Your first two draft picks will have a major impact on how your team comes together and how often you make a pick based on need or just the best available player. The reality is that after you have your first two players and the rest of the league has removed the best players as well, you have to be in a position to benefit the most from the players that are still available to be drafted.
The problem is that you have a draft slot. And that means only certain players are going to be there when you draft, and that in turn impacts what you want to do with your second pick which also can only be made from the players not yet taken at that point. The best you can do is to plan what you intend to do with your first two picks knowing which players will most likely be there for you. Obviously players you are high on may drop into your lap and that forces you to deviate from your plan. That does bring up the one important caveat:
Never let a plan prevent you from taking a player who falls significantly.
I was in a high stakes draft several years back and picking 7th I was preparing to choose between a quarterback and wideout. But Adrian Peterson (who was #1 that year in all other drafts) came rolling to me. The only reason? The other drafters had it in their head what they wanted to do. They could not shift gears since they had apparently planned it all out. 100% true hard as it is to believe.
But you do need to go in with a plan. Being prepared will allow you to build a more optimal team and help you recognize when those players drop into your lap that you were not expecting. Plan ahead, re-evaluate at every pick and you can the best team you can at your draft spot in that unique draft.
To plot out how I see the season currently, let's set the stage first considering a 12 team league that uses standard performance scoring. Let's walk through each pick and see what unfolds and what plans we can make based on what happens.
Those in a point per reception (PPR) league may want to check out the new PPR league version of this feature.