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Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football
Section VIII - Post Draft Analysis of Your Squad

"For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream." -- Emmitt Smith

You just spent countless hours devoting yourself to the fantasy draft, poring over countless notes, articles, statistics and everything else you could read in order to have the best possible draft. You arrived at the draft confident and prepared, knowing that you were going to have the preeminent draft possible this season. The past 4+ hours were spent drafting the players you believe will carry you to the league championship. You know that the draft went smoothly and you weren't left scrambling at any point. More than likely, as a Footballguys.com subscriber, you were ready thanks to our articles, features and tools such as our very own Draft Dominator and the fantasy draft unfolded beautifully in front of you, leaving you great value to pick up throughout the process.

After the draft, you have a couple cold ones, talk some trash with your leaguemates and then have a choice to make:

  1. Congratulate yourself for having the perfect draft and wait for the season to begin
    or
  2. Take stock of your roster, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each position

Many fantasy owners do not take the time to reflect on their own rosters and that is a poor decision. No matter how marvelous your draft was, there will always be some positions stronger than others and it is important to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of your roster to properly etch out your plan of attack going forward.

After your draft, really take the time to give serious reflection in regards to your roster. Try to look at the players impartially as there are many different aspects of your roster to look at after the draft.

  1. Bye week strength and conflict
  2. Starting lineup strength
  3. Back up strength
  4. Best position(s)
  5. Worst position(s)
  6. Possible trade bait

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

Pick
Overall
Pos
Player
Team
1.09
9
RB
Edgerrin James
Ari
2.04
16
WR
Chad Johnson
Cin
3.09
33
WR
Darrell Jackson
Sea
4.04
40
WR
Santana Moss
Was
5.09
57
WR
Javon Walker
Den
6.04
64
RB
Tatum Bell
Den
7.09
81
QB
Michael Vick
Atl
8.04
88
RB
Frank Gore
SF
9.09
105
TE
Chris Cooley
Was
10.04
112
RB
Chris Perry
Cin
11.09
129
QB
Drew Bledsoe
Dal
12.04
136
RB
Ryan Moats
Phi
13.09
153
WR
Eric Moulds
Hou
14.04
160
DT
Baltimore Ravens
Bal
15.09
177
PK
David Akers
Phi
16.04
184
RB
J.J. Arrington
Ari

Take this information and break it down by position.

Pos
Player
Team
Bye
QB
Michael Vick
Atl
5
QB
Drew Bledsoe
Dal
3
RB
Edgerrin James
Ari
9
RB
Tatum Bell
Den
4
RB
Frank Gore
SF
7
RB
Chris Perry
Cin
5
RB
Ryan Moats
Phi
9
RB
J.J. Arrington
Ari
9
WR
Chad Johnson
Cin
5
WR
Darrell Jackson
Sea
5
WR
Santana Moss
Was
8
WR
Javon Walker
Den
4
WR
Eric Moulds
Hou
5
TE
Chris Cooley
Was
8
PK
David Akers
Phi
9
DT
Baltimore Ravens
Bal
7

Do a detailed breakdown of each position.

  • Quarterbacks - Grade: 8/10
    Michael Vick, Drew Bledsoe
    - Great year to wait on quarterback
    - Great scoring potential out of this duo
    - Bye week coverage strong
  • Running Backs - Grade: 6.5/10
    Edgerrin James, Tatum Bell, Frank Gore, Chris Perry, Ryan Moats, J.J. Arrington

    - James is a good # 1
    - Bell, Gore have some good starter potential but ultimately could result in a hole at RB2
    - Perry, Moats and Arrington have some potential if they earn an opportunity
    - Bye week coverage is pretty strong although week nine could be an issue down the road
  • Wide Receivers - Grade: 9.5/10
    Chad Johnson, Darrell Jackson, Santana Moss, Javon Walker, Eric Moulds

    - Almost as good as a team could realistically expect
    - Four great potential starting receivers and a quality backup in Moulds
    - Bye alert problem. Made a mistake in week five with Jackson, Johnson and Moulds off
  • Tight Ends - Grade: 8/10
    Chris Cooley

    Cooley is a good fantasy starter (still need a backup)
  • Place Kicker - Grade: 8/10
    David Akers

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

    A very good defense (still need a backup)

Potential starting lineup

QB Michael Vick
RB Edgerrin James
RB Tatum Bell
WR Chad Johnson
WR Darrell Jackson
WR Santana Moss
TE Chris Cooley
K David Akers
DEF Baltimore Ravens

Thoughts on this roster going forward

  • Quarterback position is strong and shouldn't need much attention going forward. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get another serviceable fantasy quarterback down the road
  • RB2 is a potential problem with Bell and Gore not a guarantee at this point
  • WR is a big strength. However there is a bye week problem and it would be a good idea to float Darrell Jackson in a trade for a good running back
  • Tight end, kicker and defense starting strength is good but no depth at those positions as of yet.

Once you have identified the various weaknesses and strengths of your fantasy roster, it will be time to take steps to strengthen the roster. You will be able to use trades and waiver wire pickups to turn around the weaker aspects of your roster, and you should take the time to target teams that have weakness in positions that you have significant strength (receiver in the example above). One of the better aspects of the Draft Dominator is the ability to see the projected total scoring for each of the franchises in your league. You can compare your draft to the others in your league using this feature and can target teams with strong running games, great quarterback play and questionable receiver ability just by clicking a button. It is a fabulous tool that helps you truly break down your fantasy draft.
Now you are ready to begin tweaking your roster and to start the season in your quest for the championship. Track all of the fantasy football news leading up to and through the entire season using our free Daily Updates, Footballguys News Blogger and The Shark Pool and you will be well on your way to a dominant fantasy season.

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