of them will be the player to select.

    Rounds 3: QB Tony Romo

    I do consider running back here but I see multiple running backs I like and at least one should drop to my next selection. Getting my starting quarterbacks established by round three is a nice luxury in this league and Romo/Brees are capable of monster fantasy weeks.

    Round 4: RB Adrian Peterson

    If healthy, Peterson is without question a steal at this stage of the fantasy draft. However he has some risk coming back from a bad knee injury. He is the high risk / high reward that can win fantasy leagues but attempt to target and select Toby Gerhart as a valuable handcuff to Peterson and to guarantee fantasy points if Peterson does struggle to return.

    Rounds 5: WR Wes Welker

    Welker likely will not put up huge touchdown totals or a flashy 'yards per reception' but he should catch 100 passes for 1100+ yards and in a PPR fantasy league, that means he is a valuable receiver and a great number one. He is a top-five capable receiver if everything comes together the right way. I consider Antonio Gates here but really need to nail down my WR1.

    Rounds 6: WR Marques Colston

    There is so much depth amongst the receiver position. Exhibit A is Welker in the fifth round and Exhibit B is Colston in the sixth round. Colston does have some ongoing health concerns but it has not impacted his play on the field to date and I do not expect it to this year. I do consider Vernon Davis but hopeful he falls to round seven.

    Round 7: RB Willis McGahee

    I am really hopeful that Davis falls to this pick but he goes just before. I go to plan B and add my third running back to the squad. I also consider receiver but there is a group of six I like here and one of them is likely to stumble down to my next pick. McGahee is not flashy but the type of player you can plug in when needed and get consistent, decent fantasy production.

    Rounds 8: WR Eric Decker

    I was correct in round seven has one of the six receivers did slide to this spot. Multiple receivers went in the picks before this one but I did not care which one of the six I did get on the team. They are all capable of top-ten fantasy seasons and Decker has good chemistry with Peyton Manning.

    Rounds 9: TE Jermichael Finley

    Finley fell down to the 9th round due to the two-quarterback system in place. Finley is a top five fantasy capable tight end and I am pleased to add him here.

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

    Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees
  • Tony Romo
  • Running Backs

  • Trent Richardson
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Willis McGahee
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Marques Colston
  • Eric Decker
  • Tight Ends

  • Jermichael Finley
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • I don't have a lot of depth after nine rounds but my starting lineup is looking very sweet right now. Starting Rogers, Brees, Richardson, Peterson, Welker, Colston, Decker and Finley puts my team in a great position. Now just need to add depth.

    Rounds 10-13: QB Andrew Luck / RB Toby Gerhart / WR Anquan Boldin / RB Mikel Leshoure

    I am happy to land my backup quarterback here. I do consider Gerhart but hoping he falls to the next round and I am happy when he does guaranteeing fantasy points if injury strikes one of them. Anquan Boldin is a talented veteran receiver. He is likely to miss a few games but will put up good numbers when he is in the lineup. Finally I add a fifth running back in Mikel Leshoure who has massive upside.

    Rounds 14-18: WR Sidney Rice / DEF Giants / TE Owen Daniels / PK Sebastian Janikowski / WR Steve Smith

    Still in need of some receiver depth, I am very pleased to add both Rice and Smith here. Both are capable of jumping into the top-twenty. I also find a good backup tight end, a good kicker and a decent defense.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #5)

    Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees
  • Tony Romo
  • Andrew Luck
  • Running Backs

  • Trent Richardson
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Willis McGahee
  • Toby Gerhart
  • Mikel Leshoure
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Marques Colston
  • Eric Decker
  • Anquan Boldin
  • Sidney Rice
  • Steve Smith
  • Tight Ends

  • Jermichael Finley
  • Owen Daniels
  • Place Kickers

  • Sebastian Janikowski
  • Defenses

  • New York Giants
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    I really like the breakdown on this team. I have strong starters and depth at each of the four main positions. My starting duo at quarterback is very strong and my backup Andrew Luck will be an interesting player to watch this year. I really only need him for two starts unless injuries hit. My running backs have some risks for sure but incredible upside. If Trent Richardson can match production with potential and Adrian Peterson returns 100% from injury, I will be in great shape. If not Willis McGahee and Toby Gerhart will be capable starters. I am very deep at receiver with six potentially strong assets. I have a potential top-five tight end in Jermichael Finley and a top-ten potential with Owen Daniels and both my kicker and defense are good enough. If my running backs hit, this team will be the one to beat.

    Last thoughts on the 5th draft slot in a 10-team league

    This is a pretty good draft position actually. You either get a top-three quarterback or a top-two running back. Both of those will be an excellent beginning to the fantasy draft. Target two quarterbacks in the first three rounds but only if value is available. Do not overreach for the quarterback if the draft went quarterback heavy to begin with. Stockpile running backs and receivers in that scenario and you will build a strong team that needs to play the matchups at quarterback to succeed. There will be lots of receivers that are attractive in rounds four through ten so the ideal first three selections will be QB/QB/RB or QB/RB/QB unless quarterbacks dry up or a top receiver / tight end slides further than anticipated. As always be patient, target value and not positions and the team will be strong by the end of the draft.

    Good luck and happy drafting. Thanks for reading.

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