Draft Slots Study - 10 Teams / Pick 1.09
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 9th overall (10-team re-draft)

    This is an interesting spot to draft in. The former 12-team and 14-team studies saw me break down the final draft slot so I will break it up slightly and go with the second to last pick here. Both are similar aside from having to project which direction this other owner will go with his two picks.

    Quarterbacks are going to be very popular in this 10-team league having to start two and it really depends on the direction of this draft where you go with your picks. If the owners go traditional and draft running backs and receivers early, possibly a Tom Brady / Drew Brees combo may fall into your lap. That is extremely doubtful here though as quarterbacks have big value with the 2-start rule.

    If quarterbacks are going fast and furious do not reach for them. Do not be afraid to draft for talent at running back, receiver and tight end and go with a quarterback by committee approach here. It all depends what falls to you in this 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

  • RB LeSean McCoy
  • RB Chris Johnson
  • WR Julio Jones
  • WR Greg Jennings
  • WR Hakeem Nicks
  • With so many quarterbacks flying off of the board, running back and receiver talent fell into my lap. This is a great start to any team, even if I will scramble to fill my starting quarterbacks positions.

    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

  • QB Drew Brees
  • RB Darren McFadden
  • QB Peyton Manning
  • RB Adrian Peterson
  • WR Victor Cruz
  • In this example, my quarterback potential is lights out as Brees and Manning could carry the team depending on Manning's health. My running backs are an injury risk but both also carry top-five ability and are worth the risk. Finally Victor Cruz should be a very good WR1. The name of this fantasy team should be Calculated Risk as there are plenty of question marks here to go along with huge upside.

    Likely selections in first seven rounds

  • Round 1: RB /WR/ QB (Brees, Brady, Rodgers) / TE Jimmy Graham
  • Round 2: RB/WR / TE Rob Gronkowski
  • Round 3: RB/WR /QB (depends on value)
  • Round 4: RB/WR /QB (depends on value), TE Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Aaron Hernandez are possibilities
  • Round 5: RB/WR QB (if none on roster, otherwise depends on value) / TE above plus Vernon Davis
  • Round 6: RB/WR/QB (if one on value, otherwise great value only) / TE above plus Tony Gonzalez)
  • Round 7: RB/WR/QB (should have two now, get third if good value) / TE above plus Brandon Pettigrew and Jermichael Finley
  • Positives of the draft slot

  • Talent is going to fall to this 9th pick
  • Early 2nd round pick helps make up ground on the other drafters
  • Easy to project what the ten slot owner may do with his picks
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Eight other owners ahead of you get the top player on their draft board
  • Long wait between even and odd picks
  • If it is a quarterback heavy beginning to the draft, possible to be left with scraps at the position
  • 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
    QB2
    Drew Brees
    NO/6
    Team 4
    1.05
    RB3
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Team 5
    1.06
    QB3
    Tom Brady
    NE/9
    Team 6
    1.07
    QB4
    Cam Newton
    Car/6
    Team 7
    1.08
    WR1
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/5
    Team 8
    1.09
    TE1
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/6
    Draft Study Team
    1.10
    QB5
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/5
    Team 10
    2.01
    TE2
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/9
    Team 10
    2.02
    RB4
    Matt Forte
    Chi/6
    Draft Study Team
    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
    Robert Griffin III
    Was/10
    Team 4
    2.08
    RB7
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/7
    Team 3
    2.09
    RB8
    Steven Jackson
    StL/9
    Team 2
    2.10
    RB9
    Trent Richardson
    Cle/10
    Team 1
    3.01
    QB8
    Eli Manning
    NYG/11
    Team 1
    3.02
    QB9
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    3.03
    QB10
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Team 3
    3.04
    RB10
    DeMarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Team 4
    3.05
    RB11
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/11
    Team 5
    3.06
    RB12
    Darren Sproles
    NO/6
    Team 6
    3.07
    WR3
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/8
    Team 7
    3.08
    QB11
    Philip Rivers
    SD/7
    Team 8
    3.09
    QB12
    Peyton Manning
    Den/7
    Draft Study Team
    3.10
    RB13
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/6
    Team 10
    4.01
    RB14
    Doug Martin
    TB/5
    Team 10
    4.02
    WR4
    Julio Jones
    Atl/7
    Draft Study Team
    4.03
    RB15
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/8
    Team 8
    4.04
    RB16
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/7
    Team 7
    4.05
    RB17
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/7
    Team 6
    4.06
    RB18
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/11
    Team 5
    4.07
    RB19
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/11
    Team 4
    4.08
    RB20
    Frank Gore
    SF/9
    Team 3
    4.09
    WR5
    Roddy White
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    4.10
    QB13
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/4
    Team 1
    5.01
    WR6
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/10
    Team 1
    5.02
    WR7
    Brandon Marshall
    Chi/6
    Team 2
    5.03
    WR8
    A.J. Green
    Cin/8
    Team 3
    5.04
    WR9
    Greg Jennings
    GB/10
    Team 4
    5.05
    WR10
    Percy Harvin
    Min/11
    Team 5
    5.06
    RB21
    Donald Brown
    Ind/4
    Team 6
    5.07
    WR11
    Wes Welker
    NE/9
    Team 7
    5.08
    QB14
    Josh Freeman
    TB/5
    Team 8
    5.09
    WR14
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/11
    Draft Study Team
    5.10
    WR12
    Victor Cruz
    NYG/11
    Team 10
    6.01
    WR13
    Steve Smith
    Car/6
    Team 10
    6.02
    QB16
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/6
    Draft Study Team
    6.03
    TE3
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/9
    Team 8
    6.04
    QB18
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/8
    Team 7
    6.05
    TE4
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    Team 6
    6.06
    QB19
    Andrew Luck
    Ind/4
    Team 5
    6.07
    WR19
    Brandon Lloyd
    NE/9
    Team 4
    6.08
    WR16
    Demaryius Thomas
    Den/7
    Team 3
    6.09
    TE5
    Antonio Gates
    SD/7
    Team 2
    6.10
    TE6
    Vernon Davis
    SF/9
    Team 1
    7.01
    WR15
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    Team 1
    7.02
    QB15
    Carson Palmer
    Oak/5
    Team 2
    7.03
    TE7
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/5
    Team 3
    7.04
    TE8
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    7.05
    QB20
    Andy Dalton
    Cin/8
    Team 5
    7.06
    WR17
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/8
    Team 6
    7.07
    WR18
    Marques Colston
    NO/6
    Team 7
    7.08
    WR20
    Vincent Jackson
    TB/5
    Team 8
    7.09
    RB22
    Michael Turner
    Atl/7
    Draft Study Team
    7.10
    QB21
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/8
    Team 10
    8.01
    RB23
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/4
    Team 10
    8.02
    WR21
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Draft Study Team
    8.03
    RB24
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/8
    Team 8
    8.04
    RB25
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/9
    Team 7
    8.05
    RB26
    Willis McGahee
    Den/7
    Team 6
    8.06
    TE9
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/10
    Team 5
    8.07
    RB27
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/6
    Team 4
    8.08
    RB28
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Cin/8
    Team 3
    8.09
    WR22
    Antonio Brown
    Pit/4
    Team 2
    8.10
    RB29
    Mark Ingram
    NO/6
    Team 1
    9.01
    WR23
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/4
    Team 1
    9.02
    WR24
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Team 2
    9.03
    WR25
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Team 3
    9.04
    WR26
    Torrey Smith
    Bal/8
    Team 4
    9.05
    WR27
    Eric Decker
    Den/7
    Team 5
    9.06
    WR28
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/5
    Team 6
    9.07
    RB30
    Peyton Hillis
    KC/7
    Team 7
    9.08
    WR29
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/7
    Team 8
    9.09
    RB32
    Stevan Ridley
    NE/9
    Draft Study Team
    9.10
    WR30
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Oak/5
    Team 10
    10.01
    WR31
    Pierre Garcon
    Was/10
    Team 10
    10.02
    WR33
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    10.03
    WR32
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/9
    Team 8
    10.04
    WR34
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/11
    Team 7
    10.05
    WR35
    Titus Young
    Det/5
    Team 6
    10.06
    RB31
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/6
    Team 5
    10.07
    RB33
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/10
    Team 4
    10.08
    RB34
    Michael Bush
    Chi/6
    Team 3
    10.09
    RB35
    Evan Royster
    Was/10
    Team 2
    10.10
    RB36
    Kevin Smith
    Det/5
    Team 1
    11.01
    WR36
    Austin Collie
    Ind/4
    Team 1
    11.02
    RB37
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Team 2
    11.03
    WR37
    Nate Washington
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    11.04
    WR38
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/7
    Team 4
    11.05
    WR39
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/9
    Team 5
    11.06
    WR40
    Greg Little
    Cle/10
    Team 6
    11.07
    TE10
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    Team 7
    11.08
    RB38
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/11
    Team 8
    11.09
    QB17
    Alex Smith
    SF/9
    Draft Study Team
    11.10
    RB39
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/6
    Team 10
    12.01
    QB22
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/8
    Team 10
    12.02
    RB40
    Ronnie Hillman
    Den/7
    Draft Study Team
    12.03
    QB23
    Jake Locker
    Ten/11
    Team 8
    12.04
    QB24
    Sam Bradford
    StL/9
    Team 7
    12.05
    QB25
    Matt Cassel
    KC/7
    Team 6
    12.06
    QB26
    Christian Ponder
    Min/11
    Team 5
    12.07
    RB41
    James Starks
    GB/10
    Team 4
    12.08
    RB42
    Chris Wells
    Ari/10
    Team 3
    12.09
    TE11
    Fred Davis
    Was/10
    Team 2
    12.10
    TE12
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/8
    Team 1
    13.01
    WR41
    Mike Williams
    TB/5
    Team 1
    13.02
    WR42
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/8
    Team 2
    13.03
    TE13
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/9
    Team 3
    13.04
    WR43
    Lance Moore
    NO/6
    Team 4
    13.05
    WR44
    Robert Meachem
    SD/7
    Team 5
    13.06
    WR45
    Brandon LaFell
    Car/6
    Team 6
    13.07
    TE14
    Jacob Tamme
    Den/7
    Team 7
    13.08
    WR46
    Randy Moss
    SF/9
    Team 8
    13.09
    RB48
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/7
    Draft Study Team
    13.10
    RB43
    Cedric Benson
    GB/10
    Team 10
    14.01
    RB44
    Mikel Leshoure
    Det/5
    Team 10
    14.02
    WR51
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/11
    Draft Study Team
    14.03
    TE15
    Greg Olsen
    Car/6
    Team 8
    14.04
    RB45
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/6
    Team 7
    14.05
    TE16
    Jared Cook
    Ten/11
    Team 6
    14.06
    TE17
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/8
    Team 5
    14.07
    RB46
    Ben Tate
    Hou/8
    Team 4
    14.08
    RB47
    Roy Helu
    Was/10
    Team 3
    14.09
    RB49
    Shane Vereen
    NE/9
    Team 2
    14.10
    DEF1
    Chicago
    Chi/6
    Team 1
    15.01
    PK1
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/9
    Team 1
    15.02
    RB50
    Bilal Powell
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    15.03
    WR47
    Randall Cobb
    GB/10
    Team 3
    15.04
    TE18
    Kyle Rudolph
    Min/11
    Team 4
    15.05
    RB51
    Tim Hightower
    Was/10
    Team 5
    15.06
    WR48
    Justin Blackmon
    Jac/6
    Team 6
    15.07
    PK2
    Mason Crosby
    GB/10
    Team 7
    15.08
    PK3
    David Akers
    SF/9
    Team 8
    15.09
    TE20
    Coby Fleener
    Ind/4
    Draft Study Team
    15.10
    DEF2
    San Francisco
    SF/9
    Team 10
    16.01
    WR49
    Jerome Simpson
    Min/11
    Team 10
    16.02
    DEF3
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    Draft Study Team
    16.03
    WR50
    David Nelson
    Buf/8
    Team 8
    16.04
    WR52
    Doug Baldwin
    Sea/11
    Team 7
    16.05
    WR53
    Santana Moss
    Was/10
    Team 6
    16.06
    RB52
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/7
    Team 5
    16.07
    QB27
    Brandon Weeden
    Cle/10
    Team 4
    16.08
    QB28
    Matt Flynn
    Sea/11
    Team 3
    16.09
    QB29
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    16.10
    RB53
    David Wilson
    NYG/11
    Team 1
    17.01
    RB54
    Kendall Hunter
    SF/9
    Team 1
    17.02
    PK4
    Randy Bullock
    Hou/8
    Team 2
    17.03
    PK5
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/6
    Team 3
    17.04
    PK6
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/7
    Team 4
    17.05
    PK7
    Jason Hanson
    Det/5
    Team 5
    17.06
    PK8
    Dan Bailey
    Dal/5
    Team 6
    17.07
    RB55
    Bernard Scott
    Cin/8
    Team 7
    17.08
    RB56
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/5
    Team 8
    17.09
    RB60
    Isaiah Pead
    StL/9
    Draft Study Team
    17.10
    WR54
    Danny Amendola
    StL/9
    Team 10
    18.01
    PK9
    Matt Bryant
    Atl/7
    Team 10
    18.02
    PK10
    Alex Henery
    Phi/7
    Draft Study Team
    18.03
    DEF4
    Green Bay
    GB/10
    Team 8
    18.04
    DEF5
    Baltimore
    Bal/8
    Team 7
    18.05
    DEF6
    Detroit
    Det/5
    Team 6
    18.06
    DEF7
    New England
    NE/9
    Team 5
    18.07
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/9
    Team 4
    18.08
    DEF9
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/4
    Team 3
    18.09
    DEF10
    New York Giants
    NYG/11
    Team 2
    18.10
    QB30
    John Skelton
    Ari/10
    Team 1

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 9th draft position

    Round 1: TE Jimmy Graham

    I am hopeful to have one of the top three quarterbacks fall to this pick but all three were scooped up as well as a fourth quarterback in Cam Newton. WR Calvin Johnson was picked just a single pick before mine and the top three running backs are gone as well. This is a tough spot. You can reach on a quarterback like Matthew Stafford although he certainly can justify the pick or go with WR Larry Fitzgerald who is a safe pick. The other option here could be running back as Chris Johnson and Matt Forte are both available. However the best available player here is TE Jimmy Graham and as much as a tight end in round one scares me, the only way to make up ground on the owners drafting ahead of this pick in round one is to take the best available player. I doubt very much Graham would slide to my next pick so he is an easy pick.

    Rounds 2: RB Matt Forte

    I definitely consider Matthew Stafford here but I see multiple quarterbacks that I also like and some should be available in the 3rd-5th rounds. I decide to wait on the position and take a running back capable of sliding into the top-two if everything fell into place. Forte is a talented receiver, a good rusher and a great RB1 for my squad.

    Rounds 3: QB Peyton Manning

    Julio Jones is available here, a receiver I love but I think there is a good chance he falls to my fourth round pick whereas I am less confident that Manning gets by the 10th slot owner. There is also some solid running back talent here such as Maurice Jones-Drew who could be a star but I need to start two quarterbacks and with one available like Manning, he is an easy pick.

    Round 4: WR Julio Jones

    I see good running backs here but all have some risk associated with them and I see Julio Jones as a fantasy beast in the making. He is a wonderful player and is in a situation to thrive. This is an easy pick for me and gives me a good starter at each of the four main positions.

    Rounds 5: WR Hakeem Nicks

    I felt a running back I like would probably fall to this pick but it didn't happen. In a non-ppr league, Michael Turner would be picked but he is now 30, a non-threat in the passing game and I would rather scoop up a talent like Nicks as he could have a season inside of the top-five in any year.

    Rounds 6: QB Jay Cutler

    This is a decision really between my second starter at quarterback and my second starter at running back. It comes down to a choice between Jay Cutler and Turner. Looking at the other rosters I see several teams that will likely be targeting a quarterback if I get the ball rolling here so I believe Cutler is the easy choice.

    Round 7: RB Michael Turner

    I am shocked that Turner is still on the board. He is over 30 years of age, has a young prospect in Jacquizz Rodgers behind him and is not a big time player in a PPR league but he is still huge value here in round seven. There will always be a few players that become value players in a draft so identify them and you'll be on your way.

    Rounds 8: WR Miles Austin

    I see a bunch of running backs here and am tempted to add my backup here. But none of them are jumping out at me as must draft players. There is upside but risk backs like C.J. Spiller, boring veterans like Willis McGahee and underachieving running backs like Mark Ingram. Any of these types of players could be big but the risk is there as well where they may just fizzle out. I decide instead to get my third starting receiver in Austin, who can be a top-ten receiver if he is back to his 2009 and 2010 form.

    Rounds 9: RB Steven Ridley

    I am very happy I waited on running back to grab Miles Austin last round as Steven Ridley, likely the Patriots best running back this season falls into my lap. He could range from fair to exceptional this year depending on the breakdown of carries in New England but in the 9th round, he is a diamond for my roster.

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

    Quarterbacks

  • Peyton Manning
  • Jay Cutler
  • Running Backs

  • Matt Forte
  • Michael Turner
  • Steven Ridley
  • Wide Receivers

  • Julio Jones
  • Hakeem Nicks
  • Miles Austin
  • Tight Ends

  • Jimmy Graham
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • My squad has made up the gap on the owners drafting ahead in round one very nicely. I have an excellent duo at quarterback in Manning and Cutler and both are certainly capable of elevating past their draft positions. Matt Forte is a good running back in fantasy football and landing Michael Turner so late was a luxury. Steven Ridley is a solid depth player that can fill in when needed. At receiver, I have selected a trio of receivers that I personally love. I see all three guys with top-ten potential. Obviously Jimmy Graham is a big plus at tight end. All in all, this is a nice looking team and exceptional if both Cutler and Manning are completely healthy and ready to go.

    Rounds 10-13: WR Reggie Wayne / QB Alex Smith / RB Ronnie Hillman / Jacquizz Rodgers

    I am very happy with this four spot of players. Reggie Wayne should not be going in the 10th round. He finished as the 29th best fantasy receiver last year with Curtis Painter throwing in the ball. Enough said. I am glad to get a good backup quarterback here as three good quarterbacks are essential in this league. If all goes well, I will only need him in the two bye weeks but he is an improving player and if needed, he could fill in. Ronnie Hillman is a talented player who may only need a chance to thrive. Worth a 12th round flyer. Finally I am very happy to pick up Rodgers as a handcuff to Turner. Rodgers will catch passes and get enough touches for marginal value even if Michael Turner is healthy all year.

    Rounds 14-18: WR Sidney Rice / TE Coby Fleener / Eagles D / RB Isaiah Pead / PK Alex Henery

    The addition of Sidney Rice finalizes my receiving position. I am very happy with all four players. I had considered not selecting a 2nd tight end yet but rookie Coby Fleener is round 15 is criminal. He may greatly exceed that draft position. RB Isaiah Pead can be a very good fantasy producer if Steven Jackson shows his age or suffers an injury. Finally I add a good defense and kicker and call the draft done.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #9)

    Quarterbacks

  • Peyton Manning
  • Jay Cutler
  • Alex Smith
  • Running Backs

  • Matt Forte
  • Michael Turner
  • Steven Ridley
  • Ronnie Hillman
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
  • Wide Receivers

  • Julio Jones
  • Hakeem Nicks
  • Miles Austin
  • Reggie Wayne
  • Sidney Rice
  • Tight Ends

  • Jimmy Graham
  • Coby Fleener
  • Place Kickers

  • Alex Henery
  • Defenses

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    This is a well-balanced, deep and talented fantasy team ready to do great things. The strength of the team is the receiver position despite only five players and my tight ends. All five of my receivers are capable of big things and my tight end duo is outstanding. There is some risk with my trio of quarterbacks but I am confident that I made the right choices. Finally my running back stable is not dominating but all five players should contribute to my team in 2012.

    Last thoughts on the 9th draft slot in a 10-team league

    This is an easy spot to draft from than in a 12-team or 14-team league and the 2-QB start rule makes it more interesting with more players dropping down the board. I think the right move here is to try and get the good quarterbacks but don't reach. If you don't like the quarterback value that round, pick up running backs, receiver and tight ends and you will be fine. If you have to draft three mediocre ones later on and play matchups, the rest of your team will be good enough to make that work. Good luck and happy drafting.

    Good luck and happy drafting. Thanks for reading.

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