I've never been involved in something like this. Normally I wouldn't seek it out, but this is a case of a work league (12 teams last year) that has swelled.
Anyway, I'm trying to wrap my head around how to approach this. Aside from the huge size, everything else is fairly standard (no PPR, roster spots are QB, RBx2, WRx2, TE, K, DEF, 6 bench spots - no flex). I know I have the #3 pick going in
The top of the draft seems pretty straightforward to me - start off getting elite players to give myself a strong base. Most likely Westy in R1 (unless LT or ADP drop). At the 34th pick in R2 there should be some elite level WRs to be had. After that, it depends upon the value on the board. I don't want to lose track of the QB position. With 30 picks between mine, I'm going to feel the pinch once we get lower than QB10.
Anyway, the troubling thing about 18 teams is that for positions where there's only 1 per team that will get you any points (QB, K, DEF) there won't be enough backups to go around. Even lowly Ks and DEFs. A lot of these managers liked bucking conventional ffb strategy last year, and had backups for those spots on their roster. With more teams, I fully expect by the end of the draft to have absolutely nothing at K and DEF in the free agent pool. Sure, I'd like to take talent at other positions if an early K/DEF run breaks out. But once the first 10 get taken, I'm going to really have to consider taking one myself. And we're not even talking about backups trying to avoid getting a "0" during the bye week (which is a particularly large penalty with only 8 starting roster positions).
Anyway, does anyone have any advice/opinions/experiences? Thanks