Sunday, September 02, 2007

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

Last weekend I did my first live draft of the season. My strategy was simple going with picks 12 and 13 of a 12 team league. Draft running backs!

The league starts 1qb, 1rb, 1 flex, 2 wr, 1 te, def, and of course a kicker. Having two strong running backs is particularly important with a flex. Especially if you start 2 rb and 1 flex you most likely want to draft a running back with your first 3 picks.

My draft went as follows:

#1 R. Johnson
#2 L. Maroney
#3 T. Romo
#4 M. Colston
#5 H. Ward
#6 T. Heap
#7 B. Edwards
#8 T. Bell
#9 Calvin Johnson (108 overall)
#10 Big Ben
#11 Pats Defense
#12 R. Curry (133 overall)
#13 L. Washington
#14 Elam

Analyzing my own draft you can see where I went wrong. I didn't take another running back until the 8th round. Who I drafted isn't a strong running back at that. I reached for Todd Heap way to early and could have used that pick to grab someone who was still on the board like Fred Taylor or Adrian Peterson.

Getting into the later rounds you can see when I started to gamble a bit. I took a chance on several wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Ronald Curry. Taking them so low I can possibly get great value out of them via trade if they blow up. If they bust, it's not much of a loss there.

I have another draft today, we'll see how that one goes.


Anonymous said...

I had a nearly exact strategy in one of my snake draft leagues as well (12 teams, 14 rounds, 8th pick). RB-RB-QB-WR-WR-TE, kicker last, a couple sleepers in between. I think we have to be happy with Romo at the #3 - you risk getting a lesser QB if you wait until the 3rd round, but if that's the case then usually some stud RB's are still available and you can consider going RB-RB-RB and plugging in a tier 2 QB that you hope has some upside potential with a later pick.

1. Gore, Frank RB SF
2. Maroney, Laurence RB NE
3. Romo, Tony QB DAL
4. Houshmandzadeh, T.J. WR CIN
5. Branch, Deion WR SEA
6. Graham, Daniel TE DEN
7. Chargers, DST
8. Smith, Alex QB SF
9. Chambers, Chris WR MIA
10. Lewis, Jamal RB CLE
11. Jones, Jacoby WR HOU
12. Duckett, T.J. RB DET
13. Jones, James WR GB
14. Nedney, Joe K SF ARI