2006 Fantasy Football Draft Board

When it all comes down to it, every fantasy nut needs a draft board. Your best players ranked from 1 to 100, maybe even to 200. Think about it, write it down, rewrite it; then follow it throughout your draft. And if you never crumble to the temptations of a sexy pick two rounds too early, and you forget about your defense and kicker until the last few rounds, then you’ve done your scouting well young Luke. If the fall’s lazy eye has you by the beans, and making your own list out of the question; here’s one that should get you to the top. This list is based solely on a smooth immeasurable ratio of value and point production. If QB touchdowns and WR/RB touchdowns are equal in your league, all the quarterbacks jump up 4-5 spots.
Don’t forget the three main rules of your draft board.
1- Feel free to deviate slightly for things such as; preference, bye week differential, and the value of a player depending on who has been chosen previously. For example, if my favorite player is Ronnie Brown, and I get to chose between Ronnie and Cadillac, I’m taking Ronnie, because they are close enough on my board. If my starting RB has a bye in week 10, and I’m choosing between Frank Gore and Willie Parker, and Frank has a bye in week 10, take Willie. And last, if you’re choosing between Chad Johnson and LaMont Jordan for your 2nd pick, and all the other top tier RB’s have been taken, take LaMont because his value is higher.
2- Don’t get caught up in the tight end, defense, or kicker hullabaloo. If you can get good value with Antonio Gates, go for it. But chances are, he’ll get drafted much earlier than he should, as will guys like Shockey, Gonzalez, and Crumpler. Aside from Gates, TE’s are too equal to pick early in drafts. Wait it out and take advantage of guys like Ben Watson, Ben Troupe, and Kellen Winslow falling down the draft. Same goes for defenses, except never pick one until you have starters and backups at all positions. Kickers…. Hahaha…. Last two rounds could be too soon.
3- Don’t let bye weeks break your balls. If you’re choosing between two players relatively close on your draft board (3-5 spots apart) then bye week should come into your mind. But if I’m choosing between Anquan Boldin and Plaxico Burress in round 4, and you already have Larry Fitzgerald (who has the same bye as Boldin) take Boldin anyway. He’s that much better. You can always come up with something in that situation. But don’t pass on great players because of one lousy bye week.
Stick to your game plan, follow good ol’ Lucky Lester’s Rules and his Top 100, and take home the pride and prize at season’s end.

MY Draft Board – Top 100

1. Shaun Alexander
2. LaDainian Tomlinson
3. Larry Johnson
4. Tiki Barber
5. Steve Smith
6. Edgerrin James
7. Clinton Portis*
8. Brian Westbrook
9. Peyton Manning
10. Larry Fitzgerald
11. Steven Jackson
12. Torry Holt
13. Terrell Owens*
14. Cadillac Williams
15. Rudi Johnson
16. Ronnie Brown
17. Anquan Boldin
18. Chad Johnson
19. LaMont Jordan
20. Willis McGahee
21. Carson Palmer*
22. Warrick Dunn
23. Marvin Harrison
24. Reggie Wayne
25. Corey Dillon
26. Chris Chambers
27. Randy Moss
28. Santana Moss
29. Kevin Jones
30. Dominick Davis*
31. Tom Brady
32. Julius Jones
33. Reuben Droughns
34. Antonio Gates
35. De’Shuan Foster
36. Frank Gore
37. Willie Parker
38. Matt Hasselbeck
39. Jamal Lewis
40. Thomas Jones*
41. Plaxico Burress
42. Javon Walker*
43. Donovan McNabb
44. Donald Driver
45. Marc Bulger
46. Hines Ward*
47. Darrell Jackson*
48. Roy Williams
49. Chester Taylor
50. Andre Johnson
51. Eli Manning
52. Dominic Rhodes
53. Deuce McCallister
54. Reggie Bush
55. Fred Taylor
56. Chris Brown
57. Ahman Green*
58. Daunte Culpepper
59. Joey Galloway
60. Mike Bell
61. Drew Bledsoe
62. Jake Delhomme
63. Joe Horn
64. Kurt Warner
65. Ben Roethlisberger
66. Derrick Mason
67. Jeremy Shockey
68. TJ Housmandzadeh
69. Todd Heap
70. Mike Vick
71. Tatum Bell
72. Jason Whitten
73. Reggie Brown
74. Drew Brees
75. Steve McNair
76. Tony Gonzalez
77. Brett Favre
78. Joseph Addai
79. Jake Plummer
80. Terry Glenn
81. Randy McMichael
82. Byron Leftwich
83. Chris Cooley
84. Jon Kitna
85. Cedric Benson*
86. Ben Troupe
87. Chris Simms
88. Rod Smith
89. Deion Branch*
90. Mike Anderson
91. Laveraneus Coles
92. Mushin Muhammad
93. Lee Evans
94. Drew Bennett
95. Michael Clayton
96. Braylon Edwards*
97. Algae Crumpler*
98. LJ Smith
99. Antonio Bryant
100. Ben Watson

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