So…you still gonna take Tom Brady in the first round of next year’s fantasy draft?

September 10, 2008 |

If you haven’t learned your lesson by now, you probably never will.

It is NEVER a good idea to take a quarterback in the first round of a fantasy draft, and Tom Brady proved that when he busted his knee.

You may be sitting there thinking to yourself: “so what? LaDanian Tomlinson could tear his ACL in practice today…”

True, but even though that would put a serious damper on your fantasy season, you’ll still have two solid options at running back as long as you don’t draft like a moron.

I was having this conversation with one of my buddies in my fantasy league, who also happened to be the poor dope that took Tom Brady #4 overall. He was obviously punch-drunk over Brady’s 40-50 TD potential.

His reasoning for taking Brady that high: “he scored more points than running backs last year.”

His man-crush on Brady blinded him from seeing the truth.

The only response I could muster, between my gasps for air because I was laughing so hard, was something along the lines of: “you don’t start three quarterbacks in this league, dummy.”

 And now he’s forced to start Tavaris Jackson every week. He couldn’t draft a solid back-up QB because he had so many needs to fill…it’s amazing how much taking a QB in the first round can affect your entire draft.

Meanwhile, the GM of Team Thomas was busy inking Willie Parker, Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, Plaxico Burress, Marvin Harrisson, and Heath Miller to one-year deals. I was able to handcuff Burress to Eli Manning in the 7th round and grabbed Matt Hasselbeck in the 9th for a nice insurance policy.

Taking a quarterback in the first round means that you passed on a running back, and a good one, who would contribute to your depth at that position if he remains healthy. It’s important to have the most depth at that position because, typically, you’re starting three running backs every week. Also, running backs are the most prone to injury because of the beatings the take every week.  

I think it’s extremely important to grab good running backs and grab them early. You should be taking a minimum three running backs within your first four picks. Let other people make the mistake of taking Peyton Manning late in the first round. You can draft his little brother six rounds later. Eli Manning will probably finish as a top 10 fantasy quarterback. At the same time, your three running backs are top 15-20 scorers each week, while your opponent is scrambling to find a 3rd option who will actually see the field.

So…did I convince you? Or will you continually flush money down the drain every fall?