Draft Slots Study - 12 Teams / Pick 1.12
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 12th overall (12-team re-draft)

    This is the final part of the opening series. I am looking for spots in the first round in which significant decisions need to be made if the draft unfolds as expected. This article will take a look at the final draft slot. It is always interesting to have back to back picks at the end of the round because of the ability to dictate the direction of the draft. It is also difficult because of the sometimes agonizingly long breaks between picks. It is very important to try to project the direction of the next 24 picks because if you decide wrong, you may be scrambling by the time the next pick arrives. It is fine to try to dictate the direction of the draft, but do not do it at the expense of your roster. If there is a chance a position runs empty prior to your next picks in the draft, make the smart decision and grab at least one player at that position. Guessing wrong here can truly be disastrous, but with smart, well thought out draft decisions, this team can be very powerful with the back to back picks.

    Two example strategies to incorporate into your draft

    1. 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...

    Possible squad through five rounds

  • QB Drew Brees
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • RB Reggie Bush
  • WR Dez Bryant
  • RB Shonn Greene
  • The first two picks are simple when it comes to the final draft slot in a league. Take the best two players available without worrying about position. The key to closing the gap on all the owners drafting ahead of you in round one is to load up with two of the top thirteen players and you can only do that if you target talent and not positions. Of course it is scary to ignore the running back position until at least pick 36 but landing a pair of stud receivers or a great quarterback and receiver will help get a jump on your league.

    2. 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 Chris Johnson
  • QB Drew Brees
  • WR Dez Bryant
  • WR Wes Welker
  • RB Frank Gore
  • In the above example, it is very easy to begin the draft with Chris Johnson and Drew Brees, both of whom are elite fantasy weapons when at the top of their game. Once again, if you go quarterback early, ignore the position until much later on. When the three-four turn comes around, Dez Bryant and Wes Welker are a great receiver pair to add to the squad and are both capable WR1 for a fantasy team. In a points per reception league, Welker should already be off the board while Dez Bryant is finally in the shape needed to be an elite NFL receiver along with improved focus and determination Finally in round five, there is a proven running back on the board and Gore is a no brainer to add as a RB2 this late into the draft. Flexible drafting here is the key to success so if that means going WR/WR in a three/four turn or QB/RB in one/two turn, do not be afraid to pull the trigger.

    Likely selections in first seven rounds

  • Round 1: RB / WR / QB Rodgers, possible tight end but believe round two much better spot
  • Round 2: RB/WR unless Brees, Brady or TEs Jimmy Graham or Gronkowski available
  • Round 3: RB/WR unless you need quarterback and Brees And Brady are available
  • Round 4: RB/WR unless exceptional value at QB
  • Round 5: RB/WR unless great value at QB or TEs Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, or Jason Witten are available
  • Round 6: RB/WR/QB
  • Round 7: RB/WR/TE/QB
  • Positives of the draft slot

  • Back to back picks is terrific to dictate the direction of a fantasy draft
  • Two of the top thirteen picks on this draft board is a nice way to start the draft and the first pick in round two will give a leg up on all the owners who got to pick ahead of this owner in round one
  • Talent will always fall to these picks if this owner does not fall in love with a position or player
  • Negatives of the draft slot

  • Eleven other owners got a player they coveted more than the player this owner will get here in round one
  • Twenty-two picks is a long time between selections. Guessing wrong could wipe out a position on this owner
  • 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
    RB3
    LeSean McCoy
    Phi/7
    Team 3
    1.04
    RB4
    Ryan Mathews
    SD/7
    Team 4
    1.05
    QB1
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB/10
    Team 5
    1.06
    WR1
    Calvin Johnson
    Det/5
    Team 6
    1.07
    RB5
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Jac/6
    Team 7
    1.08
    QB2
    Tom Brady
    NE/9
    Team 8
    1.09
    RB6
    Trent Richardson
    Cle/10
    Team 9
    1.10
    TE1
    Jimmy Graham
    NO/6
    Team 10
    1.11
    TE2
    Rob Gronkowski
    NE/9
    Team 11
    1.12
    RB8
    Chris Johnson
    Ten/11
    1.12 Team
    2.01
    QB3
    Drew Brees
    NO/6
    1.12 Team
    2.02
    RB7
    Darren McFadden
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    2.03
    RB9
    Matt Forte
    Chi/6
    Team 10
    2.04
    WR2
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Ari/10
    Team 9
    2.05
    RB10
    Darren Sproles
    NO/6
    Team 8
    2.06
    RB11
    Jamaal Charles
    KC/7
    Team 7
    2.07
    RB12
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG/11
    Team 6
    2.08
    RB13
    Steven Jackson
    StL/9
    Team 5
    2.09
    WR3
    Andre Johnson
    Hou/8
    Team 4
    2.10
    QB4
    Cam Newton
    Car/6
    Team 3
    2.11
    RB14
    Fred Jackson
    Buf/8
    Team 2
    2.12
    RB15
    Marshawn Lynch
    Sea/11
    Team 1
    3.01
    QB5
    Matthew Stafford
    Det/5
    Team 1
    3.02
    WR4
    Mike Wallace
    Pit/4
    Team 2
    3.03
    RB16
    DeMarco Murray
    Dal/5
    Team 3
    3.04
    RB17
    Doug Martin
    TB/5
    Team 4
    3.05
    WR5
    Roddy White
    Atl/7
    Team 5
    3.06
    WR6
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG/11
    Team 6
    3.07
    WR7
    Julio Jones
    Atl/7
    Team 7
    3.08
    WR8
    A.J. Green
    Cin/8
    Team 8
    3.09
    WR9
    Victor Cruz
    NYG/11
    Team 9
    3.10
    WR10
    Greg Jennings
    GB/10
    Team 10
    3.11
    QB6
    Michael Vick
    Phi/7
    Team 11
    3.12
    WR11
    Dez Bryant
    Dal/5
    1.12 Team
    4.01
    WR14
    Wes Welker
    NE/9
    1.12 Team
    4.02
    WR12
    Demaryius Thomas
    Den/7
    Team 11
    4.03
    WR13
    Percy Harvin
    Min/11
    Team 10
    4.04
    WR15
    Brandon Marshall
    Chi/6
    Team 9
    4.05
    RB18
    Reggie Bush
    Mia/7
    Team 8
    4.06
    WR16
    Steve Smith
    Car/6
    Team 7
    4.07
    WR17
    Marques Colston
    NO/6
    Team 6
    4.08
    WR18
    Jordy Nelson
    GB/10
    Team 5
    4.09
    WR19
    Kenny Britt
    Ten/11
    Team 4
    4.10
    WR20
    Steve Johnson
    Buf/8
    Team 3
    4.11
    WR21
    Miles Austin
    Dal/5
    Team 2
    4.12
    WR22
    Vincent Jackson
    TB/5
    Team 1
    5.01
    WR23
    DeSean Jackson
    Phi/7
    Team 1
    5.02
    WR24
    Jeremy Maclin
    Phi/7
    Team 2
    5.03
    WR25
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC/7
    Team 3
    5.04
    TE3
    Jason Witten
    Dal/5
    Team 4
    5.05
    TE4
    Antonio Gates
    SD/7
    Team 5
    5.06
    TE5
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE/9
    Team 6
    5.07
    TE6
    Vernon Davis
    SF/9
    Team 7
    5.08
    WR26
    Reggie Wayne
    Ind/4
    Team 8
    5.09
    QB7
    Philip Rivers
    SD/7
    Team 9
    5.10
    QB8
    Tony Romo
    Dal/5
    Team 10
    5.11
    WR27
    Eric Decker
    Den/7
    Team 11
    5.12
    RB21
    Frank Gore
    SF/9
    1.12 Team
    6.01
    RB19
    Adrian Peterson
    Min/11
    1.12 Team
    6.02
    RB20
    Isaac Redman
    Pit/4
    Team 11
    6.03
    RB22
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    6.04
    TE7
    Jermichael Finley
    GB/10
    Team 9
    6.05
    RB23
    Roy Helu
    Was/10
    Team 8
    6.06
    QB9
    Eli Manning
    NYG/11
    Team 7
    6.07
    QB10
    Robert Griffin III
    Was/10
    Team 6
    6.08
    RB24
    Michael Turner
    Atl/7
    Team 5
    6.09
    QB11
    Matt Ryan
    Atl/7
    Team 4
    6.10
    TE8
    Brandon Pettigrew
    Det/5
    Team 3
    6.11
    TE9
    Tony Gonzalez
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    6.12
    RB25
    Jonathan Stewart
    Car/6
    Team 1
    7.01
    WR28
    Torrey Smith
    Bal/8
    Team 1
    7.02
    QB12
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Pit/4
    Team 2
    7.03
    WR29
    Antonio Brown
    Pit/4
    Team 3
    7.04
    WR30
    Denarius Moore
    Oak/5
    Team 4
    7.05
    RB26
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Cin/8
    Team 5
    7.06
    RB27
    Jahvid Best
    Det/5
    Team 6
    7.07
    RB28
    C.J. Spiller
    Buf/8
    Team 7
    7.08
    TE10
    Fred Davis
    Was/10
    Team 8
    7.09
    RB29
    Donald Brown
    Ind/4
    Team 9
    7.10
    WR31
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ/9
    Team 10
    7.11
    RB30
    Willis McGahee
    Den/7
    Team 11
    7.12
    RB33
    Chris Wells
    Ari/10
    1.12 Team
    8.01
    WR32
    Brandon Lloyd
    NE/9
    1.12 Team
    8.02
    WR33
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Oak/5
    Team 11
    8.03
    RB31
    James Starks
    GB/10
    Team 10
    8.04
    RB32
    DeAngelo Williams
    Car/6
    Team 9
    8.05
    WR34
    Sidney Rice
    Sea/11
    Team 8
    8.06
    WR35
    Robert Meachem
    SD/7
    Team 7
    8.07
    RB34
    Pierre Thomas
    NO/6
    Team 6
    8.08
    WR36
    Pierre Garcon
    Was/10
    Team 5
    8.09
    WR37
    Greg Little
    Cle/10
    Team 4
    8.10
    WR38
    Michael Crabtree
    SF/9
    Team 3
    8.11
    RB35
    Mark Ingram
    NO/6
    Team 2
    8.12
    WR39
    Lance Moore
    NO/6
    Team 1
    9.01
    TE11
    Brent Celek
    Phi/7
    Team 1
    9.02
    QB13
    Peyton Manning
    Den/7
    Team 2
    9.03
    RB36
    Felix Jones
    Dal/5
    Team 3
    9.04
    RB37
    Michael Bush
    Chi/6
    Team 4
    9.05
    WR40
    Malcom Floyd
    SD/7
    Team 5
    9.06
    RB38
    Peyton Hillis
    KC/7
    Team 6
    9.07
    WR41
    Anquan Boldin
    Bal/8
    Team 7
    9.08
    WR42
    Mike Williams
    TB/5
    Team 8
    9.09
    RB39
    Ryan Williams
    Ari/10
    Team 9
    9.10
    QB14
    Josh Freeman
    TB/5
    Team 10
    9.11
    RB40
    Stevan Ridley
    NE/9
    Team 11
    9.12
    RB42
    Toby Gerhart
    Min/11
    1.12 Team
    10.01
    WR46
    Doug Baldwin
    Sea/11
    1.12 Team
    10.02
    WR43
    Titus Young
    Det/5
    Team 11
    10.03
    WR44
    Austin Collie
    Ind/4
    Team 10
    10.04
    TE12
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ/9
    Team 9
    10.05
    TE13
    Jermaine Gresham
    Cin/8
    Team 8
    10.06
    TE14
    Owen Daniels
    Hou/8
    Team 7
    10.07
    QB15
    Carson Palmer
    Oak/5
    Team 6
    10.08
    RB41
    Ronnie Hillman
    Den/7
    Team 5
    10.09
    QB16
    Andy Dalton
    Cin/8
    Team 4
    10.10
    WR45
    Nate Washington
    Ten/11
    Team 3
    10.11
    WR47
    Justin Blackmon
    Jac/6
    Team 2
    10.12
    WR48
    Michael Floyd
    Ari/10
    Team 1
    11.01
    WR49
    Nate Burleson
    Det/5
    Team 1
    11.02
    WR50
    David Nelson
    Buf/8
    Team 2
    11.03
    WR51
    Jerome Simpson
    Min/11
    Team 3
    11.04
    RB43
    David Wilson
    NYG/11
    Team 4
    11.05
    WR52
    Brandon LaFell
    Car/6
    Team 5
    11.06
    WR53
    Davone Bess
    Mia/7
    Team 6
    11.07
    WR54
    Laurent Robinson
    Jac/6
    Team 7
    11.08
    WR55
    Randall Cobb
    GB/10
    Team 8
    11.09
    QB17
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Buf/8
    Team 9
    11.10
    RB44
    Ben Tate
    Hou/8
    Team 10
    11.11
    WR56
    Brian Quick
    StL/9
    Team 11
    11.12
    TE17
    Jacob Tamme
    Den/7
    1.12 Team
    12.01
    QB18
    Matt Schaub
    Hou/8
    1.12 Team
    12.02
    WR57
    Stephen Hill
    NYJ/9
    Team 11
    12.03
    RB45
    Daniel Thomas
    Mia/7
    Team 10
    12.04
    WR58
    Brian Hartline
    Mia/7
    Team 9
    12.05
    RB46
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    Atl/7
    Team 8
    12.06
    QB19
    Alex Smith
    SF/9
    Team 7
    12.07
    RB47
    Shane Vereen
    NE/9
    Team 6
    12.08
    TE15
    Coby Fleener
    Ind/4
    Team 5
    12.09
    WR59
    Randy Moss
    SF/9
    Team 4
    12.10
    TE16
    Greg Olsen
    Car/6
    Team 3
    12.11
    RB48
    Mikel Leshoure
    Det/5
    Team 2
    12.12
    RB49
    Marcel Reece
    Oak/5
    Team 1
    13.01
    QB20
    Andrew Luck
    Ind/4
    Team 1
    13.02
    RB50
    Rashad Jennings
    Jac/6
    Team 2
    13.03
    QB21
    Joe Flacco
    Bal/8
    Team 3
    13.04
    RB51
    Tim Hightower
    Was/10
    Team 4
    13.05
    QB22
    Jay Cutler
    Chi/6
    Team 5
    13.06
    WR60
    Alshon Jeffery
    Chi/6
    Team 6
    13.07
    RB52
    Alex Green
    GB/10
    Team 7
    13.08
    WR61
    Steve Smith
    StL/9
    Team 8
    13.09
    RB53
    Kendall Hunter
    SF/9
    Team 9
    13.10
    WR62
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Pit/4
    Team 10
    13.11
    RB54
    Joe McKnight
    NYJ/9
    Team 11
    13.12
    DEF1
    Chicago
    Chi/6
    1.12 Team
    14.01
    WR68
    Santana Moss
    Was/10
    1.12 Team
    14.02
    DEF2
    San Francisco
    SF/9
    Team 11
    14.03
    DEF3
    Philadelphia
    Phi/7
    Team 10
    14.04
    DEF4
    Baltimore
    Bal/8
    Team 9
    14.05
    RB55
    Danny Woodhead
    NE/9
    Team 8
    14.06
    WR63
    Jacoby Ford
    Oak/5
    Team 7
    14.07
    DEF5
    Green Bay
    GB/10
    Team 6
    14.08
    RB56
    LeGarrette Blount
    TB/5
    Team 5
    14.09
    DEF6
    New England
    NE/9
    Team 4
    14.10
    RB57
    Isaiah Pead
    StL/9
    Team 3
    14.11
    DEF7
    Detroit
    Det/5
    Team 2
    14.12
    DEF8
    New York Jets
    NYJ/9
    Team 1
    15.01
    DEF9
    Pittsburgh
    Pit/4
    Team 1
    15.02
    PK1
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE/9
    Team 2
    15.03
    RB58
    Delone Carter
    Ind/4
    Team 3
    15.04
    PK2
    David Akers
    SF/9
    Team 4
    15.05
    DEF10
    New York Giants
    NYG/11
    Team 5
    15.06
    DEF11
    Buffalo
    Buf/8
    Team 6
    15.07
    RB59
    Mike Goodson
    Oak/5
    Team 7
    15.08
    DEF12
    Dallas
    Dal/5
    Team 8
    15.09
    WR64
    Kendall Wright
    Ten/11
    Team 9
    15.10
    WR65
    Steve Breaston
    KC/7
    Team 10
    15.11
    QB23
    Christian Ponder
    Min/11
    Team 11
    15.12
    WR71
    Mohamed Sanu
    Cin/8
    1.12 Team
    16.01
    TE18
    Heath Miller
    Pit/4
    1.12 Team
    16.02
    TE19
    Jared Cook
    Ten/11
    Team 11
    16.03
    TE20
    Ed Dickson
    Bal/8
    Team 10
    16.04
    PK3
    Garrett Hartley
    NO/6
    Team 9
    16.05
    QB24
    Matt Cassel
    KC/7
    Team 8
    16.06
    DEF13
    Seattle
    Sea/11
    Team 7
    16.07
    WR66
    Vincent Brown
    SD/7
    Team 6
    16.08
    WR67
    Donnie Avery
    Ind/4
    Team 5
    16.09
    WR69
    Devery Henderson
    NO/6
    Team 4
    16.10
    PK4
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Oak/5
    Team 3
    16.11
    WR70
    Harry Douglas
    Atl/7
    Team 2
    16.12
    RB60
    Mike Tolbert
    Car/6
    Team 1
    17.01
    PK5
    Alex Henery
    Phi/7
    Team 1
    17.02
    TE21
    Kyle Rudolph
    Min/11
    Team 2
    17.03
    DEF14
    Arizona
    Ari/10
    Team 3
    17.04
    TE22
    Marcedes Lewis
    Jac/6
    Team 4
    17.05
    DEF15
    Atlanta
    Atl/7
    Team 5
    17.06
    PK6
    Mason Crosby
    GB/10
    Team 6
    17.07
    DEF16
    New Orleans
    NO/6
    Team 7
    17.08
    DEF17
    Tennessee
    Ten/11
    Team 8
    17.09
    WR72
    Rueben Randle
    NYG/11
    Team 9
    17.10
    PK7
    Dan Carpenter
    Mia/7
    Team 10
    17.11
    PK8
    Randy Bullock
    Hou/8
    Team 11
    17.12
    RB65
    Javon Ringer
    Ten/11
    1.12 Team
    18.01
    PK9
    Nate Kaeding
    SD/7
    1.12 Team
    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
    TE23
    Tony Moeaki
    KC/7
    Team 6
    18.08
    PK15
    Shaun Suisham
    Pit/4
    Team 5
    18.09
    PK16
    Neil Rackers
    Was/10
    Team 4
    18.10
    DEF18
    Minnesota
    Min/11
    Team 3
    18.11
    DEF19
    Denver
    Den/7
    Team 2
    18.12
    TE24
    Scott Chandler
    Buf/8
    Team 1

    Breaking down the mock draft from the 12th draft position

    Rounds 1 and 2: RB Chris Johnson and QB Drew Brees
    With these two picks, it is unnecessary to project ahead. Simply take the best two players on your board as neither will be available 24 picks from this spot. Chris Johnson has top-three fantasy potential at running back and has vowed to be better in 2012. Drew Brees has been remarkably consistent and he is the type of player you can lock in and forget about the position. He allows this squad to forget about the quarterback position until at least round 10.

    Rounds 3 and 4: WR Dez Bryant and WR Wes Welker
    It is tempting to pick up Reggie Bush here and he would be solid in a PPR-league. However the best two players available are Wes Welker and Dez Bryant and needing starting receivers, it is a very easy decision to go WR/WR here. There are tons of serviceable running backs out there after the fourth round and some players will fall to my next pick.

    Rounds 5 and 6: RB Frank Gore and RB Adrian Peterson
    It is difficult to fathom both Gore and Peterson being available with the 60th and 61st pick of the draft but both players have their current issues and players do fall down the draft board. It makes a ton of sense in this scenario to go RB/RB, especially with two excellent receivers already on board. Gore, Peterson, and Johnson will be a great, veteran backfield for a fantasy team. Peterson has his health issues, but he is a warrior and if his knee is even decent, he'll play. I thought about going tight end here after picking Welker in round four but just cannot leave those two running backs on the board.

    Rounds 7 and 8: RB Chris Wells and WR Brandon Lloyd
    I expect to go WR/WR here or WR/TE but having a talented running back like Chris Wells available here is something I could not ignore and I scoop him up for value. That is why it is important to not fall in love with a position or player. Take talent when possible over positional needs until you can no longer ignore a hole on your fantasy team. I still see many tight ends and receivers I would not mind having on this squad. It is very seldom I will pick two receivers from the same team but having Lloyd and Welker on the field at one time is a great luxury for Tom Brady and the passing game.

    Round 9: RB Toby Gerhart
    I am very pleased to add the backup for Adrian Peterson here and he makes my running back stable very strong through 9 picks. I never expected to have 5 running backs through the first nine picks but running back depth is always a nice luxury to have. Now if Peterson struggles out of the gate, I will still have a good running back option in Toby Gerhart

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

    Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees
  • Running Backs

  • Chris Johnson
  • Frank Gore
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Chris Wells
  • Toby Gerhart
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Dez Bryant
  • Brandon Lloyd
  • Tight Ends

  • none
  • Place Kickers

  • none
  • Defenses

  • none
  • I usually will try to have my starting group of quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends on the board through nine picks. However running back value was too strong and I can add a tight end a like later on. Obviously the strength of this team is at quarterback and Drew Brees as he is a fantasy juggernaut and will be a great cornerstone of the team. The running back depth is also very good and could be awesome if Peterson has returned from injury. The starting trio at receiver is very good but there is no back up depth there and that will have to be addressed in the rounds ahead. Receiver depth and a starting tight end is definitely what are needed in the next few rounds.

    Rounds 10-13: WR Doug Baldwin / TE Jacob Tamme / QB Matt Schaub / DEF Chicago Bears
    I expect to go tight end with the tenth round pick but I see several tight ends I like here and a few should drop to my next pick so I do not select one. Instead I add a receiver I love in PPR leagues this season and Baldwin will be a good plug-and-play footballer for my squad. Finally in round eleven I add a starting tight end and Jacob Tamme could be poised for some big fantasy numbers in Denver. I decide to add a backup quarterback here as I like Schaub against the Packers that week in what should be a barnburner and also add the Bears in round thirteen. It is alright to wait on both the backup quarterback and the starting defense if worthwhile players are on the board here.

    Rounds 14-18: WR Santana Moss / WR Mohamed Sanu / TE Heath Miller / RB Javon Ringer / K Nate Kaeding
    I add a pair of receivers here that should help with the depth of my squad. Santana Moss is particular is being undervalued in mock drafts this season as his veteran presence will be helpful to the rookie quarterback in Washington. He is still young enough to have a good fantasy season in 2012. Mohamed Sanu is a young talent with upside and worth the risk here. If he struggles out of the gate he will be a good player to drop to add player in free agency. Having waited so long on the tight end position, I decide it is a good idea to add a second one to the roster. In many leagues, if I take a tight end I am confident in I will not waste a roster spot on a backup but Tamme is not a guarantee and Miller will be a good plan B. Ringer is added to the team to backup up my first pick in the draft Chris Johnson and now I have the backfield for both the Titans and the Vikings on my squad. Finally I add a decent kicker and my team is good to go.

    Final Roster (Draft Slot #12)

    Quarterbacks

  • Drew Brees
  • Matt Schaub
  • Running Backs

  • Chris Johnson
  • Frank Gore
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Chris Wells
  • Toby Gerhart
  • Javon Ringer
  • Wide Receivers

  • Wes Welker
  • Dez Bryant
  • Brandon Lloyd
  • Doug Baldwin
  • Santana Moss
  • Mohamed Sanu
  • Tight Ends

  • Jacob Tamme
  • Heath Miller
  • Place Kickers

  • Nate Kaeding
  • Defenses

  • Chicago Bears
  • Final thoughts on this roster

    This is a solid no-frills fantasy team with no holes. The depth is good at the four major positions and the starting unit of Drew Brees, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore (or Adrian Peterson), Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Dez Bryant and Jacob Tamme, along with Nate Kaeding and the great Bears defense should help to rack up many wins in the regular season. It is a nice luxury to have the backup running backs to both Peterson and Johnson on the squad and I didn't have to overpay for either of them. That is a major victory for this team.

    Last thoughts on the 7th draft slot in a 12-team league

    Drafting from the 12th position is not going to be easy. It is always one of the more challenging spots to draft from due to the long wait between picks and the worst first round draft choice. However as always patience, flexibility and foresight will help this owner put together a strong team. The key to a successful draft here is to take the top two players on your draft board, regardless of position. This squad will need studs, regardless of positions to keep up with the teams ahead of them so if that means starting a draft QB/WR, do not be afraid to do so. When the two picks arrive, take a minute to study the draft board, process possibilities through the next 24 picks and make smart moves. If you do that, you'll have the makings of a championship team. If you do take a quarterback early, ignore position to round ten at the earliest and if you take a tight end early, don't bother taking a backup tight end unless that backup is somebody like Antonio Gates and he falls into your lap later than he should. Good luck and happy drafting.

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