No matter which fantasy sport you play, using a tiered system to choose, or at least judge, players is often a wise move. It's a dangerous tact to enter any draft or auction proceedings intent on ending up with any particular names, as in many cases there are others -- from wide receivers to outfielders to point guards -- in a similar class who can easily become bargains. We're talking statistics here, and while all of us bring some degree of inherent bias to who we choose and who we ignore, a tiered system helps alleviate this.
While I admit to often straying from a tiered fantasy football system when it comes to quarterback (with so few reliable choices and one starter per fantasy team) or running back (for this season the position is simply a mess and decisions can be dictated by myriad factors), this isn't the case at wide receiver. In fact, this season I've been relying on a tiered system. This is a significant deep position, and if I miss out on a guy I happen to like -- don't covet anyone! -- in the sixth round there's more often than not someone just like him lurking. In a way, the names become somewhat irrelevant. Just find another with similar statistical potential.
As a result, here are my thoughts on wide receivers for 2012 drafts using a tiered system, an exercise that essentially just groups similar options together. It's true that if five of the six players I group in a certain tier are off the draft/auction board, I would consider working a bit harder -- or overdraft/overpay -- for the final option. Of course, even though all the names are listed in efficient fashion in the ESPN draft tool, I like to print out a cheat sheet for all drafts, regardless of sport, and draw lines to signify certain tiers in advance, then cross out actual names during the draft/auction. If four members of a wide receiver tier are still out there in Round 6, I'll probably take a running back. If one name is there, I probably will not. Here are my updated rankings.
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