Separating running backs into tiers 

August, 26, 2013
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One of the best ways to achieve a successful draft is to rank players in a tiered system, thus making it easier to know when you need to consider drafting at a certain position. For example, you might consider three or four running backs to be of similar ability and statistical upside, and think one or more will fall to your next pick. Meanwhile, at wide receiver, you see one guy who seriously trumps all those who are left on the board. As a result, the tiebreaker on making a key decision comes down to depth and would favor the wide receiver, and a tiered system can make organizing easier. After all, in timed drafts one doesn’t get much actual time to think. Due diligence and planning are recommended.

This week in the KaraBlog, you’ll see my tiers at running back and wide receiver. My rankings are always being adjusted, frankly, but it’s instructive that I might find a great difference in players who are ranked one spot away from each other, or group them together. As always, you should make your own tiers because, let’s face it, we’re not going to agree on the rankings -- we shouldn’t, really -- and the teams you draft are yours, not mine! I have enough teams! Using a tiered system, you might find you keep getting some of the same players, because you don’t want to drop down a tier.