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Basic Training Part 8 - Post Draft Analysis of Your Squad

You just finished up with your Draft/Party, and you had a blast! It was the culmination of many hours, days, weeks or months of preparation (depending on how much time you need for the trivial things in life such as work and keeping up the house). You just spent three hours selecting your fantasy team, and staring at that huge Championship Trophy on the head table. (This is assuming everyone threw in 5 bucks and your leader/Commissioner bought or made a nice big trophy?) Well, how do you feel?

Since you are reading this, you probably used Footballguys.com to prepare for your draft. If you used Footballguys.com to prepare and the Draft Dominator Tool to draft, then you are all smiles and feeling great about your team right now! If you used other sites or an outdated magazine for your draft, then you are probably scratching your head, wondering about your team. If you used your gut for most of your picks, then you are probably bummed? All right so the draft is over, and now you have several weeks before the season actually begins. You have a couple of options.

  1. You can file away your roster until the season begins - (Bad idea), or
  2. You can do a Post Draft Analysis to see how your squad measures up.

In your Post Draft Analysis you will want to go through your Players (by position) individual schedules to see if there are any conflicting bye weeks.

Chris Smith's Note: After your draft, really take the time to give serious reflection in regards to your roster. Try to look at the players impartially and really target both the strengths and weaknesses of the squad.

Here is a look at a potential draft for an owner. Must start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D.

Pick
Overall
Pos
Player
Team
1.09
9
RB
Jamal Lewis
Bal
2.04
16
RB
Tiki Barber
NYG
3.09
33
WR
Andre Johnson
Hou
4.04
40
WR
Reggie Wayne
Ind
5.09
57
WR
Steve Smith
Car
6.04
64
RB
Kevan Barlow
SF
7.09
81
RB
T.J. Duckett
Atl
8.04
88
QB
Carson Palmer
Cin
9.09
105
QB
Tom Brady
NE
10.04
112
TE
Eric Johnson
SF
11.09
129
WR
Eddie Kennison
KC
12.04
136
WR
Charles Rogers
Det
13.09
153
PK
Jason Elam
Den
14.04
160
DT
Buffalo Bills
Buf
15.09
177
TE
Chris Cooley
Was
16.04
184
RB
Maurice Clarett
Den
17.09
201
RB
Brandon Jacobs
NE
18.04
208
WR
Rashaun Woods
SF

Take this information and break it down by position.

  • Quarterbacks - Grade: 7/10
    Carson Palmer, Tom Brady

    Decent strength at the quarterback position. Palmer could develop into a top ten fantasy quarterback and Brady is solid.
  • Running Backs - Grade: 9/10
    Jamal Lewis, Tiki Barber, Kevan Barlow, T.J. Duckett, Maurice Clarett, Brandon Jacobs

    Gotta love the strength at this position. Two good starters, two good backups and two rookies who could surprise. An overall strong group.
  • Wide Receivers - Grade: 7.5/10
    Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Reggie Wayne, Eddie Kennison, Charles Rogers, Rashaun Woods

    Perhaps not a brilliant starting group but certainly strong enough to hold their own. Rogers and Woods could be very ineffectively or could surprise with huge seasons. Gotta have a couple of picks that have the potential to explode in a positive way.
  • Tight Ends - Grade: 8/10
    Eric Johnson, Chris Cooley

    Two very good tight ends. Johnson was exceptional a year ago and should get another chance to shine.
  • Place Kicker - Grade: 8/10
    Jason Elam

    Good kicker in a good situation (still need a backup)
  • Defenses - Grade 8/10
    Buffalo Bills

    A very good defense (still need a backup)

Now, back to Ron White's commentary...

You don't want to have both of your quarterbacks off in week 3 (for example). Who would you start? That would net your team a big ZERO at the quarterback position in week 3. Most leagues have a penalty for starting a player who is on a bye. Not only does this score you a zero, but also it really takes away the fun for your competition. This is a cardinal sin in the fantasy world. If you do find a conflict, you will need to use your leagues Waiver Wire tool (this is explained later in the Basic Training Series), to correct it.

Once you have identified problems concerning bye weeks you may want to look over the Free Agent Pool (this is all the remaining players who weren't drafted) to see if any studs were overlooked. Convinced that the studs are all gone, it's time to look at your depth, especially at Running Back. You have to ask yourself, if my stud gets injured, do I have a viable replacement? It's usually fairly easy to mix and match at most of the other positions, but you will need a strong #3 Running Back to succeed consistently all season. Next, I recommend using the Footballguys Trade Dominator Tool. As soon as it's updated, punch in every team's roster. This will allow you to put a number value, on your team, and how it compares to the rest of the league. You will learn who the tougher teams are, and you can see when you play them by checking over your Fantasy Team's schedule. The other advantage is that you will be completely ready when someone offers you a trade. You will know immediately if the deal is good or not.

Now you know what you have, and what you want to do with your roster. You are in pretty good shape, so now you will want to keep a close eye on the news, and monitor your players through Summer Camps and Preseason. The absolute best tools for this are Footballguys News Blogger and The Shark Pool.

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