1) is there any solid sleepers i should know about?
There are tons who could be good, so take these with a grain of salt. If they don't pan out don't come after me!
Brett Favre – he’s going FAR below where he’ll probably end up. You could get him in the 7th round in a lot of drafts, and he’ll be a top-ten QB this year.
JP Losman – he’s also going to be fine, but you’d want him as a backup, not a starter.
Chester Taylor – he should still see enough of the ball to get decent scoring, but he is not a #1 or #2 RB. You can pick him up later as backup and be OK with him.
Julius Jones – he’s dropping in a lot of drafts but he’s slated to be the “starter.” He may see more of the ball and he may score more often than last year with the new offense. Don’t forget about him.
Drew Bennett – if Torry Holt’s knee continues to give him trouble you could be well served to have Bennett on your team. He would become the #2 WR in an offense that should score a ton of points, and the new #1 guy (Isaac Bruce) is three hundred years old.
Patrick Crayton – he’s not exactly on top of everyone’s “get” list, but he could become really important to the Dallas passing game opposite TO if Glenn continues to have injury issues. You could get him as your fourth WR and end up with a starter-caliber player.2) i havent really been watching the nfl for a few years so i dont know what team i should draft as my defensive team. also what round should i take that in? same with kickers, when do i draft them?
The top defenses in a scoring scheme like yours should be:
The consensus is that Baltimore and Chicago are head-and-shoulders above the rest of these guys. Both will be really good, but both are probably going to go too high for you to take comfortably. You can get Green Bay pretty late in a draft and still end up with a decent second-tier defense. Draft your kicker in the last round
. Kickers are so different year to year there’s no reason to reach on a kicker. DO NOT draft last year’s high-scoring kicker expecting him to score the same this year. Most kickers vary wildly year to year. Some late-round guys you can get who should be good:
Olindo Mare – he was around #10 or #11 last year kicking for a crappy Miami team. He’s now kicking for New Orleans, and he’s kicking indoors for most of his games. He’s under a lot of radars but he’ll have a fine season.
Stephen Gostkowski – as a general rule you want to draft kickers who kick for high-scoring offenses, and Gostkowski is one of those guys. New England has firepower galore and he should kick bunches of points this year, and the good thing about him is that nobody can pronounce his name, so he’s flying under some radars.
Now, if you don’t get Vinatieri or Robbie Gould or Jeff Wilkins or any of the other kickers who are way high on everyone’s Cheat Sheets don’t worry. Most likely there will be 12 kickers drafted in your league this year, and projections for kickers from most reputable sources show that the difference in projected scoring from the #1 kicker to the #10 kicker amounts to less than one point per game. So even if you get a “crappy” kicker, you’re not losing out on much.
Another thing is that last year nobody drafted Robbie Gould thinking he would be a top-three kicker, and the year before that nobody drafted Neil Rackers thinking he would be a top-three kicker. Both came out of the shadows to score tons of points, and if you pay attention you can snag that guy in the second or third week of the season if you’re lucky. 3) any other suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Do not drink lots and lots and lots of beer at the draft, or you may find yourself hung over and wondering why you thought drafting Mike Vick in the third round was such a great idea.