Start by drafting a starting lineup before worrying about backups. Draft a good TE in the 3rd round and dont draft a QB until at least the 5th.
It depends on your pick and if you get points per receprion. I will assume you don’t. You should start RB, RB but there are a few RB’s you can get later that might do as well as those RB’s if you pick late like 8-10. If you can get TO or Moss, you might want to take one of them along with Portis if he is still on the board. As for sleeper picks, I got Steve Slaton, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson and JT O Sullivan. The first 3 are all rookie RB’s who could get a shot sometime as the starter. O’Sullivan is in a Mike Martz offense. He will probably throw 50 times a game. That is pretty much all that needs to be said.
Go into your draft with a bit of a strategy. But, others in your draft might blow that up so you need to adjust. I picked 10th in a 12 team league. I think every year I’ve drafted in this league, and it’s been 6 years, I’ve gone RB-RB. And I thought I would do that this year too. But, in my rankings, I had a cutoff of where I thought the top tier RB’s were. So, when it got to me in the 2nd round, did I want the 12 best RB on my list or the 2nd best WR? I took T.O. First time I’ve drafted a WR that high. For the next 2 rounds, I also took WR’s. I didn’t plan on it but in our league where we start 2 RB’s and 3 WR’s, the RB’s left weren’t that great to me. So, my Wr’s are strong.
Go in with an idea of what you want to do. But, don’t be afraid to change it even midway through the draft. An absolute rule is always wait to the last round to take your kicker. You can still get a good kicker there. I usually wait to the 2nd to last round to take my defense. Again, there’s usually a defense that comes out of nowhere. I’m also a guy who rarely takes a top 2 TE. I just think it’s a waste for how high you pick them. Last year, I got Cooley in the 7th round and he was great. I hate using a high pick on Gates when I could be getting another decent RB/WR.
It’s all about value. Don’t worry about filling out your starting lineup. If you’ve got a QB, 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, but there’s still a good RB there, take him. Depth at RB is always key to me. You can never have too many. You’ll still end up with a good TE.
And don’t panic. If TE’s are flying off the board doesn’t mean you have to get one. I always like to do the opposite. Buck the trend. It seems to work. TE’s are going, take a good WR.
And sleepers I like: Cutler, Schaub, Thomas Jones, Owen Daniels, Steve Slaton, Ray Rice, and Kevin Smith
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