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Drafting for depth

Postby kidwithhelmet » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:22 am

Is drafting for depth important, or is having a great starting 9 guys more important?
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Re: Drafting for depth

Postby Battlecreek Dragon » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:35 am

Both are important, but great depth won't do you much good if your starters are not able to put up consistently high scores.

Depth is more important at RB, WR, and QB than the other positions. So, you will frequently see teams built around getting the best players, including depth, at those three positions before looking to fill starting players at the others.

In my 16 team league last year, where we start 1QB, 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE and 1 FLEX(RB,WR,TE), plus PK and DEF, I drafted RB, WR, WR, RB, WR, RB so I was going for both quality and depth at 2 skill positions at the expense of high quality at QB and TE.

Depth is important because you need to have a fall back position in case one of your starters gets injured. You also need depth to cover the weeks when your regular starters have a bye and don't play. But you need the best starters you can get.
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Re: Drafting for depth

Postby onnestabe » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:08 pm

You definitely want to draft for depth. You generally want to ignore K until the last round, only draft 1 TE, and you want to have the other starter spots filled with 1-2 backups before you bother with a team defense.

The way to think about it is that at this point of the year, all the kickers are pretty much the same. The top kickers are always different (and this is generally true for defenses as well), so you don't want to spend a high pick on a guy that may be just as good as a guy you can get off the waiver wire.
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