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7-11 Drafting: Focusing on the Middle Rounds - Footballguys

How to use the middle rounds of your draft plan to map out your overall draft day strategy

Today is the day - Draft Day. You've prepped all offseason - you know who you are picking in the first round. It doesn't matter what draft spot you get tonight, because you are tuned in and you have read everything on about Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and Alvin Kamara. You have your stud running backs ranked from 1 to 12 along with some wide receiver studs and Rob Gronkowski and you are set to go once the draft order is announced. Bring on the draft!

Pssst. Did you remember that you have 19 more rounds to go?

Wow, did you forget about the rest of the draft? Are you too focused on which stud running back to take first that you haven't had a chance to run a mock draft and see who to take next?

Well, maybe this is not a good description of you. You have already run 20-30 mock drafts and you know who goes in which round this year. You know your ADPs better than your ABCs. You have a list of 40-50 guys to target and two dozen different sleepers that are begging to be picked for your team. But wait - is that too many? How am I going to get all that talent on my roster?

OK - don't panic. I got you covered. It is called 7-11 Drafting.

I know what you are thinking. Jeff, seriously, I love your articles and all, but I think you might be a little frazzled with all those "by committee" articles you have been pulling together. What does a Slurpee have to do with my fantasy draft plan? Allow me to explain.

What I am proposing to you is to plan out your draft strategy a little backward. Not quite Matt Waldman’s Upside Down Draft plan, but I am asking you to look at Rounds 7-11 with some fresh eyes and decide who you want to take in those rounds. By knowing your plans for the middle of the draft – the point at which many fantasy owners’ eyes start to roll back in their heads, ask for a break in the draft, or head for the bathroom, beer fridge or both – you will be far ahead of the competition. Trust me here, and let’s get started.


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