Despite being a shade over four months away from opening night in the NFL it's never to early to start your preparation for the upcoming fantasy football season.
With the NFL Draft in the books and the majority of the free agents having signed contracts it's safe to start taking a deeper look into teams' depth charts and
projecting just how valuable specific players will be. In fact, our staff has already started our 2009 positional rankings and stat projections for our yearly Online Magazine that will release towards the end of June.
Right around the first week of May our mailboxes start to get flooded with eager fantasy owners needing information about certain players they either have in a keeper league or they are targeting this season, so we felt it would be ideal to address some of these questions to our audience. As always, if you have a question about a player or draft strategy send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you all the advice needed to make you successful.
QUESTION: Hey Bruno Boys... Thanks for all the help in years past. Quick question for you guys about when to draft a quarterback. I have the 8th pick in a standard scoring 12-team league and I am wondering if I should draft Drew Brees (I'm a big Saints fan) fresh off his gigantic 2008 season? I have seen his name in alot of Mock Drafts towards the end of the first round and I've always been a fan of trying to draft the best quarterback year in and year out? - Chris (New Orleans, LA)
ANSWER: Chris... Thanks for the props. Our staff works hard to help each and every Bruno Boys fan. Being that you're from New Orleans I bet you are really eager to potentially draft Drew Brees with pick 1.08 but to be honest I don't support the decision. Brees put together one of the finest seasons in recent history last year but the quarterback position is deep enough this year to shy away from snagging one with your first round pick. I know you said you are a fan of getting the best quarterback in the draft, but with this pick you should take the best available running back and try and target a quarterbacks in the 4th or 5th round. In the 4th or 5th round you should still be able to snag a talented QB like Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo or Kurt Warner. These options can be had for a lesser price yet have the supporting cast to be just as good as Brees.
I've been in a few recent mocks in which the likes of LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook, DeAngelo Williams and Chris Johnson are available at 1.08 and feel these players are the way to go at this spot in the draft. With more and more NFL teams starting to employ two back systems you need to make sure you get your hands on the elite RB's before the talent is watered down. In fact, using the above strategy in a mock draft in which I had 8th pick I ended up with Brian Westbrook, Brandon Jacobs, Anquan Boldin and Aaron Rodgers. If I would have taken Brees' with pick 1.08 it would have forced Brandon Jacobs to be my RB1 and I'm looking at someone like Ryan Grant or Ronnie Brown as my RB2. Not bad, but I'd much rather have two consistent RB options and a QB who should approach 30 TD's in Rodgers over inconsistent options in Grant or Brown. I hope this helps and keep the questions coming!
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