Fantasy Football 2011: Draft Recap No. 1

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Fantasy Football 2011: Draft Recap No. 1
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The other day, I had my first of three fantasy football drafts. I thought I'd take this time to share my draft results and theory so you can get a feel for the thought process and strategy during a real live draft.

As I mentioned in my last article, drafts will be different depending on the league size, roster structure and scoring system. This particular league was a 10 team league where we start one quarterback, three running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams with seven bench slots. Scoring is relatively standard, although it is a .4 point per reception league. There are also bonuses for big games, but for the most part, that wasn't really a factor for me when making any of my decisions. 

My strategy going into the draft was to get a QB, an RB and a WR with my first three picks. If I could get an elite QB I would either take a flier as a backup or perhaps not even bother taking one. I had the same thought process regarding the tight end position.

For RB and WR, I wanted as many options as possible. Since we start three RB and three WR, I knew I was going to draft at least five of each. Even if I miss on one or two I should still be able to field a strong unit at each position in any given week, and, worst case scenario, I have an easy drop in case I need to make a waiver claim early on in the season.

I was going to wait until the last two rounds to take a defense and a kicker because they're all relatively comparable, and in a 10 team league, the difference between the No. 1 QB or TE and the No. 10 QB or TE is way greater than the difference between the No. 1 D or K and the No. 10 D or K. 

I knew that if I had the first pick, I would take Adrian Peterson, but after that, I view many of the other players as interchangeable. Sure enough, I landed the No. 2 pick in the draft, which I was not crazy about.

As expected, the team with the No. 1 pick selected Peterson, which left me with a tough decision. There were several candidates, some carrying more risk than others. I decided to make this draft interesting right off the bat…

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