Everyone knows WR is the deepest position in FF. Every year 5 or 10 WR step up out of nowhere with big seasons (Moss, Boldin, etc.) My strategy this year is to draft RB and QB early throug the first 5 rounds, maybe take 1 proven WR, and then hold of on more WRs until later in the draft, where I would take sleeper players, one of whom is bound to step up and have a good season. What do you think, will this work?
I tried it somewhat last year, I had Burress and Price (ugh!) and waited to draft other WRs. I grabbed Stallworth, Santana, Reggie Wayne, Josh Reed and a couple of others. I was hoping one of them would pan out and Moss did, but unfortunately my 2 starters sucked so my WR situation is questionable for this year.
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Sorry to tell you, but top 5-10 WR's from the past season have a much better chance of having a solid year than a random sleeper WR. Go ahead and take Hasselbeck over Coles and then rely on Troy Brown as your #2 WR.
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What V said.
I like to try to nail 2 feature RBs and a stud WR in the first 3 rounds. Then fill in on the best RBs/WRs the next 2-3 rounds unless a near stud QB falls to me in round 4-5. To ignore WRs hoping to catch lightening in a bottle is suicidal.
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I will vouch that WR can be a nasty beast to predict. So much of a WR's value comes from touchdowns...which are rarely sustained at a consistant average over a handful of years. The best you can do is evaluate a WR's value to his team's passing game, look at his professional history, and decide if any offseason team changes will effect this season's performance.
THAT being said...I'd rather take a chance that a WR will have another good year than take a chance that a WR will have his first good year.
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I draft in leagues that don't feature TE, so it makes my strategy pretty easy. In the first six picks I want 3 RB and 3 WR unless a stud QB falls to me at the right spot. After I get those three, I am willing to play the waiting game to find sleeper-type WRs for my bench. But for starters, no, I'm with the majority here....
I'd argue that QB is deeper than WR. Most leagues start at least 2 WR (in most of my leagues, 2 WR are mandatory, 3 are optional), whereas most leagues start only 1 QB.
So IMO, loading up on RBs and WRs in the first 4-6 rounds and delaying the drafting of a QB is the best high-level strategy (of course any strategy should be flexible depending on the flow of the draft).
The last two years I've waited on a QB and ended up fine (Brady 2 yrs ago, Pennington/Bulger last year).
None of my sleeper WR picks have come through in that same time span. If I didn't draft WR's from the get-go, I would've been screwed beyond beleif at the WR position, and had a minor upgrade (if that) at the QB position....like Bulger to Mcnabb last year, is that even an upgrade?