CFB Fantasy: Strategy Talk

What strategies did our panel of drafters use in Athlon's first college fantasy mock draft of 2011.

What strategies did our panel of drafters use in Athlon's first college fantasy mock draft of 2011.

Athlon Sports recently held its first college fantasy football mock draft for 2011. As expected, there were many interesting observations and questions raised during the draft. Over the next couple of days, the drafters will give their thoughts on some of the hot topics.

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports will be releasing its 2011 college fantasy draft kit throughout the summer. Everything you need to win your college fantasy league this year will be covered in Athlon's preseason draft kit, including player profiles, rankings, strategy pieces and more.

Check out Athlon May college fantasy football draft for 2011


Did you have a strategy or did you let the draft come to you?  

Todd DeVries, College Football Geek (@CFFGeek on Twitter)

Sitting in the No. 2 hole, CFG's strategy was to grab LaMichael James in round one, take a close look at wide receivers in rounds two and three, then grab a QB1 on the four-five turn.  We also set our sights on Ladarius Green (TE, La-Lafayette), the clear-cut No. 1 tight end on our board.  Green will provide a huge fantasy advantage in leagues (like this one) that require starting a tight end.  We were happy to snag Mr. Green in round five. Mission accomplished.

Joe DiSalvo, The College Fantasy Football Site (@theCFFsite on Twitter)
My strategy going into the draft was to pick the top player on my board for the first three rounds, regardless of position.  After my first three selections, I would then incorporate roster requirements into the decision-making process.  By round 10, I wanted to be in a position to build roster depth. In round 11, I started making picks for depth and decided to wait until the end for a kicker and defense.  I felt great about my three starting wide receivers, so I focused my attention to building depth at running back.

Alex Esselink, College Fantasy Football Insider (@CFFInsider on Twitter)

Drafting in the eight spot, you are at the mercy of the drafters in front of you. I was hoping for David Wilson in the first round and he was there. After that it was based on who was on the board, my needs and the needs of the drafters behind me. As a general overall strategy, I like to swing for the fences on draft day. A majority of my picks are high risk/high reward. I’d rather take a shot at a backup from Boise or Houston than a starter from Duke. If they don’t pan out, it’s off to the waiver wire.

Braden Gall, Athlon Sports (@AthlonBraden on Twitter)

In a two-QB 120-team league, I basically ignore the man under center until at least Round 3. If you have to start three QBs, then my strategy would change. With so many talented scorers out there at the position, I make sure to fill my top two running backs slots first. So my overall strategy is go RB early, go RB often and don't stop taking RBs. 

Michael Hurcomb, CBS Sports
 (@CBSHurc on Twitter)
Having a bookend pick sometimes you have to reach for sleepers or huge-risk/huge-reward picks because it's going to be nearly two full rounds before you draft again. My strategy is usually to see how aggressive the other drafters are at going after sleepers because then usually pretty solid players slip to you and I don't have to reach for certain players.

Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

I knew I was in a difficult spot once I drew the sixth pick. There are some great choices in the middle of the first round, but there’s certainly a drop off after the first four picks. Considering the drop after the first four picks, sticking with the best player available strategy made the most sense. I would’ve liked to take a running back instead of Dominique Davis, but each player I was considering had their question marks. After going quarterback with my first pick, I wanted to stock up on running backs and get at least two top 15 fantasy receivers. Running backs will be one of the most difficult positions to peg for fall drafts, so it’s important to stockpile before the position gets too thin.

Drew Smith, Fantasy College Blitz (@fcbdrew on Twitter)

With the 12th pick in the draft and a big starting lineup, my strategy was to draft more on value early with little regard to positions.  I wanted to avoid question marks and concentrate on players that I feel strongly will have the same value in August as they do now.  Once I have built a strong core of these type players, I would then shift my strategy to high upside guys in systems that produce fantasy studs.   

Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports (@AthlonSnowman on Twitter)

I like to have one of the elite quarterbacks in a 2-QB league, so it was an easy decision to take Landry Jones of Oklahoma in the first round. Following Round 1, my strategy is to draft a proven performer or two at a position before taking a projection. Once I had Gray and Polk in the backfield, a high-ceiling pick like Notre Dame’s Cierre Wood becomes much easier. Likewise at receiver, I went with seniors before grabbing another high-potential sophomore in Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills.

A lot of fantasy players minimize the importance of defense, but I like to have a top-five group instead of playing matchups each week. Once I was three-deep at QB, RB and WR, I was glad to take the Boise State defense in Round 11. After that, I made sure to handcuff Gray with Christine Michael and then draft any big weapons from high-octane offenses that were still on the board – Adams, Swope, Huff and Sims.

Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports (@AthlonCorby on Twitter)
Picking in the 11th spot you sort of have to let it come to you, and I was certainly more than pleased to see Lance Dunbar, ranked No. 6 overall by Athlon, fall to me at 11. After locking down a RB and a QB in G.J. Kinne I was open to anything. In a three-receiver league with a flex spot (which I normally throw a receiver in), I could not pass up the talent at that position that kept falling to me — Juron Criner, Alshon Jeffery, Kamar Jorden and T.Y. Hilton.

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<p> With the first college fantasy mock draft in the books for 2011, it's time for a review session. The drafters discuss strategy and whether they had one or just let the draft fall their way.</p>

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