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How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby fly19382 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:50 pm

I just joined a league which has a 15 round draft. You start 10 players and keep 5 for reserves. The starting lineup must consist of
1 Quartebacks
2 RB's (1 RB if using Run-and-Shoot Offense)
3 WR's (4 if using Run-and-Shoot Offense)
1 Tight End
1 Kicker
1 Team Defense
1 Special Teams

I am wondering how many players I should draft at each position. Also, if anyone has a rankings of special teams I would appreciate a link. The special team is chosen seperately from the defense. Thanks for your help.
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Re: How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby bond street » Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:20 am

Are you serious about that scoring system?

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Re: How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby stomperrob » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:03 pm

fly19382 wrote:I just joined a league which has a 15 round draft. You start 10 players and keep 5 for reserves. The starting lineup must consist of
1 Quartebacks
2 RB's (1 RB if using Run-and-Shoot Offense)
3 WR's (4 if using Run-and-Shoot Offense)
1 Tight End
1 Kicker
1 Team Defense
1 Special Teams

I am wondering how many players I should draft at each position. Also, if anyone has a rankings of special teams I would appreciate a link. The special team is chosen seperately from the defense. Thanks for your help.


For starters, like most fantasy owners I only draft 1 TE, 1 Def and 1 K and for the league you are in I would only draft 1 Special TTeam. So that's 4 spots filled.

I would draft 2 QB's, 4 RB's and 5 WR's with your format. I don't usually grab a QB too early, but if I did happen to end up with a top QB such as Palmer, Brees, Brady (I never grab Manning, goes too early for my liking) then I will only draft 1 QB and grab an extra RB or WR and then worry about grabing another QB later in the season as my QB's bye week approaches.

I've never seen Special Teams rankings done seperatly from defensive team rankings but someone probably has them. Obviously Chicago is good thanks to Devin Hester. Miami is hoping to copy some of that magic with first round pick Ted Ginn - time will tell. Tennessee was good last year but the loss of Pacman Jones and Bobby Wade will hurt them. I did find the following rankings, but they're based on NFL stats, not fantasy points so they're not totally applicable so be careful how much stock you put in them:

Special teams team rankings

12:00 AM CST on Sunday, February 11, 2007
By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News
mailto:rgosselin@dallasnews.com

The NFL's 32 teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing (one for the best through 32 for the worst):


Team Points
1. Chicago 237.5
2. Tennessee 240
3. Buffalo 252.5
4. N.Y. Jets 295
T5. Cleveland 296.5
T5. Detroit 296.5
7. Seattle 297
8. Washington 298.5
9. San Diego 312
T10. New Orleans 321
T10. Cincinnati 321
12. Baltimore 321.5
13. Kansas City 334
14. Jacksonville 335
15. Dallas 343.5
16. Miami 348
17. New England 351
18. San Francisco 351.5
19. N.Y. Giants 367
20. Denver 372
21. Tampa Bay 393.5
22. Carolina 395.5
23. Atlanta 421
24. Oakland 422.5
25. St. Louis 428
26. Indianapolis 440.5
27. Minnesota 447
28. Philadelphia 452.5
29. Houston 462.5
30. Pittsburgh 479.5
31. Arizona 489
32. Green Bay 493.5


Above rankings are based on the following stats (it's from a Dallas newspaper so that's why it keeps comparing the Cowboys to the highest and lowest ranked teams in each category):


Special teams categories

12:07 AM CST on Sunday, February 11, 2007
By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News
mailto:rgosselin@dallasnews.com

KICKOFF RETURNS
Best: New England, 26.8 yards

Worst: Carolina, 19.4 yards

Cowboys: Eighth, 23.3 yards

PUNT RETURNS
Best: Tennessee, 12.6 yards

Worst: Carolina, 4.6 yards

Cowboys: 21st, 8.4 yards

KICKOFF COVERAGE
Best: Tampa Bay, 18.4 yards

Worst: Oakland, 28.6 yards

Cowboys: Second, 19.6 yards

PUNT COVERAGE
Best: Cincinnati, 5.6 yards

Worst: San Francisco, 13.2 yards

Cowboys: 25th, 10.8 yards

KICKOFF STARTING POINT
Best: New England, 31.6-yard line

Worst: St. Louis, 23.3-yard line

Cowboys: Ninth, 28.8-yard line

OPPONENT STARTING POINT
Best: Atlanta, 23.6-yard line

Worst: Oakland, 32.6-yard line

Cowboys: 19th, 27.3-yard line

PUNTING
Best: Cowboys, 48.2 yards

Worst: Jacksonville, 40.0 yards

NET PUNTING
Best: Kansas City, 39.2 yards

Worst: Jacksonville, 33.3 yards

Cowboys: Fourth, 38.6 yards

INSIDE-THE-20 PUNTS
Best: San Diego, 35

Worst: Pittsburgh, 11

Cowboys: 19th, 22

OPPONENT PUNTING
Best: Kansas City, 40.8 yards

Worst: Houston, 45.3 yards

Cowboys: 14th, 43.1 yards

OPPONENT NET PUNTING
Best: Kansas City, 34.3 yards

Worst: Carolina, 40.7 yards

Cowboys: 13th, 36.7 yards

FIELD GOALS
Best: Chicago, St. Louis, 32

Worst: Tampa Bay, 17

Cowboys: Tied for 26th, 20

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Best: Baltimore, 93.3

Worst: Cowboys, 71.4

OPPONENT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Best: Chicago, 66.6

Worst: Green Bay, 96.2

Cowboys: 24th, 88.0

EXTRA POINT PERCENTAGE
Best: 22 teams tied at 100 percent

Worst: Cincinnati, 95.2

Cowboys: Tied for first

GIVEAWAYS
Best: Six teams tied with 0

Worst: Chicago, 4

Cowboys: Tied for 20th with 2

TAKEAWAYS
Best: Cincinnati, Minnesota, 4

Worst: 10 teams tied with 0

Cowboys: Tied for ninth with 2

BLOCKED KICKS FOR
Best: Detroit, 4

Worst: Nine teams tied with 0

Cowboys: Tied for last with 0

BLOCKED KICKS AGAINST
Best: Seven teams tied with 0

Worst: Atlanta, 6

Cowboys: Tied for eighth with 1

POINTS SCORED
Best: Chicago, 36

Worst: 14 teams tied with 0

Cowboys: Tied for ninth with 6

POINTS ALLOWED
Best: 11 teams tied with 0

Worst: Three teams tied with 18

Cowboys: Tied for 14th with 6

PENALTIES
Best: N.Y. Jets, 9 for 76 yards

Worst: Carolina, 23 for 195 yards

Cowboys: Third with 10 for 119 yards
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Re: How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby stomperrob » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:10 pm

And as far as drafting strategies, this thread is good read...
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Re: How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby fly19382 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:14 pm

Thanks for your help Rick. I was thinking along the same lines. How early do you think is too early to draft Palmer, Brees, or Brady? How about Bulger and Mcnabb? They usually seem to be gone by the fifth round. I was thinking about taking Buffalo for special teams. The scoring is just based on return yardage and touchdowns. I see that you are from Dallas. I live about an hour outside of Philadelphia and I usually catch several games a year. What do most people in Dallas really think of T.O.? I was sorry that things fell apart in Philly. He really brought a lot to the Eagles but he kind of went off of the deep end. One of the Cowboy greats, Randy White, went to my high school. He is about eight years older than me but I did get a chance to work for him at his football camp while I was in high school. I could tell you some wild stories about him but I am afraid that he would kill me. He is not someone that you want to be mad at you. He is a legend around my way. Thanks again for your help.
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Re: How many players at each position should I draft?

Postby stomperrob » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:22 am

fly19382 wrote:Thanks for your help Rick. I was thinking along the same lines. How early do you think is too early to draft Palmer, Brees, or Brady? How about Bulger and Mcnabb? They usually seem to be gone by the fifth round. I was thinking about taking Buffalo for special teams. The scoring is just based on return yardage and touchdowns. I see that you are from Dallas. I live about an hour outside of Philadelphia and I usually catch several games a year. What do most people in Dallas really think of T.O.? I was sorry that things fell apart in Philly. He really brought a lot to the Eagles but he kind of went off of the deep end. One of the Cowboy greats, Randy White, went to my high school. He is about eight years older than me but I did get a chance to work for him at his football camp while I was in high school. I could tell you some wild stories about him but I am afraid that he would kill me. He is not someone that you want to be mad at you. He is a legend around my way. Thanks again for your help.


Actually I'm Rob (hence the stomperrob screen name) from Canada and I'm a Steelers fan - that article was written by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News and that's why it's contained in the white quote box (it has his name at the top of the story). Normally I don't draft a QB before the 4th or 5th round, depending on the scoring. Buffalo should be okay for special teams, just keep an eye on the waiver wire once the season starts to see if there's anyone better available as the season goes on.
Used to really like watching Randy White play even though I've always been diehard Steelers fan.
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