December 6th, 2012
The draft is the highlight of the season when everyone comes together to select their players. Unlike the real NFL draft, fantasy drafts are done in serpentine fashion. That is, the team that has the last pick in the first round gets to make the opening pick of the second round, while the team picking first won’t get its next selection until all the other owners have made their second round pick.
In a twelve owner draft, for instance, Team 12 would pick last in the first round and first in the second round. Then comes Team 11 with the second pick of the second round. Team 1’s second-round pick wouldn’t be chosen again until the twenty-fourth pick. Team 1 then opens the third round pick, followed by the team that had the second overall pick and so on. In other words, the draft is held in reverse order for even-numbered rounds. This makes things more balanced and fair.
Unless you project a quarterback like Peyton Manning to throw 49 touchdown passes like he did in 2004, or Daunte Culpepper to pass and run for a combined 41 scores, you need to go running back. There usually are enough franchise backs to fill out the top eight spots. Priest Holmes, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ahman Green, Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, Deuce McAllister, Edgerrin James, and Jamal Lewis were scooped up as the top eight picks in many 2004 drafts.
You need to seriously consider a running back in the second round if you didn’t take one in the opening round. The negative aspect of taking a quarterback with a top five pick in twelve-team leagues is that by the time your
choice comes back to you, there could be seventeen to eighteen running backs off the board. I’ve been involved in drafts where the first fifteen picks were all running backs.
Those picking early in the second round should have their choice of the “B” running backs, upper tier quarterbacks, and “A” wide receivers. It’s tempting to
take a dominant wide receiver like a Randy Moss or Terrell Owens if they are available here. Most likely I’d go that direction, or take a reliable running back rather than choose a quarterback. Not only do quarterbacks get hurt frequently, but there is a lot of depth at the position. Teams need just one quarterback. But they need two running backs. That thins out the position.