'Grade A' draft for each slot

Selecting top-notch roster at each draft position in a 10-team fantasy league

Updated: August 27, 2014, 1:53 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Adrian PetersonUSA TODAY SportsRegardless of whether you land a top-three pick, you can assemble a "Grade A" roster.

It's a question that comes up all the time: Which fantasy football draft slot is the best?

There are arguments that back up picking first or picking last, but the reality of the situation is that it is just as possible to build a "Grade A" roster in a 10-team league starting with pick No. 10 as it is to do so with pick No. 1.

To illustrate this, I conducted a six-round, 10-team mock draft (standard scoring) where I made the picks for each team. These selections were done with both player value and team needs in mind, but the primary goal was to build a starting-caliber roster that could go toe-to-toe with any other group of starters. Note that in many cases selections are based on my player projections, which in some cases differ greatly from average draft position (ADP). 

Each team's picks are listed below, along with an analysis of the club's strengths, weaknesses and the draft strategy that went into building that roster.