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Fantasy Football Domination – The New Draft Strategy

Fantasy Football drafts will be upon us before
we know it and many of us fanatics have already entered our bunkers and are
drawing up our winning strategy for 2008.

 
Just as Austin Powers had to devise a new evil plan; maybe, its time to
rethink your draft strategy as well. Drafting running backs early and often may
have become as dated as stealing a nuclear bomb and holding the world hostage
for $1 million dollars. Changes in the enforcement rules in 2005 has lead to a
more wide open passing game (68% of all plays were passes in 2007) and the
growth of RBBC has lead to the devaluing of the running back.

  That’s not to say that the true stud RB is
devalued. The LTs, APs, Westbrooks, and Jackson type of RBs will always be the
most prized of Fantasy football commodities; however, the stud WR has increased
in value to that of a must have 2nd round acquisition.

 

After reading the book “Your official guide on
how to Dominate Fantasy Football” by Randy Giminez (http://www.dominatefantasyfootball.com/)
last year; I changed my draft strategy and sure enough by following the
suggestions outlined in the book – I won the only league I drafted using the
strategy of drafting an RB first, then taking WR, WR. Well, that’s not much of
an endorsement for the strategy; so, this year I looked at 18 Quest Fantasy
football leagues and determined the draft strategy in the first 5 rounds for
the first place team and the last place team.

 

 

So which position was drafted the most times by
league champions? Running backs, of course. Not so fast. League Champions
drafted 39 WRs in the first five rounds versus 37 RBs. Last place teams drafted
47 RBs in the first 5 rounds and only 32 WRs. While this is not a lot of data;
it does support the stud WR theory. So, how will the data affect my evil plan
for draft domination in 2008.

  I’m
putting on blinders – ignoring the values that drop to me (remember that Cedric
Benson pick you made in the 5th round last year) and drafting RB –
WR – WR – TE –

  QB. The last two
positions, I may switch around depending on draft slot and which players are
available. That’s it – the new master plan for fantasy football domination.
Now, has anyone seen the next Ryan Grant.

 

Quest Redraft Leagues 2007

Championship
Teams

Draft

League

Position

1

2

3

4

5

Totals

1

  12

RB

RB

QB

WR

WR

2

  1

RB

WR

WR

RB

QB

3

  9

RB

WR

RB

RB

WR

4

  7

QB

RB

WR

RB

D

1

RB

RB

WR

WR

WR

6

  7

RB

WR

RB

WR

WR

7

  1

RB

QB

WR

RB

WR

8

  6

RB

WR

WR

QB

WR

9

  5

RB

WR

RB

WR

TE

10

  2

RB

QB

WR

WR

RB

11

  8

RB

RB

WR

RB

WR

12

  4

RB

WR

QB

WR

WR

13

  8

RB

RB

WR

RB

QB

14

 1

RB

RB

WR

WR

QB

15 

4

RB

RB

RB

QB

WR

16

  3

RB

RB

WR

WR

WR

17

  10

RB

WR

WR

QB

WR

18

  5

RB

WR

WR

RB

TE

 

RB

17

8

4

7

1

37

WR

8

12

8

11

39

QB

1

2

2

3

3

11

TE

2

2

D

 

 

 

 

1

1

18

18

18

18

18

90

Top 6 picks won championship

11

times

Last 6 picks won championship

7

times

Last Place Teams

Draft

League

Position

1

2

3

4

5

Totals

1

  1

RB

RB

WR

WR

RB

2

  6

RB

RB

QB

WR

TE

  5

RB

QB

RB

WR

TE

4

  8

RB

RB

RB

WR

WR

5

  12

RB

RB

RB

RB

WR

6

  12

RB

RB

WR

WR

QB

7

  8

RB

QB

WR

RB

RB

8

  10

RB

QB

WR

WR

RB

4

RB

WR

RB

WR

RB

10 

6

RB

TE

RB

RB

WR

11

8

RB

RB

WR

WR

QB

12

9

RB

WR

WR

RB

WR

13 

2

RB

QB

RB

WR

WR

14

 1

RB

RB

WR

WR

WR

15

11

RB

WR

QB

RB

RB

16 

9

RB

RB

WR

RB

WR

17 

8

RB

RB

WR

RB

WR

18 

12

WR

WR

RB

RB

RB

 

RB

17

9

7

8

6

47

WR

1

4

9

10

8

32

QB

 

4

2

0

2

8

TE

1

2

3

D

 

 

 

 

 

0

18

18

18

18

18

90

Last 6 picks finished last

11

times

Top 6 picks finished last

7

times

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