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Postby Id_Grope_Gruden » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:07 pm

Hi All,

I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to this Fantasy stuff. I signed up for Yahoo (Casual) and am working on my pre-rankings. Any advice on how far up/down to rank a Defense?

Thanks for the help.
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Re: New to Fantasy-Defense question

Postby TN_Titans_05 » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:52 pm

Generally you should take a Def with your next to last pick and take a kicker with your last. Unless its Balt or Chi who you can take a couple of rounds earlier than that but still not early. The thing is that there are very few elite Defs unlike the other positions so its hard to rank them and who they play in a given week makes a big difference. Being new, I would just stick with taking your Def in the last few rounds and pick up WRs and RBs while everyone else is taking Defs early.

Scroll to the bottom of this page and you will find some team Def rankings:
http://www.fantasyfootballcafe.com/player_rankings.php
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Re: New to Fantasy-Defense question

Postby stomperrob » Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:36 am

If you're in a 10 team league, you're bound to get a top 10 Def, unless you have a lot of beginners wasting picks by choosing 2 Def's - if that happens ya may have to grab one a couple rounds earlier then the end. What I generally do is decide on my Def rankings and from that come up with a list of Def's that I consider acceptable to draft - if I have 10-12 on that list then I know I don't have to worry until the end - if I only had 8 on that list that I felt strongly about, I would have to keep an eye on that list in the latter rounds once it gets down to about 5 or 6 gone from that list to determine if I should grab my Def a little earlier than planned rather than miss out on one of those, taking into consideration my needs at other positions and what is left on the board at other positions.

Rather decide how high to rank various players at various positions in relation to each other, I simply rank all the QB's together, then the RB's, WR's, and so on - takes much less time to pre-rank (but only do this for a live draft, and make sure ya show up for it if ya do it this way, otherwise ya won't get great picks). When you draft you can just just switch back and forth between positions - to decide whether to draft a certain position, or take the best player available (just make sure when you enter the draft room you switch from Yahoo's rankings to your rankings - you'll see drop down box there to do that). And you are limited to how many players you can pre-rank on Yahoo - I believe it's 10 per roster spot, so if you have a 15 man roster (including bench spots), you can pre-rank 150 players only. Sometimes if my list is too long, I don't even pre-rank the kickers, I just keep a list of them pre-ranked on paper in front of me to use when the last round comes along.

Make sure ya read as much as ya can on this board before ya draft - all kinds of great info here. And don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Re: New to Fantasy-Defense question

Postby Id_Grope_Gruden » Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:39 pm

Thanks to you both for all the great info. I appreciate the help. I'm planning to do the auto draft to simplify things, so I think the plan there would be to rate them down the list after most of my RBs and WRs? I think it's helpful to think of how I would rank them by position, though, too, because then the long list doesn't seem so overwhelming to me! Does that even make sense? Gosh there is a lot to consider even at a basic level like team schedules, new coaching, injuries, etc. I need to do a lot of research...but it's such a blast that it makes it all worth it!
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Re: New to Fantasy-Defense question

Postby mthomas720 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:58 pm

I like to draft a defense with a good week 1 matchup, and I usually add a different defense every week. Only a couple defenses will be good every week, so I usually look at the matchups. I rarely keep a defense for more than 2-3 weeks.
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Re: New to Fantasy-Defense question

Postby Id_Grope_Gruden » Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:26 pm

Thanks for the tip, mthomas720. That's an interesting strategy I hadn't thought of. I'm from Warwick, RI, originally :-)
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