Here’s a quick ramble regarding some of my mock draft take aways for this season. After doing many Fanduel mock drafts (mostly from the 8 spot for the one league I know draft position in), I’ve found that even being in a later spot in the first round I prefer the teams I draft in which I start RB/WR. Also these mock drafts have helped me tremendously when picking the week and the game to use my Fanduel promo code free entries. It sometimes causes me to reach a bit for an RB who may be there in round 2, but that I’m not willing to chance losing because of the way I look at the RB tiers. I’m willing to do this rather than go WR because in the 2nd round I have always been able to grab a guy that I’ve got in my top 6 or 7 WR rankings. Typically I’m looking to go RB in round 3 as well, but have found that sometimes the guys I see with a lot of upside have been gobbled up by then leaving me to either go TE (if my 2nd or 3rd guy is still there) or WR. The 3rd round is still a great round for WR, but they tend to be some of the older veterans with more questions about there upcoming season.
Typically I like to have 3 RB’s chosen through 5 rounds (maybe 6) because I’m much more trustworthy of the later round WR’s that are available than the RB’s. The majority of the RB’s late will NEED an injury before they’re relevant enough to be in your starting lineup, while some of the WR’s will already be on the field quite a bit and can prove themselves through their game play. After the 6th round is when I find myself looking at filling in my QB/TE position if that hasn’t already been accomplished, and believe there are guys with enormous upside to be found in these rounds at each position.
Your draft sets the base for your team for the year, so you had better be ready to make the right pick in the right spot of your draft. You aren’t winning your league because of your first or second round picks, it’s those middle round gems that people are able to get for a great value that propel your team to a league championship. Because every draft will differ depending on draft position, style, and the order you take each position, I’ve decided to scrap doing a top 150. Instead I want to spend more time talking about the general strategy and where you should take players from a certain position, rather than using a scripted list of players. I will still list a top 50 at the bottom of this article for an idea for those top 4 rounds or so.
I also believe it’s very important that when you are getting your rankings together before the draft you have tiers created for each position. A lot of times you may have 4 or 5 players ranked one after another that are so similar it may not make a huge difference which one you end up with so it’s important to decide your priorities for each position and determining how many players in a certain tier are left for you may decide whether that position is of utmost importance when you make your pick, or whether you may be able to wait and still get a guy from that tier in the next round. Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to drafting a guy is what people call his “ceiling”, or how high could his best season be, and his “floor”, or how low could his worst season be. This should help you make some tough calls later in your draft, because it’s helpful to have a good blend of “safe” guys that have a high floor, along with “upside” guys who have a really high ceiling.
I do believe that VBD is an amazing tool for use in determining where someone should be drafted, BUT it is based on what happened last year. I also prefer to look at it on an average basis as well, rather than total points for the season. I’ve also decided to change the boundaries a little bit for the wide receivers and the running backs. Rather than using the 24th player (very last #2 starter) as a baseline, I chose to use the 30th ranked player in each of these positions because pretty much all leagues use some sort of flex, so the odds are you will be playing 3 players from at least one of these positions. So, you will see me reference it occasionally, but rather than link it directly to last year’s player I prefer if you look at it from the idea that a certain number of players fell into a particular area of VBD ranking. For example, the way I’ve calculated it, there should have been 8 RB’s, 2 WR’s, 1 QB, and 1 TE drafted in last years first round (12 team).