Arlo wrote:It's a matter of taste; I always like the back-to-back picks the first or last slot give, simply because you can strongly influence the flow of the draft.
In theory, the earlier picks should have a slight advantage, but this is probably a very, very minor factor in any draft.
What do you mean strongly influence the flow? Can you give an example?
Sure. Let's say that in your IDP league, everyone's holding off on grabbing defenders (as often happens). Then, with your back-to-back picks in rounds 6-7 (just as an example), you take the top two defenders off the board. With a bit of luck, you'll see a run on defenders in rounds 7-8, as other owners try to avoid being shut out of the defensive studs. Then, with your next pick, you can switch back to offense.
If that happens, you'll not only have an advantage on defense since you have the top two players, but you won't pay for it (significantly) on offense, since relatively few offensive players will have been chosen between your round seven and eight picks.
If you can get other owners to play catch-up like this, you can wind up with a huge draft advantage.