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Postby boston fan » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:15 pm

I'm preparing to draft a fantasy football team for my first time ever. I looked at our league and saw that we have available space for six bench players. there are ten teams in our leagueand we play head to head with two rbs three wrs one QB a kicker and a defense. So ... My question is what should I try to draft for those six bench positions. How many for each position and should I draft all sleepers or consistant bench players or both?
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Postby maddog60 » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:18 pm

I'd always try to draft BPA, but with 6 bench spots, I'd try to get 1 backup QB wiether 2/3 WR/RBs or 3/2 WRs RBs. Perhaps even don't draft a kicker or DEF yet, and take extra RBs and WRs who could have trade value, and wait later to pick up those positions off waivers.
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Postby moochman » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:27 pm

You need to have a back -up at QB, make sure he doesn't have the same bye week as your starter. See if you can draft one with a tasty match-up that week. Same with your 2 back-up RBs and WRs. Try and pick whcih ever 2-3 RBs that will start or see plaing time. Look to take a PK or D depending on whether your D or PK has there bye first or if you are planning to playing match-up each week Ds and PKs.

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Postby hethdent » Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:54 pm

definitely important to take care in your drafting that players in the same position don't share bye weeks where possible. My advice is also to try not to think of your team as starters/bench too much during the draft, but go into the draft prepared with how many players you want/need at each position and then choose your players according to the most valuable positions first (i.e. get your RBs first, even the bench guy, etc.)
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Postby Kilroy » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:44 pm

maddog60 wrote:I'd always try to draft BPA, but with 6 bench spots, I'd try to get 1 backup QB wiether 2/3 WR/RBs or 3/2 WRs RBs. Perhaps even don't draft a kicker or DEF yet, and take extra RBs and WRs who could have trade value, and wait later to pick up those positions off waivers.


I agree with maddog. A Backup QB and a 3/2 or 2/3 split with WRs and RBs is a good bet. And as the Two Time Chick Champ ;-) so aptly stated, don't be afraid to grab a "Bench" RB early. With as many muddled backfields and RBBCs as there seem to be this year RB depth may be more important than ever.

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Postby Mercer Boy » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:38 am

Hmm, 6 bench spots...definitely another QB in case the one you take busts or goes down, two more RB's and WR's each...and the other I'd really considering taking a defense that you can play matchups with. Defenses are very important in fantasy, and if you've got two that you can rotate between playing bad teams you'll always have a good one to use. ;-D
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Postby Crippler » Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:37 am

maddog60 wrote:I'd always try to draft BPA, but with 6 bench spots, I'd try to get 1 backup QB wiether 2/3 WR/RBs or 3/2 WRs RBs. Perhaps even don't draft a kicker or DEF yet, and take extra RBs and WRs who could have trade value, and wait later to pick up those positions off waivers.


I agree completely, dont draft a K or DEF, wait until closer to the season so you can pick up some potential now. Dont forget to concentrate on consistancy for your starters and potential for your bench!
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Postby pangbones » Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:13 am

It depends on who your starters are. I never draft a backup K or Def. I'll take a stab on a sleeper RB or WR instead. I usually get 3 RB's in the first 4 rounds, depending on how it shakes out. After that best player available is the way to go. However, if I have a top QB like say P Manning, then I may not draft a backup QB, at least not until late. If you have strong RB's, then you'll probably want to have a few more backup WR's, and hope to get lucky with one or 2. And if you have strong WR's you'll want a few more RB's on the bench.
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Postby Blaneyfan » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:40 am

A couple things I do to try and fill my bench are:

1) Backup QB and as mentioned, look at the bye week matchup.
2) Backup RB's, at least a couple and I will try to handcuff one of my starters.
3) Backup WR's, look at a team depth chart and until the very late rounds there is always a starter or 2 out there that haven't been selected. Might be a bad team but a starter is a starter when you need a backup.
4) K and Def are always my very late picks and never pick a backup.

Hope it helps and good luck!
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Postby boston fan » Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:16 pm

Thanks for all the help guys. I will definately keep this in mind when I draft.
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