Fantasy Football Draft Strategy
*TD League Format*
Kyle Stafford – @Kstafford32
How do I build the complete team?
The Answer: Develop a Pre-Draft Scheme
To draft a perfect team in touchdown leagues requires more than just breaking down the stats and trends. You need to evaluate players and breakdown position scarcity. Every year as football evolves, so does fantasy football. You now have 4 Quarterbacks capable of tossing 40+ TDs and hitting around or beyond the 5,000 yard mark. More teams are moving towards Running Back by committee. As the passing game expands, so do the roles of Tight Ends and Wideouts. I remember when I first started playing Fantasy in the late 90’s, Tightend Tony Gonzalez was shocking the fantasy world by making his position fantasy relevant. Now days, his stats then would be lost in a crowded group.
Round 1- If you don’t land one of the three elite Quarterbacks, then go Runningback.
Rounds 2 & 3- Running Back is very thin, I would continue to draft Running Backs until the main starters are gone. For added depth, fill your flex with a back
Rounds 4 & 5- Since you could care less about receptions, you want to target your Redzone and/or Big Play Wideouts. I have seen such threats as Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson, and Mike Wallace fall to these spots.
Round 6- If you didn’t get an elite QB in the 1st round, take your QB here. If a Tony Romo or Philip Rivers does not fall here, Jay Cutler or Matt Schaub would be good value.
Rounds 7 & Beyond- I would continue adding depth with running backs and wide receivers. You can find nice backups like Toby Gerhart. I also like adding rookies on my bench as well. You should be able to get good value on a tightend in the 12 to 13 round range. Brett Celek or Jared Cook should be waiting there for you. About 10 total fantasy points separate these players from a player like Vernon Davis whose ADP is in the 4th-5th round.
If your league allows a deep bench, you might consider a backup Quarterback. If not, I would not waste a bench spot for a player you might use only one week out of the year. There is plenty of value in the Free Agent pool for a spot start.
Do not draft a kicker or defense until the final 2 rounds. I tend to change my defenses throughout the season on purely a matchup basis.
Remember the goal is to have a solid, well rounded team that consistently finds the endzone. Here is a mock draft I recently did with this format:
12 Team League, #6 Pick, TD Standard Format, H2H
QB: Philip Rivers (6th round)
RB: Darren McFadden (1st round)
RB: Jamaal Charles (2nd round)
WR: Vincent Jackson (4th round)
WR: Jeremy Maclin (5th round)
FLEX: Michael Turner (3rd round)
TE: Brett Celek (12th round)
D: Cincinnati (14th round)
K: Matt Bryant (13th round)
BE: Cedric Benson (7th round)
BE: Michael Crabtree (8th round)
BE: Malcom Floyd (9th round)
BE: Ryan Williams (10th round)
BE: David Wilson (11th round)
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