Eliminate the Suck
By David Dodds
July 20th, 2010

Let me start off by saying this article is likely going to ruffle some feathers. Like all things in life, there are winners and losers. And some of you homers are rooting for teams and players that simply suck.

Value-Based Drafting shows you that every player has value. But we all know that really isn't the case. You can't load up with players from Cleveland, Buffalo and St. Louis (even if they were value picks) and expect to win your league. Suck In...equals guess what...Suck Out.

In an effort to eliminate the suck from the Top 300 PPR draft list, I have chosen to implement the following rules:

Rule 1: All players on the worst eight offenses have been eliminated. Worst offenses are calculated looking at my team projections using standard PPR scoring. These teams did not make the cut in 2010: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, and the Tennessee Titans. The players on these teams are shaded gray on the below list.

Rule 2: Conversely, the top eight offenses (New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and Minnesota Vikings) keep their players on the abbreviated cheatsheet. These players are shaded green on the below list.

Rule 3: Of the remaining 16 teams from rules 1 and 2 above, the eight with the worst playoff matchups (weeks 14-16) have been given a "Yellow Card" warning. These teams have been tagged for their difficult playoff schedules: New York Giants (@Min, Phi, @GB), Philadelphia Eagles (@Dal, @NYG, Min), Chicago Bears (NE, @Min, NYJ), New York Jets (Mia, @Pit, @Chi), Detroit Lions (GB, @TB, @Mia), Arizona Cardinals (Den, @Car, Dal), Seattle Seahawks (@SF, Atl, @TB), and Pittsburgh Steelers(Cin, NYJ, Car). These players are shaded yellow on the below list.

Rule 4: Of the remaining 16 teams from rules 1 and 2 above, the eight with the worst starting matchups (weeks 1-5) have been given a "Yellow Card" warning. These teams have been tagged for their difficult stating schedules: Detroit Lions (@Chi, Phi, @Min, @GB, StL), Miami Dolphins (@Buf, @Min, NYJ, NE, Bye), New York Jets (Bal, NE, @Mia, @Buf, Min), Baltimore Ravens (@NYJ, @Cin, Cle, @Pit, Den), Chicago Bears (Det, @Dal, GB, @NYG, @Car), Washington Redskins (Dal, Hou, StL, @Phi, GB), Atlanta Falcons (@Pit, Ari, @NO, SF, @Cle) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (Den, @SD, Phi, Ind, @Buf).

Rule 5: Any team flagged for two "Yellow Cards" is "Red Carded". These players are shaded red on the below list. Players from the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New York Jets meet this criteria.

Rule 6: Old players suck. They get hurt a lot and offer minimal upside. Go ahead and cross off QB Brett Favre (41 years old), WR Terrell Owens (37), WR Derrick Mason (36), QB Matt Hasselbeck (35), WR Donald Driver (35), WR Hines Ward (34), TE Tony Gonzalez (34), RB Fred Taylor (34), RB Kevin Faulk (34), RB Ricky Williams (33) and RB Sammy Morris (33) from the remaining players. Some are still pretending to have game, but many will likely disappoint. These players are shaded a lighter gray to match their hair color.

Rule 7: Unless you are in a league that does not allow transactions, you should not be drafting multiple kickers and defenses. Go ahead and cross off kickers and defense outside of the top 12. These defenses and kickers are shaded gray.

Rule 8: The first 20 players are exempt from the other rules. By definition they can't suck and be in the top 20. These players are shaded green if they are not on the 8 worst offenses list and don't have bad starting and ending schedules. If they are on one of the other lists they are shaded yellow.

Rule 9: These rules will be done in the order they are listed. That will reverse some previous color combinations.

Rule 10: Any player not impacted by these other rules will be shaded light green.

Understanding the colors:

  • Green - These players either play in the eight best offenses or represent the best 20 players in fantasy football. Draft these players with no fear.

  • Light Green - These players play in average offenses and have good to great starting and finishing schedules. Draft these players with little fear.

  • Yellow - These players play in average offenses and have either a hard starting or hard ending schedule. Try to minimize the number of these players you draft.

  • Red - These players play in average offenses and have difficult starts (weeks 1-5) and finishes (weeks 14-16). These players are sure to disappoint when you need them the most and are best to avoid.

  • Light Gray - These guys are OLD. Only draft one of these players when it represents exceptional value. Most of these players should be avoided.

  • Dark Gray - These players either play on the 8 worst offenses in the league. Avoid these players at all cost.

  • Here's to not sucking on draft day...

    Overall 12 Team 10 Team 14 Team Pos Player Team ADP
    1 1.01 1.01 1.01 RB1 Chris Johnson Ten 1
    2 1.02 1.02 1.02 RB2 Maurice Jones-Drew Jac 4
    3 1.03 1.03 1.03 RB3 Ray Rice Bal 3
    4 1.04 1.04 1.04 RB4 Adrian Peterson Min 2
    5 1.05 1.05 1.05 WR1 Andre Johnson Hou 5
    6 1.06 1.06 1.06 WR2 Larry Fitzgerald Ari 7
    7 1.07 1.07 1.07 RB5 Frank Gore SF 6
    8 1.08 1.08 1.08 RB6 Steven Jackson StL 8
    9 1.09 1.09 1.09 WR3 Reggie Wayne Ind 10
    10 1.10 1.10 1.10 WR4 Randy Moss NE 12
    11 1.11 2.01 1.11 QB1 Aaron Rodgers GB 13
    12 1.12 2.02 1.12 WR5 Miles Austin Dal 14
    13 2.01 2.03 1.13 WR6 Roddy White Atl 18
    14 2.02 2.04 1.14 QB2 Drew Brees NO 15
    15 2.03 2.05 2.01 WR7 Brandon Marshall Mia 16
    16 2.04 2.06 2.02 WR8 Calvin Johnson Det 11
    17 2.05 2.07 2.03 WR9 Greg Jennings GB 23
    18 2.06 2.08 2.04 RB7 Rashard Mendenhall Pit 17
    19 2.07 2.09 2.05 WR10 Marques Colston NO 25
    20 2.08 2.10 2.06 QB3 Peyton Manning Ind 21
    21 2.09 3.01 2.07 RB8 Jamaal Charles KC 22
    22 2.10 3.02 2.08 WR11 Sidney Rice Min 26
    23 2.11 3.03 2.09 WR12 DeSean Jackson Phi 20
    24 2.12 3.04 2.10 RB9 Pierre Thomas NO 31
    25 3.01 3.05 2.11 RB10 Knowshon Moreno Den 29
    26 3.02 3.06 2.12 RB11 Deangelo Williams Car 19
    27 3.03 3.07 2.13 WR13 Steve Smith NYG 30
    28 3.04 3.08 2.14 RB12 Chris Wells Ari 32
    29 3.05 3.09 3.01 WR14 Steve Smith Car 33
    30 3.06 3.10 3.02 WR15 Chad Ochocinco Cin 43
    31 3.07 4.01 3.03 QB4 Tony Romo Dal 34
    32 3.08 4.02 3.04 RB13 Ryan Grant GB 27
    33 3.09 4.03 3.05 RB14 Michael Turner Atl 9
    34 3.10 4.04 3.06 RB15 Ryan Mathews SD 24
    35 3.11 4.05 3.07 RB16 Joseph Addai Ind 42
    36 3.12 4.06 3.08 QB5 Matt Schaub Hou 44
    37 4.01 4.07 3.09 RB17 LeSean McCoy Phi 37
    38 4.02 4.08 3.10 QB6 Tom Brady NE 35
    39 4.03 4.09 3.11 TE1 Antonio Gates SD 46
    40 4.04 4.10 3.12 WR16 Hakeem Nicks NYG 48
    41 4.05 5.01 3.13 RB18 Jahvid Best Det 47
    42 4.06 5.02 3.14 RB19 Jonathan Stewart Car 40
    43 4.07 5.03 4.01 QB7 Philip Rivers SD 45
    44 4.08 5.04 4.02 RB20 Reggie Bush NO 62
    45 4.09 5.05 4.03 WR17 Hines Ward Pit 59
    46 4.10 5.06 4.04 WR18 Michael Crabtree SF 41
    47 4.11 5.07 4.05 TE2 Dallas Clark Ind 36
    48 4.12 5.08 4.06 RB21 Felix Jones Dal 50
    49 5.01 5.09 4.07 WR19 Percy Harvin Min 56
    50 5.02 5.10 4.08 WR20 Anquan Boldin Bal 38
    51 5.03 6.01 4.09 RB22 Cedric Benson Cin 39
    52 5.04 6.02 4.10 RB23 Shonn Greene NYJ 28
    53 5.05 6.03 4.11 TE3 Jermichael Finley GB 54
    54 5.06 6.04 4.12 WR21 Mike Sims-Walker Jac 55
    55 5.07 6.05 4.13 TE4 Jason Witten Dal 53
    56 5.08 6.06 4.14 WR22 Dwayne Bowe KC 57
    57 5.09 6.07 5.01 WR23 Jeremy Maclin Phi 61
    58 5.10 6.08 5.02 TE5 Vernon Davis SF 49
    59 5.11 6.09 5.03 RB24 Ronnie Brown Mia 52
    60 5.12 6.10 5.04 TE6 Tony Gonzalez Atl 64
    61 6.01 7.01 5.05 WR24 Mike Wallace Pit 68
    62 6.02 7.02 5.06 TE7 Brent Celek Phi 60
    63 6.03 7.03 5.07 QB8 Jay Cutler Chi 67
    64 6.04 7.04 5.08 RB25 C.J. Spiller Buf 69
    65 6.05 7.05 5.09 RB26 Justin Forsett Sea 71
    66 6.06 7.06 5.10 WR25 Santana Moss Was 76
    67 6.07 7.07 5.11 QB9 Kevin Kolb Phi 74
    68 6.08 7.08 5.12 RB27 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 78
    69 6.09 7.09 5.13 RB28 Ricky Williams Mia 85
    70 6.10 7.10 5.14 RB29 Fred Jackson Buf 87
    71 6.11 8.01 6.01 WR26 T.J. Houshmandzadeh Sea 82
    72 6.12 8.02 6.02 QB10 Brett Favre Min 84
    73 7.01 8.03 6.03 QB11 Eli Manning NYG 83
    74 7.02 8.04 6.04 RB30 Darren Sproles SD 101
    75 7.03 8.05 6.05 QB12 Matt Ryan Atl 81
    76 7.04 8.06 6.06 WR27 Steve Breaston Ari 92
    77 7.05 8.07 6.07 RB31 Michael Bush Oak 94
    78 7.06 8.08 6.08 RB32 Carnell Williams TB 89
    79 7.07 8.09 6.09 RB33 Brandon Jacobs NYG 65
    80 7.08 8.10 6.10 RB34 Jerome Harrison Cle 79
    81 7.09 9.01 6.11 WR28 Malcom Floyd SD 106
    82 7.10 9.02 6.12 WR29 Devin Hester Chi 93
    83 7.11 9.03 6.13 TE8 Zach Miller Oak 97
    84 7.12 9.04 6.14 TE9 Kellen Winslow TB 86
    85 8.01 9.05 7.01 RB35 Matt Forte Chi 51
    86 8.02 9.06 7.02 WR30 Donald Driver GB 72
    87 8.03 9.07 7.03 WR31 Derrick Mason Bal 107
    88 8.04 9.08 7.04 WR32 Lee Evans Buf 114
    89 8.05 9.09 7.05 WR33 Jabar Gaffney Den 129
    90 8.06 9.10 7.06 QB13 Donovan McNabb Was 102
    91 8.07 10.01 7.07 RB36 Tim Hightower Ari 104
    92 8.08 10.02 7.08 WR34 Robert Meachem NO 77
    93 8.09 10.03 7.09 QB14 Joe Flacco Bal 88
    94 8.10 10.04 7.10 Def1 New York Jets NYJ 99
    95 8.11 10.05 7.11 WR35 Antonio Bryant Cin 105
    96 8.12 10.06 7.12 WR36 Johnny Knox Chi 112
    97 9.01 10.07 7.13 RB37 Chester Taylor Chi 115
    98 9.02 10.08 7.14 RB38 Clinton Portis Was 113
    99 9.03 10.09 8.01 WR37 Dez Bryant Dal 73
    100 9.04 10.10 8.02 RB39 Steve Slaton Hou 108
    101 9.05 11.01 8.03 WR38 Eddie Royal Den 111
    102 9.06 11.02 8.04 TE10 Owen Daniels Hou 80
    103 9.07 11.03 8.05 WR39 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 124
    104 9.08 11.04 8.06 WR40 Kenny Britt Ten 100
    105 9.09 11.05 8.07 WR41 Braylon Edwards NYJ 98
    106 9.10 11.06 8.08 RB40 Ladainian Tomlinson NYJ 120
    107 9.11 11.07 8.09 RB41 Laurence Maroney NE 117
    108 9.12 11.08 8.10 TE11 Heath Miller Pit 125
    109 10.01 11.09 8.11 RB42 Darren McFadden Oak 90
    110 10.02 11.10 8.12 RB43 Marion Barber Dal 70
    111 10.03 12.01 8.13 TE12 Visanthe Shiancoe Min 118
    112 10.04 12.02 8.14 RB44 Donald Brown Ind 95
    113 10.05 12.03 9.01 QB15 Matthew Stafford Det 121
    114 10.06 12.04 9.02 WR42 Mohamed Massaquoi Cle 135
    115 10.07 12.05 9.03 WR43 Donnie Avery StL 128
    116 10.08 12.06 9.04 Def2 Minnesota Vikings MIN 122
    117 10.09 12.07 9.05 WR44 Santonio Holmes NYJ 103
    118 10.10 12.08 9.06 QB16 Alex Smith SF 130
    119 10.11 12.09 9.07 QB17 Carson Palmer Cin 116
    120 10.12 12.10 9.08 WR45 Wesley Welker NE 63
    121 11.01 13.01 9.09 TE13 Chris Cooley Was 109
    122 11.02 13.02 9.10 WR46 Devin Thomas Was 147
    123 11.03 13.03 9.11 TE14 John Carlson Sea 126
    124 11.04 13.04 9.12 RB45 Leon Washington Sea 139
    125 11.05 13.05 9.13 Def3 Baltimore Ravens BAL 131
    126 11.06 13.06 9.14 WR47 Vincent Jackson SD 58
    127 11.07 13.07 10.01 Def4 Philadelphia Eagles PHI 141
    128 11.08 13.08 10.02 Def5 Green Bay Packers GB 133
    129 11.09 13.09 10.03 WR48 Nate Burleson Det 142
    130 11.10 13.10 10.04 QB18 Vince Young Ten 149
    131 11.11 14.01 10.05 QB19 David Garrard Jac 166
    132 11.12 14.02 10.06 RB46 Montario Hardesty Cle 91
    133 12.01 14.03 10.07 RB47 Arian Foster Hou 144
    134 12.02 14.04 10.08 QB20 Chad Henne Mia 127
    135 12.03 14.05 10.09 Def6 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT 136
    136 12.04 14.06 10.10 TE15 Dustin Keller NYJ 138
    137 12.05 14.07 10.11 WR49 Mike Thomas Jac 172
    138 12.06 14.08 10.12 RB48 Correll Buckhalter Den 178
    139 12.07 14.09 10.13 QB21 Matt Cassel KC 148
    140 12.08 14.10 10.14 WR50 Mario Manningham NYG 156
    141 12.09 15.01 11.01 WR51 Devin Aromashodu Chi 96
    142 12.10 15.02 11.02 WR52 Arrelious Benn TB 155
    143 12.11 15.03 11.03 QB22 Mark Sanchez NYJ 151
    144 12.12 15.04 11.04 RB49 Willis McGahee Bal 140
    145 13.01 15.05 11.05 WR53 Jacoby Jones Hou 170
    146 13.02 15.06 11.06 WR54 Anthony Gonzalez Ind 154
    147 13.03 15.07 11.07 Def7 Dallas Cowboys DAL 160
    148 13.04 15.08 11.08 WR55 Josh Cribbs Cle 167
    149 13.05 15.09 11.09 TE16 Jeremy Shockey NO 176
    150 13.06 15.10 11.10 Def8 San Francisco 49ers SF 145
    151 13.07 16.01 11.11 WR56 Chris Chambers KC 159
    152 13.08 16.02 11.12 WR57 Pierre Garcon Ind 66
    153 13.09 16.03 11.13 WR58 Bernard Berrian Min 165
    154 13.10 16.04 11.14 RB50 Thomas Jones KC 119
    155 13.11 16.05 12.01 WR59 Golden Tate Sea 137
    156 13.12 16.06 12.02 WR60 Laurent Robinson Stl 175
    157 14.01 16.07 12.03 WR61 Dexter McCluster KC 146
    158 14.02 16.08 12.04 RB51 Toby Gerhart Min 161
    159 14.03 16.09 12.05 RB52 Derrick Ward TB 179
    160 14.04 16.10 12.06 PK1 Garrett Hartley NO 174
    161 14.05 17.01 12.07 TE17 Greg Olsen Chi 134
    162 14.06 17.02 12.08 RB53 Larry Johnson Was 164
    163 14.07 17.03 12.09 WR62 Nate Washington Ten 209
    164 14.08 17.04 12.10 QB23 Josh Freeman TB 189
    165 14.09 17.05 12.11 WR63 Kevin Walter Hou 153
    166 14.10 17.06 12.12 QB24 Matt Leinart Ari 157
    167 14.11 17.07 12.13 QB25 Jason Campbell Oak 186
    168 14.12 17.08 12.14 RB54 Ben Tate Hou 75
    169 15.01 17.09 13.01 PK2 Nate Kaeding SD 173
    170 15.02 17.10 13.02 RB55 Kevin Faulk NE 208
    171 15.03 18.01 13.03 PK3 Stephen Gostkowski NE 192
    172 15.04 18.02 13.04 Def9 Cincinnati Bengals CIN 196
    173 15.05 18.03 13.05 Def10 New York Giants NYG 193
    174 15.06 18.04 13.06 RB56 Mike Bell Phi 190
    175 15.07 18.05 13.07 Def11 Chicago Bears CHI 188
    176 15.08 18.06 13.08 WR64 Roy Williams Dal 171
    177 15.09 18.07 13.09 Def12 New Orleans Saints NO 169
    178 15.10 18.08 13.10 QB26 Matt Hasselbeck Sea 201
    179 15.11 18.09 13.11 Def13 New England Patriots NE 202
    180 15.12 18.10 13.12 PK4 Mason Crosby GB 198
    181 16.01 19.01 13.13 Def14 San Diego Chargers SD 181
    182 16.02 19.02 13.14 TE18 Todd Heap Bal 210
    183 16.03 19.03 14.01 TE19 Kevin Boss NYG 197
    184 16.04 19.04 14.02 QB27 Ben Roethlisberger Pit 123
    185 16.05 19.05 14.03 WR65 Darrius Heyward-Bey Oak 205
    186 16.06 19.06 14.04 WR66 Josh Morgan SF 207
    187 16.07 19.07 14.05 WR67 Early Doucet Ari 183
    188 16.08 19.08 14.06 RB57 Jason Snelling Atl 225
    189 16.09 19.09 14.07 QB28 Matt Moore Car 199
    190 16.10 19.10 14.08 TE20 Tony Scheffler Det 194
    191 16.11 20.01 14.09 WR68 Chaz Schilens Oak 150
    192 16.12 20.02 14.10 QB29 Kyle Orton Den 211
    193 17.01 20.03 14.11 PK5 Ryan Longwell MIN 206
    194 17.02 20.04 14.12 QB30 Sam Bradford StL 204
    195 17.03 20.05 14.13 WR69 Michael Jenkins Atl 238
    196 17.04 20.06 14.14 WR70 Austin Collie Ind 143
    197 17.05 20.07 15.01 RB58 Bernard Scott Cin 187
    198 17.06 20.08 15.02 WR71 Demaryius Thomas Den 132
    199 17.07 20.09 15.03 WR72 James Jones GB 180
    200 17.08 20.10 15.04 TE21 Bo Scaife Ten 226
    201 17.09 21.01 15.05 WR73 Mike Williams TB 184
    202 17.10 21.02 15.06 RB59 Kevin Smith Det 152
    203 17.11 21.03 15.07 Def15 Indianapolis Colts IND 222
    204 17.12 21.04 15.08 WR74 Brandon Tate NE 214
    205 18.01 21.05 15.09 WR75 Malcolm Kelly Was 242
    206 18.02 21.06 15.10 RB60 Brandon Jackson GB 250
    207 18.03 21.07 15.11 TE22 Fred Davis Was 191
    208 18.04 21.08 15.12 PK6 Neil Rackers HOU 228
    209 18.05 21.09 15.13 RB61 Sammy Morris NE 216
    210 18.06 21.10 15.14 PK7 Rob Bironas TEN 233
    211 18.07 22.01 16.01 Def16 Tennessee Titans TEN 231
    212 18.08 22.02 16.02 RB62 Leonard Weaver Phi 263
    213 18.09 22.03 16.03 RB63 Jerious Norwood Atl 257
    214 18.10 22.04 16.04 PK8 David Akers PHI 235
    215 18.11 22.05 16.05 Def17 Miami Dolphins MIA 229
    216 18.12 22.06 16.06 RB64 Javon Ringer Ten 177
    217 19.01 22.07 16.07 Def18 Denver Broncos DEN 237
    218 19.02 22.08 16.08 WR76 Louis Murphy Oak 215
    219 19.03 22.09 16.09 RB65 Tashard Choice Dal 168
    220 19.04 22.10 16.10 RB66 Fred Taylor NE 263
    221 19.05 23.01 16.11 QB31 Jake Delhomme Cle 236
    222 19.06 23.02 16.12 WR77 Brian Hartline Mia 262
    223 19.07 23.03 16.13 WR78 Devery Henderson NO 195
    224 19.08 23.04 16.14 TE23 Anthony Fasano Mia 263
    225 19.09 23.05 17.01 WR79 Brian Robiskie Cle 249
    226 19.10 23.06 17.02 TE24 Marcedes Lewis Jac 263
    227 19.11 23.07 17.03 PK9 Robbie Gould CHI 241
    228 19.12 23.08 17.04 WR80 Brandon LaFell Car 239
    229 20.01 23.09 17.05 TE25 Jared Cook Ten 230
    230 20.02 23.10 17.06 RB67 Rashad Jennings Jac 246
    231 20.03 24.01 17.07 RB68 Brian Leonard Cin 263
    232 20.04 24.02 17.08 TE26 Zach Miller Jac 251
    233 20.05 24.03 17.09 QB32 Trent Edwards Buf 263
    234 20.06 24.04 17.10 PK10 Adam Vinatieri IND 260
    235 20.07 24.05 17.11 RB69 Lynell Hamilton NO 247
    236 20.08 24.06 17.12 TE27 Daniel Fells StL 263
    237 20.09 24.07 17.13 WR81 Legedu Naanee SD 243
    238 20.10 24.08 17.14 RB70 Mewelde Moore Pit 263
    239 20.11 24.09 18.01 TE28 Ben Watson Cle 240
    240 20.12 24.10 18.02 Def19 Carolina Panthers CAR 263
    241 21.01 25.01 18.03 PK11 Matt Prater DEN 263
    242 21.02 25.02 18.04 RB71 Brian Westbrook FA 223
    243 21.03 25.03 18.05 RB72 Joe McKnight NYJ 259
    244 21.04 25.04 18.06 PK12 Lawrence Tynes NYG 263
    245 21.05 25.05 18.07 Def20 Washington Redskins WAS 255
    246 21.06 25.06 18.08 QB33 Byron Leftwich Pit 263
    247 21.07 25.07 18.09 WR82 Jason Avant Phi 213
    248 21.08 25.08 18.10 Def21 Houston Texans HOU 263
    249 21.09 25.09 18.11 PK13 Dan Carpenter MIA 263
    250 21.10 25.10 18.12 QB34 Derek Anderson Ari 263
    251 21.11 26.01 18.13 PK14 Nick Folk NYJ 261
    252 21.12 26.02 18.14 QB35 Michael Vick Phi 263
    253 22.01 26.03 19.01 Def22 Atlanta Falcons ATL 263
    254 22.02 26.04 19.02 WR83 Lance Moore NO 200
    255 22.03 26.05 19.03 PK15 Jay Feely ARI 263
    256 22.04 26.06 19.04 Def23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB 263
    257 22.05 26.07 19.05 QB36 Tim Tebow Den 248
    258 22.06 26.08 19.06 PK16 Shayne Graham BAL 263
    259 22.07 26.09 19.07 RB73 LeRon McClain Bal 263
    260 22.08 26.10 19.08 Def24 Arizona Cardinals ARI 263
    261 22.09 27.01 19.09 PK17 David Buehler DAL 263
    262 22.10 27.02 19.10 RB74 Julius Jones Sea 232
    263 22.11 27.03 19.11 TE29 Brandon Pettigrew Det 212
    264 22.12 27.04 19.12 WR84 Terrell Owens FA 162
    265 23.01 27.05 19.13 RB75 Jonathan Dwyer Pit 185
    266 23.02 27.06 19.14 TE30 Jermaine Gresham Cin 182
    267 23.03 27.07 20.01 WR85 Steve Johnson Buf 217
    268 23.04 27.08 20.02 PK18 Jeff Reed PIT 263
    269 23.05 27.09 20.03 QB37 Josh Johnson TB 263
    270 23.06 27.10 20.04 WR86 Antwaan Randle El Pit 245
    271 23.07 28.01 20.05 RB76 Marshawn Lynch Buf 158
    272 23.08 28.02 20.06 TE31 Tony Moeaki KC 263
    273 23.09 28.03 20.07 Def25 Buffalo Bills BUF 263
    274 23.10 28.04 20.08 WR87 Davone Bess Mia 163
    275 23.11 28.05 20.09 PK19 Joe Nedney SF 263
    276 23.12 28.06 20.10 TE32 Daniel Graham Den 263
    277 24.01 28.07 20.11 WR88 Sammie Stroughter TB 263
    278 24.02 28.08 20.12 Def26 Oakland Raiders OAK 263
    279 24.03 28.09 20.13 PK20 John Kasay CAR 263
    280 24.04 28.10 20.14 WR89 Julian Edelman NE 110
    281 24.05 29.01 21.01 QB38 Charlie Whitehurst Sea 263
    282 24.06 29.02 21.02 RB77 Maurice Morris Det 263
    283 24.07 29.03 21.03 TE33 David Thomas NO 263
    284 24.08 29.04 21.04 WR90 Matt Jones Cin 263
    285 24.09 29.05 21.05 PK21 Josh Scobee JAX 263
    286 24.10 29.06 21.06 RB78 Glen Coffee SF 203
    287 24.11 29.07 21.07 Def27 Seattle Seahawks SEA 263
    288 24.12 29.08 21.08 TE34 Dante Rosario Car 263
    289 25.01 29.09 21.09 WR91 Craig Davis SD 263
    290 25.02 29.10 21.10 PK22 Mike Nugent CIN 263
    291 25.03 30.01 21.11 RB79 Mike Tolbert SD 263
    292 25.04 30.02 21.12 Def28 Jacksonville Jaguars JAX 263
    293 25.05 30.03 21.13 QB39 Seneca Wallace Cle 263
    294 25.06 30.04 21.14 WR92 Deon Butler Sea 263
    295 25.07 30.05 22.01 PK23 Sebastian Janikowski OAK 258
    296 25.08 30.06 22.02 TE35 Aaron Hernandez NE 253
    297 25.09 30.07 22.03 Def29 Detroit Lions DET 263
    298 25.10 30.08 22.04 TE36 Gary Barnidge Car 263
    299 25.11 30.09 22.05 QB40 Ryan Fitzpatrick Buf 263
    300 25.12 30.10 22.06 PK24 Olindo Mare SEA 263

    Of course the very best rosters never follow an extremely rigid draft plan as outlined above. But many of the grayed out players will indeed underperform. Minimizing these types of players can go a long way in fielding a competitive roster.

    Here is my sample draft from the sixth hole. Note: All picks taken at or before their ADP

    Rd 1 - Pick 6 - RB Frank Gore, SF/9 (green)
    Rd 2 - Pick 19 - WR Greg Jennings, GB/10 (green)
    Rd 3 - Pick 30 - RB Pierre Thomas, NO/10 (green)
    Rd 4 - Pick 43 - WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin/6 (light green)
    Rd 5 - Pick 54 - RB Reggie Bush, NO/10 (green)
    Rd 6 - Pick 67 - QB Kevin Kolb, Phi/8 (yellow)
    Rd 7 - Pick 78 - RB Darren Sproles, SD/10 (green)
    Rd 8 - Pick 91 - QB Donovan McNabb, Was/9 (yellow)
    Rd 9 - Pick 102 - WR Malcom Floyd, SD/10 (green)
    Rd 10 - Pick 115 - WR Jabar Gaffney, Den/9 (light green)
    Rd 11 - Pick 126 - TE Heath Miller, Pit/5 (yellow)
    Rd 12 - Pick 139 - RB Arian Foster, Hou/7 (green)
    Rd 13 - Pick 150 - WR Anthony Gonzalez, Ind/7 (green)
    Rd 14 - Pick 163 - WR Mike Thomas, Jac/9 (yellow)
    Rd 15 - Pick 174 - RB Correll Buckhalter, Den/9 (light green)
    Rd 16 - Pick 187 - Def Cincinnati Bengals/6 (light green)
    Rd 17 - Pick 198 - PK Mason Crosby, GB/10 (green)
    Rd 18 - Pick 211 - WR Michael Jenkins, Atl/8 (yellow)

    For a roster that looks like this:

  • QBs: Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb

  • RBs: Frank Gore, Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, Arian Foster and Correll Buckhalter

  • WRs: Greg Jennings, Chad Ochocinco, Malcom Floyd, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Gonzalez, Mike Thomas, Michael Jenkins

  • TEs: Heath Miller

  • PK: Mason Crosby

  • Def: Cincinnati Bengals

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