I have found that unless one of the few elite running backs are on the board I go for WRs. I usually draft anywhere from 3-6 of the elite WRs before half the teams even get to choose one. I alsoo usually only pick off of winning teams and also I choose players who are consistant yearly.
What is your strategy
This year I took RB first. I did great also with WR next. It all depends on how I see the drafting going in the Live Draft. That is why I utilize the Mock Live Draft to see the pattern.
I also wrote a Hub about this Mikeydoes. I can't link it here (TOS) but you can find it on my profile. It explains how I prepare.
I'm pretty sure the TOS say you can link a hub if it is relevant to the discussion. But I haven't looked, that may have been removed or I may have been drinking that night when I read them (highly likely).
My strategy changes depending on two things..
1.) What type of league is it? If the league requires me to start 3WRs, then I weigh my picks more toward quality 1st and 2nd WRs...if it's a flex league with only 2 or 1WRs starting, then I definitely go for backs!
2.) It also depends on what other people draft. If everyone goes RB crazy, for instance, then you better bet I'm getting a top end receiver...And I don't follow the crowd. If there is a run on quarterbacks or tight ends, I'll pick up a WR/RB instead.
It's just like a regular team. You need a strong foundation starting with the QB. Next, get at least one power receiver, and a decent running back, because that's about all that's left in the 3rd round. You can switch it up also in the 4th round, and go for a high scoring TE, but there are only a couple of those. I would stick to RBs and WRs until the 6th or 7th, and then get another decent back up QB. Lastly, kickers and D are a week by week. Look at the match up and play accordingly. Michael has a good point also, you have to see how the draft going. You may want to stock up early on something to try and trade after the draft. Like this year on one of my teams I have Manning and Brady. I'm looking for a power back and decent receiver or verse visa.
Manning and Brady? Wow...you have a great Trade Bait there.
After I draft my starting line-up...I always get a solid back-up player. Look at Bye Weeks...you will need a player for this. And pay attention to the player who no one talks about that all of a sudden gets plays. Could be the next "Miles Austin!" I had Austin last year and he turned out to be golden.
I also utilize the mock drafts, but beyond that, it is important to gain an understanding of the league's scoring system and settings and then draft accordingly. Some leagues give TD passes a mere 4 points and others give them 6 points (equal to TD runs and receptions). This makes a big difference to me. If a league provides the 6 points for the passing TD, then I am going to be drafting a QB in the first Rd if AP, CJ2K, Ray Rice, and maybe MJD have already been taken. I say only those players because I think the elite backs are pretty thin going into the season as more teams are going with the split backfields. That's just another reason the QB will be the foundation in leagues where passing TDs hold equal weight. Last year, I drafted at the end of the first round and wasted my pick on Tomlinson. I still won the league, which was quite competitive, in large part because I took Drew Brees with the next pick (#11 overall).It also helped to pick up Miles Austin after his big game..haha. Disregard all of this if you play in PPR leagues though.
Other than that, I like to stay conservative in the first 4-5 rounds and take the non-injury proned/ safe bet type of players and then draft more on upside later on in the draft. Generally speaking, I don't pay much attention to drafting for specific positions beyond the first few rounds. I just load up on the RBs and WRs if I can't get a TE like Gates or Clark wherever I draft between 40-45 because the TE pool is quite deep in my opinion this year. I also don't take my back up QB until very late in the draft because QBs like McNabb and Carson Palmer are going quite late this year for whatever reason and I think they will both be great this year. Sorry for how jumbled this is. I just wrote everything down in the order it popped into my head..haha.
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