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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Flow Charts for 10-Team, Yahoo, 2 QB, PPR

2013 Football Flow Charts (Extras) (1)

Two weeks ago I published an article detailing my strategy for 12 team mixed leagues depending on draft position in the first round. The article came with a flow chart similar to the one above which is a tool you can use on draft day. It turned out to be the most popular article I have ever written.

I got a lot of comments from people who had used the strategy in which they listed their team and asked me to evaluate their draft. But I also got lots of people wondering how the strategy would change for different league formats. Primarily, people wanted to know how the strategy would change for ten-team leagues, PPR leagues, and two quarterback leagues. So I created flow charts for those people, which you can see above. I also did a chart based on Yahoo’s standard rosters since the original chart was more based off ESPN’s set up. So below you’ll find some commentary to go along with each prong of the picture above.

Please feel free to ask me questions in the comment section. You can ask specific questions, or you can just list your entire roster if you would like my opinion on it. And you can also ask me questions on Twitter throughout the season @TheRealTAL.


10-Team League Strategy

Roster type: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, FLEX, TE, K, D, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

Based on: ESPN

If you read my initial article detailing my strategy for 12-team leagues, you will see a lot of similarities between the left-most prong of the chart above and the chart in the original article. The general idea is to load up on RB and WR early and grab one of the QBs going at the back end of the top ten at that position. In a ten-team league, there’s not too much risk of not being able to take a running back in round one. Here are my top ten backs: Peterson, Martin, Spiller, Rice, Foster, Charles, McCoy, Richardson, Morris, Jones-Drew. Take whoever you like in round one, but there’s no reason not to go RB first.

In the second, I’ll leave it up to you. Want to go RB again and take someone like MJD or Stevan Ridley? I’m not a big fan of Matt Forte or Steven Jackson, so if MJD or Ridley were not available at my second pick, I would go elsewhere. At WR I like Green, Bryant or Marshall in the second round. Or if you like Jimmy Graham, I’m perfectly fine taking him toward the back of the second. And if Graham falls to you in the third, the value on him gets even better. Personally, I’d go RB (MJD) or WR in the second and hope for Graham in the third.

In rounds three through six, assuming you don’t take Graham in the third, you’ll be loading up on RB and WR. Here are the guys going in that range whose ADP I’m OK with: Demaryius Thomas, Roddy White, Victor Cruz, Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Ivory, Jordy Nelson, Ahmad Bradshaw.

In round seven, grab your quarterback. Russell Wilson, Tony Romo or Matthew Stafford should be your guy (in that order).

From there on out, it’s just a bunch of backs and receivers unless you didn’t end up with Graham. Here are the guys going in rounds 8-13 whose ADP I’m OK with: Pierre Garcon, DeAngelo Williams, Cecil Shorts, Rashard Mendenhall, Stevie Johnson, Miles Austin, Daryl Richardson, Mike Williams, Lance Moore, Emmanuel Sanders, Ben Tate, Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson, Bernard Pierce, Ronnie Hillman, Reuben Randle.

And if you didn’t end up with Graham, just take a shot on one of the many flier-type tight ends available this year in round 14 right before you pick your kicker and your defense. If the one you draft doesn’t pan out, don’t worry. There will be usable options on the waiver wire. Here are the TEs going around the 14th or later on average in the order I would select them: Fred Davis, Jordan Cameron, Zach Sudfeld, Rob Housler.

Yahoo! 12-Team Strategy

Roster type: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, D, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

Based on: Yahoo, obviously

The main difference between the standard rosters on ESPN and Yahoo is that Yahoo has a third receiver slot and no flex whereas ESPN has two receiver slots and the flex option. This obviously means you need to focus a little more on WR depth and not quite as much on RB depth since you can play a max of two backs each week. I still think it’s important to fill your two RB positions early if possible, and you should still be going RB in the first no matter what. But if you’re picking at the back end of the second round, you may not be able to go RB-RB to start. If that turns out to be the case, don’t panic. There are a lot of starting running backs going in the 6th-8th round range on Yahoo like Ivory, Mendenhall and Williams. And there are other guys going there or a little later that I like such as Hillman and Richardson.

Because of the three starting WR slots, WRs go a little quicker on Yahoo than they do on ESPN. So you have to have those three slots filled by the sixth round at the latest. The strange thing is that QBs also go a little quicker than they do on ESPN. That’s also helping provide a lot of RB value late. I’d prefer to wait until at least the sixth pick to take a QB in a 12-team league, but it may not be an option on Yahoo. If Cam Newton falls to the 4th round, I’d absolutely grab him. But if you miss him, take Wilson, Romo or Stafford on the 5th because I’m afraid they won’t make it back to you in the 6th.

Two Quarterback Strategy

Roster Type: QB, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, FLEX, TE, K, D, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

Based on: ESPN ADP

Full disclosure: I don’t play in any two quarterback leagues, so it’s not my forte. But I have played in a few in the past, so I’m somewhat familiar with the format. As you might expect, quarterbacks tend to be drafted much earlier given the premium placed on the position. It’s hard to say for sure how QB crazy your league will go early on, so I’ve tried to construct that chart in a way that gives you some flexibility depending on how your draft unfolds.

Up top, I think it’s still a good idea to target RBs, especially since people will presumably be taking the QBs earlier than normal and providing some unusual value on RBs which are still almost as scarce as QBs. So I’d start RB-RB. In the third, I’d jump on a QB if any of Rodgers, Bress, Manning, Newton, Kaepernick, or Brady are still there. If they aren’t, I’d hope for Ryan, RG3, Stafford, Wilson or Romo in the 4th.

Then I would go back and grab my second QB in the 8th if any of Manning, Roethlisberger or Vick were available. I’m kind of guessing they won’t be, so I’d wait a round and grab someone like Cutler, Palmer, Rivers, Freeman or Tannehill (in that order) in the 9th. And it also might not be a terrible idea to “handcuff” one of your QBs with their backup in the 14th round.

12-Team PPR Strategy

Roster Type: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, FLEX, TE, K, D, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

Based on: ESPN

Like the Yahoo standard leagues that have a third receiver slot as opposed to a flex, PPR leagues obviously make receivers more valuable. Because of the scoring system, the flex spot might as well just be a third receiver slot. In fact, check out Mike Clay’s excellent piece on what position you should use to fill your flex spot in various types of leagues here.

The basic idea of getting running backs up top is not changed in this format. But you don’t need as much depth. Get two backs in the first three rounds, first four rounds at the latest. But take your fourth receiver before you take your third back.

Again, Graham is an option in the second, even more so since it’s PPR. If you like him, don’t hesitate to get him. And you’ll also be taking a QB in the 6th again. So other than building receiver depth prior to running back depth, this strategy isn’t too different from the rest. As for players who should get a big boost in PPR, let me refer you to Matthew Berry’s 10 lists of 10 in which he names some guys who should get a big bump in PPR.

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  1. Jake
    August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    Brett – You mentioned you hadn’t really played many 2 QB leagues and it shows. In a 12 team league with 2 QB’s – Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Manning & probably Newton won’t make it out of the first round. With 24 QB’s needed to start each week, no one is getting Brees in the 3rd round as you surmised. If you really need someone to write an article about 2 QB leagues, drop me a message.

    • August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm — Reply

      Haha yeah I know Brees and some of those other guys would never last that long. But I guess the point I was trying to convey is that I think those guys are my top tier of QBs, is Kaepernick happened to be there in the 3rd I’d take him and feel like I got a top tier guy. I wasn’t implying that all of those guys would be options in the 3rd. Just that I’d take the back end of that tier in the 3rd if available.

      • jason
        September 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm — Reply

        Brett, I drafted 4th position in a 10 team PPR league, I got ray rice then watched as 8 QB’s went before my next pick, so I went with another RB, our league is point heavy for QB’s, I did get eli manning rd 9. I do have pretty good depth though, should I have gone QB first round being they are point heavy?

        Eli Manning
        ray rice
        trent richardson
        dez bryant
        vincent jackson
        victor cruz
        greg olson
        ravens defense
        josh brown k

        demarco murray
        darren mcfadden
        antonio brown
        montee ball
        cecil shorts
        brandon myers
        sam bradford

    • David
      August 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm — Reply

      Hey Jake, what would be some good tips for a 2 qb 10 man league. Email me any tips that you would have.

    • Robert
      August 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm — Reply

      Yes please write something

  2. Jon
    August 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm — Reply


    Have the sixth pick, ppr, espn league. I know rb are thin but Calvin is tough to pass up in the first round. Thoughts?

    • August 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm — Reply

      I’m going RB in the first round in just about every situation. the position is just too thin. And if you only have two WR spots on ESPN, I think it’s even less important to get a WR early. But if you really feel like you have to take WR in the first, just swap the RB in the first and WR in the second on the chart.

  3. Jose
    August 23, 2013 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Hi, I’m in 10 team league and my keeper is Alfred Morris what do you think about selecting J. Graham as my first pick and then making my second pick a WR?

    • August 23, 2013 at 8:48 am — Reply

      Assuming you mean that you’re keeping Morris as what is technically your first round pick, I’m very much OK with that plan. However, if any of the top flight RBs happen to fall to you in the 2nd, I’d pass on Graham and then get a WR in the 3rd.

    • Jose
      August 24, 2013 at 12:26 am — Reply

      Hi, I’m in 10 team league and my keeper is Alfred Morris what do you think about selecting J. Graham as my first pick and then making my second pick a WR?

      • August 26, 2013 at 7:52 am — Reply

        I’m OK with that, but make sure you get two more RBs with your third thru fifth picks.

  4. David
    August 23, 2013 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Dear Brett,

    Read your strategies about the draft and thought they were really helpful. I am in a 12 team PPR League with 3 WR and a Flex. Does this make WR even more important to draft early? I will not get into the wierd Keeper rules, but my keepers for this year are A. Rodgers and D. Martin. With the 3rd pick in the draft, I will probably have the choice of J. Charles, R. Rice, or B. Marshall. What do you think?

    • August 23, 2013 at 8:56 am — Reply

      Yes it does make WR more important. But if you have the chance to get Charles or Rice in addition to Martin you have to do it. If you do take one of those RBs first, you will need to go heavy at WR the rest of the way. Four of your next five picks should be WRs.

      • David
        August 23, 2013 at 9:58 am — Reply

        thanks for the advice. Hopefully the draft goes well this Sunday. Any important games to watch this Saturday to see if there are any running backs to target in the later rounds?

        • August 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

          The Pittsburgh game and the Denver game. Isaac Redman is probably the guy you want with Le’Veon Bell hurt, but watch that game and see if they’re using him with the first team offense. Jonathan Dwyer is the other guy to watch if it looks like he’s getting more work early than Redman.

          And in the Denver game, check to make sure that Ronnie Hillman is still getting most of the work with the first team offense. He’s going much later than Montee Ball, but has been with the first team most of the preseason. If that keeps up, he’s still a good value where he’s going.

  5. jason g
    August 23, 2013 at 9:16 am — Reply

    Any thoughts on a 16 team league? I have the 6TH pick in our snake draft. Thinking rb, rb, qb for my first three rounds but not sure

    • August 23, 2013 at 9:19 am — Reply

      The deeper the league, the longer I wait on QB/TE. You shouldn’t have a problem waiting at TE and still getting a guy with upside. But at QB I’d be targeting the Eli/Vick/Roethlisberger tier.

  6. August 23, 2013 at 11:39 am — Reply

    I just read this before my draft n it was helpful. Thanks keep up the great work!

  7. Danny
    August 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Ive played in a 2 QB league for ~20 years. Lemme say your 2-QB strategy is at best questionable. Waiting until round 8 to select a 2nd QB is fantasy suicide. In my league there may not be a starting QB available in round 8. If you went RB-RB in the first 2 rounds, you would need to go QB-QB or at least QB-WR-QB in the next rounds.

    • August 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm — Reply

      Yeah that’s been a common criticism. Obviously I missed on that. All I’ll say is this. I’d be looking to get Wilson/Romo/Stafford as my #1 and Cutler/Tannehill/Palmer as my #2. So whenever those kinds of guys are going, I’d grab ’em.

  8. Jeff
    August 24, 2013 at 1:17 am — Reply

    I play in a 10-team 2 QB league (3 WRs no flex) and I would definitely say that it is really important to get your 2 QB’s early.

    My expected draft order is QB, RB, QB, RB, WR, WR, WR, RB, WR, RB, WR, TE, QB, DEF, K

    Although there are many claims out there that the QB position is deep (especially this year), it is definitely not true in the 2 QB format. The talent falls off quick in the 2nd half of the QB’s and if your 2nd QB doesn’t finish in at least the top 15-20 or so, you will have a VERY tough time winning your league. You have 10 teams trying to play the best 20 QB’s, and inevitably 30 QB’s will get picked. There is no one left. What is worse is that you will likely have no shot at recovering from your QB picks later in the year w/ the waiver wire. NFL backup QBs are for the garbage pile (even if they are decent they struggle to learn the flow of the offense quickly enough or get a tight leash from the coach as a game mgr). Stars don’t suddenly materialize from the tail end of the QB’s (okay 2 exceptions last year: Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick).

    Brett, you made the following statement about 2 QB formats:
    “Up top, I think it’s still a good idea to target RBs, especially since people will presumably be taking the QBs earlier than normal and providing some unusual value on RBs which are still almost as scarce as QBs.”

    – If RBs are “almost as scarce as QBs” (and QBs score more fantasy points than RBs)… then shouldn’t QBs be in more demand and picked sooner?

    Maybe the 2 QB format has skewed my opinion, but I simply don’t get the standard opinion that RB’s must be picked early. Can someone tell me what I am missing?

    In my opinion, RB is the “easiest” position to find value at on the waiver wire throughout the year for the following reasons (and hence the deepest position in Fantasy):
    1) The value of an RB often comes from the offensive line or the team’s overall strength, so if a stud running back is injured, they often can pick right up where the top back left off (whereas QBs most definitely will not).
    2) Although it is commonly recommended to handcuff your stud RB’s, I tend to see almost no one do it because they would rather load their bench w/ players scoring actual points. This leaves most of the backups up for grabs post injury. (Knowshon Moreno last yr, for example)
    3) There are often more than a handful of teams w/ QB competitions so you are able to get RBs on the cheap w/ very high upside: Denver, Pittsburg, Miami stand out this year. If you end up w/ the correct starting RB in Denver for example (w/ Manning to provide scoring opportunities in volume), this player can contend with any other RB. (note Knowshon Moreno’s pts end of last year and yet he apparently still has to fight for the starting spot)
    4) People continue to not put enough emphasis on RB depth charts . If there is an RB1 available for cheap, he may be a great overlooked buy.
    5) People put too much emphasis on last year’s RB points rankings. The ranked end of year list makes it look like the RB position is not deep, but the reality is that the lack of apparent depth often comes from injuries that you can’t predict. (as one example, I think the #1 RB has been different 6 yrs straight) And unlike most other positions where the low point scorers will never be played on the weeks they hit big… low scoring RB’s can often be 1 week fill-in gems. This is because you know in advance when the RB is stepping in to help the starter rest, etc.
    6) There will be very few surprises in the top 10 QBs whereas there will be more surprises in the top 10 RBs. Last year I noted 2 QB surprises (RGIII and Luck, if those are even surprises) whereas there were 5 surprises at RB (Morris, Ridley, Martin, Spiller, Gore).

    All that being said, I may make exceptions to my expected draft order based on the players available. Any strict adherence to an order is flawed in my opinion (although helpful to think about which is why I came across this link). Instead, I believe you always need to do the following steps:
    1) rank your players by position
    2) project the expected # of points for every player (beyond the top 5 or so studs, you can go w/ tiers of expected points… close enough… use the last 2yrs pts distribution as a rough guide to the expected levels)
    3) take the differential between a player’s expected points and the player 5 picks later at that position (average of 4-6 even better). This determines their “position value add” and is the most important metric to drive all draft order decisions.
    4) Create a single list of players ranked by their “position value add”… this values all players by how much they are expected to give you over their 5 player down substitute.
    5) Something I haven’t done yet but should (to align w/ my belief on how injuries impact the expected differentials). Multiply the differentials by a “riskiness” factor to dampen the #… something like 1 for QB, 0.9 for WRs, 0.85 for TEs, and 0.8 for RBs. Re-rank for improved results.

    Good luck!

    • August 25, 2013 at 11:11 am — Reply

      Awesome post, Jeff! Read every word and will use today in 10 man 2 QB draft.

    • Minno
      September 3, 2013 at 2:12 am — Reply

      Jeff… Great post. It is obvious you play in a 10 team, 2 QB, 3 WR, no Flex league. There aren’t many of us who do, but you are correct in strategy from my opinion.

      I would only say to ponder one thing… if you have late round 1 draft position, and everyone else has taken QB… not a bad idea to take the #1 overall RB. You can still get QB1 on the way back a few picks later. Slight variation, I know. If you are late round 1 draft position, you have to get the #1 something (or whoever you think will be for the upcoming year).

      You have to have the horses to be able to run… meaning I target at least 2 #1 overall selections at each position and try to get at least two of them that are impact players with respect to their peers. Example: Brees/Rodgers, AP/Charles/Foster/(Lynch, Richardson-maybe), Megatron/AJG/Bryant/JJones, JGraham. The rest is based on upside and touches/targets. If you mess around with RB/WR too long and draft 4 QB’s to start your draft (like I have seen proposed by “experts”), the guys left just don’t get the chances. I think it is real easy to draft “what’s left” after the top guys lead the odd rounds if you aren’t careful. By then you are just left with 2nd tier in the early rounds and count on being good enough to draft the next Doug Martin in the later rounds.

  9. Jim
    August 24, 2013 at 11:06 am — Reply

    Draft today, #8 in a 10 team, 2 QB, PPR league. Thoughts, was thinking about WR-QB early and often and hoping to start a run on these positions which leaves some leftover backs in later rounds…..ideas?

    • August 26, 2013 at 7:53 am — Reply

      Sorry I missed this. How did it turn out?

  10. August 27, 2013 at 7:36 am — Reply

    I’m in this 8 team QB,RB, RB,WR,WR,WR,F,super flex so QB ppr league with all these different points if you pass for 40 yards TD……. I pick 6th. Is it bad to go Brees, then Rogers or Brees and Grahm? I want to throw everyone off and hope that some rbs slip or wr’s slip to me later. Any thoughts how to draft in this 8 team.

    • August 27, 2013 at 9:12 am — Reply

      I’d still prefer to go with the RB/WR types up top and then grab a QB that is ranked 8-10 a the position and then another one ranked in the 12-14 range. Get 3 QBs.

  11. Pat P
    August 28, 2013 at 2:06 am — Reply


    I do agree with most of your analysis except for taking a TE so high.
    A key factor to keep in mind is point differential within positional players. The top 5 QB points average is much better than even the trailing 5 to make the top 10. Meanwhile the average point difference per week of TE is not all that great.
    RB’s arr adying breed and should certainly be grabbed early and often but, I think your missing the importance of grabbing a top 5 QB.

  12. Jenna
    August 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    First time playing Fantasy Football. 10 Team Snake Draft Pick #6
    I hope I at least did decent but any pointers would be nice for now or the future 🙂
    Worried about my TE after reading recent news on him that I probably should have read before the draft.
    QB: Eli Manning
    WR: Randall Cob
    WR: Jordy Nelson
    RB: Arian Foster
    RB: Stevan Ridley
    TE: Brandon Myers
    Flex: Demarco Murray
    BN – RB: Stevie Johnson
    BN – RB: Chris Ivory
    BN – WR: Cecil Shorts
    BN – RB: DeAngelo Williams
    BN – WR: Emmanuel Sanders
    BN – WR: Rueben Randle
    K: Shaun Suisham
    D: St. Louis

    • August 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm — Reply

      I LOVE this team. Depending on what QBs were available, I might have gone QB when you took Ivory or DeAngelo and then taken a RB where you took Eli. But other than that, great job.

      • Jenna
        August 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm — Reply

        Thanks for the praise! xD
        In retrospect, I should have grabbed the QB earlier but I saw Romo, Wilson, and Stafford all left so I got greedy and grabbed more another RB and of course they all got picked on the same round. Just hoping Giants have a great season!

  13. Mark Johnson
    August 29, 2013 at 6:38 am — Reply

    In our standard 10-team league, our starting positions are QB, RB, RB, RB/WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, D,K. That is, we MUST only fill 2 WR starting positions, but the FLEX and RB/WR postions give us the option of starting 4 RBs. To me, the first 3 picks should be RBs since they could represent 40% of your offense. Any other suggestions?

  14. August 29, 2013 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I’m with you. I’d probably take RB my first three, but even if not I’d still probably go RB with four of my first six picks. Because of that, I think you definitely have to pass on TE until very late in the draft. By round 7, I’d like to have 4 RB, 2 WR and a QB.

  15. Eddie O
    August 30, 2013 at 7:12 am — Reply

    Great info from everyone! Need a little advice.

    I’m in a 10 Team PPR League with deeper than usual roster- We play QB,QB, WR,WR,WR,RB,RB,TE, FLEX and 6 bench. This is also a keeper league and I’m keeping Matt Ryan…..I’m stuck between picking one of the top RBs (Peterson, Foster, Rice, Martin) or Calvin Johnson with the 1st overall pick….Snake style draft so have to wait 18 picks until selecting my 3rd and 4th players.

    What are your thoughts?

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:39 am — Reply

      I know you have to play 3 WRs so Calvin is tempting first. But you have to go RB first. I promise that the quality of WRs when you make your second and third picks will be better than the quality of RBs available there.

      • Eddie O
        August 30, 2013 at 9:03 am — Reply

        Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.

  16. August 31, 2013 at 11:24 am — Reply

    Your thoughts on pick 11, standard draft, 12 man, 14 rounds, 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex RB/WR/TE, 1 TE, 1 DST, 1 K, 5 bench: Am I reading your Aug 8 article that I should go RB then WR or QB and/or WR then RB or QB? I’ve always heard RB, then RB when picking late like #11.

    Just want to make sure I’m reading this correctly. I was interested in taking Graham at 14 instead of a WR or RB, is that too early? Or should I go RB, RB, RB, WR… the first 4 rounds. QB’s go quickly in my league as the TD’s are 6 just like RB’s and WR’s. But I like to grab the RB’s early.

    Thanks for any insight.

    • September 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm — Reply

      Did I answer your question over in the other post? If not, let me know.

      • Gerry
        September 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm — Reply

        Yes thanks. If I can get McCoy, Richardson, or Rice take them then a top WR. How long to wait on a TE and QB. Is it best to stock up on RB rounds 3-4 or follow the flow chart? Thanks again Brett. I don’t have twitter, do you ever take email questions?

        • September 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          If you follow the chart, you should be taking QB around the 6th maybe 7th round. And you should wait on tight end until at least the 10th. Email me if you have questions throughout the year: brett at thefantasyfix dot com

        • Gerry
          September 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

          Thanks, I’ll let you know how my team looks on Wednesday night after my draft. Thanks again.

        • Gerry
          September 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          Brett, Well I started following you recommendations (thank you) but not sure if I did alright or not. My league is Standard 12 team, 1 QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1 FLEX (RB,WR or TE), 1 Kicker, 1 DST;
          Here is my team: Let me know your thoughts… I did start my draft RB, WR, RB, TE Gronk was sitting there so I took him. I waited on QB’s obviously.

          Eli Manning
          Michael Vick
          Alfred Morris
          Lamar Miller
          Ryan Matthews
          Knowshon Moreno
          Ben Tate

          Dez Bryant
          Mike Williams
          Josh Gordon

          Rob Gronk
          Fred Davis

          Randy Bullock
          Buccaneers DST – I usually do the waiver wire each week for DST

          I have now dropped Gordon for Chris Givens for this weekend.

        • September 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

          I would have preferred you grabbed a WR where you took Gronk and just rolled with Davis at TE. You’re pretty thin at WR.

  17. Tom
    September 1, 2013 at 9:11 am — Reply

    Using your flow chart I got
    QB Russel Wilson
    RB Marshawn Lynch
    RB Steven Jackson
    WR AJ Green
    WR Reggie Wayne
    WR Wes Welker
    TE Martellus Bennett
    K Robbie Gould
    DEF Giants
    BN Ryan Matthews
    BN Daryl Richardson
    BN Knowshon Moreno
    BN Mike Williams
    BN Lance Moore
    BN Alshon Jeffery

    • September 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm — Reply

      Solid. The roster construction is excellent. I could nitpick and say I don’t love Lynch and Jackson, but if those are the RBs you like early or if that’s just who fell to you, I’m ok with it.

      • Tom
        September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm — Reply

        I had the 5th pick. I like Lynch–had him last year and he did well for me, and I enjoy watching Seattle. I don’t love Jackson either but he was there in the 3rd and seemed to be the best fit for RB2.

      • Tom
        September 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm — Reply

        oh, and yahoo gave me a “D+”! The worst rated draft in my league. Ah well… here is to proving it wrong!

  18. Alonso
    September 3, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I followed your yahoo 12-team strategy for a yahoo 10-Team league.
    Here is what I ended up with:
    Jamaal Charles (RB)
    Trent Richardson (RB)
    Randall Cobb (WR)
    Cam Newton (QB)
    Eric Decker (WR)
    Jordy Nelson (WR)
    Ryan Mathews (RB)
    Rashard Mendenhall (RB)
    Hakeem Nicks (WR)
    T.Y. Hilton (WR)
    Kenny Britt (WR)
    Josh Gordon (WR)
    Antonio Gates (TE)
    St. Louis (Def)
    Dan Baily (K)
    Our Yahoo Roster Type is Single QB with a Flex option. However, many in our league grabbed a second quarterback for the bench. Presumably to cover the bye. My questions is this: should I drop an RB or WR and pick up a second QB. Or should I wait until the QB Bye week (4) and then pick up a second QB. And why does your chart not recommend picking up a second QB during the draft?

    • Brett Talley
      September 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

      Great team, Alonso. I don’t recommend drafting a second QB because I feel it is best to draft as many RB/WR as possible and the drop one that doesn’t work out when it your QBs bye week. The logic is that a usable QB is usually available on the wire at any point in the season to use in your QBs bye week. But there aren’t many good RB/WR on the wire later in the season.

    • Mitch
      September 4, 2013 at 1:00 am — Reply

      I like the look of your team as well. Unfortunately you don’t have much time to see how your draft performs before you have to find a bye week QB.

      Here’s what I would do if I were you… Focus on moving one of your 7 WRs to eventually have room for a QB for your bye week (or as a backup in the off chance Cam Newton gets injured).

      You might try finding someone in your league looking for WR depth and propose a trade, 2 WRs for 1 RB. If they have a RB you like and they are willing to part with, that will give you another solid RB and give you an open roster spot to fill with said QB. I would start paying attention to the RB(s) you might want to target and their bye week at this point as well as where you need bye week help.

      I don’t like having 2 WR on the same team though. Partially because they’ll have the same bye week, but also because it’s sometimes frustrating deciding which WR to start and then living with the results. Happened to me a lot last year with Green Bay receivers.

      I’d also decide which Green Bay receiver you prefer for the remainder of the season after week 2. So Cobb (or if it were me, Nelson) and your least valuable WR for another player’s 2nd best RB maybe. Or even a QB if it’s workable in your league.

  19. Alonso
    September 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm — Reply

    That makes good sense Brett. Unfortunately, my QB has a rather early bye (week 4) so I won’t have much time to decide who to cut. More time to see how my draft performs would be preferable. No? Thanks for the chart and the helpful commentary.


    • Alonso
      September 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the advice Mitch.

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