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2011 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Round by Round Analysis

HOUSTON - JANUARY 02:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores as he is tackled by Courtney Greene #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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James Hatfield Correspondent IIIAugust 4, 2011

It’s time to start prepping yourself for the strategy you will take into your draft.

I am going to write this article under the assumption that you are in a league that has 12 teams and starts one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex, a kicker and a defense.


Let’s start with round one…

If you draw pick No.1 through 4, then I would recommend taking a top-tier running back (AP, Arian Foster, Ray Rice or Jamaal Charles).  The No. 1 pick is debatable, but if you grab AP or  Foster, you will be fine.

If you draw pick five through 12, then I would recommend going for a top quarterback like Aaron Rodgers—having one of the best quarterbacks in football will give you reliable, solid production every week.  Most sites would have you draw a top wide receiver or running back with picks five through 12, but let’s play it super safe here.


Moving on to round two…

Round two is a wide receiver or running back round, I would go after the top running back or wide receiver on my draft guide.   This would most likely be a player like Hakeem Nicks or LeSean McCoy.  If you had the top running back in round one then grab Rodgers here.


Moving on to round three…

It’s running back or wide receiver time again, and there should be a crop available in round three that get the job done.  I just did an expert draft and took Dwayne Bowe in round three.  Just take the best available running back or wide receiver according to your draft guide in round three.


Moving on to round four…

At this point you need to continue to round out your team with either a running back or wide receiver, so your team should have one or two receivers and one or two backs, a quarterback and then one other back or receiver after round four.  Take the best available at this point.


Moving to round five…

Last year, I would have told you round five is the best round to get your quarterback, and it’s still a very good round if you don’t buy the “get a QB early” that I am preaching.  So if you haven’t drafted your quarterback yet, then do it right now.  Otherwise it’s another wide receiver or running back that you are looking for.


Moving to round six…

I would grab another top receiver at this point.  Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice and Brandon Lloyd should all be available.

So now you have a team like Rodgers, Nicks, Bowe, Shonn Greene, Holmes and Ahmad Bradshaw, which I would argue is a great core group of players.


Moving to round seven…

I would go after a tight end at this point, if a top tight end is available. Otherwise I would snag a running back here.  So if an OK tight end is there and a solid back is there, then go running back and snag the tight end in round eight.  Let’s assume you get your tight end here, and I would bet you could get a player like Jimmy Graham or Brent Celek.


Moving to round eight…

If you got a tight end in round seven, then it’s time to get your backup running back here.  There will be many options, so get the best available at this point, according to your draft guide.


Moving to round nine…

It’s backup quarterback time, and I wouldn’t wait too long for a backup, as you need to be ready for the bye week. So don’t draft a quarterback with same bye week as your starter. Make sure you mark down the bye weeks in your draft guide.


Round 10 and beyond…

Do not draft a kicker until the last round, as there is not enough range in scoring among kickers to warrant a pick other than the last pick of your draft.  Don’t wait too much longer for your main defense, but make sure you are able to snag some sleepers in the later rounds.  See my other articles for solid sleepers who are available.


Last point of drafting in 2011…

Invest time in research, reading and supporting your favorite sites.  There are many sites out there that work very hard to give you solid (free) content all year, and your support helps the site to grow.  Word of mouth, rating their articles, comments on articles and purchasing something from the site (my site sells draft guides) help.

I would absolutely recommend you have some sort of draft guide when you go into your draft, as it will make a world of difference.

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