Draft Slots Study - 12 Teams / Pick 1.01
By Chris Smith
August 7th, 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.

We will begin this season with one of the more common fantasy leagues today.

Starting Lineup Requirements (18 total players on roster)

  • 1 QB
  • 2 RBs
  • 3 WRs
  • 1 TE
  • 1 PK
  • 1 defense/special teams unit
  • No flex
  • League Scoring Rules (standard performance based scoring)

  • 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
  • Kicking: 3 points per field goal / 1 point per extra point
  • Defense: 5 points for shutout / 3 points for allowing < 7 points / 1 point for allowing less than 11 points / 2 points for interceptions / fumble recoveries and safeties / 1 point per sack
  • 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 (12-team re-draft)

    In any league, drafting 1st overall is a great place to begin a team. You get the top player on your board and three of the top-25 players in a 12-team league. You have the ability to direct the overall direction of the draft with the back to back picks and with patience targeting the best players each round regardless of position, will put together a dominant squad. The one caveat here is to take a little time and make a determination if a position is likely to dry up while you wait on 24 long picks. If you feel a positional run is eminent, you may want to be at the top and not bottom of said run. VALUE, VALUE, VALUE is the name of the game here. If the best players dictate you begin the draft, RB, WR, QB, WR in your first four picks, go with it and don't look back.

    For example, in a 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 your league mates still believe in the STUD RB approach to fantasy football, do not follow them like a sheep. Instead scoop up the top receivers and an excellent quarterback and you will have the making of a foundation that will carry your team to a wonderful season.

    Possible squad through five rounds

  • RB Arian Foster
  • WR Wes Welker
  • WR Jordy Nelson
  • WR Steve Smith
  • TE Jimmy Graham
  • It is often difficult for owners to ignore the running back position in fantasy football. Sometimes when a run is occurring, owners will panic and scoop up the running backs that are a lesser caliber then the ones taken ahead of them. Do not be a sheep in the first few rounds of your draft. Having studs at any of the key positions will help you to success in your league. The luxury here is landing the top running back on your board. Arian Foster is a fantasy beast and having him allows some wiggle room with the next few rounds. Having three strong receivers and the dominant tight end gives you the starting point to domination in your league. While they are scooping up questionable running back talent, you are securing the top players at receiver and tight end. They will be scrambling to keep up with you for the rest of the draft.

    Likely selections in first seven rounds

  • Round 1: RB
  • Round 2: RB/WR unless exceptional value at QB and TE
  • Round 3: RB/WR unless exceptional value at QB and TE
  • Round 4: RB/WR unless exceptional value at QB and TE
  • Round 5: RB/WR unless great value at QB and TE
  • Round 6: RB/WR/QB
  • Round 7: QB if not taken / TE if value on board / RB/WR
  • Positives of the draft slot

  • Secure the top player on your draft board
  • Land three of the top twenty-five players on your draft board
  • Target value instead of positional needs in rounds two, three and four
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Long wait between picks can see positions dry up
  • Not much to choose from between top few running backs means the selections after the 1st overall pick get a similar player and the early pick coming back in round two
  • Final Draft Table

    Pick
    Pos
    Player Selected
    Team
    Selected By
    1.01
    RB1
    Arian Foster
    Hou/8
    1.01 Team
    1.02
    RB2
    Ray Rice
    Bal/8
    Team 2
    1.03
    RB3
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Team 3
    1.04
    QB1
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB/10
    Team 4
    1.05
    RB4
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/7
    Team 5
    1.06
    WR1
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/5
    Team 6
    1.07
    RB5
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/6
    Team 7
    1.08
    RB6
    Trent Richardson
    Cle/10
    Team 8
    1.09
    QB2
    Drew Brees
    NO/6
    Team 9
    1.10
    QB3
    Tom Brady
    NE/9
    Team 10
    1.11
    RB7
    Darren McFadden
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    1.12
    RB8
    Chris Johnson
    Ten/11
    Team 12
    2.01
    TE1
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/6
    Team 12
    2.02
    TE2
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/9
    Team 11
    2.03
    RB9
    Darren Sproles
    NO/6
    Team 10
    2.04
    WR2
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/8
    Team 9
    2.05
    RB10
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/7
    Team 8
    2.06
    RB11
    Steven Jackson
    StL/9
    Team 7
    2.07
    RB12
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/11
    Team 6
    2.08
    WR3
    Greg Jennings
    GB/10
    Team 5
    2.09
    WR4
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Ari/10
    Team 4
    2.10
    RB13
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/11
    Team 3
    2.11
    RB14
    Matt Forte
    Chi/6
    Team 2
    2.12
    WR5
    Victor Cruz
    NYG/11
    1.01 Team
    3.01
    WR8
    Roddy White
    Atl/7
    1.01 Team
    3.02
    WR6
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/11
    Team 2
    3.03
    WR7
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/4
    Team 3
    3.04
    WR9
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    Team 4
    3.05
    QB4
    Cam Newton
    Car/6
    Team 5
    3.06
    WR10
    Demaryius Thomas
    Den/7
    Team 6
    3.07
    WR11
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Team 7
    3.08
    WR12
    Julio Jones
    Atl/7
    Team 8
    3.09
    WR13
    Percy Harvin
    Min/11
    Team 9
    3.10
    RB15
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/8
    Team 10
    3.11
    RB16
    Demarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Team 11
    3.12
    WR14
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/10
    Team 12
    4.01
    QB5
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/5
    Team 12
    4.02
    WR15
    Marques Colston
    NO/6
    Team 11
    4.03
    WR16
    Wes Welker
    NE/9
    Team 10
    4.04
    RB17
    Doug Martin
    TB/5
    Team 9
    4.05
    QB6
    Michael Vick
    Phi/7
    Team 8
    4.06
    WR17
    A.J. Green
    Cin/8
    Team 7
    4.07
    RB18
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/4
    Team 6
    4.08
    RB19
    Roy Helu
    Was/10
    Team 5
    4.09
    WR18
    Steve Smith
    Car/6
    Team 4
    4.10
    WR19
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    4.11
    QB7
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Team 2
    4.12
    RB21
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/7
    1.01 Team
    5.01
    WR20
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/8
    1.01 Team
    5.02
    WR21
    Vincent Jackson
    TB/5
    Team 2
    5.03
    QB8
    Philip Rivers
    SD/7
    Team 3
    5.04
    RB20
    Michael Turner
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    5.05
    TE3
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    Team 5
    5.06
    TE4
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/9
    Team 6
    5.07
    TE5
    Antonio Gates
    SD/7
    Team 7
    5.08
    RB22
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/6
    Team 8
    5.09
    RB23
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Cin/8
    Team 9
    5.10
    RB24
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    5.11
    QB9
    Eli Manning
    NYG/11
    Team 11
    5.12
    RB25
    Jahvid Best
    Det/5
    Team 12
    6.01
    WR22
    Antonio Brown
    Pit/4
    Team 12
    6.02
    WR23
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    6.03
    WR24
    Brandon Marshall
    Chi/6
    Team 10
    6.04
    WR25
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Team 9
    6.05
    WR26
    Torrey Smith
    Bal/8
    Team 8
    6.06
    RB26
    James Starks
    GB/10
    Team 7
    6.07
    RB27
    Frank Gore
    SF/9
    Team 6
    6.08
    WR27
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Team 5
    6.09
    RB28
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/8
    Team 4
    6.10
    WR28
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/7
    Team 3
    6.11
    WR29
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/4
    Team 2
    6.12
    RB29
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/11
    1.01 Team
    7.01
    QB13
    Peyton Manning
    Den/7
    1.01 Team
    7.02
    TE6
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/10
    Team 2
    7.03
    QB10
    Robert Griffin III
    Was/10
    Team 3
    7.04
    RB30
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/6
    Team 4
    7.05
    WR30
    Eric Decker
    Den/7
    Team 5
    7.06
    QB11
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/4
    Team 6
    7.07
    QB12
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/7
    Team 7
    7.08
    TE7
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/5
    Team 8
    7.09
    RB31
    Willis McGahee
    Den/7
    Team 9
    7.10
    TE8
    Vernon Davis
    SF/9
    Team 10
    7.11
    RB32
    Donald Brown
    Ind/4
    Team 11
    7.12
    RB33
    Peyton Hillis
    KC/7
    Team 12
    8.01
    WR31
    Robert Meachem
    SD/7
    Team 12
    8.02
    WR32
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    8.03
    WR33
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/7
    Team 10
    8.04
    WR34
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/11
    Team 9
    8.05
    WR35
    Pierre Garcon
    Was/10
    Team 8
    8.06
    WR36
    Brandon Lloyd
    NE/9
    Team 7
    8.07
    QB14
    Josh Freeman
    TB/5
    Team 6
    8.08
    RB34
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Team 5
    8.09
    RB35
    Ronnie Hillman
    Den/7
    Team 4
    8.10
    RB36
    Mark Ingram
    NO/6
    Team 3
    8.11
    WR37
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    8.12
    TE9
    Fred Davis
    Was/10
    1.01 Team
    9.01
    WR38
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/9
    1.01 Team
    9.02
    RB37
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/6
    Team 2
    9.03
    WR39
    Austin Collie
    Ind/4
    Team 3
    9.04
    WR40
    Lance Moore
    NO/6
    Team 4
    9.05
    RB38
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/11
    Team 5
    9.06
    RB39
    Michael Bush
    Chi/6
    Team 6
    9.07
    RB40
    Chris Wells
    Ari/10
    Team 7
    9.08
    WR41
    Greg Little
    Cle/10
    Team 8
    9.09
    RB41
    Stevan Ridley
    NE/9
    Team 9
    9.10
    WR42
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/8
    Team 10
    9.11
    WR43
    Mike Williams
    TB/5
    Team 11
    9.12
    RB42
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/7
    Team 12
    10.01
    TE10
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/7
    Team 12
    10.02
    TE11
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    Team 11
    10.03
    TE12
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/8
    Team 10
    10.04
    TE13
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/9
    Team 9
    10.05
    TE14
    Coby Fleener
    Ind/4
    Team 8
    10.06
    WR44
    David Nelson
    Buf/8
    Team 7
    10.07
    WR45
    Nate Washington
    Ten/11
    Team 6
    10.08
    TE15
    Heath Miller
    Pit/4
    Team 5
    10.09
    RB43
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/6
    Team 4
    10.10
    RB44
    Kendall Hunter
    SF/9
    Team 3
    10.11
    RB45
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/7
    Team 2
    10.12
    RB47
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/10
    1.01 Team
    11.01
    RB
    Ben Tate
    Hou / 8
    1.01 Team
    11.02
    TE16
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/8
    Team 2
    11.03
    TE17
    Jacob Tamme
    Den/7
    Team 3
    11.04
    TE18
    Greg Olsen
    Car/6
    Team 4
    11.05
    WR48
    Justin Blackmon
    Jac/6
    Team5
    11.06
    WR46
    Davone Bess
    Mia/7
    Team6
    11.07
    WR47
    Doug Baldwin
    Sea/11
    Team7
    11.08
    WR49
    Michael Floyd
    Ari/10
    Team8
    11.09
    QB15
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/8
    Team9
    11.10
    QB16
    Andy Dalton
    Cin/8
    Team 10
    11.11
    QB17
    Carson Palmer
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    11.12
    WR50
    Titus Young
    Det/5
    Team 12
    12.01
    QB18
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/8
    Team 12
    12.02
    DEF1
    Green Bay
    GB/10
    Team 11
    12.03
    DEF2
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    Team 10
    12.04
    DEF3
    Chicago
    Chi/6
    Team 9
    12.05
    DEF4
    San Francisco
    SF/9
    Team 8
    12.06
    DEF5
    New England
    NE/9
    Team 7
    12.07
    DEF6
    Detroit
    Det/5
    Team 6
    12.08
    DEF7
    Baltimore
    Bal/8
    Team 5
    12.09
    QB19
    Alex Smith
    SF/9
    Team 4
    12.10
    TE19
    Jared Cook
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    12.11
    QB20
    Andrew Luck
    Ind/4
    Team 2
    12.12
    RB50
    David Wilson
    NYG/11
    1.01 Team
    13.01
    QB22
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/6
    1.01 Team
    13.02
    WR51
    Brandon LaFell
    Car/6
    Team 2
    13.03
    WR52
    Brian Quick
    StL/9
    Team 3
    13.04
    WR53
    Brian Hartline
    Mia/7
    Team 4
    13.05
    QB21
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/8
    Team 5
    13.06
    WR54
    Jerome Simpson
    Min/11
    Team 6
    13.07
    WR55
    Danny Amendola
    StL/9
    Team 7
    13.08
    WR56
    Nate Burleson
    Det/5
    Team 8
    13.09
    RB48
    Marcel Reece
    Oak/5
    Team 9
    13.10
    RB49
    Joe McKnight
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    13.11
    RB51
    Tim Hightower
    Was/10
    Team 11
    13.12
    RB52
    Danny Woodhead
    NE/9
    Team 12
    14.01
    WR57
    Mario Manningham
    SF/9
    Team 12
    14.02
    RB53
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/5
    Team 11
    14.03
    WR58
    Stephen Hill
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    14.04
    PK1
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/9
    Team 9
    14.05
    WR59
    Vincent Brown
    SD/7
    Team 8
    14.06
    PK2
    David Akers
    SF/9
    Team 7
    14.07
    RB54
    Shane Vereen
    NE/9
    Team 6
    14.08
    WR60
    Devery Henderson
    NO/6
    Team 5
    14.09
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/9
    Team 4
    14.10
    DEF9
    Buffalo
    Buf/8
    Team 3
    14.11
    DEF10
    New York Giants
    NYG/11
    Team 2
    14.12
    WR64
    Laurent Robinson
    Jac/6
    1.01 Team
    15.01
    DEF11
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/4
    1.01 Team
    15.02
    RB55
    Isaiah Pead
    StL/9
    Team 2
    15.03
    RB56
    Mike Tolbert
    Car/6
    Team 3
    15.04
    PK3
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/6
    Team 4
    15.05
    WR61
    Steve Smith
    StL/9
    Team 5
    15.06
    WR62
    Jacoby Ford
    Oak/5
    Team 6
    15.07
    RB57
    Mikel Leshoure
    Det/5
    Team 7
    15.08
    RB58
    Delone Carter
    Ind/4
    Team 8
    15.09
    WR63
    Steve Breaston
    KC/7
    Team 9
    15.10
    WR65
    Santana Moss
    Was/10
    Team 10
    15.11
    WR66
    Early Doucet
    Ari/10
    Team 11
    15.12
    WR67
    Earl Bennett
    Chi/6
    Team 12
    16.01
    PK4
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Oak/5
    Team 12
    16.02
    WR68
    James Jones
    GB/10
    Team 11
    16.03
    PK5
    Alex Henery
    Phi/7
    Team 10
    16.04
    WR69
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Pit/4
    Team 9
    16.05
    QB23
    Christian Ponder
    Min/11
    Team 8
    16.06
    QB24
    Matt Cassel
    KC/7
    Team 7
    16.07
    PK6
    Mason Crosby
    GB/10
    Team 6
    16.08
    RB59
    LeRon McClain
    SD/7
    Team 5
    16.09
    WR70
    Donnie Avery
    Ind/4
    Team 4
    16.10
    WR71
    Kevin Walter
    Hou/8
    Team 3
    16.11
    WR72
    Alshon Jeffery
    Chi/6
    Team 2
    16.12
    PK8
    Randy Bullock
    Hou/8
    1.01 Team
    17.01
    WR76
    Chad Johnson
    FA
    1.01 Team
    17.02
    DEF12
    Dallas
    Dal/5
    Team 2
    17.03
    DEF13
    Seattle
    Sea/11
    Team 3
    17.04
    DEF14
    Arizona
    Ari/10
    Team 4
    17.05
    DEF15
    Atlanta
    Atl/7
    Team 5
    17.06
    TE20
    Ed Dickson
    Bal/8
    Team 6
    17.07
    TE21
    Tony Moeaki
    KC/7
    Team 7
    17.08
    PK7
    Dan Carpenter
    Mia/7
    Team 8
    17.09
    TE22
    Marcedes Lewis
    Jac/6
    Team 9
    17.10
    RB60
    Cedric Benson
    FA
    Team 10
    17.11
    PK9
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/7
    Team 11
    17.12
    DEF16
    Tennessee
    Ten/11
    Team 12
    18.01
    DEF17
    San Diego
    SD/7
    Team 12
    18.02
    PK10
    Dan Bailey
    Dal/5
    Team 11
    18.03
    PK11
    Matt Bryant
    Atl/7
    Team 10
    18.04
    PK12
    Billy Cundiff
    Bal/8
    Team 9
    18.05
    PK13
    Jason Hanson
    Det/5
    Team 8
    18.06
    PK14
    Mike Nugent
    Cin/8
    Team 7
    18.07
    PK15
    Shaun Suisham
    Pit/4
    Team 6
    18.08
    PK16
    Neil Rackers
    Was/10
    Team 5
    18.09
    TE23
    Anthony Fasano
    Mia/7
    Team 4
    18.10
    PK17
    Rob Bironas
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    18.11
    PK18
    Josh Brown
    NYJ/9
    Team 2
    18.12
    RB64
    Bernard Scott
    Cin/8
    1.01 Team

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 1st draft position

    Round 1: RB Arian Foster
    It is very easy with the first pick in the entire draft. Take the top player on your draft board and do not look back. Foster is a fantasy beast and is the perfect cornerstone to a fantasy roster.

    Rounds 2-3: WR Victor Cruz / WR Roddy White
    With a stud running back already on board, this is a fun spot to be in. You can certainly take a second-tier running back like Fred Jackson or Demarco Murray here and would have a strong starting pair at running back. If you fall into the must have two running back in the first three selections crowd, I have to qualms with going that route. However I love beginning a draft with three stud players and this trio is capable of single-handedly winning me fantasy games. Cruz and White both are capable of top-three fantasy seasons at the receiver position and this is a strong start to a fantasy squad.

    Rounds 4-5: RB Reggie Bush / WR Steve Johnson
    After a long wait, the next two picks arrive and it is time to analyze the draft board. The top-20 running backs and receivers are now off the board and the decision making here becomes more critical. There are some good quarterbacks here to be taken but several are already off the board and I see a pretty large group here capable of elevating to the top-six in 2012. So it makes sense to ignore the position for now. If you see a Matthew Stafford available here, I would take him. As it is, I love the idea of sowing up your starting running backs and receivers at the end of round five. Reggie Bush isn't a beast as a RB2 but in a PPR league he is certainly worthy of the fantasy start. Steve Johnson is simply the top receiver available on the draft list so I pick him up. I see a couple of good tight ends here such as Jason Witten and Antonio Gates and both could be substituted into this spot.

    Rounds 6-7: RB Adrian Peterson / QB Peyton Manning
    With my starting running backs and receivers in place, this will usually be where I take my starting quarterback. The only way I will not select one here is if there are enough quarterbacks I like here to roll the dice that one falls to round 8. However Peyton Manning in the 7th round is a wonderful risk-reward player and we all know what he is capable of if healthy. Really he is a no brainer for me here. Another no brainer is having Adrian Peterson staring at me in round six. Yes he'll be returning from injury and yes he may not come back the same player but he is still worth the risk and if he is healthy, Foster / Peterson becomes an elite duo with a strong RB3 in Bush filling in. (Note I would be shocked to see Peterson sitting there in a real league this late, injured or not but even in real leagues players will drop for multitudes of reasons)

    Rounds 8-9: TE Fred Davis / WR Michael Crabtree
    I must get the starting tight end now and glad to have Fred Davis there available to be picked up. He is capable of top-5 stats and is without question a solid fantasy starter. Next I debate with myself over going with Toby Gerhart to secure points at running back in Minnesota or taking Michael Crabtree who is capable of becoming an elite receiver. Finally I decide to gamble on Peterson getting healthy and adding a receiver that could bring my receiver stable from great to exceptional.

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

    Quarterbacks

  • Peyton Manning 7.01
  • Running Backs

  • Arian Foster 1.01
  • Reggie Bush 4.01
  • Adrian Peterson 6.12
  • Wide Receivers

  • Victor Cruz 2.12
  • Roddy White 3.01
  • Steve Johnson 5.01
  • Michael Crabtree 9.01
  • Tight Ends

  • Fred Davis 8.12
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • Love this team so far. The receiver position is stocked up well with four players capable of huge seasons. Fred Davis has the talent to be a strong fantasy weapon and we all know what Peyton Manning can do when healthy. If Adrian Peterson is healthy and joins up with Arian Foster, my backfield is the equal of my receiving squad and it will be very difficult to beat this team. The weakness is a lack of running back depth here but hopefully I will find some value in the next few picks.

    Rounds 10-13: RB Ryan Williams / RB Ben Tate / RB David Wilson / QB Jay Cutler
    I found a trio of running backs here capable of big things when called upon. Especially pleased to get Arian Foster's backup on the cheap in round 11. I love the upside of both Williams and Wilson. Landing a quarterback like Jay Cutler as a fantasy backup in round thirteen is great.

    Rounds 14-18: WR Laurent Robinson / Pittsburgh Defense / PK Randy Bullock / WR Chad Johnson / RB Bernard Scott
    Add your defense and kicker here. It is unneeded to draft two so both positions are complete. Add two upside receivers as well as a possible surprise running back this year.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #1)

    Quarterbacks

  • Peyton Manning 7.01
  • Jay Cutler 13.01
  • Running Backs

  • Arian Foster 1.01
  • Reggie Bush 4.01
  • Adrian Peterson 6.12
  • Ryan Williams 10.12
  • Ben Tate 11.01
  • David Wilson 12.12
  • Bernard Scott 18.12
  • Wide Receivers

  • Victor Cruz 2.12
  • Roddy White 3.01
  • Steve Johnson 5.01
  • Michael Crabtree 9.01
  • Laurent Robinson 14.12
  • Chad Johnson 17.01
  • Tight Ends

  • Fred Davis 8.12
  • Place Kickers

  • Randy Bullock 16.12
  • Defenses

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 15.01
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    The quarterback position is in good shape with Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler. There is a chance both light it up this year and if healthy, Manning like put up big numbers like always. Finding a few good young running backs makes the group more intriguing but the key is the health of Adrian Peterson as he will give me a dominating pair if he can play without mobility issues. Getting the backup for Arian Foster is huge and there is plenty of talent amongst this unit. My starting three receivers are incredible and I have some interesting backups whose production could exceed draft slot. Obviously Chad Johnson is a monster risk but the Dolphins have a hole at receiver and maybe he will surprise. I should look for a backup tight end in week one, dropping any player that is not performing and / or injured. Kickers are kickers and got a good defense in the Steelers defense. All in all this was a great draft and has a shot at serious success in 2012.

    Last thoughts on the 1st draft slot in a 12-team league

    Drafting first overall is always fun if you allow the draft to come to you without panic. Add best players available in rounds two and three regardless of position and you will be on the way to greatness.

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