6 steps to fantasy football perfection

Two columnists give us their take on the ideal draft

August 29, 2012

What's that? You want ACTUAL advice for fantasy football? That's where Dan Richman, RedEye's fantasy guru, and columnist Alex Quigley come in. If you take their advice, you might be in line for bragging rights when New Year's rolls around.

ALEX QUIGLEY (@alexquigley)

The Perfect Draft. It's every fantasy footballer's dream: somehow snagging the top point-producer at every position. It's possible, and here's how.

First round: Drew Brees, QB. When coach Sean Payton serves his suspension, does he take the Saints' playbook with him, leaving Brees with a "Tecmo Bowl"-esque four plays to run? Brees is still the most dangerous fantasy QB in the league. Bountygate will put the team into Screw All Y'all mode.

Second round: Adrian Peterson, RB. If you're afraid his injury will slow him down, you've forgotten the first rule of All Day: he can run, like, all day long. Before the injury, he was undeniably the best running back in football. Just like he was back in 2008. A.P. ran for 1,760 yards and 10 TDs then. He's fine now.

Third round: Brandon Marshall, WR. How can I project that anyone other than Calvin Johnson will finish tops among wideouts? NFL defenses don't allow a team to do the same thing over and over, and Megatron's always fighting injuries. Cutler will target Marshall 200 times this year.

Fourth round: Antonio Gates, TE. Why not Gronk or Graham? Gates missed four-plus games last year and he was still third overall in points. Meanwhile, Philip Rivers knows one thing in the red zone: Get it to No. 85.

Fifth round: San Francisco, D. The Niners will finish as the top fantasy defense for seven reasons: the Vikings, Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Rams (twice!), Seahawks (twice!), and Cardinals. Dodge tough matchups in weeks 1 and 2 and it's a conveyor belt of creampuffs.

Sixth round: Anybody, K. Seriously, just pick a kicker on a good team and hope for the best. I'm not that good, people.

Pick anyone else you want from this round onward. You've already won your league.

DAN RICHMAN (@danrichmanffl)

Alex, I too am searching for the perfect draft. And while your draft has promise, it is far from perfect. Here's one I'm confident will help you become fantasy football champ.

First round: Arian Foster, RB. Running back depth is basically non-existent, so go with the sure-fire best at No. 1. It's hard to argue with Drew Brees. However, there are other elite QBs and no running back as good as Foster: 12 TDs, over 1,800 total yards last year.

Second round: Eli Manning, QB. Alex, what are you thinking with A.P.? The man is coming off a torn ACL and is on a bad team. The choice is Manning. . He throws for tons of yards and racks up TDs.

Third round: Antonio Brown, WR. I'm Bears fan and love the possibility of Marshall having a big year. But based on his recent track record, I wouldn't touch Marshall. The better option is Brown of the Steelers. He was the go-to guy late in the season and with Mike Wallace signed, Brown will show what he can do for you.

Fourth round: Wes Welker, WR. I am a big believer on loading up on quality wide receivers. Welker is Tom Brady's go-to guy in New England and put up over 1,500 yards and nine scores last year.

Fifth round: Frank Gore, RB. The 49ers' super-back is consistent and should remain that way even if his workload is cut with the addition of Brandon Jacobs. Round 5 is way too early to draft a defense, anyway.

Sixth round: Greg Olsen, TE. Time to take the best player available—and not a kicker. Olsen and Cam Newton have good chemistry that's only getting better.

There you have the first six picks for of a perfect fantasy draft. Good luck to all!

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