How To Draft In Round One Of a Keeper League

Greg TroutContributor IAugust 13, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 19:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a touchdown pass reception against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

When entering your draft in a keeper league, you're basically going into it with round one already in the books. Every team has kept their best player(s) so there is a different mentality you have to take while setting up your draft order. The notion that every pick in the first round has to be a running back (with a couple of exceptions) gets thrown out, since most of the keepers are RB1 studs.

So how do you strategize?

Let me share with you my keeper league scenario. Any suggestions would be much appreciated...

12 team league/Start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF/No PPR

My keeper: C. Portis

11 other keepers: P. Manning, D. Brees, L. Tomlinson, M. Forte, M. Jones-Drew, M. Turner, M. Lynch, L. Johnson, A. Johnson, B. Westbrook, D. Williams.

I have the fourth overall pick in the draft. I have an idea of what I want to do, but some added advice would be nice to help weigh my options. I know AP will be taken before my pick. The scary thing is that the person in my league with the No. 1 overall pick is also the one with Tomlinson as their keeper. 

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